ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – (Bracket | Schedule) The top four seeds all survived in the first day of action at the 2013 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship, presented by the Sports Medicine Center at Orthopaedic Group, P.C., with second round victories. This is the first time since 2009 that the top four teams have advanced to the quarterfinals.
Defending national champion Lindsey Wilson continued its quest for a second-straight national crown with a 5-1 win against No. 16 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) in a rematch of last year’s title game. With the win, the Blue Raiders move into sole possession of second-place on the NAIA’s all-time national championship wins list with 30. Ayaki Shinada opened the scoring with her team-leading 17th goal of the season in the 12th minute, setting the tone for the match. Lindsey Wilson added goals by Emilia Jonsson (35th minute), Renee Hurd (48th minute), Alice Coyne (50th minute) and Anna Vig (78th minute) en route to the four-goal victory. The Blue Raiders have now outscored their opponents 11-1 at this year’s national championship.
A goal by Brooke Lillywhite in the 39th minute proved enough as second-seed Westmont (Calif.) knocked off No. 15 Martin Methodist (Tenn.), 2-0. The Warriors added the contest’s second score in the 80th minute when Kathryn Hornibrook got it behind the defense and beat the diving RedHawk goalkeeper to the near post. The shutout is the ninth of the season for Westmont, who improves to 16-1-4 on the year and is now 1-0-1 all-time against Martin Methodist at the national championship – first meeting coming in 2005.
No. 3 Northwood (Fla.) netted three second half goals, including two by Johanna Engberg that were within five minutes of one another, to down unseeded Cal State San Marcos, 3-2, in the opening match in Orange Beach. After a scoreless first half, Engberg scored the first of three-straight Northwood goals in the 46th minute. She struck again in the 51st, before Helen Lynskey scored on a penalty kick four minutes later. However, Cal State San Marcos did not roll over, cutting the deficit to 3-1 on a Paulina Good penalty kick with approximately 25 minutes left in regulation. Cal State San Marcos’ Monica Aguilera made it 3-2 on a header off a Brianne Searl free kick in the 73rd, but the Seahawks proved too strong down the stretch. The win is the first victory for Northwood at the final site since the Opening Round format was established in 2008.
Similarly to Westmont, No. 4 Concordia (Ore.) utilized a strong all-around effort to earn a 2-0 win against No. 13 St. Thomas (Fla.), who was making its first appearance in the national championship since 2000. The shutout is the ninth-straight for the Cavaliers, who were last scored on by Southern Oregon on Oct. 17. Hannah Scott netted the eventual game-winner in the 26th minute, while Alex Blalock added an insurance-goal in the 82nd. The two squads were nearly identical on the score-sheet with Concordia holding a 14-13 advantage in shots.
The higher seeds finished the day boasting a 12-3 scoring margin.
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2013 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship – Second Round Results (Day 1)
No. 3 Northwood (Fla.) (16-1-1) def. Cal State San Marcos (12-6-1), 3-2 – Box Score
No. 2 Westmont (Calif.) (16-1-4) def. No. 15 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) (16-6-1), 2-0 – Box Score
No. 4 Concordia (Ore.) (19-1-1) def. No. 13 St. Thomas (Fla.) (17-2-1), 2-0 – Box Score
No. 1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (20-3-0) def. No. 16 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (17-4-2), 5-1 – Box Score