Dec. 4, 2008

Courtesy of Seattle Pacific Athletics

Final boxscore & play-by-play

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Janae Godoy punched Seattle Pacific’s ticket to the Final Four with a 55th-minute goal Saturday in a 1-0 victory over host Truman State during the quarterfinal round of NCAA Division II women’s soccer tournament at Truman Soccer Park.

The fourth-ranked Falcons (20-1-2) will make their third Final Four appearance in the last four years. SPU has a semifinal meeting with No. 7 Metro State.

The national semifinals are scheduled for Dec. 5 at Pepin Stadium in Tampa, Fla., where the championship game will be played on Dec. 7.

The Falcons advanced to the 2005 NCAA championship game and lost last season in the national semifinals.

Godoy (Yakima, Wash./West Valley) continued a recent hot streak, having registered the game-winning goal in four of the last five games. The junior midfielder scored the decisive tally in the Falcons first tournament victory, a 3-1 decision against UC San Diego on Nov. 15 in Seattle. She has a goal or assist in seven of the last nine outings.

One of the few games Godoy did not factor into the scoring was Thursday’s 1-0 double-overtime victory over No. 12 Western Washington. SPU got a golden goal from Meredith Teague to win the West Region title and set up the successful showdown with South Central champion Truman.

SPU’s sophomore goalkeeper Maddie Dickinson posted her second straight playoff shutout.


Metro State Moves On After Downing Wis.-Parkside

Nov. 24, 2008


Allendale, Mich. - Becca Mays scored her third postseason goal to lead the No. 7 Metro State Roadrunners (20-1-3) to a 1-0 victory over No. 8 Wisconsin-Parkside, Sunday afternoon in the NCAA quarterfinals in Allendale, Mich.

The game was a defensive battle as the two teams combined for just 10 shots on goal. Metro State scored in the 33rd minute when Jaimie Stephenson played the ball through to Mays at top of box, whose shot to right post scored. The 'Runners defense held on to record its 16th shutout of the season.

The 'Runners will now advance to the NCAA Semifinals/Finals to be held Dec. 4 and 6th in Tampa, Fla. MSCD will take on No. 4 Seattle Pacific, on Dec. 4th at either 4 or 7 p.m. EST. Metro State won national championships in 2004 and 2006.


Saint Rose Clips Mercyhurst, 3-2

Courtesy of Mercyhurst Athletics


Box Score

West Chester, Pa. – The No. 17 Mercyhurst women’s soccer team fought through 90 minutes of tough playoff soccer, and came up just short, dropping a 3-2 decision to No. 21 Saint Rose in the NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Championship Quarterfinal Sunday at West Chester. 
The Lakers erased two one-goal deficits during the match, only to have the Golden Knights go ahead for good in the 79th minute as Amanda Deck tapped a Chrsitina Cuffari corner kick into the Lakers’ net for a 3-2 lead, one Saint Rose held throughout the remainder of the contest. Mercyhurst committed a majority of its players to the attack, but the Lakers could not find the equalizer.
Mercyhurst ends its season at 15-5-4, as the Lakers made a tremendous run through the postseason. Saint Rose set a school record with its 20th win, and they will play in the NCAA semifinal Thursday, Dec. 4 in Tampa, Fla.
Trailing 2-1 late in the match, Mercyhurst broke through the Saint Rose defense several times for scoring chances and in the 76th minute it led to a corner kick. Jamie Schroter drove the ball far post for Sarah Powell to head home to tie the match at two goals apiece. The goal was Powell’s 24th of the season.
After a 1-1 first half, the teams played evenly, with each side fighting for momentum. Saint Rose took the lead in the 68th minute. Deck challenged Megan Macko for the ball 25 yards from the Laker net, knocking Macko to the turf and securing the ball for a two-on-one chance. Deck found Nicola D’Errico on the left side, and she blasted a shot past Mercyhurst keeper Rebecca Heintzman for her second goal of the game and a 2-1 Saint Rose lead
The first half saw both teams play with aggressiveness and a will to win, making hard challenges and
playing a physical style of soccer. The Lakers disrupted many Golden Knight scoring opportunities by tackling the ball away in the midfield, with midfielders and forwards going all-out to repossess the ball. This trend continued throughout the match.
The Lakers held control of play early in the match, recording the first five shots. Saint Rose then began to use their speed to probe the Mercyhurst defense. The Golden Knights capitalized early on, as Cuffari sent a low corner kick into the area. Deck touched the ball to D’Errico, who struck a shot into the net for the game’s first goal.
The Saint Rose goal would be the first of four goals to arrive directly from a corner kick, as each team struck twice from the set piece.
Schroter, dangerous on set pieces all season long but playing with a painful leg injury, was gutting it out during the first 27 minutes of play, and then the Lakers earned a corner kick. Schroter lined the ball up, sending it into the area where Braedyn Ordway headed a pass to Taylor Hilinski, who then headed the ball past Saint Rose keeper Shannon Murphy to tie the match at 1-1 in the 28th minute. The goal was Hilinski’s 15th of the season. Schroter came out of the game following the goal and returned to start the second half.
Late in the first half, the Golden Knights controlled the run of play, nearly scoring on a couple of occasions. The Lakers’ defense held, and the teams went to halftime tied at one goal apiece.
Five Lakers played in their last career game Sunday, playing with passion and intensity from beginning to end. Heintzman made three saves. Melander played center back effectively. Powell scored her 73rd career goal and third in this year’s NCAA tournament. Rehnert created offense on the outside while also chipping in defensively. Hailee Maiorano saw minutes as a reserve.
Schroter recorded two assists, her third multiple-assist outing of 2008. Her 16 assists are the most by a Mercyhurst women’s soccer player since Powell had 16 helpers in her freshman year of 2005.
Hilinski scored her first NCAA tournament goal. She also had an assist in the Lakers’ 3-0 win over Slippery Rock in the second round Sunday, Nov. 16.
Mercyhurst’s last NCAA tournament loss came Nov. 3, 2006 against Indianapolis, a game in which Powell scored her first playoff goal.
The Lakers have completed a successful campaign, reaching the quarterfinals while playing excellent soccer down the stretch. The team loses seven seniors, including four starters, who will be missed. Mercyhurst has a group of players in place that looks to carry on the winning tradition for years to come.


No. 2 West Florida Keeps On Moving, Blanks Columbus State

Courtesy of West Florida Athletics

PENSACOLA, Fla. — The No. 2 ranked University of West Florida women’s soccer team took down No. 3 Columbus State 1-0 Sunday afternoon in the NCAA Quarterfinal round at the UWF Soccer Complex. The hard fought battle by the Argonauts gave them their first ever birth into the Final Four in program history.

Dernelle Mascall netted the only goal in the match coming in the fifth minute.  Jodi Galucci sent a corner kick into the box for Mascall who headed the ball into an open net giving the Argos the 1-0 lead. 

Defense was the name of the game today as both teams were evenly matched across the board.  UWF managed to fire off 11 shots to the Cougar’s six.  Columbus St. held the advantage in corner kicks, leading the count 6-5.

This is the second time this season that the Argonauts have beat the Cougars when they have been ranked inside the top five.  The first win came a little over a month ago when the No. 5 ranked Cougars came into town and were handed a 5-0 shutout loss by the Argos.

The Final Four matches will take place Friday, December 5th and 7th at Pepin Stadium on the campus of the University of Tampa.

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