Dec. 4, 2008

Courtesy of Seattle Pacific

TAMPA, Fla. -- Amanda Johnson scored two goals and assisted on the third Thursday to send fourth-ranked Seattle Pacific into the championship game of the NCAA Division II women’s soccer tournament with a 3-1 semifinal victory over No. 12 Metro State at Pepin Stadium.

SPU, which improved to 21-1-2, will meet either No. 2 West Florida or No. 21 Saint Rose in Saturday’s championship game at 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time, 3:30 p.m. Eastern.

The Falcons will be making their second championship game appearance. They suffered a 2-1 overtime decision against Nebraska-Omaha in 2005. SPU is participating in the Final Four for the third time in the last four years.

Johnson opened the scoring just over one minute into Thursday's game, giving SPU a 1-0 lead it would carry into halftime.

The Falcons pressed into the Metro State side of the field from the opening kickoff and converted on their second foray at the goal. Meredith Teague served a cross from the right flank to the far post. Johnson headed it inside the left post at 1:13 on the first shot by either team.

The Roadrunners netted the equalizer at 54:40 on a header by Jen Thomas off a cross from Madison McQuilliams.

SPU answered 38 seconds later on Johnson’s second goal. She converted a pass from Jocelyn Charette at 55:18.

Charette found the net herself at 58:33 on a hard shot from the right side off a pass from Johnson.