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Grand Valley State wins the 2021 DII women's soccer championship

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Grand Valley State wins the 2021 DII women's soccer championship
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9:26 pm, December 11, 2021

Grand Valley State wins the 2021 DII women's soccer championship

NCAA.com Grand Valley State defends its DII women's soccer championship.

Grand Valley State added to its already impressive lore. The Lakers repeat as DII women's soccer national champions, defeating Saint Rose 3-2 in double overtime. It is the Lakers seventh national title and third time they have won multiple titles in a row. 

Kennedy Bearden wasted little time, scoring her second goal of the day in the opening seconds of the second overtime session. It was Bearden who assisted on the 2019 golden goal to give the Lakers' title No. 6 and Saturday was her turn to be golden. The Lakers are your 2021 national champions. Be sure to recap every round of the 2021 DII women's soccer championship by scrolling below. 

Grand Valley State wins the 2021 DII women's soccer championship

4:27 p.m. Grand Valley State 3, Saint Rose 2 | Final — Grand Valley State didn't want to see penalty kicks. Just seconds into the second overtime, the Lakers lock up their DII record seventh DII women's soccer championship.

4:24 p.m. Grand Valley State 2, Saint Rose 2 | Watch live — One overtime down, another coming up. I'm not sure how this one wasn't put away as a ball trickled up and down the goal line, but after review, never crossed. Hang on for the thrilling finale. 

4:05 p.m. Grand Valley State 2, Saint Rose 2 | Watch live — Ninety minutes wasn't enough. Grand Valley State and Saint Rose head to overtime in a great back-and-forth final so far. 

3:53 p.m. Grand Valley State 2, Saint Rose 2 | Watch live — What a battle between two heavyweights. Less than five minutes later, Saint Rose ties the game as Lauren Amerena finds Ciera Lundy for the equalizer. 

3:46 p.m. Grand Valley State 2, Saint Rose 1 | Watch live — And the Lakers are back on top. Cecilia Steinwascher puts Grand Valley State ahead 2-1 in the 73rd minute.

3:30 p.m. Grand Valley State 1, Saint Rose 1 | Watch live — We're tied in Colorado Springs. Mia Klammer gets the Golden Knights on the board and we have a new ballgame with 22 minutes left in the second half. 

Halftime: Grand Valley State 1, Saint Rose 0 | Watch live — Some nice saves by both keepers, but Bearden's goal in the first five minutes of play remains the difference. Lakers' have to keep Saint Rose off the board for 45 more minutes to repeat. 

2:35 p.m.: Grand Valley State 1, Saint Rose 0 | Watch live — After a quick strike by Grand Valley State, both teams have tightened up the defense and it has remained scoreless over the past 20 minutes. Each team has six shots, two of which have been on goal. Bearden's has been the difference so far. Twenty minutes left in the first half. 

2:10 p.m.: Grand Valley State 1, Saint Rose 0 | Watch live — That didn't take long. Less than five minutes in the Lakers' Kennedy Bearden chips in over the Saint Rose keepers' head for the early 1-0 lead. A lot of time left here. 

1:40 p.m. — Welcome to the final match of the 2021 DII women's soccer season. The good news is it's sunny. That bad news is it is 39 degrees. Both Saint Rose and Grand Valley State played in the 2019 quarterfinals in Pittsburgh when it was snowing and in the 20s all weekend. The sun should be a welcomed advantage.

Click or tap here for the full DII women's soccer bracket. For a printable version, go here.

11:00 pm, December 9, 2021

Grand Valley State, Saint Rose to meet in Saturday's championship match

Grand Valley State Athletics Grand Valley State looks to repeat in DII women's soccer.

And then there were two. For the second time in the past ten years, Saint Rose and Grand Valley State will meet to decide who lays claim to the DII women’s soccer national championship crown after both advanced in Thursday’s semifinals.

Grand Valley State — which was sixth in DII scoring 3.08 goals per game — was on point Thursday, downing Lenoir-Rhyne 3-0. Three different Lakers chipped in with Kennedy Bearden getting it started, Makenna Schoolman making it 2-0 right before the end of the first half and Cecilia Steinwascher putting the icing on the cake.

2021 DII women's soccer semifinal: Lenoir-Rhyne vs. Grand Valley State full replay

Lenoir-Rhyne’s dream season sees the Bears finish 12-6-5 and the furthest they have ever made it in the NCAA tournament. The Lakers advance to their eighth national championship match in the past 10 years, including third in a row.

Saint Rose, back in the semifinals for a second year in a row, move on after a 2-1 victory over DBU. An early goal from Ryleigh Hopek, her first of the year, got the scoring started for the Golden Eagles and Kaelyn Britt got a little insurance early in the second half. It turned out Saint Rose would need it as DBU got a goal from Melanie Castelan late, but it wasn’t enough.

2021 DII women's soccer semifinal: Saint Rose vs. DBU full replay

Not bad for a Golden Knights team completely snubbed in the preseason poll. Here's what our own Wayne Cavadi said in August when Saint Rose was left off the preseason top 25:

Saint Rose is surprisingly on the outside looking in for the start of 2021. The Golden Knights are once again the coach’s pick to defend their 2019 NE10 crown after making it all the way to the national semifinals for the seventh time in program history — four of which came in the last decade. Saint Rose returns four starters from that semifinals team — and all three key reserves that appeared in that match — so there seems plenty left to make another annual Saint Rose run to the tourney.

Run the Golden Knights have. Saint Rose faces off against Grand Valley State in the title match for the second time in a decade. Last time, the Golden Knights won and you can be sure revenge is on the No. 1 Lakers' mind as they look to repeat for the third time since 2009.

Complete scores and stats from the semifinals:

Click or tap here to view the interactive tournament bracket. We will be back with championship match action on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. ET.

10:27 pm, December 9, 2021

Saint Rose gets some insurance, takes 2-0 lead

NCAA.com Saint Rose is one win away from another trip to the DII women's soccer championship match.

Kaelyn Britt gives the Golden Knight a little extra cushion with a big second-half goal. DBU looked to be ready to tie the match up, but a beautiful save from Saint Rose keeper Marika Laurendeau — her fifth of the day — turned the tides. The Golden Knights took the offensive and Britt drilled it home for the big 2-0 lead. Plenty of time left for DBU to counter, so let's see what the Golden Knights can do on defense. 

Click or tap here to view the interactive tournament bracket.

9:51 pm, December 9, 2021

Saint Rose up 1-0 on DBU at the half

NCAA.com Saint Rose up at the half of the DII women's soccer semifinals.

A high, Saint Rose bounce is the difference in a tightly contested first half of play. Both teams battled defensively on a brisk 55-degree day in Colorado Springs and DBU has actually out-shot its foe 10-8. But it was Saint Rose's Ryleigh Hopeck who got a friendly bounce over the DBU keeper's head for her first goal of the season as the difference maker through the first 45 minutes of play.

Second-half action coming up now.

Click or tap here to view the interactive tournament bracket.

NCAA.com Saint Rose is one win away from another trip to the DII women's soccer championship match.
8:00 pm, December 9, 2021

Grand Valley State advances, Saint Rose vs. DBU coming up

NCAA.com Grand Valley State wins 3-0 in the DII women's soccer semifinals.

Grand Valley State has advanced to the DII women's championship game on Saturday, Dec. 9. It is the Lakers' seventh trip to the title match since 2011, having won four of those national championships. Will there be a rematch of the 2011 DII women's soccer championship match when Saint Rose defeated the Lakers 2-1?

Saint Rose or DBU, coming up next. Don't go anywhere.

Click or tap here to view the interactive tournament bracket.

7:36 pm, December 9, 2021

Grand Valley State up 3-0 with 20 minutes remaining in semifinals

Cecilia Steinwasher puts Grand Valley State ahead 3-0 with a goal off the post to the far right of the keeper. There was no chance to save it as it was very well placed. The Lakers are just 20 minutes away from advancing to yet another championship match on Saturday. 

NCAA.com Grand Valley State leads 3-0 in the DII women's soccer semifinals.
6:49 pm, December 9, 2021

Defending champs ahead 2-0 at the half

NCAA.com Grand Valley State leads 2-0 in the DII women's soccer semifinals.

We've reached halftime of the first of two semifinals matches in Thursday's DII women's soccer championship action. Thanks to an early  goal from Kennedy Bearden and a late score from Makenna Schoolman in the 43rd minute of play, the No. 1-seeded Grand Valley State Lakers lead No. 4 Lenoir-Rhyne 2-0. Second-half action coming up shortly. 

You'll be able to watch livestreams of the two semifinals here on NCAA.com.

The four teams in the semifinals were reseeded before Thursday's matches.

Click or tap here to view the interactive tournament bracket.

6:18 pm, December 9, 2021

Grand Valley State strikes first; lead 1-0 in semifinals

The defending champion Grand Valley State Lakers score the first goal of the DII women's soccer semifinals. They lead 1-0 on No. 4 Lenoir-Rhyne after a Kennedy Bearden goal. We are about a third of the way through the first half from Colorado Springs. 

1:38 pm, December 9, 2021

DII women's soccer: Semifinals schedule

By the end of Thursday, the 2021 NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Championship finalists will be decided. The two semifinal matches will take place Thursday afternoon:

You'll be able to watch livestreams of the two semifinals here on NCAA.com.

The four teams in the semifinals were reseeded before Thursday's matches.

Click or tap here to view the interactive tournament bracket.

In the quarterfinals, Saint Rose defeated No. 2 Concord 3-2, Lenoir-Rhyne bested Florida Tech in penalty kicks, Grand Valley State knocked off Central Missouri 1-0 nd  DBU defeated Seattle Pacific 1-0.

9:57 pm, December 5, 2021

Grand Valley State, Lenoir-Rhyne advance to DII women's soccer semifinals

Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics Lenoir-Rhyne women's soccer 2021 dii tournament quarterfinals

The semifinal field is set in the 2021 DII women's soccer championship following the completion of the quarterfinal round on Sunday. Defending champion Grand Valley State and Lenoir-Rhyne were the winners today in a pair of very tightly contested matches.

The Lakers prevailed 1-0 in the first match thanks to an early goal from Caitie Baron in the seventh minute that they made hold up the rest of the way by allowing only 2 shots on goal the whole match.

In the second match, Lenoir-Rhyne outlasted Florida Tech in penalty kicks. Their match was scoreless for nearly an hour before Florida Tech took the lead in the 57th minute with a goal from Alexis Sheely. But the Bears equalized very quickly through a 64th-minute tally from Kara Gavaghan.

Then they teams went without a goal for the rest of regulation and both overtime periods, almost another 50 minutes in total. Lenoir-Rhyne held just a bit steadier in the shootout, winning 4-3.

Here's how the two matches finished today. Click on the links below to view complete stats for them both:

Click or tap here to view the full interactive bracket for the 2021 DII women's soccer tournament.

Grand Valley State and Lenoir-Rhyne join Saint Rose and DBU as the last four teams standing in the tournament. After the completion of the quarterfinals, they were all re-seeded for the semifinals, which will be on Thursday, Dec. 9 at Weidner Field in Colorado Springs.

Here are the matchups and schedule (all times Eastern):

The final is set for Saturday, Dec. 11

5:54 pm, December 5, 2021

Last pair of DII women's soccer quarterfinals kick off Sunday afternoon

Grand Valley State Athletics grand valley state women's soccer dii 2021 quarterfinals

The second day of quarterfinal action is underway in the 2021 DII women's soccer championship. Defending champion Grand Valley State just kicked off against Central Missouri in the first match of the afternoon.

The second game will begin in about an hour, featuring Florida Tech and Lenoir-Rhyne.

The winners of today's matches will join the winners of Saturday's quarterfinals, Saint Rose and DBU, in the semifinals.

Here's a look at the two matches today. Click on the links below to follow live stats:

Click or tap here to view the full interactive bracket for the 2021 DII women's soccer bracket.

The semifinals will be on Thursday, Dec. 9.

9:27 pm, December 4, 2021

DBU, Saint Rose first two to advance to semifinals

Dallas Baptist Athletics DBU is in the DII women's soccer semifinals.

The first two teams advanced to the DII women's soccer tournament semifinals on Saturday. For one team, it will seem eerily familiar while for the other, history was made.

Saint Rose is heading back to the national semifinals for the second tournament in a row. Mia Klammer assisted on two of the Golden Knights' goals, including the game winner by Lexi Grassia in overtime. DBU found itself in a No. 1-seed showdown with Seattle Pacific and held on to a tightly contested 1-0 victory. It was Delaney Schmidt's golden goal in the 52nd minute of play that sent the Patriots to their first semifinals in program history

Saturday's quarterfinal scores:

Action resumes tomorrow. No. 1 Central Missouri takes on No. 1 — a defending champs — Grand Valley State at 1 p.m. ET while Lenoir-Rhyne takes on Florida Tech at 2 p.m. ET. Click or tap here for the full interactive bracket for this year's tournament.

3:10 pm, December 4, 2021

First set of DII women's soccer quarterfinal matches start today

No. 1 Seattle Pacific will face No. 1 Dallas Baptist at 2 p.m. ET.

The DII women's soccer quarterfinals will begin today with a pair of high-ranked matchups. 

Today will feature three No. 1 seeds and one No. 2, all with hopes of advancing to the semifinals. No. 1 Saint Rose and No. 2 Concord will get things going at 1 p.m. ET today. The remaining two quarterfinals games will be played on Sunday.

Here is the full lineup for Saturday:

Click or tap here for the full interactive bracket for this year's tournament.

10:21 pm, December 3, 2021

Final scores, recap after the third round in DII women's soccer tournament

Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics Lenoir rhyne dii women's soccer 2021 third round

The quarterfinal field is set in the 2021 DII women's soccer championship following the completion of the third round on Friday.

Highlights from the pitch included defending champion Grand Valley State grabbing another sound win to advance in its quest for a repeat title, and two matches going the distance, with Lenoir-Rhyne and Florida Tech prevailing in penalty kicks.

Here are complete scores from Friday's matches. You can view full stats from every match by clicking on the links below:

The four winners from Friday will play their quarterfinal matches on Sunday, Dec. 5. The quarterfinal round will begin tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 4, with the four winners from Thursday: Saint Rose, Seattle Pacific, Concord, and DBU.

Click or tap here for the full interactive bracket for this year's tournament.