Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 11:58 PM
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – The 2012 edition of Olivet Nazarene University women’s soccer has a pen and is rewriting the record books. The 1-0 win over the University of Texas at Brownsville in the 29th NAIA National Championship on Wednesday, Nov. 28 marks the first time in program history that the Tigers have advanced to the semi-final game.
The No. 11 Tigers (19-3) faced an aggressive UT-Brownsville team that controlled the ball early. The Scorpions are the first team to out-shoot Olivet since a 1-0 loss to No. 1 Lee University on September 17. UT-Brownsville finished the night with 16 shots to Olivet’s 14. Both teams had five shots-on-goal.
The lone goal of the night came in the form of a free kick off the foot of sophomore Rachel Kilbry’s (Spring Lake, Mich.) foot from 40-feet out in the 17th minute of the game. The rest of the game was turned over to the Tiger defense which once again proved itself to be solid.
The Olivet defense and senior goal-keeper Wendy Espejel (Ontario, Cal.) added the Tiger’s 17th shut-out of the season. Espejel finished with five saves, including a diving, rolling one late in the second half.
Olivet, the No. 12 seed in the Tournament, is the lowest seed of the four remaining teams. They will face Lee University at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 in the first of the two semi-finals games. Lee is the four-time defending national champions and advanced to the semi-finals by defeating No. 8 Concordia University (Ore.) 2-1. The other semi-final match-up will be No. 2 Lindsey Wilson University (Ky.) taking on No. 6 Spring Arbor University (Mich.) at 3:30 p.m. The winners will play for the National Championship on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m.