No. 14 Wartburg blanks Principia
Knights notch school-record 12th shutout of season in victory
WAVERLY, Iowa -- No. 14 Wartburg (17-2-2 overall) advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament with its 2-0 victory against Principia (15-4-1) on Friday night.
"This was a really important win for us," Wartburg head coach Tiffany Pins said. "The team has been working for this all season."
Sophomore Anna Aquino scored her ninth goal of the year on a pass from classmate Rachel Torry at the 28:29 mark to give the Knights the early 1-0 lead.
"The first goal gave the girls the confidence they needed," Pins added.
"[Scoring this first goal] felt good and set the pace for the rest of the game," Aquino said. "It is important that the team gets refreshed before tomorrow and gets mentally prepared."
This remained the score through halftime until junior Kelli Anderson netted her ninth goal on the year just over a minute into the second stanza at 46:04. Torry was credited with the assist.
"The team has been working hard for this all year," Torry said, who finished with a career-high two assists. "For tomorrow’s game, the team needs to get some rest and keep to the basics."
Sophomore Monica Noti recorded her tenth shutout of the year.
With this shutout, the Knights have now set a new single-season record with 12 on the year. The previous record stood at 11 which was set in 2007 and 2009.
Wartburg will face Wisconsin-Whitewater in second-round action on Saturday at 5 p.m ET.
"[Looking forward to tomorrow’s game], it is important that the team finds their rhythm early and continues to attack," Pins said.