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Women’s Soccer National Championship Quarterfinal Recap

November 28, 2012
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information
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Box Score - No. 2 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (18-4-1) def. No. 7 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (17-6-0), 3-0
Box Score - No. 6 Spring Arbor (Mich.) (20-2-2) tied No. 3 Vanguard (Calif.) (18-2-1), 0-0
(Spring Arbor advances 4-3 on penalty kicks)
Box Score - No. 1 Lee (Tenn.) (20-1-1) def. No. 8 Concordia (Ore.) (17-3-2), 2-1
Box Score - No. 12 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (19-3-0) def. Texas at Brownsville (16-4-1), 1-0

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - (Bracket | Schedule) Perennial late-round qualifiers No. 1 Lee (Tenn.) and No. 2 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) stayed alive, along with newcomers No. 6 Spring Arbor (Mich.) and No. 12 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), in the quarterfinals of the 2012 NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship, presented by the Sports Medicine Center at Orthopaedic Group, P.C., and Encore Rehabilitation, Inc. Semifinal games are scheduled to start on Friday at 1 p.m. CST.

Lindsey Wilson was the first team to punch its ticket to the semifinals with a 3-0 win against No. 7 Embry-Riddle (Fla.). The Blue Raiders, who improve to 6-3-1 in quarterfinal contests since 2000, netted all three goals between the 27th and 35th minute. It's the third-straight game that Lindsey Wilson has tallied at least two first-half goals. The Blue Raiders are advancing to their first semifinals since 2008. With the loss, Embry-Riddle falls to 0-2-0 all-time in the national championship quarterfinals.

Spring Arbor and No. 3 Vanguard (Calif.), who were both appearing in their first-ever quarterfinals, played to a scoreless draw through 110 minutes of action in the 2012 championship's first overtime contest. The Lions seized a 3-1 advantage through six penalty-kicks, however Spring Arbor converted three of its next four to claim the second spot in the semifinals, 4-3. Friday will be the first-ever appearance for the Cougars in the round of four.

Lee continued its quest for a fifth-straight NAIA national championship with a victory against No. 8 Concordia (Ore.), 2-1, in a rematch of last season's championship final. Lee scored first in the 34th minute on an Amy Cochran penalty kick, however the Cavaliers found the equalizer in the 56th minute off the foot of Jenna Peterson. Peterson's goal snapped Lee's streak of 10-straight shutout victories in national championship competition. With 12 minutes remaining in regulation, Ode Fulutudilu scored the game-winner on a cross from Caroline Scales. The win extends the Lady Flames championship unbeaten streak to 23 matches.

In the nightcap, Rachel Killbry's game-winner in the 18th minute was the difference as Olivet Nazarene took down unseeded Texas at Brownsville, 1-0. The victory propels the Tigers to their first national championship semifinal appearance in three trips.

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2012 NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship - Semifinal Pairings (Friday, Nov. 29 | Times CST)
• No. 12 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (19-3-0) vs. No. 1 Lee (Tenn.) (20-1-1), 1 p.m.
• No. 6 Spring Arbor (Mich.) (20-2-2) vs. No. 2 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (18-4-1), 3:30 p.m.

Quarterfinal Postgame Coach Interviews
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) head coach Drew Burwash


Spring Arbor (Mich.) head coach Jason Crist


Lee (Tenn.) head coach Matt Yelton


Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) head coach Bill Bahr


2012 NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship Notes
• Through the first three days at the national championship final site, higher seeds own a 27-8 scoring advantage.
• The higher seed is 9-3-0 at the final site.
• Lee (Tenn.) extended its national championship unbeaten streak to 23 with a 2-0 win over No. 16 Northwood (Fla.) in the second round and a 2-1 victory over Concordia in the quarterfinals. The Lady Flames last loss came in the semifinals of the 2007 national championship against Martin Methodist (Tenn.), 2-0.
• The Lady Flames have outscored their opponents 59-5 in their last 21 championship matches.
• Despite the loss, Concordia (Ore.) snapped Lee's streak of 10-straight championship shutouts with a 56th minute goal by Jenna Peterson.
• Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) punched its ticket to its first-ever national championship semifinal with a 1-0 win over Texas at Brownsville.
• Spring Arbor (Mich.) will play in the program's first-ever national championship semifinal contest on Friday. The Cougars advanced through the quarterfinals on penalty kicks over Vanguard (Calif.), 4-3.
• Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) improved to 6-3-1 since 2000 in quarterfinal matches with a 3-0 win against No. 7 Embry-Riddle (Fla.). The Blue Raiders will play in the semifinals for the first time since 2008.
• Vanguard (Calif.), Texas at Brownsville, Spring Arbor (Mich.) and Olivet Nazarene advanced to their first-ever quarterfinals with second round victories.
• No. 8 Concordia (Ore.) has advanced to the quarterfinals in nine of the last 10 national championships after defeating newcomer Cumberland (Tenn.), 1-0.
• No. 7 Embry-Riddle's six goals against Robert Morris (Ill.) is a final site-high. Vanguard boasts the second most with five against No. 14 Baker (Kan.).
• Oklahoma City became the third-straight No. 4 seed to fail to reach the quarterfinals after falling 2-1 against Texas at Brownsville.
• Cumberland (Tenn.) was the lone tournament newcomer to advance to the national championship final site. The Bulldogs defeated No. 9 Martin Methodist (Tenn.), 1-0, in the opening round.
• Eight of the teams that advanced to Decatur (Ala.) in 2011 advanced to Orange Beach this season.
• Since the event started in 1984, 122 programs have qualified for the NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship.
• In the 28 years, the NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship has been hosted by 16 different cities in 10 different states.