Jordan Dolbin scored both goals against McKendree as the Wildcats secured a spot among the 16 teams in Decatur, Ala., the site for the championship’s final round.
Offensively, Alix Schiraldi continues to lead all Wildcat scorers with 10 goals on the season. Christine Janssens has nine tallies. Dolbin has been a constant threat in getting the ball to the Baker strikers. Dolbin has tallied 11 assists on the season to go along with eight goals.
The Martin Methodist Redhawks from Pulaski, Tenn., enter play with firepower as well. Mor Efraim leads the Redhawks with nine goals on the season. Two other players, Nicole O’Donnell and Heather Holley, have five tallies on the season. Goalkeeping has been stellar all season for Martin Methodist. Keeper Hanit Schwarz currently ranks fourth nationally with a .43 goals against average per game. As a team, the Redhawks sit at eighth nationally with 10 total shutouts.
Martin Methodist defeated Cincinnati Christian University (8-8-3) by a final score of 8-0 in the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round.
“Our girls will be ready to play,” Wildcat head coach Nate Houser said. “It looks like we might have some rain in the forecast, but our girls will have no problem with that after what we went through playing at William Jewell College (in the conference championship).”
The weather forecast in Decatur, Ala., on Tuesday morning calls for 60 percent chance of rain with winds of 15 mph and temperatures in the mid 50’s.
The winner of Tuesday's game will face William Jewell College on Wednesday morning at 11 a.m., in the quarterfinals.