Blue Raiders outscored opponents 14-3 in the National Championship Tournament
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – Top-ranked Lindsey Wilson women's soccer fell in double overtime, losing 2-1 to No. 4 Concordia (Ore.) in an NAIA Championship Semifinal Friday.
Concordia (21-1-1) pressed the ball early, forcing Lindsey turnovers at midfield. The Cavaliers outshot Lindsey Wilson 5-1 and held the advantage in corner kicks 5-0, but were unable to come able with anything as the game remained scoreless at the break.
Shannon McMahon gave Concordia an early second-half lead when she converted on a 22-yard free kick from the right side. McMahon's shot found its way to the upper left side of the goal, where a leaping Johanna Henrikson was unable to knock it away.
The Blue Raiders, who end their season with a 21-4 record, pressed up on offense hoping for a quick turnaround goal. Ayaki Shinada would feed the ball to Anna Vig in the top half of the box, who then found Renee Hurd racing up on the right side. Hurd's shot would bank off the right post and over Cavalier keeper Olivia Brock to tie the game at 1-1 in the 70th minute.
Concordia had a number of opportunities to add a second goal, but Henrikson came up with multiple saves to keep Lindsey Wilson in the game.
With the score deadlocked, the game entered extra time. The Cavaliers weren't as aggressive in their play, but the Blue Raiders couldn't capitalize and a second overtime was needed.
Concordia's Samantha Johnon earned a free kick in the 103rd minute, and as Henrikson attempted to clear the ball by punching it away, Hannah Scott was able to get a head on it and send the Cavaliers on to the Championship Final.
The Cavaliers outshot the Blue Raiders 18-3. Lindsey Wilson was held without any corners, while Concordia had nine.
The Blue Raiders fall to 31-13-2 all-time in the NAIA National Championship and are 3-4-1 in the Semifinals. As a No. 1 seed, Lindsey Wilson is now 17-6-1.
With her 14th goal of the season, Hurd snapped Concordia's streak of not allowing a goal since Oct. 17.
Lindsey Wilson outscored opponents 14-3 during the Championship Tournament.
Henrikson's six-save performance matches her season high. The goalkeeper also earned six saves in a Sept. 28 Mid-South Conference match against Shawnee State (Ohio), which the Blue Raiders won 8-1.
The Blue Raiders are tied with Azusa Pacific (Calif.) for most all-time victories at the National Championship with 31.