Women's Soccer - Fri, Nov. 3, 2006
CHICAGO - A header goal by senior forward Angie Holmes (Shorewood, Ill./Providence Catholic) in the 17th minute of play was enough to lift the No. 8 ranked and No. 1 seeded Saint Xavier University women's soccer team to a 2-0 semifinals win over No. 5 seed Trinity International University (Ill.) in 2006 NAIA Region VII Soccer Tournament action Friday at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago. SXU advances to Saturday's 1:30 p.m. championship game and will host No. 6 seed Trinity Christian College (Ill.) after the Trolls upset No. 2 seed William Penn University (Iowa), 2-0, in Friday's second semifinals game.
The win Friday improves Saint Xavier's overall record to 18-3 overall, which sets a new women's soccer school record for most wins in a season. The previous record was 17 victories during the 1997 campaign. Holmes recorded the game's first goal off an assist from junior forward Lissa Coby (Lake Villa, Ill./Grant Community). Coby went on to score the final goal for SXU with less than a minute to play in regulation on a breakaway assisted by junior midfielder Aleks Sudar (Omaha, Neb./Bryan). Freshman Danielle Wagner (Worth, Ill./University of Illinois) got the start in goal for the Cougars and finished with her ninth shutout of the season behind two saves. The SXU defense was amazing as well and has allowed just two goals over the team's last 10 games.
Trinity Christian picked up the 2-0 upset win over William Penn in the day's second semifinals game behind two second-half goals. In the 65th minute of play, sophomore forward Natalie Buikema broke the scoreless tie with a goal off a rebounded save by WPU freshman goalkeeper Kristen Dolen. The Trolls sealed the victory with another goal just over three minutes later when sophomore midfielder Mindi Harkema found the back of the net off an assist from freshman midfielder Brittany Lee. Despite the loss, Dolen was huge in goal for the Lady Statesmen finishing with 20 saves.
Saint Xavier (18-3 overall/7-2 CCAC) takes on No. 6 seed Trinity Christian College (Ill.) in Saturday's NAIA Region VII championship game at 1:30 p.m. at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago. With a victory Saturday, the Cougars would receive an automatic bid to participate in this year's NAIA National Tournament in Olathe, Kan., which begins on Thursday, November 16. It would be the first bid in the program's 10-year history.