NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The No. 8 Olivet Nazarene University women's soccer team opened the season with a 2-0 victory over Southern Nazarene University in the 2012 Nazarene Classic. Four of the eight Nazarene sister-schools have come together to compete on the campus of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tenn.
Olivet (1-0) is coming off the most successful season in program history. The Tigers won both the regular season and tournament of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference in 2011 and advanced to the second round of the NAIA National Championship for the first time in program history. On Friday night, the Tigers wasted no time showing that their prowess on the pitch will continue in 2012.
Sophomore McKenzie Hengesh, (Canton, Mich.), a transfer from Michigan Technological University, opened the scoring with her first goal as a Tiger in the 22nd minute off a deflected pass from senior Jordan Wallek (Chicago Heights, Ill.).
Wallek followed her assist up with a goal of her own late in the second half beating Crimson storm keeper, Yoli Zamarripa one-on-one.
"The team is starting to come together. It was a good game," said head coach Bill Bahr. "Our back line played very well and Jordan (Wallek) had a great game posting a goal and an assist."
The Tiger’s offense finished the day with nine shot-on-goal, compared to the Trojan’s three. Senior goalkeeper Wendy Espejel (Ontario, Cal.) finished the day with a perfect 3-for-3 defensive outing in 90-minutes of play.
With the win, the Tigers advance to play Mount Vernon Nazarene University in the Championship on Saturday, Sept 1 at 5 p.m