Baker ends its season with a record of 13-7-1, while Vanguard improves to 18-2 and will play the winner of Tuesday's No. 11 Kansas Wesleyan and No. 6 Spring Arbor game, which will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.
Vanguard came out firing right out of the gate, as team leading scorer Jordan Davidson raced past the Baker defenders for a goal in the fourth minute with the assist going to Amanda Couch.
Davidson followed that goal up with another score in the 22nd minute when she again sprinted past the Baker defense then made a move on the keeper Rachel Theobald for the goal.
Lindsey Holman-Kelly gave Vanguard the 3-0 lead in the 28th minute as she received a ball from Couch for her third assist of the day.
The Lions weren't done yet, as they scored all five of its goals in the first half. Holman-Kelly scored just one minute after her first goal, when Davidson placed a cross in front of the goal and the sophomore slammed it home.
Lauren Skachenko scored the Lions final goal of the match in the 44th minute just before halftime and teammate Rachel Rucireta notched the assist.
The Lions outshot Baker, 18-5, in the first half and put up eight shots on goal. Jordan Dolbin took three first half shots with one on goal for Baker, and Shalynn Eldredge-McMillan took the other on goal.
Baker rallied to put together a strong second half shutting out the Lions and scored its lone goal of the day by freshman Eldredge-McMillan in the 86th minute, with the assist coming from senior Finola Corley.
Theobald was busy in the second half, collecting five saves and finished the day with eight saves overall.
As a team, Baker took nine shots, four coming from Dolbin, two from Eldredge-McMillan and rest from Ashley Sampson, Alexa Fryer and Corley.
The Wildcats are now 6-2-1 all-time in the NAIA National Championship tournament in three appearances, while the Lions improved to 3-1.