10/30/2011 – The women's soccer team wrapped up the WHAC regular season title with a 2-0 shutout of Davenport. The victory improves the Saints record to 15-3 overall and to 6-0 in the league, while the Panthers drop to 10-7-1 on the season and 3-2-1 in WHAC play.
The Saints, who have won twelve straight matches, will now receive a first round bye in the upcoming WHAC Tournament. Aquinas scored first in this match as Heather Lewis found the back of the net in the 63rd minute. Lauren McFall was credited with the assist on Lewis' goal. The Saints struck again in the 70th minute as Matthea Brandenburg scored on a rebound off a penalty kick to give the Saints the two goal advantage. Kelsey Duley took it from there as she recorded three saves to extend the winning streak.
The Saints will rest and wait to find out their opponent for Saturday's WHAC Semifinal being contested at Aquinas College.
Quarterfinals - Wednesday, Nov. 2 (all games tentatively scheduled for 4 p.m. Eastern).
#1 Aquinas (15-3-0/6-0-0) bye - The Saints plowed through the season by outscoring conference teams 12 goals to 3. Jaime Tomaszewski leads the league in scoring with 15 goals on 38 shots on goal and ranks 13th nationally for goals per game at 1.070. The senior has three hat tricks - four goals against Indiana Wesleyan in September; three goals against Bethel (Ind.) in September; and three goals on Oct. 8 against Concordia - and was named the NAIA Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 27. The team ranks 20th in the country with seven shutouts, but only two of them were against fellow WHAC members. Aquinas will host the winner of The #4 vs. #5 seed in the Semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 5
#7 Concordia (1-9-2/0-6-0) at #2 Siena Heights (10-7-0/5-1-0) - SHU captured the only meeting between the two teams, 1-0 on Oct. 19. The lone goal came off the foot of Hannah Ulrich at the 66:39 mark. Defense has been the key for SHU as the Saints allowed 14 goals in all games and just one goal during league play (to Aquinas in a 1-0 loss on Oct. 15). Concordia has struggled on offense, scoring just 12 goals. Keeper Ryan Elequin ranks third in the nation for saves per game with 12.33 and is seventh in total saves with 148.
#6 Madonna (6-8-1/1-4-1) at #3 Davenport (10-7-1/3-2-1) - Has the potential to be closer than the seeds indicate. DU dominated the first meeting between these two teams on Oct. 1, winning 4-1. The Panthers took a 1-0 halftime lead and exploded in the second half with three more goals. The two teams are fairly even with DU's Letesha Cannonier and Madonna's Ashley Parent both scoring eight goals. DU is averaging 2.18 goals per game to Madonna's 2.13. Lizzie Paul recorded a hat trick in a Davenport win at Warren Wilson. Chelsea Gregg of Madonna was named the NAIA Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 27 after making nine saves in MU's 2-1 upset over then-ranked #7 Spring Arbor (Mich.).
#5 Cornerstone (6-7-4/1-3-2) at #4 Indiana Tech (10-7-1/3-3-0) - Tech is coming off a 2-0 win over the Golden Eagles on Oct. 29, which means this could be anybody's game. Tech has 27 goals this season and likes to shoot with 200 shots per game. Cornerstone has 35 goals on 121 shots. Manuela Cabal has eight goals so far for Tech, including a hat trick against Goshen (Ind.). Cornerstone's Jen Kuipers has five goals and an assist.
Semifinals - Saturday, Nov. 5
Winner #4/#5 at #1 seed
Winner #2/#7 vs. Winner #3/#6, at highest seed
Championship - Friday, Nov. 11
at highest remaining seed