By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – (Complete Schedule | Bracket) Fifteen teams punched their ticket to the 2013 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship final site with wins or draws today in Opening Round action. Those programs join Mobile (Ala.) for the remainder of the single-elimination championship from Dec. 2 – 7 at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Ala.
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Thirteen of the top 16 seeds will continue their seasons in Orange Beach, including defending national champion and top seed Lindsey Wilson (Ky.). The Blue Raiders, who have hosted an Opening Round match every season since the format began in 2008, won their 29th all-time national championship match with an impressive 6-0 victory over Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament champion Asbury (Ky.). Lindsey Wilson is now 6-0-0 all-time in the Opening Round and boasts a 16-1 scoring advantage in those contests.
Concordia (Ore.) and Martin Methodist (Tenn.) also claimed victory in their sixth-straight year as an Opening Round host. The Cavaliers join Lindsey Wilson at 6-0-0 in the Opening Round, while Martin Methodist is 5-1-0. The RedHawks lone loss came last season at the hands of then-newcomer Cumberland (Tenn.), 1-0.
Overall, Opening Round hosts were 10-3-2 on the day and held a 41-12 advantage on the scoreboard.
Seventh seed Davenport (Mich.) and No. 8 Concordia (Calif.) earned their respective program’s first-ever win at the national championship. Davenport – the only seeded team to not host an Opening Round match – downed St. Ambrose (Iowa), 4-2, while Concordia knocked off John Brown (Ark.), 2-0.
Robert Morris (Ill.) and Cal State San Marcos were the only unseeded teams to record wins today. Robert Morris, much as they have been all season, was fueled by two goals from All-American forward Florence Dadson, including the match opener only 24 seconds into the contest. Cindi Munoz netted the game-winner in the 10th minute, as Robert Morris downed Spring Arbor (Mich.), who was looking to make its third-straight trip to the final site, 3-1.
Cal State San Marcos avenged its regular-season loss with a 1-0 triumph over No. 14 The Master’s (Calif.). Jennifer Hager headed home the game winner off a corner kick by Brianne Searl in the 40th minute.
The Southern States Athletic Conference, Golden State Athletic Conference and The Sun Conference all had three programs advance Orange Beach
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