Nov. 15, 2009

* Courtesy IUP Athletics

Viann Heder led IUP with a game-winning goal in the waning moments of the NCAA Atlantic Regional Second Round to defeat the Golden Rams 1-0 Sunday at South Campus Field in West Chester. The Crimson Hawks will advance to play California in the Third Round of the NCAA Atlantic Regional.

West Chester, ranked fifth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, concluded its season with a 19-2-1 record, while IUP advances with a 14-6-2 record.

IUP has not defeated the Golden Rams since 2001 and ends a nine game losing skid to West Chester, which won the PSAC Championship earlier this month.

The Crimson Hawks avenged a loss earlier this season as the Golden Rams downed IUP 4-1 in the semifinals of the PSAC Tournament.

After battling through a scoreless 87:41 minutes, Heder put IUP on top with a free kick that went past Lyndsie Bernardini. The goal was Heder's fourth of the season and first game winning-goal of the year.

The Crimson Hawks put together one of its best defensive performances of the post season against the high scoring Golden Rams offense. Kelly Brennan recorded two saves in the shutout, which was her seventh of the season.

IUP was out shot by West Chest 15-9, but the Crimson Hawks led the way in quality scoring opportunities. Sarah Romasco and Allison Keller both had great chances to put IUP in front with hard shots on the West Chester net before the Heder goal.

"West Chester had some opportunities after we scored but the defense came up big for us in the final moments," IUP head coach Adel Heder said. "We're so happy for the team, and I am very proud of them. This is a great feeling and we're looking forward to continuing the season."

IUP will advance to the Third Round of the NCAA Atlantic Regional and will face divisional rival California. Time, place, date and location for the final have yet to be determined. Earlier this season the Vulcans downed IUP 2-1 and 4-0, respectively.