By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – (Bracket | Schedule | Box Score) No. 4 Concordia (Ore.) advances to its fourth national championship final with a thrilling 2-1 double-overtime victory against defending national champion and top-seeded Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) Friday in the semifinals of the 2013 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship, presented by the Sports Medicine Center at the Orthopedic Group, P.C. The Cavaliers, who await the winner of No. 2 Westmont (Calif.) and No. 3 Northwood (Fla.), kick off finals action at 5 p.m. CST at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.
“I thought we were on the front foot for a majority of the match,” said Concordia head women’s soccer coach Grant Landy. “Lindsey Wilson, being the champions that they are, found a way to get an equalizer. We didn’t break down much, but against a great team, you break down one time and they find the back of the net. You’ve got to be somewhat fortunate at this tournament. We’ll take it tonight for sure.”
In arguably one of the most thrilling finishes at this year’s championship, Concordia forward Hannah Scott found herself in the right place and the right time with the game-winner in the 103rd minute. The goal was set up by a Samantha Johnson free kick that deflected off the Lindsey Wilson goalkeeper and onto the head of Scott for her fifth goal of the year.
Concordia, who dominated possession throughout most of the contest with an 18-3 advantage in shots, drew first blood in the match with a Shannon McMahon free kick in the 54th minute – her second goal of the season. McMahon’s strike, which came approximately five yards outside of the penalty area, defected off the outstretched arms of the goalkeeper before finding the back of the net.
Lindsey Wilson’s Renee Hurd tied the match in the 70th minute with her second goal of the championship and 14th of 2013. The score was the first goal allowed by Concordia since Oct. 17 against Southern Oregon – a stretch of 10-straight matches.
With the win, Concordia improves to 21-1-1 on the season and 4-3-0 all-time in the national championship semifinals. The Cavaliers have also won five-straight against Lindsey Wilson, including three wins at the national championship.
Lindsey Wilson concludes the year with a 21-4-0 record and falls to 31-13-2 all-time at the event. The Blue Raiders are currently tied with former-member Azusa Pacific (Calif.) for most all-time victories at the national championship with 31.
NeuLion, the NAIA’s official video streaming company, will be broadcasting all final site games of the 2013 Women’s Soccer National Championship, presented by the Sports Medicine Center at Orthopaedic Group, P.C., in Orange Beach, Ala. Single day packages can be purchased for $9.95, while an all-championship pass is available for $29.95. For more information and to pre-register, click here.
Concordia (Ore.) Head Coach Grant Landy