Nov. 13, 2009

Courtesy of Bellarmine

ALLENDALE, Mich.--The Bellarmine University women's soccer team made its first trip to the NCAA tournament memorable by posting 1-0 victory over the University of Indianapolis today in a Midwest Regional opening round game played at Grand Valley State University.

The winning score won't surprise too many Bellarmine fans as this was the 12th time this season the Knights have played to a 1-0 finish.  The win, which tied a school record for most wins in a season with 14, sets up a Sunday matchup with the No. 1 seed and unbeaten Grand Valley State Lakers.  Game time is set for 1 p.m.

Bellarmine freshman Alex Kowalski headed in a cross from Danielle Kamenec in the 28th minute to record the game's lone goal.  Kowalski has just recently returned to the Knights lineup after missing eight games due to an injury.

The Knights controlled possession for most of the game and held a 21-6 advantage in shots and a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.

"The key to the game was how well we possessed the ball from the start," said Coach Jonathan Velotta. "All week in practice we talked about being very patient going forward, and we did that very, very well."

Velotta also said he was pleased with Bellarmine's good play all over the field.  "Amanda Moore did a fantastic job for us up front creating opportunites, and the midfield really controlled the tempo of the game with their ball control."   

Greyhounds keeper, Shae Morris collected seven saves on the day to help keep Indianapolis close, while Bellarmine keeper Amy Kunowski recorded her ninth shutout of the season with three saves of her own.

"(Indianapolis) has some great players up front, but Peach (Cristina Fugedy) and Abby (Schuhmann) did a good job of staying in front of them," Velotta said. "They did get a couple of chances in the second half, but Amy (Kunowski) came up with some big saves."

Bellarmine, the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region, improves to 14-3-1 on the season, while the 5th-seeded Greyhounds finish their season at 15-6.  Interestingly, Bellarmine saddled Indianapolis with both their first and last losses of the season.