Tue, Nov. 27, 2012 - [Women's Soccer]
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – Eleventh seeded Kansas Wesleyan struck first, but yielded three unanswered goals to sixth seeded Spring Arbor (Mich.) as the Coyotes fell 3-1 to the Cougars on Tuesday afternoon in the Second Round of the NAIA Women's Soccer National Championships at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.
Leanne Brown scored the lone goal of the match for the Coyotes in the ninth minute, cleaning up a loose ball on a corner kick from Crystal Sanchez. A loud cheer erupted from the gathering of about 100 spectators in KWU's Student Activities Center who had gathered to watch the match via video stream upon the goal.
The frantic pace of the match continued throughout the first half until Spring Arbor got the equalizer in the 35th minute on a score by Maegan Smith from a long pass by Brooklyn Morgan.
The match would head into the half tied 1-1.
Megan Wegener snuck a ball behind Wesleyan keeper Emily Tielrooy for the go-ahead goal in the 52nd minute and Smith added her second goal of the match off a double assist from Morgan and Wegener in the 55th minute to make it 3-1.
Spring Arbor (20-2-1) outshot Wesleyan (20-2) 22-13 in the match led by Smith with five shots and two goals. Morgan had two assists for the Cougars. Sarah Yancer had five saves between the pipes for Spring Arbor. Megan Bodiford led Wesleyan with three shots, while Brown's goal was her first of the season and only the third of her four-year career for the Coyotes. Tielrooy had eight saves for the Coyotes.
Spring Arbor advances to the NAIA National Championship quarterfinal round where they will face third seeded Vanguard (Calif.) at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday. Vanguard was the only other team to defeat the Coyotes in the 2012 season.
Wesleyan finishes its season with a 20-2 record, the second best mark in school history. This year's Coyote team finished the season with 73 goals, the second highest total in school history and posted their fourth 9-0 season and fifth undefeated KCAC conference season in the last seven seasons. The Coyotes had eight All-KCAC selections and three players earned individual honors from the conference. Mike Dibbini won his sixth KCAC Coach of the Year honor in his eight seasons leading the Coyotes in 2012.