Women's Soccer Team Headed to NAIA Nationals After 2-1 Victory in WHAC Tournament Finals
Siena Heights' women's soccer team stunned Madonna on its home turf, handing the Crusaders their only league loss this season by pulling a 2-1 double overtime upset in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament championship Nov. 14.
With the win, the Saints (11-5-4) qualified for the NAIA National Tournament for the second time in three years. They will head to Lindsey Wilson College (18-1) in Columbia, Ky., for the opening round of the NAIA National Tournament. The game will be played at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, with the winner advancing to the Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach, Fla., for the remainder of the tournament.
After a scoreless first overtime period, it took only 69 seconds into the second OT to decide the match. Allison Septer scored the game-winner, taking a Katelyn Hawarny corner kick and putting the ball into the Crusaders' net.
Siena Heights head coach Scott Oliver called his team's performance a gutsy effort, especially after losing to nationally ranked Madonna (15-3) twice during the regular season.
The Saints outshot Madonna 4-1 in the first period. Kim Stoutenburg scored the game's first goal when she took a corner kick from Hawarny and an assist from Lindsey Mancini at the 41:20 mark for a 1-0 halftime lead.
"I am so proud of our kids. We played harder and more physical than they did today. We capitalized on our set pieces and won the game with guts and determination. We played our hearts out, and that is why we are (going to Nationals)."
- SHU Women's Soccer Coach Scott Oliver
That lead held until the 77:58 mark, when Madonna tied the score off a deflection from a Siena defender.
Haley Mancini made two saves as the Saint defense kept Madonna's offense away from the goal most of the game.
"I am so proud of our kids," Oliver said. "We played harder and more physical than they did today. We capitalized on our set pieces and won the game with guts and determination. We played our hearts out, and that is why we are (going to Nationals)."
The Saints will make their fifth appearance at the NAIA National Tournament, and their third since Oliver took over the program in 2001.
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