Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) Earns Fourth National Championship
By Mike DeVader, Communications and Sports Information Intern
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – (Box Score | Bracket | Schedule) Head coach Drew Burwash and his Blue Raiders squad invaded Orange Beach, Ala., for the 31st annual NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship on a mission to raise another championship banner. That dream was realized on Saturday afternoon, as No. 6 Lindsey Wilson (18-3-3) won its fourth national title in program history with a 3-0 win over No. 5 Northwestern Ohio at Orange Beach Sportsplex.
“Unbelievable,” Burwash said. “We were put under a little pressure early in the match and we did not panic, we stayed calm and got back to what helps us be successful. It was a great performance by our team.”
In 16 national championship appearances, the Blue Raiders have now racked up four team titles – their first since 2012. Burwash has been at the helm for each of the programs’ titles.
As the first-ever match between the two programs began, both teams looked as if fatigue was catching up to them. It took almost the entire first half for either squad to find a grove, and in the 44th minute, Ayaki Shinada got Lindsey Wilson on the board off a rebound of a diving stop by Northwestern Ohio goalkeeper Nadine Stonjek. Shinada smashed a shot inside the far post from 25 yards out, giving the Blue Raiders a 1-0 lead at half.
The second half started with the same pace as the first period, as both teams seemed to feel out the other. The Blue Raiders then began putting more emphasis on tempo and ball possession, which resulted in Anna Vig scoring two goals in a three minute span (64th and 67th minute). Vig’s first score came on an assist by Fabienne Rochaix deep into the box. Vig then shook the defense and hit a goal on the far post. A short time later, Vig – who was named tournament Most Valuable Player – stole the ball, made a few dribbles and fired a shot into the net.
“I don’t think I even realize it yet,” Vig said “This is what we have been striving for the whole year. We wanted to be here in Orange Beach and hold the banner.
“I am exhausted, but it has all gone away now because I am very, very happy.”
The 3-0 lead was too much for Northwestern Ohio to overcome.
This was the Racers’ first-ever visit to the national championship in school history. In just two seasons as a program, head coach Stuart Gore led his club to the final game, and a 22-2-1 record in 2014. It was the first loss suffered by Northwestern Ohio since dropping a 2-0 decision to Davenport (Mich.) on Oct. 25. The blanking dropped the Racers to 4-1 all time in the national championship, but earned the team a national runner-up finish.
On this night, the Racers’ offense sputtered the entire match. The team was outshot 12-1 and shots on goal were in favor of Lindsey Wilson 6-0.
Stonjek came into the contest with an NAIA-record 20 shutouts on the season. This was just the second time on the year that the Racers gave up three goals in a match – Thomas (Ga.) scored three in a loss on Aug. 29.
With the victory, the Blue Raiders upped their overall record in the national championship to the 37-13-2. The senior class of Lindsey Wilson is now sent off with a second ring, much to the appreciation of Burwash.
“It was a great group of girls that work extremely hard and lead our team. They had a team-first mentality, and to send the senior class out with a title is pretty special,” he said.
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2014 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship – All-Tournament Team
|Matilda Hjalte||Northwood (Fla.)||GK||Sr.|
|Helena Hansson||Embry-Riddle (Fla.)||D||So.|
|Danielle Connolly||Northwestern Ohio||D||Sr.|
|Jasmin Ayala||Concordia (Ore.)||D||Sr.|
|Carola Schneider||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||D||So.|
|Julia Karlernas||Embry-Riddle (Fla.)||MF||Fr.|
|Bettina Brulhart||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||MF||So.|
|Anna Vig||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||MF||So.|
|Darcey James||Northwestern Ohio||MF||So.|
|Johanna Engberg||Northwood (Fla.)||F||So.|
|Alice Coyne||Northwestern Ohio||F||Sr.|
|Ayaki Shinada||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||F||Sr.|
|Elizabet Madjarac||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||F||Sr.|
Select Sport America-NAIA Championship Most Valuable Player
Anna Vig Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Select Sport America-NAIA Championship Outstanding Offensive Player
Ayaki Shinada, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Select Sport America-NAIA Championship Outstanding Defensive Player
Danielle Connolly, Northwestern Ohio
Champions of Character Select Sport America-NAIA Scholarship Recipient
Halee Wright, Hastings (Neb.)