ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – (Bracket | Schedule) For the first time since seeding began in 2000, the top four teams advance to the semifinals of the 2013 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship, presented by the Sports Medicine Center at Orthopaedic Group, P.C., with quarterfinal victories. Semifinal action at the 30th annual event continues at 1 p.m. on Friday at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.
Third-seeded Northwood (Fla.) was the first team to punch its ticket to the semifinals with a 2-1 win against Robert Morris (Ill.) – the only unseeded team remaining in the championship. The Seahawks scored both goals within a two minute stretch, as Amy Vaughan scored in the 22nd minute and Johanna Engberg netted her championship-best fifth goal in the 24th. Robert Morris cut the deficit to 2-1 on a Carolynn Wieland goal late in the first half, but was unable to find the equalizer. With the win, Northwood improves to 17-1-1 on the season and advances to its first-ever national championship semifinal.
In arguably the most dramatic finish of the day, No. 2 Westmont (Calif.) downed No. 7 Davenport (Mich.), 1-0, in an overtime thriller. The two squads battled to a 0-0 draw through 90 minutes of action. Less than three minutes into the extra frame, the Warriors won a corner kick that ricocheted off the head of a Davenport defender and into the back of the net for the game-winner. With the win, Westmont improves to 5-2-0 in the quarterfinals and has outscored its opponent 12-4 in the round of eight, dating back to 2000. Davenport was making its first-ever appearance at the final site.
Hannah Kimsey’s game-winner in the 58th minute was the difference, as fourth-seeded Concordia (Ore.) defeated No. 5 Embry-Riddle (Fla.), 1-0, to advance to its seventh semifinals since 2001. The Cavaliers are now 6-3-2 all-time in the round of 16, while Embry-Riddle is now 0-3-0 in three trips to the quarterfinals. Concordia and Embry-Riddle, two of the most decorated teams in the 2013 championship field, have a combined 23 national championship appearances with Wednesday’s meeting being the first-ever for the two schools at the event.
Defending national champion and top-ranked Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) continued its quest for a fourth national title with a 2-0 victory over No. 8 Concordia (Calif.). Lindsey Wilson, who has now outscored its opponents 13-1 in this year’s event, opened the scoring in the 24th minute when Natasha Gensetter beat the Eagles’ goalkeeper far post for her 12th goal of the season. The Blue Raiders sealed the win in the 77th minute on an Ayaki Shinada free kick from just outside of the penalty area. With the win, Lindsey Wilson improves to 16-5-1 all-time as the No. 1 seed and advances to the semifinals for the eighth time since 2001. Concordia, who entered the game as the NAIA’s only remaining unbeaten team, ends its season with an 18-0-3 record.
Through three days at the national championship final site, higher seeds boast a 25-9 scoring advantage
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2013 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship – Semifinal Pairings (All times CST)
No. 4 Concordia (Ore.) (20-1-1) vs. No. 1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (21-3-0), 1 p.m.
No. 3 Northwood (Fla.) (17-1-1) vs. No. 2 Westmont (Calif.) (17-1-4), 3:30 p.m.
2013 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship – Quarterfinal Results
No. 3 Northwood (Fla.) (17-1-1) def. Robert Morris (Ill.) (15-5-1), 2-1 – Box Score
No. 2 Westmont (Calif.) (17-1-4) def. No. 7 Davenport (Mich.) (19-3-1), 1-0 (OT) – Box Score
No. 4 Concordia (Ore.) (20-1-1) def. No. 5 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (16-5-1), 1-0 – Box Score
No. 1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (21-3-0) def. No. 8 Concordia (Calif.) (18-1-3), 2-0 – Box Score