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Sunday, 25 November 2012 10:15

BU Meets Vanguard in Second Round

(Photo courtesy Jo Sosa) (Photo courtesy Jo Sosa)

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – For the third straight season, the Baker University women's soccer team has advanced all the way to the NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship Final Site, this time the No. 14 seeded Wildcats will face No. 3 Vanguard in the 29th Annual NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship Second Round match at 1:30 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 26 at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.

After winning its Opening Round match, 2-1, for the second straight season over Bellevue back on Nov. 17 at Liston Stadium, the 13-6-1 Wildcats will face a 17-2-0 squad that defeated Embry-Riddle (Ariz.), 3-0, in its Opening Round match at home.

The Lions are led by head coach Randy Dodge and captured the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament championship on Nov. 9 in a 2-1 win over Biola.

Vanguard is 13-0 in its last 13 matches and hasn't lost since, Cal-State San Marcos defeated the Lions, 2-1, back on Sept. 22.

The Wildcats are led by Baker University Athletics Hall of Famer Nate Houser and finished third in the Heart of America Athletic Conference regular season standings and earned the No. 3 at-large spot to advance to the national tournament.

Baker advanced to the national semifinals a year ago, with a 1-0 win over Martin Methodist in the Second Round in 2011, and then fell to Point Loma Nazarene in penalty kicks in the semis.

This is the second time in the history of the Vanguard women's soccer program that they have advanced to the national tournament, with its last appearance coming in 2009. The Lions are 1-1 all-time on the national stage.

The Wildcats feature six HAAC All-Conference players including First-Team All-Conference offensive leaders Jordan Dolbin and Finola Corley and defensive stopper Shelby Schiraldi.

Dolbin led the HAAC in assists with 13 and Corley is third on the team in goals scored with nine. Baker's team leader in goals is sophomore Alexa Fryer with 16. Fryer earned a spot on the Second Team All-HAAC for her stellar season.

Schiraldi was named the HAAC Defensive Player of the Week twice in 2012 and is joined by fellow sophomore and goalkeeper Rachel Theobald on defense. Theobald earned a spot on the Third-Team All-HAAC for the Wildcats.

Baker has scored 50 goals in its 20 games this season, averaging 2.5 per game, while Vanguard has scored 60 goals in its 19 games in 2012, for an average of 3.16 goals per game.

Defensively Baker has five shut out wins to its credit in 2012, while the Lions have 14 shut outs this season.

NeuLion, the NAIA's official video streaming company of 12 select NAIA national championship events, will be broadcasting all final site games of the 2012 NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship.

Single day packages can be purchased for $9.95, while an all-tournament pass is available for $29.95, to view the options please click here.

Live Stats will be available for free and can be accessed by clicking here.

For a look at the National Tournament bracket, please click here.


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