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Saints Upset #3 Seed - Advance to WHAC Semi's

11/01/2012 – The women's soccer team defeated Cornerstone on the Golden Eagles home turf by the count of 4-2 to advance to the WHAC semifinals. The win improved the Saints record to 8-9-1 on the season, while Cornerstone's season comes to a close with a mark of 14-4.

The second season started with the Saints traveling across town to battle the Golden Eagles. Cornerstone had won the earlier meeting between the two WHAC foes back on October 13th (2-1). The home team started quickly as Kate Wiegman headed a free kick by Kerri Hoffman during the 3rd minute of play past the Aquinas goalie. The third seeded Golden Eagles extended their advantage to two goals at the 14:10 mark of half number one. Kerri Hoffman was the beneficiary of a deflected shot by Riley Steen. With their backs against the wall the Saints would not go quietly as Kelli Sprenger sprung for two goals late in the first half. The first was served up to Sprenger by Casey Westveer during the 38th minute, while the equalizer was scored by the senior from West Catholic during the halves waning moments.

The Saints, who started to smell the upset, continued to apply pressure during the early stages of the second half. Elizabeth Vaughan, the Saints only representative on the All-WHAC 1st Team, scored the eventual game winner during the 55th minute of play. Vaughan headed a corner kick by Maggie Keiffer passed the Golden Eagle goalie. Sprenger completed her hat trick :14 later as completed the scoring at the 54:43 mark of the contest.

The Saints were outshot by the Golden Eagles 13-5, but Aquinas' efficient offense converted on all four of their shots on goal. Aquinas keeper, Molly O'Conner, was credited with the win as she collected seven saves for the Saints.

The Saints will now travel to Fort Wayne on Saturday to battle Indiana Tech (10-5-3) in one of the WHAC semifinal games. The other match-up will pit Madonna and Davenport.

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