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Top-Seeded Martin Methodist Captures First Women's Soccer National Championship

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November 22, 2005
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Nov. 22, 2005

 

 

OLATHE, Kan. - (Final Bracket) Top-seeded Martin Methodist College (Tenn.) needed just three minutes of the second half to score the game-winning goal against Lee University (Tenn.) for a 1-0 national championship title.  The 22nd Annual NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship was held at the College Boulevard Activity Center in Olathe.

 

Martin Methodist took the offensive in the first half, out shooting Lee 12-0 with nothing to show for the effort.  Lee keeper Caitlin Wohlander has six saves during the shooting fury, which helped Lee stay in the hunt.

 

The first shot of the second half proved to be the game winner as Kelly Lewicki scored in the 48th minute off a crossing, left-footed deflection to the far post.  It was Lewicki's first goal of the tournament.  Martin Methodist fired off seven more shots without scoring an insurance goal.

 

The Lady Flames managed to get off four shots in the second half, with the last one being a shot on goal only to be saved by Sarah Prendergast for the shut out.    Seventh-seeded Lee (20-5-0) earned the distinction of being the lowest seed to advance to the championship game since seeds were introduced in the 2000 tournament.  The Lady Flames won their second-round game 5-4 against #10 College of St. Mary (Neb.), upset second-seeded Graceland University (Iowa) 2-1 in its quarterfinal match up, and bested #6 Simon Fraser University (B.C.) 1-0 in last night's semifinals. 

 

In just its second tournament appearance, Martin Methodist ends the season at 23-1-1 as national champions.  The Redhawks posted victories against #16 McKendree College (Ill.) (2-1), eighth-seed Concordia University (Ore.), 2-0, and tied #12 Westmont College (Calif.) 1-1, advancing 4-3 on PK's.

 

 

 

1st

2nd

Final

LU

0

0

0

MMC

0

1

1

 

 

 

 

Scoring Summary:    

Period

Time

Team

Player

Assist

2

47:55

MMC

Lewicki

Unasisted


Cautions/Ejections:
YC-Lee #9 (80:07); YC-Lee #5 (85:43)
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Championship Information

NAIA Women's Soccer Championship
Sports Rules - Soccer (W)