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National Championship Semifinal No. 2 Recap

December 02, 2011
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - (Box Score) Eight-time national champion and No. 2 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) survived against No. 3 Baker (Kan.), 2-0, tonight at the Semifinals of the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship. The Blue Raiders rolled to their third shutout during this postseason (in four matches) and will match up with defending national champion and No. 1-seed Hastings (Neb.) on Saturday. The National Championship final will kick-off at 7 p.m. CST from the Orange Beach Sportsplex.

The meeting tomorrow marks the first time since 2001 that the No. 1 and 2 seeds will face each other. Lindsey Wilson was part of the last match as the top-seeded Blue Raiders took down No. 2 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), 4-0.

"We played well and were moving the ball," said Lindsey Wilson head coach Ray Wells. "We were able to protect the ball from their big guys. I am pretty happy with our performance. I think it (the shutout) was a little bit of luck. I think the difference was that we were little bit better and more efficient."

In a very physical match that saw 34 combined fouls, the Blue Raiders used a first-half goal by Eddy Campbell and a score in the 64th minute by Phillip Sandgren to eliminate Baker. Campbell's score was assisted by Mat Luak in the 10th minute. Sandgren found the back of the net for a team-leading 17th time this year.

Baker, who was last shutout on Oct. 12, 2010, had some second-half scoring chances. The Wildcats pelted Lindsey Wilson goalkeeper Yuta Nomura with five shots on goal in the final 45 minutes, but the freshman from Tokyo, Japan, had an answer. With the help of his defense, Yomura posted his 14th blanking of the season. That output leads the NAIA.

Baker goalkeeper Matt Bickley faced six shots on goal and tallied three saves. The Wildcats wrap up their season with a 20-2-1 record and their first-ever Semifinal match.

Lindsey Wilson heads to its ninth all-time National Championship final where it is a spotless 8-0. Hastings punched its ticket to its second all-time title match. Owners of an NAIA all-time best 44-10-4 Championship record, the Blue Raiders look up only at the 11 championship rings won by former NAIA member Quincy (Ill.). Hastings is looking to become the sixth program all-time to repeat as national champions.