Johns Hopkins and Illinois Wesleyan make first ever Final Four
|Sophomore Alison Seger scored
the game winning overtime goal for Illinois
Photo by Steve Bottorff
We have our 2014 women's NCAA Final Four! Sunday's action gave us four matches, with two needing extra time and one that went to PKs.
Two of Sunday's winners will be making their first ever trip to the Final Four, No. 15 Johns Hopkins, and No. 25 Illinois Wesleyan.
Top-ranked Lynchburg last saw the national semifinals in 2009, while No. 6 Williams made their latest appearance in 2008.
On Sunday at Messiah, No. 1 Lynchburg advanced past No. 2 Messiah in PKs after playing to 1-1 draw.
The Hornets will face No. 25 Illinois Wesleyan in the national semifinals, as the Titans defeated Centre 2-1 in overtime. In a match played in the rain in Chicago, Centre took an early lead after senior Anne Mitchell scored in the fifth minute of play. That lead held for most of the match, but junior Jenna Baker equalized for the Titans in the 83rd minute. With two minutes to play in overtime, sophomore Alison Seger took a pass from Baker and grabbed the gamewinner.
|Johns Hopkins is looking forward to their first ever appearance in the national semifinals.|
With the loss, Centre ends their season at 16-6-3, while Illinois Wesleyan improves to 18-6-1.
In Williamstown, No. 6 Williams edged No. 10 TCNJ 1-0, on a goal from sophomore Audrey Thomas in the 52nd minute. Sophomore Kristi Kirshe sent a ball forward to Thomas, who converted for her second game winning goal in two days.
The Ephs outshot the Lions 18-10, and return to the semifinals for the third time in program history. With the win, Williams sets a program record for wins at 20-1-1. The Lions finish their season at 18-3-1.
At host Carnegie-Mellon, No. 15 Johns Hopkins shutout No. 9 Thomas More. In a tightly-played match, it was an own goal in the first half that made the difference for the Blue Jays. Thomas More outshot Hopkins 10-4, but sophomore keeper Clara Aranguren kept the Saints off the board for the duration. The Saints wrap up their season at 23-2-0, while the Blue Jays move on at 19-3-2 to face Williams in the semifinals.