Wednesday, December 2, 2009

NAIA Women's College Championships Day 2

In the second day of round of 16 action, we had a few upsets and a golden goal winner!
Game 5
#12 Graceland 4:1 #5 William Carey
Graceland pleases there traveling contingent down from Iowa with a well earned victory.

Game 6
#6 Concordia 2:1 (OT) #11 McKendree
The most exciting match of the day. McKendree scored with about 10 minutes left only to see their dream die, as Concordia equalized 2 minutes from time and scored the golden goal winner 5 minutes into the first overtime period.

Game 7
Unseeded Point Loma Nazarene 6:1 #8 Vanguard
Two of the lowest scoring teams in the tournament explode for 7 goals between them. Pt. Loma scored 5 in the second half to avenge two regular season losses versus Vanguard and to see their Cinderella story continue as the only unseeded team in the tournament.

Game 8
#5 Martin Methodist 3:0 #10 Norwood
Virtual home team has little trouble advancing.

We had some great action from the Jack Allen Complex yesterday that sets up today's quarterfinals. With my normal broadcast partner, John Moran, out sick, I had to step up to the play by play in the first two matches and color in the third. Then, my voice gave out! Fortunately, we have located two more commentator's in Jeffrey Preston and Zach Folk who are doing a bang up job. I'll take the next two days off to rest the windpipe, and will be back for the semis and finals on Friday and Saturday.

Behind the scenes with the videographer, Juergen (waving), our IT guru, Lisa, and our Press liaison, Steve

Tune into to catch the match-ups for the quarterfinals.

#4 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (16-3-1) vs. #12 Graceland (Iowa) (19-1-2)
#3 California Baptist (17-4-1) vs. #6 Concordia (Ore.) (20-2-0)
#1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (19-2-2) vs. Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) (14-4-3)
#2 Lee (Tenn.) (18-2-1) vs. #7 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) (16-2-2)

Due to the excessive rain on Monday and overnight last night, NAIA officials have decided to move the quarterfinal matches from the main stadium field at the Jack Allen Complex to a secondary field. After the stadium pitch gets some care from the hardworking groundskeepers at Jack Allen and a few days rest, the semifinals and final matches are expected to be back in the main stadium.

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