The No. 6-ranked Concordia Eagles followed up their first GSAC Regular-Season Championship with their first GSAC Tournament Championship at Eagles Field on Friday, November 15, with a 2-1 over No. 3 Westmont. Both teams entered the game unbeaten and Concordia left as the only unbeaten team in the country.
Concordia scored early when Brooke Springer set Megan Daniels from the top right corner of the box, and Daniels headed it home to the bottom right slot for her ninth of the season. The game remained scoreless until the 77th minute, as Concordia was trying to hold on for the win. Westmont's Mallory Mitchell took advantage of a Concordia turnover on their end, split two defenders, and fired it into the lower left corner. The game-winner came at 81:54, five minutes after an apparent no call after Daniels got open in the box and was tackled in the box. At 81:54 Lauren Nanez slipped Daniels a through ball past two defenders in the box. Daniels took one step to the left to dribble around the attacked keeper and found the open net for her second of the game and her team-leading 10th in 2013, sending the Concordia bench into celebration.
"Typically when those late game-tying goals go in, you see the team that scored lift their game and go on and win," Concordia head coach Chris Gould said. "Credit to our team, this have a way about them where they meet adversity, dig deep, and dig for each other and grind out wins. We need to stay grounded with what got us here, stick to what we are good at, and continue to work hard for one another."
Westmont was unable to muster a shot after that goal, but that was far from the case in the second half. The Warriors controlled the ball for much of the second half and fired 20 shots on the game, with nine on goal. All-GSAC keeper Jazmin Alvarez had an answer for eight of them and improved to 14-0-3 between the frames. GSAC co-Player of the Year Lindsey Smith made two saves in goal for Westmont. There were only 20 total fouls, and Concordia earned three cautions. The Eagles had 14 shots and four on frame.
With the win Concordia claimed the automatic bid to the NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship, marking their second trip in school history, with the first coming in 2011. Concordia ended the day 16-0-3, with Westmont dropping to 15-1-3. The 32-team national championship field will be announced Sunday at 7 p.m., with the official bracket coming Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. via a graphical video show on www.naia.org.
No. 2 Northwood (Fla.) and No. 3 Westmont (Calif.) retained their spots for the third-straight week with 540 points and 525 points, respectively. Fourteen conferences/independent/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by four programs from the GSAC – Westmont, Concordia (Calif.), No. 13 Vanguard (Calif.) and No. 16 The Master's (Calif.).
The 2013 NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Final Top 25 Poll will be released Sunday at 4 p.m. CST, following the completion of the conference, independent and unaffiliated group tournaments. The final NAIA Women's Soccer Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MRPI) and 32-team national championship field will be announced Sunday at 7 p.m., with the official bracket coming Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. via a graphical video show on www.naia.org.
NAIA National Championship Live Video-Streaming Schedule via NeuLion – (subject to change)
• Women's Soccer National Championship: Dec. 2 – 7 (15 matches)