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Women’s Soccer National Championship Day Two Recap

November 27, 2012
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information
Photo by Chris Helton - www.chPhotoVideo.com

Box Score - No. 7 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (17-5-0) def. Robert Morris (Ill.) (15-7-0), 6-1
Box Score - No. 6 Spring Arbor (Mich.) (20-2-1) def. No. 11 Kansas Wesleyan (20-2-0), 3-1
Box Score - No. 8 Concordia (Ore.) (17-2-2) def. Cumberland (Tenn.) (19-3-0), 1-0
Box Score - No. 12 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (18-3-0) def. No. 5 Mobile (Ala.) (15-4-2), 1-0

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - (Bracket | Schedule) Similarly to Monday's action, three of the top-four seeds advanced in the 2012 NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship, presented by the Sports Medicine Center at Orthopaedic Group, P.C., and Encore Rehabilitation, Inc., on Tuesday. The 29th annual event is being played at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Ala. Quarterfinal action continues tomorrow with play beginning at 11 a.m. CST.

Despite steady rainfall throughout most of the match, No. 7 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) cruised to a 6-1 win over Robert Morris (Ill.) in the first match of the day. Five different Eagles combined for Embry-Riddle's championship-high goal total, while their sixth score came off a Robert Morris own goal. All seven scores came in the opening 45 minutes of action. Embry-Riddle, who advances to the quarterfinals for the second-straight season, will face-off against No. 2 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

Game two of the day featured two teams in No. 6 Spring Arbor (Mich.) and No. 11 Kansas Wesleyan that were looking to advance to the round of eight for the first time in program history. The Coyotes opened the scoring in the ninth minute when Leanne Brown hammered home a loose ball off a corner kick. However, Spring Arbor responded 25 minutes later when Maegan Smith hit the equalizer late in the first half. Then, in the 52nd minute, Megan Wegener gave Spring Arbor lead, 2-1. Smith would add an insurance goal in the 55th to propel the Cougars to the 3-1 win. The contest is the only come-from-behind victory in second round play. Spring Arbor plays fellow quarterfinal round newcomer and third-seeded Vanguard (Calif.) at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

No. 8 Concordia (Ore.) eliminated Cumberland (Tenn.), who was making its first-ever national championship appearance, 1-0, to advance to its ninth quarterfinals in the last 10 championships. The Cavaliers netted the match's lone goal in the 22nd minute when Kaylynn Winwood slotted a ball near-post off a long cross from Madison McKayla. Despite the loss, Cumberland received a strong effort from goalkeeper Lindsay Kitson, who tallied 14 saves in the contest. In a rematch of the 2011 championship final, Concordia's quarterfinal opponent is top-seed Lee (Tenn.). The match is scheduled to start tomorrow at 4 p.m.

For the second-straight night, the lower seed shined in the final match of the day, as No. 12 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) punched its ticket to the program's first-ever quarterfinal appearance with a 1-0 win against No. 5 Mobile (Ala.). Jessica Higer netted her eighth goal of the season and eventual game-winner in the 23rd minute. Olivet Nazarene plays unseeded Texas at Brownsville at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

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2012 NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship Notes
• Through the first two days at the national championship final site, higher seeds own a 21-7 scoring advantage.
• The higher seed was 6-2-0 in the second round. Unseeded Texas at Brownsville and No. 12 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) were the lone underdog to claim victory.
• Vanguard (Calif.), Texas at Brownsville, Spring Arbor (Mich.) and Olivet Nazarene advance to their first-ever quarterfinals with second round victories.
• Spring Arbor, the No. 6 seed, is the only team in second round action to post a comeback victory. The Cougars trailed 1-0 after approximately nine minutes of play against Kansas Wesleyan, but rebounded to score three unanswered goals en route to a 3-1 win.
• No. 8 Concordia (Ore.) has advanced to the quarterfinals in nine of the last 10 national championships after defeating newcomer Cumberland (Tenn.), 1-0.
• No. 7 Embry-Riddle's (Fla.) six goals against Robert Morris (Ill.) is a final site-high. Vanguard boasts the second most with five against No. 14 Baker (Kan.).
• Lee (Tenn.) extended its national championship unbeaten streak to 22 with a 2-0 win over No. 16 Northwood (Fla.) in the second round. The Lady Flames last loss came in the semifinals of the 2007 national championship against Martin Methodist (Tenn.), 2-0.
• Oklahoma City became the third-straight No. 4 seed to fail to reach the quarterfinals after falling 2-1 against Texas at Brownsville.
• Cumberland (Tenn.) was the lone tournament newcomer to advance to the national championship final site. The Bulldogs defeated No. 9 Martin Methodist (Tenn.), 1-0, in the opening round.
• Eight of the teams that advanced to Decatur (Ala.) in 2011 advanced to Orange Beach this season.
• Since the event started in 1984, 122 programs have qualified for the NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship.
• In the 28 years, the NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship has been hosted by 16 different cities in 10 different states.