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Mon, Nov. 12, 2012 - [Women's Soccer]

Kansas Wesleyan will host Benedictine College at 4 p.m., Saturday in the NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship Opening Round at Salina Stadium.

It will be the second meeting between the Coyotes and Ravens this season as the Coyotes picked up a 1-0 win on September 11 in Salina on a goal by Araceli Sanchez. Wesleyan leads the all-time series between the teams 1-0-2 including the match earlier this season.


Benedictine was ranked No. 18 in the final NAIA Top 25 Coaches' Poll released on Sunday, as the Ravens have a 15-2-3 record overall. The Ravens had not lost a match after the earlier defeat by the Coyotes until losing on Friday night to Graceland (Iowa) in the Heart of America Conference Championship match in Lamoni, Iowa. The Ravens received an at-large bid to the National Championships.


Bethany Smith leads the Ravens in goals, assists and points on the season, scoring 19 goals, giving out 12 assists and tallying 50 points on the season. Tara Russell adds 16 goals for the Ravens as they outscored their opponents 84-10 during the season. Ashley Holland sees a majority of the action between the pipes with a .49 goals against average in 20 matches and 1669 minutes.


Kansas Wesleyan is the No. 11 seed in the Tournament Bracket and was ranked No. 10 in the final Coaches' Poll, marking the first time the Coyotes have ever cracked the Top 10 in the poll. The Coyotes are 19-1 overall, one of two teams in the NAIA with 19 wins (No. 6 Oklahoma City) and have won 18 consecutive matches, the longest such streak in the NAIA this season.


Freshman Melissa Martinez, who was named the KCAC Offensive Player of the Year, leads the Coyotes in goals with 14, while Monique Orocio adds 11. Crystal Sanchez leads Wesleyan with 12 assists. The Coyotes have outscored their opponents 70-12 during the season. Junior Emily Tielrooy has started and played in all 20 matches between the pipes for the Coyotes with a .60 goals against average, allowing 11 goals in 1652 minutes this season.


The winner of Saturday's match advances to the NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship Final Site which is held at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Ala., from November 26 to December 1. The winner will face the winner of the Opening Round match between sixth seeded Spring Arbor (Mich.) and Carlow (Pa.) on November 27 at 1:30 p.m.

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