UNOH Upsets #2 Concordia (Ore.) in NAIA Quarterfinals
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Women's Soccer - Wed, Dec. 3, 2014
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(2)Concordia University
(8)Northwestern Ohio
Final12F
Northwestern Ohio (21-1-1)011
Concordia (Ore.) (18-2-2)000
Orange Beach, Ala.
Scoring Summary
PeriodTimePlayer
281:16Alice Coyne (Northwestern Ohio)
Northwestern OhioIndv. LeadersConcordia (Ore.)
#26 Alice Coyne - 1Goals None
#7 Pauline Quesson - 1Assists None
3 Players - 3Shots #17 Bobbi Eckler - 2
#39 Nadine Stonjek - 2Saves #00 Olivia Brock - 4
Northwestern OhioTeam StatisticsConcordia (Ore.)
12 (5)Shots (on goal) 7 (2)
2Saves 4
13Fouls 10
4Corner Kicks 0
6Offsides 0

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – There will be a new NAIA Women's Soccer National Champion in 2014, and the University of Northwestern Ohio can be credited for that reality.

 

UNOH (21-1-1) notched the lone tally of their match against the NAIA #2 Concordia University (Ore.) Cavaliers (18-2-2) late in the second half, taking a 1-0 victory and ending the Cavaliers' season short of the semifinals.

The match opened with the Racers taking charge early. UNOH picked up the first five shots of the match, the last of which forced Concordia goalkeeper Olivia Brock to make a diving save against Alice Coyne. That save turned the tide in favor of the Cavaliers, with the final six shots of the period going to Concordia. Each goalkeeper made two saves in the half, and at intermission, the match was deadlocked in a scoreless tie.

 

In the second half, the game became a defensive affair. Both teams began to focus on keeping the other from scoring, and while Concordia did record a pair of shots in the opening 20 minutes of the period, both were off free kicks and well off target. The first great chance of the half came from Kaitlynn Gronas in the 70th minute when she fired a quick left footed shot that forced Brock to make a save. The Racers continued to build confidence, and in the 82nd minute, Pauline Quesson and Alice Coyne combined to put the Racers on top. Quesson beat the Cavaliers' defense along the end line on the right wing side of the goal and fed a pass in front to Coyne. Coyne angled her right foot for a one-touch shot and sent the ball into the goal for her 18th tally of the season. As the clock wound down, Concordia tried desperately to find a chance at the equalizer, but the Racers' defense stood firm, and UNOH took the win, 1-0.

 

The Racers and their goalkeeper Nadine Stonjek (21-1-1) tied an NAIA single season record in the match, picking up their 19th shutout of the year. Stonjek became the third goalkeeper to record 19 clean sheets in a single campaign, and the Racers became the sixth team to accomplish the feat.

 

UNOH now advances to the NAIA semifinal round, where they will match up against the NAIA #1 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Eagles (19-1) on Friday at 1 p.m. EST.