The NCAA released its first regional rankings of the year, and women’s soccer has found itself in the national spotlight once again; coming in at No. 10 in the South Region.

The Lady Hawks enter the final week of the regular season with a program best 10-4 record and a 5-4 conference mark. On the slate for the final week will be three conference clashes that will ultimately decide whether Shorter will earn a spot in the conference tournament that begins November 4. Both Valdosta State and West Alabama have clinched berths, but four spots remain.

Joining Shorter in the South Region rankings are five fellow Gulf South Conference members in West Alabama (10-2-1), North Alabama (7-2-1), and Christian Brothers (9-3), coming in at fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively. West Florida (7-4) and Valdosta State (6-5-1) ranked just ahead of the Lady Hawks, at eighth and ninth.

First up for Shorter this weekend will be Union, in the first match between the two since both were granted full NCAA membership this fall.

The Bulldogs enter Friday’s game with a 2-10 overall record and an 0-8 mark in the conference. The Lady Hawks will then travel to Memphis on Sunday to take on Christian Brothers; who boast an 11-3 overall record and a 6-4 conference mark.

Shorter then returns home for the final time next Friday, October 31, as they play host to long-time rival, Lee, before closing out the season at Georgia Southwestern on November 2.