Women's Soccer Team Among the Nation's Best
For the second straight season the women’s soccer team joined the best teams in the country at the NAIA national tournament. The Trolls, who earned an automatic bid to the tournament by capturing their conference tournament title, were one of 32 teams that advanced to the 26th Annual Women’s Soccer National Championships. Trinity entered the tournament as the No. 15 seed and made it to the second round before being eliminated.
The Trolls started their national title quest in Ottawa, Kansas, with a 1-0 shut-out victory over Ottawa University (16-4) on November 21 in an opening round game. With that win, they advanced as one of the 16 teams to the final site of the national tournament at Jack Allen Recreational Complex in Decatur, Alabama. In that second round game on November 30, the Trolls fell to No. 2 Lee University (Cleveland, Tennessee) (17-2-1), the defending national champions, with a score of 4-0.
“I am very pleased with what the team accomplished this season,” said head coach Josh Lenarz ’98. “Our road to the national tournament was tougher this year and the fact that we pulled together and overcame some early season obstacles made the season very satisfying. Returning to the national tournament and making it to the final 16 was an honor and an experience we enjoyed.”
The 2009 Trolls ended their season with a 14-5-4 overall record, posting their fifth consecutive winning season under head coach Josh Lenarz. The Trolls defended their title as regular season conference champions with a 9-0-1 record, and claimed the CCAC tournament championship title with a shootout victory over Robert Morris University in the final game. Throughout the season the Trolls were ranked in the top 25 of the NAIA National Coaches Poll, ending the season as No. 17.
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