KIRKLAND, Wash. - The NU Eagles put forth a valiant effort today, but #2 seed Concordia got a golden goal from Ashley Ames in the first overtime to lift the Cavaliers past #1 seed Northwest U., 2-1, in overtime to win the CCC post season championship and a berth in the NAIA national tournament. It was a perfect day for soccer with the temperature about 47 degrees and sunny skies for the entire game.
The two teams battled to a 1-1 tie in regulation with Northwest holding a lead until Kaylyn Winwood tied the score in the 80th minute with her 17 yarder from the right side. Micah Wenzel had given Northwest the 1-0 lead at the 32:35 mark of the first half as she drilled an 18 yarder past the CU goalkeeper as the ball was cleared out by the CU defense.
Ames’ game winner came with just 1:12 remaining in the first overtime period as she got past an NU defender and put her shot past Eagle goalkeeper Patty Hughes who had come out of the goal. Ames’ shot came from 22 yards out from the right side.
Concordia outshot Northwest 25-14 with 15 of those shots coming in the second half and five in the overtime period. Patty Hughes had 4 saves in goal for Northwest while Tori Talbott had 3 saves for the Cavaliers who finished the season with a 15-2-2 record. Northwest U. completes the season with a 9-9-1 record and the regular season CCC championship, their first since beginning the sport in 2006. The loss today snapped the Eagles eight game winning streak.
Said Coach Erin Redwine, “Turning around a 1-8-1 preseason into an 8-2-1 conference and CCC tournament record is a testament to the strength and mentality of our team. Falling short by a goal in the CCC final two years in a row stings deep for sure, but we have so much to be proud of. This team’s motivation runs much deeper than a result and we will be stronger because of today.” Redwine continued, “Score aside, we have no regrets, as the team played outstanding against a great team. Thank you to our first class seniors who’ve made a lasting imprint on NU women’s soccer and to our fans who’ve supported us all year.”
Congratulations to Coach Erin Redwine, her coaching staff and all the Eagle women soccer players for an exciting year! And, the 2012 Cascade Conference Champions!
Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2012 Share on Facebook