Women's Soccer - Fri, Nov. 16, 2007
Daytona Beach, Fla. - Senior forward Lissa Coby (Ingleside, Ill./Grant Community) assisted on two goals and set up the third to lead the ninth-seeded Saint Xavier University women's soccer team (19-3-2 overall) to a 3-1 win over No. 8 seed Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.) in the second round of the 2007 NAIA Women's Soccer Tournament Friday at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Bees end their season at 12-4-1 overall. With the victory, the Cougars advance to the NAIA quarterfinals Saturday for the first time in the program's 11-year history and will face No. 1 seed Lee University (Tenn.) at 12 p.m. EST.
SXU took the lead with 8:37 remaining in the first half following a Coby corner kick. SCAD was unable to clear the ball out of the box and after a scramble, freshman midfielder Carey Brown (Des Plaines, Ill./Maine West) got the ball at her feet, touched it just out of reach of a SCAD defender and rifled a left-footed shot that ricocheted off another defender and into the back of the net for a 1-0 SXU lead. A free kick by Coby from the center of the pitch led to a header by senior midfielder Aleks Sudar (Omaha, Neb./Omaha Bryan) to increase the Cougar lead to 2-0 just nine minutes into the second half.
Coby won a midfield battle and played a beautiful ball to sophomore midfielder Jessica Martinez (Hickory Hills, Ill./Stagg) running down the right in the 68th minute. Martinez took a couple of touches and lifted the Cougars' third goal over the head of SCAD keeper Laura Hansen to seal the win. SCAD got a goal back in the 74th minute when senior midfielder Maddy Minnis won the ball on the right side and got a cross off to freshman midfielder Melissa Hagerty, who headed home her third goal of the year. SXU sophomore goalkeeper Danielle Wagner (Worth, Ill./University of Illinois/Stagg) finished the game with five saves in the winning effort.
Saint Xavier (19-3-2 overall) advances to face No. 1 seed Lee at 12 p.m. EST Saturday in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Cougars already faced No. 1 Lee University (Tenn.) once this season, a tough 1-0 loss on October 18 at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago.