COLUMBIA, Ky. – Lindsey Wilson women's soccer takes on Concordia (Ore.) Friday in the Semifinals of the NAIA National Championship. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. CT.
The No. 1 Blue Raiders (21-3, 8-1) earned a 2-0 win over No. 8 seed Concordia (Calif.) on Wednesday. Natasha Gensetter and Ayaki Shinada found the net for Lindsey Wilson, who improved to 31-12-2 in the National Tournament and 17-5-1 as the top seed. Lindsey Wilson sports a 3-3-1 record in Semifinal play.
Shinada has 18 goals and 24 assists to lead the Blue Raiders, followed by Renee Hurd with 13 goals and Gensetter with 12. Keeper Johanna Henrikson has 24 saves through 20 games, allowing 13 goals for a 0.73 goals against average with six shutouts.
Lindsey Wilson enters the match ranked second in the NAIA in total goals (105), third in goals per game (4.38), fifth in total shutouts (12), seventh in total assists (59) and ninth in shutouts per game (0.5).
The Cavaliers (20-1-1), the No. 4 seed, defeated No. 5 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 1-0 Wednesday. Concordia closed out the regular season ranked No. 1 in the NAIA Coaches' Top 25 Poll and holds a 4-2 all-time series edge over the Blue Raiders. The Cavaliers hosted the Blue Raiders on Sept. 2 last year and won the game 2-0.
Concordia defeated Northwest (Wash.) 3-0 to capture the Cascade Collegiate Conference Tournament Title. Sam Johnson was named the CCC's Defensive Player of the Year, while teammate Bobbi Eckler earned Newcomer of the Year honors.
Ashley Ames leads the Cavaliers with 12 goals, including four game-winners, while Hannah Kimsey adds 14 assists. Goalkeeper Olivia Brock has 21 saves in 16 appearances while only allowing two goals for a 0.15 goals against average, which ranks first in the NAIA. Brock also has 11 shutouts on the season.
The Cavaliers rank first in shutouts per game (0.77) and total shutouts (17), fourth in shots per game (21.5), fifth in total assists (63), and ninth in both total goals (67) and assists per game (2.86).
No. 3 Northwood (Fla.) faces No. 2 Westmont (Calif.) in the other Semifinal match, scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. CT start.
NeuLion, the NAIA's official video streaming company, will be broadcasting all final site games of the 2013 Women's Soccer National Championship, presented by the Sports Medicine Center at Orthopaedic Group, P.C., in Orange Beach, Ala. Single day packages can be purchased for $9.95, while an all-championship pass is available for $29.95. For more information and to pre-register, click here.