Sat, Nov. 17, 2012 - [Women's Soccer]
Kansas Wesleyan Women's Soccer won its NAIA best 19th consecutive match with a 2-0 win over Benedictine College in the NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship Opening Round on Saturday afternoon at Salina Stadium. The win propels the Coyotes to the NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship Final Site at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Ala., with play beginning November 26.
The Ravens and Coyotes had already played once this season, a 1-0 win by Wesleyan on September 11 in Salina.
Wesleyan will face Spring Arbor (Mich.) on November 27 at 1:30 p.m., in the Second Round of the tournament. Spring Arbor beat Carlow (Pa.) in its Opening Round match.
Playing against the win in the first half, the Coyotes did not let up, outshooting Benedictine 12-4 in the first 45 minutes, putting seven of the shots on frame. Wesleyan's first goal scoring chance came in the 22nd minute as Araceli Sanchez' shot hit off the post and the rebound came out to Crystal Sanchez who was unable to score.
The match would head to the intermission tied 0-0.
With the wind at their backs in the second half the Coyotes got things rolling, but not without some pressure from the Raven offense who was able to get a few shots off only to be stopped by Wesleyan's outstanding keeper Emily Tielrooy. Tielrooy stopped a shot by the Ravens' Jordan Francescon in the 49th minute and another by Ashley Washburn in the 53rd.
Meanwhile in between those chances, the Coyotes got on the board. Awarded a corner in the 52nd minute, Crystal Sanchez sent the corner in from the right corner to the far post to the waiting head of Yadira Toraya who put the ball inside the post and in the back of the net for the score.
A HUGE save by Tielrooy in the 63rd minute off a shot by Natalie Henson kept Benedictine off the board.
In the 77th minute Wesleyan tallied another goal, this time a shot by Karlee Perez from just outside the penalty area off a delivery from Araceli Sanchez gave the Coyotes a 2-0 cushion.
One more big save by Tielrooy in the 87th minute kept the shutout on as the Coyotes were able to pick up their 20th win of the season, only the second time in KWU Women's Soccer history that a team has won 20 or more matches, needing just one more win to tie the school record of 21 wins set by the 2007 Coyote team.
The Coyotes outshot Benedictine 22-11 led by Crystal Sanchez with five shots. Anna Nisperos had four off the bench for the Coyotes. Tielrooy recorded her tenth shutout of the season between the pipes recording four saves all in the second half.
Liz Enna had four of Benedictine's 11 shots in the match to lead the Ravens. Ashley Holland had 11 saves in goal for Benedictine.
More information regarding the Coyotes' trip to Orange Beach will be released as soon as it is finalized by the NAIA. The Final Site matches will all be streamed live on the Internet by the NAIA at www.watchnaia.com.