Greenville, S.C. (August 27, 2013) – The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) released their 2013 preseason rankings and the Bob Jones University Bruins women’s soccer team was ranked #10 in the country in Division II of the NCCAA.
“The ranking is a reward for all the hard work we put in last season,” Coach Chris Carmichael said. “Although the team is very self-motivated, this will give them an extra measure of confidence. Now that we are ranked in the top ten, certain expectations are going to come with that ranking and we need to push ourselves to be better on the field.”
The Bruins women kickoff their regular season Saturday night as they welcome Emmanuel College to Alumni Stadium at 7 p.m. The squad finished 7-10 this past season but showed great improvement throughout their inaugural season. The Bruins had a five-game winning streak in the middle of the season, and during that time the Bruins outscored their opponents 31-2. The team hopes to build on the success from last year and progress further into the postseason tournament.
“We have to look at the whole season,” Coach Carmichael said. “This ranking gives us a benchmark to be able to work hard. It lets us know where we stand and will motivate us to work harder.”
The Bruins men will continue to compete in Division I of the NCCAA and the Bruins women will compete in Division II. The BJU Bruins, now in their second year of intercollegiate competition, compete in soccer, basketball, cross country and golf.