Trojans advance past Tigers in shootout
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013 at 9:10 AM
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament Finals between No. 14 Olivet Nazarene University and Trinity International University was everything that a championship game should be. After 90 minutes of regulation, tied 0-0. After two 10 minute overtimes, tied 0-0. It took all five shoot out attempts to decide who would be crowned the champions and earn the final automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament. Trinity International captured the title 3-2 and finished a Cinderella story tournament run that included defeating three ranked teams on their home turfs, the final being the defending national runners-up.
Olivet (16-3-2) outshot the Trojans 19 to 13 on the day. Freshman keeper Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.), the CCAC Freshman of the Year, finished the marathon with six saves while Trinity’s keeper, Liz Burzynski finished with 11.
Sophomores Michelle Ditchfield (Berkeley, Ill.) and Sarah Lentini (Kouts, Ind.) both netted their shootout attempts, but the Tigers failed on their other three attempts with one off the cross bar, one wide and one saved by Burzynski. Tied up 2-2, Trinity’s Layla Zahniser chipped a shot past Vrosh to claim the title.
Despite not earning one of the CCAC's two automatic bids to the NAIA Opening Round, the Tigers were awarded one of six At-Large bids and will make their fourth tournament appearance and get the chance to improve on last year’s historical tournament run. The Opening Rounds will take place at 16 campus sites around the country. The announcement for who and when the Tigers will play will take place on Monday, Nov. 18 at 2:00p.m.