Reigning Champs--Women's Soccer
The women’s soccer team claimed the CCAC tournament championship, and for the second year in a row will represent the conference in the NAIA National Championship.
The team, which finished 9-0-1 in the regular season conference schedule, earned the title with a shootout victory over Robert Morris University in the championship game. The game ended in a 0-0 tie after two overtime periods, but the Trolls took the title with a 4-1 advantage in the penalty kick shoot-out. As conference champions, the Trolls (13-4-4) received an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament.
See the shootout victory on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsVF5EVGJkQ
Trinity and Robert Morris played through 110 minutes of soccer without determining a winner and without scoring a goal. Each team had their opportunities to score and each team did well containing their opponent. In the first half, the Trolls had a slight shot edge with six attempts to the Eagles’ four.
The second period proceeded much like the first period, with the Trolls again taking the marginal shot advantage. Yet when regulation time ended the game was still scoreless.
The game advanced into the golden goal overtime periods. In the first 10 extra minutes each team had one shot. In the second overtime period, Trinity got off two attempts, while Robert Morris did not threaten the goal. The Trolls created opportunities with three corner kicks in the final minutes. However, the overtimes ended and the score was still 0-0.
To decide the outcome, the game was forced into a shoot-out in which each team got five penalty kick attempts to score. Trinity was first on the line and freshman defender Amanda Henderson ’13 of Calgary, Alberta Canada, got things started when she found the lower right corner on a shot that was tipped by the Eagles’ goalkeeper. The Trolls went up 1-0 when Robert Morris’ shot was blocked by Trinity keeper Hannah Gonzales ’12 of Visalia, California.
Junior defender Sarah Tadla ’11 of Orland Park, Illinois, found the left lower corner on Trinity’s next attempt. The Eagles were successful in the following shot to make it 2-1.
The next shot for the Trolls came from junior midfielder Trisha Airth ’11 of Upland, California, who drilled a shot into the upper right corner, giving the keeper no chance to save it. The Trolls gained a big advantage when Gonzales blocked the next shot taken by the Eagles.
With a 3-1 advantage, Trinity put the contest out of reach when senior forward Carly Comerouski ’10 of Itasca, Illinois, drilled a shot to the right side and found the back of the net. That goal made it impossible for the Eagles to come back with only two attempts left. The Trolls came away with the 4-1 shoot-out advantage and the championship victory.
November 21—video/audio feed of the Opening Round
The NAIA officially released the 32-team field and bracket for the 2009 Women’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round which will be held on November 21 at 16 different sites around the country. In the first round, the Trolls (13-4-4), the No. 15 seed, will play at Ottawa University (16-4) in Ottawa, Kansas, at 11 a.m.
A video and audio feed of the game will be available at: http://www.kcteams.com.
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