For the second consecutive season, the Carroll College women’s soccer team has claimed the Cascade Conference title. The Saints share the title with Southern Oregon this season, but defeated the Raiders 1-0 last week so earn the top seed in the conference tournament and the Cascade's first automatic berth into the NAIA Championship Playoffs.

Despite being undefeated at 8-0-3 in conference play, the Raiders -- who fell 1-0 to Rocky Mountain College on Saturday to give the Saints the title -- match Carroll in points with a 9-2 record. A win is worth three points while a tie is worth one. Both teams close the season with 27 points.

Carroll earns the automatic bid, but they hope to repeat the performance of last season and earn another Cascade Tournament title.

“I don’t think you ever want to enter postseason in a comfortable mode,” coach David Thorvilson said. “You still want to play well. I don’t think this changes the way we approach the tournament next week.”

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Carroll has eight seniors on the squad, including seven starters. Thorvilson is excited for his team to make another appearance in the national tournament.

“It is exciting for our seniors and all of our team,” Thorvilson said. “To come into this conference and win championships in our first two seasons is great for our team. It is awesome for these seniors to close out their careers with two trips to the national tournament.”

The Saints open the conference tournament on Friday in Springfield, Oregon.

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