11/06/13 – The women's soccer team advanced to Saturday's semifinal round of the WHAC Tournament by defeating Cornerstone 3-1. The victory improved the Saints record to 12-5-1, while the Golden Eagles season comes to an end with a 9-7-2 mark. Aquinas will now travel to Lima, Ohio to battle Northwestern Ohio (14-5) on Saturday. A berth in the WHAC final will be on the line as the two squads square off.
On a cool and windy afternoon on the campus of Aquinas College, the WHAC Tournament tipped off with eight schools vying for an automatic bid to Nationals. The home team scored first as Melissa Hogan choose the perfect time to score her first goal of the season. Cami Baker was credited with the assist on the goal scored at the 29:23 mark of the first half.
Cornerstone drew even on a goal during the 57th minute of play as Teigan Mitcham was the benefactor on a play set up by Lexanna Siemasz and Lexie Brisson-Fast. The fate of the season, which was hanging in the balance for both squads, was in the fore front of both coaches mind when Aquinas found the game winner during the 65th minute of play. Elizabeth Vaughan collected her team high ninth goal of the season to give the Saints a one goal advantage. Allison VanPatten was credited with the assist on Vaughan's goal. The Saints would eventually add an insurance goal by Casey Westveer during the 78th minute to extend the lead to 3-1. The Aquinas defense would maintain the advantage and play a key role in the Saints advancing.
Molly O'Connor was awarded the victory in net for the Saints as she stopped five shots on goal. The Saints out shot the Golden Eagles 17-8 and held a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.