Whitworth 3, Wartburg 0

Nov. 19, 2005

SPOKANE, Wash.- Whitworth College and Trinity University, the top two seeds in their quarter bracket of the NCAA Division III men's soccer tournament, will meet one another on Sunday afternoon to decide one berth to the final four after each won in today's Sectional Semifinals at Whitworth Soccer Field. The host Pirates defeated Wartburg College (Iowa) 3-0 in the first match, while Trinity came from behind to defeat Stevens Institute of Technology (N.J.) 3-1 in the second contest.

Northwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year Todd Sabrowski returned to the lineup for Whitworth after missing last weekend's second round match with Redlands due to a hip pointer. Sabrowski scored one goal and set up another to led the Pirates past the Knights 3-0.

Ali Seyedali got Whitworth (18-1-1) on the board in the 30th minute when he scored on a free kick from just outside the top of the keeper box. It was his seventh goal of the season.

Ten minutes later Sabrowski was taken down in the keeper box, drawing a penalty kick. Evan Hendrickson took the kick after Seyedali was sent to the Pirate sideline with blood on his uniform. Hendrickson's shot to Matt Shephard's left was nearly stopped by the Wartburg keeper, but the ball trickled into the net.

Sabrowski, playing up front for the first time this season, scored the final goal of the match in the 75th minute when he stole the ball from a Wartburg defender and fired past Shephard into the upper left corner.

Scott Hill had Wartburg's (18-4-1) best shot at a goal with 20 minutes to play, but his laser from 25 yards was saved over the top of the bar by Whitworth's Kevin Bostock.

The Pirates finished with a 19-13 edge in shots, including a 7-2 advantage in shots on goal. Wartburg had five corner kicks to Whitworth's three.

Shephard finished with three saves for the Knights, while Bostock made two stops for Whitworth.

-- Courtesy Whitworth