Possession against aggression will be the order of the day in today's Division II women's soccer national-championship game at the Midwestern...
WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Possession against aggression will be the order of the day in today’s Division II women’s soccer national-championship game at the Midwestern State Soccer Field.
Seattle Pacific will vie for its first national championship today against Nebraska-Omaha, only the fifth year of the SPU program’s existence. Kickoff is at 11 a.m. The game will be Webcast on www.golivesports.com and will be televised on College Sports TV. The game also will be available free On Demand to most Comcast subscribers and will be available late this afternoon or early this evening.
The Falcons will need to keep the ball away from Nebraska-Omaha’s three-forward attack.
“They are a very direct team and they really come after you,” Seattle Pacific coach Chuck Sekyra said. “They are a very fast and athletic team.”
The No. 7 Mavericks (18-2) are playing in their fourth consecutive Final Four. Nebraska-Omaha fell to Christian Brothers 2-1 in 2002.
The Mavericks advanced with a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Franklin Pierce in Thursday’s semifinals.
Freshman forward Amanda Iwansky netted her national-tournament-best seventh goal when a clearing attempt by the Franklin Pierce goalkeeper rebounded off of her side and into the goal to put the Mavericks ahead 16 minutes into the second half.
Iwansky and junior Beth McGill lead the Mavericks with 16 goals each, while sophomore Brandi Beale has 12 goals.
Seattle Pacific advanced to the championship game with a 3-2 win over Carson-Newman (Tenn.) in Thursday’s semifinals. The Falcons trailed 2-0 at halftime.
Shannon Lovejoy became the Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-time points leader when she scored on her fifth penalty kick of the year after an intentional hand ball in the box gave Seattle Pacific a man advantage for the remaining 31:40 of the contest.
Carolyn Nason provided the winning margin when she headed in Meredith Teague’s corner kick in the 71st minute.
“I was very proud of my team’s character in being able to come from behind,” Sekyra said. “It gives us a lot of confidence going into this game.”
The Falcons (20-0-4) will be trying to bring a second consecutive Division II soccer championship back to Seattle. The Seattle University men claimed the 2004 championship.
“It would be something to set the standard for the program awfully early,” Sekyra said. “We want to go home with no regrets.”