Women's Soccer - Fri, Nov. 5, 2004
CHICAGO - Freshman midfielder Aleksandra Sudar (Omaha, Neb./Omaha Bryan) scored a pair of goals Friday to help lead the No. 6 seeded Saint Xavier University women's soccer team to a 3-0 upset victory over No. 2 seed William Penn University (Iowa) in semi-final action of the 2004 NAIA Region VII Women's Soccer Tournament hosted by Saint Xavier University in Chicago. With the win, the Cougars advance to the championship game to take on No. 1 seed and No. 2 nationally ranked Robert Morris College (Ill.) Saturday at SXU stadium. The championship is set for a 1:30 p.m. start and the winner of the game will receive an automatic bid to the 2004 NAIA Women's Soccer National Tournament in Santa Barbara, Calif., starting Tuesday, November 16.
After a scoreless first half, SXU (15-6-1 overall) came out firing early after the break scoring its first goal in the game's 50th minute when freshman forward Lissa Coby (Lake Villa, Ill./Grant Community) connected with Sudar on a corner kick for the score. Just under two minutes later, Coby broke free herself for a goal after receiving a pass from sophomore forward Angie Holmes (Shorewood, Ill./Providence Catholic) to put Saint Xavier ahead, 2-0.
Sudar tacked on another goal in the 60th minute of regulation unassisted following a corner kick to help secure the victory. Sophomore goalkeeper Jessi Brink (Omaha, Neb./Burke) got the start between the posts for the Cougars and played well recording 10 saves en route to the shutout.
In Friday's earlier NAIA Region VII semi-final game at Saint Xavier University, No. 1 seed Robert Morris College (Ill.) defeated No. 5 seeded Olivet Nazarene University, 2-0, after two second-half goals by the Lady Eagles. Freshman midfielder Lauren Cooper scored RMC's first goal in the 48th minute of regulation off an assist from sophomore forward Patience Avre. Junior midfielder Elizabeth Baidiu scored the second goal for Robert Morris unassisted. The Lady Eagles are a perfect 20-0-0 this season.