ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – (Bracket | Schedule) Unseeded Robert Morris (Ill.) claimed the second round’s only upset, as three of the four higher seeds advanced in day two action at the 2013 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship, presented by the Sports Medicine Center at Orthopaedic Group, P.C. Quarterfinal action at the 30th annual event continues tomorrow at the Orange Beach Sportsplex. The first of four games kick off at 11 a.m. CST.
Robert Morris became the only unseeded team to advance to the quarterfinals at this year’s championship with a 2-1 win over No. 6 Vanguard (Calif.). The Eagles last reached the round of eight in 2010 and will play No. 3 Northwood (Fla.) at 11 a.m. CST on Wednesday. All-America forward Florence Dadson, who entered the match ranked second in the NAIA in goals, opened the scoring in the 22nd minute off an assist from Linda Eshun. Vanguard evened the score approximately 12 minute later when Veronica Aguilar converted a free kick attempt from just outside the penalty area. Both sides has multiple scoring opportunities throughout the second half, however it was Robert Morris that found the back of the net with the game-winner. Vanguard, who reached its first-ever quarterfinals last season, ends its year with a 15-5-1 record and drops to 3-2-2 all-time at the national championship.
In a contest that featured two teams searching for their first-ever final site victory, No. 7 Davenport (Mich.) downed No. 10 Cumberland (Tenn.), 3-2, in a double-overtime thriller. Cumberland (Tenn.) held a 2-1 advantage – both goals coming from forward Olivia Chu – after 87 minutes of action, however Davenport, who was the aggressor the entire second half with a 14-1 advantage in shots, tied the score when Letesha Cannonier netted her third goal of the championship off a failed Cumberland clearance. Davenport continued the offensive pressure into the overtime periods, tallying six shots, including the game-winning goal by Paige Eli – her fifth of the season – in the 102 minute.
No. 5-seed Embry-Riddle (Fla.) earned its third-straight trip to the quarterfinals with a thrilling 1-0 overtime victory against No. 12 William Carey (Miss.). The Eagles join top-seeded Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and No. 4 Concordia (Ore.) as the only 2012 quarterfinalists to return to the round of eight this season. After playing to a scoreless draw in regulation, Embry-Riddle wasted no time ending the contest, as Isabelle Haaranen scored the golden-goal game-winner in the 92nd minute. Katherine Ebbs was credited with an assist on the play.
In the nightcap, No. 8 Concordia (Calif.) kept its unbeaten season alive and won its first-ever match at the final site, as the Eagles downed national championship host Mobile (Ala.), 2-1. The Eagles are now 18-0-3 on the season and reach the quarterfinals for the first time in program history. Mobile drew first blood with a goal in the 48th minute, however Concordia continued its high-pressure attack and eventually tied the contest, 1-1, when Megan Daniels broke through in the 66th. Alexis Garcia-Irons, who assisted on Daniels’ goal, scored the eventual game-winner approximately five minutes later.
The higher seeds finished the second round boasting a 19-8 scoring advantage.
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2013 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship – Second Round Results (Day 2)
Robert Morris (Ill.) (15-4-1) def. No. 6 Vanguard (Calif.) (15-5-1), 2-1 – Box Score
No. 7 Davenport (Mich.) (19-2-1) def. No. 10 Cumberland (Tenn.) (16-4-1), 3-2 (2OT) – Box Score
No. 5 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (16-4-1) def. No. 12 William Carey (Miss.) (18-5-0), 1-0 (OT) – Box Score
No. 8 Concordia (Calif.) (18-0-3) def. Mobile (Ala.) (10-9-2), 2-1 – Box Score
2013 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Notes
• This is the first championship since 2009 that all four tops seeds have advanced to the quarterfinals
• Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Concordia (Ore.) and Embry-Riddle (Fla.) are the only 2012 quarterfinalists to return to the round of eight this season.
• Lindsey Wilson’s 5-1 victory over Olivet Nazarene is its 30th all-time, which is second all-time at the national championship. Former-member Azusa Pacific (Calif.) holds the current record with 31 wins. The Blue Raiders, who are now riding a five-match winning streak at the national championship, are 11-2 all-time in the round of 16. Lindsey Wilson’s last second round loss came against Robert Morris (Ill.), 2-0, in 2010.
• Lindsey Wilson has outscored its opponents 11-1 through two games at the national championship. The championship record for goals in the tournament is 17, set by Westmont (Calif.) in 2003.
• With a second round victory, Concordia (Ore.) advances to the quarterfinals for the third-straight year and 11th time in the last 14 seasons. The Cavaliers, who have finished runner-up three times, are making their 13th appearance all-time and are vying for a program-first national crown.
• Embry-Riddle advances to its third-straight quarterfinal round with a 1-0 overtime victory against William Carey (Miss.)
• Robert Morris (Ill.) wins its first match in the second round since 2010, with a 2-1 victory over No. 6 Vanguard (Calif.).
• Davenport (Mich.) and Concordia (Calif.) both advance to the quarterfinals for the first time in program history. Both squads are making their second appearance at the national championship and were previously winless in the event.