MILWAUKEE, Wis. (naccsports.org) --- Dominican University shut out Illinois Institute of Technology, 3-0, Wednesday night in the regular-season finale for both school to clinch the program's first Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) title in women's soccer and claim the top seed for the upcoming NACC Women's Soccer Tournament.
The Stars (16-2-0, 11-0-0 NACC), who enter the tournament on a 16-match winning streak (all by shutout), and No. 2-seeded Illinois Tech (14-4-1, 9-2-0 NACC) earned first-round byes for the tournament, while MSOE (3), Concordia Wisconsin (4), Concordia Chicago (5), and Marian (6) round out the six-team field.
The tournament begins Saturday, Oct. 27, with MSOE hosting Marian and Concordia Chicago traveling to Concordia Wisconsin. The lower remaining seed following Saturday's play will face Dominican in one semifinal on Tuesday, Oct. 30, while the higher remaining seed will travel to Illinois Tech in the other semifinal the same day.
The championship match is slated for Saturday, Nov. 3, at the highest remaining seed. The winner earns the NACC's automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship.
Dominican is the defending tournament champion, while Illinois Tech has made significant waves in its first season in the NACC as both squads have spent time in the United Soccer Coaches Central Region rankings. The Stars had advanced to the NACC Tournament final on four previous occasions before breaking through with a 2-0 win over MSOE in last year's final.
MSOE (11-9-0, 8-3-0 NACC) is looking for its third tournament crown in four years after being edged by Dominican in 2017. The Raiders had also won the last two regular-season crowns before the Stars shot to the top of the table this season.
Concordia Wisconsin (10-9-0, 8-3-0 NACC) has appeared in all but one tournament but has been kept off the top step of the podium. The Falcons, who won the 2015 NACC regular-season title but were upset in the semifinals of that year's tournament, have advanced to two championships finals (2006, 2014).
Concordia Chicago (6-12-0, 6-5-0 NACC) is in the field for the third time in six years (2013, 2016) and is looking for its first tournament victory (0-1-1). Marian (8-9-1, 5-5-1 NACC) has appeared in eight of 12 previous tournaments, advancing to the 2011 final as the No. 2 seed. A NACC title for CUC or Marian would be their first - regular-season or tournament - in the sport of women's soccer.