Sunday: Lynchburg does it again!
After Sunday results, we have a final four set. More to come this evening in Around the Nation.
Aside from the Saturday winners of No. 2 Hardin-Simmons, and No. 11 UW-Oshkosh, Sunday play has produced San Antonio-bound women No. 1 Messiah, No. 3 Otterbein and No. 10 William Smith. Also on their way are first-timer and 16th ranked Bowdoin, unranked and feisty Lynchburg, and veteran side No. 1 Messiah.
With the win by William Smith, head coach Aliceann Wilber pushes her career record to 423 wins, which puts her in first place on the NCAA Division III women’s soccer all-time list.
If you are wondering about the details around the championship tournament, here there are: the Final Four will be held in San Antonio, Texas at the Blossom Soccer Complex. The event is hosted by Trinity University and San Antonio Sports. The matches will be held on Friday, December 3rd and Saturday, December 4th. If you are planning on attending, be aware that matches begin on Friday morning and end on Saturday evening. The event is well worth your effort to attend - the NCAA does a fine job coordinating the events and anyone in the stands will witness some outstanding soccer and great competition.
What we have so far on in the men's bracket semifinals is Messiah playing UW-Oshkosh, and Bowdoin faces Lynchburgh.
In the women's bracket, Hardin-Simmons plays Otterbein, while William Smith is set to play Messiah.
In Sunday's earlier action, Otterbein and Denison played to a 1-1 draw and for the third time this weekend, Loras College hosted a women's match decided with penalties. In this case, Otterbein won the round 3-1, enjoying two straight saves by senior keeper Tara Carter. In the overtime period, Otterbein had two dangerous opportunities, one off a shot that went just wide off the post, and another that went off the crossbar from a corner kick. Denison had been pressing for most of the second half but could not break though the Cardinal back line.
William Smith was a 1-0 winner over familiar foe Williams in an evenly played match that could have gone to either side. Senior BreLynn Nasypany grabbed the key goal in the 65th minute off a close-in shot from the left side. Sophomore Renee Jensen had the assist. Earlier in the season, the Herons defeated the Ephs 3-1.
In men's action, Bowdoin needed 80 minutes to get on the board against Middlebury, but they did that and more, with freshman Zach Danssaert scoring off a restart with just seconds to play in the second overtime period. Junior Nick Powell had the assist. And at the Muhlenberg pitch, Messiah made quick work of Merchant Marine 3-0.
More to come this evening in Around the Nation.