Sun, Nov. 25, 2012 - [Women's Soccer]
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (BRACKET | PRESS BOOK) – Kansas Wesleyan faces sixth seeded Spring Arbor (Mich.) on Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., in the Second Round of the NAIA Women's Soccer National Championships at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.
Live video is available for the match through the NAIA and their official video provider NeuLion at www.watchnaia.com. Single day packages are available for $9.95 and tournament packages are available for $29.95. Live Stats will also be available free of charge at www.dakstats.com/naia.
Wesleyan (20-1) is the No. 11 seed in the National Championships and advanced to Orange Beach with a 2-0 win over Benedictine (Kan.) in its Opening Round match on November 17 in Salina. It is the second time in the Opening Round era that the Coyotes have reached the Final Site, the other time coming in 2010 when they advanced past Graceland (Iowa) on penalty kicks. Wesleyan is 1-3-1 in National Championship appearances all-time.
The Coyotes own the longest winning streak this season in NAIA Women's Soccer, as the streak stands at 19 matches heading into Tuesday's match. The Coyotes last lost on September 3 at Vanguard (Calif.). Freshman Melissa Martinez comes off the bench to lead the Coyotes in goals with 14. Senior Monique Orocio adds 11 goals and senior Yadira Toraya has ten goals on the season. Crystal Sanchez leads Wesleyan with 13 assists. Emily Tielrooy is Wesleyan's stopper between the pipes, with a 20-1 record and just 11 goals allowed on the season.
Wesleyan leads the NAIA in shots per match at 24.9 and is No. 2 in the NAIA in shots on goal per match at 14.48. The Coyotes are also No. 3 in the NAIA in total shutouts with 13 and No. 7 in the country in total goals with 72 and No. 13 in goals per match at 3.43. Crystal Sanchez ranks No. 7 in the NAIA in total assists with 13 and No. 10 in the country in assists per match average (.620). Tielrooy ranks 12th in the NAIA in goals against average at .570.
Spring Arbor (19-2-1) is the No. 6 seed in the National Championships, reaching the Final Site with a 4-0 win over Carlow (Pa.) in the Opening Round. 2012 marks the Cougars' second straight trip to the Final Site. The Cougars are 1-3 all-time in NAIA National Championship matches.
The Cougars have allowed just eight goals all season, as keeper Sarah Yancer ranks No. 3 in the NAIA in goals against average (.400), while scoring 71 led by Karly Linton with 19 goals and 12 assists. Brooklyn Morgan has 12 goals for Spring Arbor and Maegan Smith and Megan Wegener have ten assists each.
Spring Arbor ranks No. 2 in the NAIA in shutouts (16 total, .730 per match), No. 4 in shots (23.05) and shots on goal per match (12.82), No. 8 in total assists (58) and No. 10 in total goals (71). Linton ranks No. 9 in the country in total assists and No. 11 in offensive points (50). She also ranks No. 17 in total goals with 19.
The winner of Tuesday's match will play at 1:30 on Wednesday against the winner of the match between No. 3 seeded Vanguard and No. 14 seeded Baker (Kan.), in the Quarterfinals on the National Championships. Wesleyan has already played both teams this season, losing to Vanguard in the Coyotes' only loss of the season, and picking up a 1-0 win over Baker. The National Championship match is scheduled for Saturday, December 1 at 5 p.m.