ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – The magical ride has come to an end as the top team in the country, defending National Champion, and last undefeated squad in the NAIA narrowly slipped past the seventh ranked Lions (18-4) by a 1-0 score in the Quarterfinal Round of the 33rd Annual NAIA Women's Soccer National Tournament. The lone goal was scored midway through the first half as it just squeezed between the diving arms of Haley Magana (SO/Los Alamitos, CA).
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - The Vanguard Lions (8th seed) and Spring Arbor Cougars (1st seed) are prepping for their Quarterfinal matchup at the 33rd Annual NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship. The winner of tomorrow's game will advance to the semifinals which will be played on Friday. A semifinal berth would make history for the Blue and Gold while Spring Arbor is looking to defend their 2015 National Championship title.
Let's see how the teams stack up...
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – The first match of the year for Vanguard was when they traveled to play at Martin Methodist College (14-3-3) and now three months later the Lions ended the season of the #2 team in the country. Vanguard (18-3) was pushed into the Quarterfinals of the 33rd Annual Women's Soccer National Tournament thanks to the right foot of Rayven Hernandez (JR/Rancho Santa Margarita, CA), earning the 1-0 victory. In today's matchup, the Lions were the eight seed and the Redhawks were just behind as the ninth seed.
COSTA MESA, Calif. – The Lions hosted an NAIA Opening Round contest for the fifth straight year, and this one was just as sweet as the wins that came before. Vanguard (17-3), the Golden State Athletic Conference regular season and conference tournament champions rolled through Marymount California 3-0. Madison Lopp (JR/Anaheim, CA) recorded all three goals within eight minutes of each other during the first half, set up each time by Alex Bachman (SR/Buena Park, CA). The Pride now moves on to Orange Beach, Alabama for the Final Site of the NAIA National Tournament where they will face Martin Methodist College (14-2-3).
COSTA MESA, Calif. – For the fifth consecutive year, the women's soccer team at Vanguard University will not only be moving on to the NAIA National Tournament, but will be a host site for the Opening Round on November 19th – this Saturday. Dating back to 2012, the Lions have played the first round of the tournament on familiar turf and own a 2-0-2 record, and have not advanced to the Final Site once during that span.
LA MIRADA, Calif. – The rematch in the GSAC Tournament Championship was one for the ages as #7 Vanguard (16-3) held on to win 1-0 over the #8 ranked Eagles. Biola (15-1-3) entered the game without a loss on the year, and the Lions were the team to give to them thanks to the left foot of captain Alex Bachman (SR/Buena Park, CA) who scored the only goal of the match in the 72nd minute, from just outside the 18-yard box.
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