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DII Roundup: Trinity extends streak

No. 2 Trinity (Texas) 2, UC Santa Cruz 1

SAN ANTONIO -- The second-ranked Trinity (Texas) Tigers wrapped up their regular-season home schedule by edging the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs 2-1 on Sunday.

Trinity, which remained undefeated at 20-0-1, also won its 17th consecutive game. UC-Santa Cruz dropped to 9-8-2 after the loss.

Tiger senior Michelle Lanier put Trinity on the board with a goal in the 23rd minute of play, her 11th of the season. Junior Emily Jorgens recorded her 22nd assist of the campaign, along with her 56th point. Jorgens is No. 2 on the Tigers' single-season points list, and is just one away from tying Tara Dillon, who posted 57 points in 1991. In addition, Jorgens is Trinity’s all-time single-season assists leader, and has scored a team-best 17 goals this year.

UC Santa Cruz evened the game at 1-1 in the 40th minute, but Tiger sophomore Maggie Olvera responded just more than a minute later with her fifth goal of the season, and her first game winner. Juniors Kirby Peddicord and Hannah Kuhl combined for the assists.

Junior goalkeeper Devan Osegueda registered two saves, while allowing one goal. Trinity’s defense has yielded only six goals through 21 games, while scoring 102.

The Tigers will defend their Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title starting Saturday at the SCAC Tournament at Seguin, Texas. Trinity (12-0-0 SCAC) will enter the two-day event as the top-seeded team.

No. 1 Washington (Mo.) 4, New York University 0

RIVERDALE, N.Y. -- Top-ranked Washington (Mo.) secured its second consecutive conference title and gained an automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA tournament with a 4-0 win at New York University on Sunday afternoon.

The University Athletic Association (UAA) championship for head coach Jim Conlon is his fourth in six seasons on the Danforth Campus, and the ninth in school history. The Bears will be making their eighth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance and 13th overall in school history.

Washington outshot New York 11-2 in the first half but did not find the net until the 42nd minute after senior Jessica Johnson scored the eventual game winner on an assist from senior Lauren Steimle. The goal for Johnson was her eighth of the year and 21st of her career.

It took just more than two minutes for the Bears to add on to their lead in the second half as sophomore Olivia Lillegraven scored at 47:12 off a corner kick from senior Kate Doyle to make it 2-0. The goal for Lillegraven was her 11th of the season, best in the UAA.

Junior Kaylin Balley scored at 68:24 on an assist from junior Anna Zambricki to make it 3-0, and freshman Katie Chandler added an insurance goal at 79:04 to round out the scoring.

Sophomore goalkeeper Amy French made three saves and picked up the shutout for Washington, its 13th of the season. The 13 shutouts are the second most in a single season. Washington outshot New York 18-5 and had a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks.

No. 8 Emory 1, Case Western Reserve 0

CLEVELAND -- Emory senior Kelly Costopoulos broke a scoreless tie in the 84th minute with her fifth goal of the season, leading the eighth-ranked Eagles to a 1-0 win at Case Western Reserve on Sunday afternoon.

The win was the Eagles' sixth in a row, and their 11th in their past 12 outings, as the squad improved to 13-3-1 overall and to 5-1-0 in University Athletic Association (UAA) play with one match left in the regular season. Case dropped to 8-9-1 overall and to 0-5-1 in the UAA with the loss.

After the majority of the game went by without a goal being scored, the Eagles started to gain momentum and maintain possession for long stretches of time toward the middle of the second half. The work paid off for Emory at the 83:02 mark, when Costopoulos slid into the box to knock a ball past the Case keeper following a cross from junior Jennifer Grant. The play was started by a run from junior Emily Feldman, who was also credited with an assist on the play.

Costopoulos now has five goals and an assist for 11 points, tied for the third-most points scored by an Eagle this season. It was also her second game-winning goal of the season, and she moved into sole possession of third place in school history with 11 career game winning goals.

Meanwhile, the Emory defense turned in another strong effort, limiting the Spartans to nine shots during the game, en route to the team's fourth consecutive shutout and ninth this season. Sophomore Liz Arnold played the full contest in goal, turning away each of the three shots on goal to record her fifth individual shutout of the campaign. Arnold is now 12-2-1 this season with a 0.44 goals-against average and a .854 save percentage.