Saints defeat host Spring Arbor 1-0 in Regional Championship; square off against McKendree College in opening round
The Siena Heights women's soccer team won its first NAIA Regional championship since 2002, defeating Spring Arbor University 1-0. The Saints advance to the national tournament in Kansas.
SPRING ARBOR, Mich. - The Siena Heights University women's soccer team advanced to the NAIA National Tournament for the first time since 2002 with a 1-0 win over Spring Arbor Saturday afternoon.
Playing their second game in two days, the Saints were solid defensively and capitalized on the only scoring chance that mattered, with Kristen Brundage scoring the lone goal for the second time in two days for the Saints. Allison Septer and Allison Davis assisted on Brundage's goal.
In a very evenly played game, both sides managed to get off 15 shots. Katharine Koch netted her second shutout in as many days, saving 9 shots on the day. With the win the Saints have upped their record to 15-6-1 on the season. Siena Heights advances to the NAIA National Tournament for the 4th time in the program's history, and the first time since 2002 (1988 & 1990 were the other appearances).
The NAIA National Tournament will be played in Olathe, Kansas, at the NAIA headquarters.
Siena Heights will square off against McKendree College, from Lebanon, Ill., in their first round matchup at the NAIA National Tournament. The Saints were marked as the #19 seed in the field of 20. The winner will advance to the round of 16 where they will face the third seeded and defending NAIA National Champions, Martin-Methodist from Tennessee.