November 3, 2012
For Immediate Release
Fort Wayne, Ind. – The 2nd-seeded Indiana Tech women’s soccer team defeated 6th-seeded Aquinas College 3-1 in the WHAC Tournament Semifinals on Saturday at Warrior Field to advance to the championship game.
The Warriors will meet the top-seed Davenport University on Friday, Nov. 9 in Grand Rapids, Michigan for the WHAC Tournament title and the conference’s automatic berth to the 29th annual NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship tournament.
Tech didn’t waste much time, jumping out in front of the Saints 1-0 in the ninth minute on a quick counter attack goal from Tori Singstock (Southgate, MI/Southgate Anderson). Natalia Salcedo (Cali, Columbia/Colegio Bolivar) weaved her way through a pair of defenders before playing a through ball to Singstock who blew past the Aquinas defenders, leaving her one on one with the keeper and the WHAC Offensive Player of the Year would bury a shot into the back of the net.
Megan Perrey (Avon, IN/Avon) nearly doubled the Warrior lead a couple minutes later, but Aquinas keeper Molly O’Conner made a terrific diving stop to keep the Saints within one.
It turned out to be a huge save by O’Conner, as the Saint offense would score the equalizer in the 30th minute and the two sides would end the first half tied at 1-1.
O’Conner would come up big for Aquinas again early in the second period after Natalie Zimmerman (Berkley, MI/Berkley) fired a shot and the AQ keeper made a jumping save to push the shot above the goal and off the crossbar.
The Warriors continued to apply the pressure though, dominating possession through much of the match, and were able to break the tie in the 72nd minute. Singstock found Jess Stanton (East Lansing, MI/East Lansing) at the top of the 18 and Stanton placed a shot over the leaping keeper to give Tech a 2-1 advantage.
Aquinas had one last chance to tie the game in the final two minutes, but Jordan Roell (Guilford, IN/East Central) made a great play in goal to keep the Warriors in front.
Just seconds later, Singstock put the game away with her second goal of the day. Zimmerman played a long ball and the Aquinas keeper came way out of her box to challenge Singstock for the ball, but Singstock would beat her to it and send the ball into the open net.
The Warriors outshot Aquinas 30-10 and held a 5-4 edge in corner kicks.
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