In a 3-0 opening match, the women’s soccer team shutout Arizona’s Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University last Saturday, advancing the Lion’s to a 17-3 record and sending the Pride to the second round of the NAIA tournament.
In the single elimination tournament, the Lion’s will fight to stay alive in the weeklong contest to play for the national title on Saturday set for 2pm (PST).
With the national title in reach, the Lion’s must win their next four games to be held in Orange Beach Alabama.
The Pride will play in the second round, facing off against Baker University of Kansas who touts a 13-6-1 record on Monday at 11:30 (PST).
Keeper Lauren Terry reflects on her team’s victory against ERAU and subsequent advancement in NAIA tournament, “It feels amazing, I’ve never been apart of a team like this before, it feels wonderful to be going [to Alabama] with all my sisters.”
After Saturday’s game, Terry was asked how she attributes her impressive play allowing only seven goals this season. She replies, “I couldn’t do it without our amazing defense.”
Senior midfielder Charlotte Wisniewski comments after Saturday’s match, “I haven’t been to Alabama since my freshman year, I’m glad we can get a chance to prove ourselves in my senior year.”
Given their performance this season, the Lions have a real chance to take the national title. With their uncanny team chemistry and a “putting the team first” mentality, the Lions are primed for victory.
Watch your Vanguard Lions fight for the national title by streaming their games at naia.org.