Women’s Soccer to Host Carroll (Mont.)

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - November 14th, 2016



By Kaci Mexico
November 14, 2016

The official Opening Round pairings for the 2016 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship have been announced and the #10 Warriors (15-3-2) are set to host the Carroll (Mont.) Saints (12-3-5) this coming Saturday.

The Saints earned an automatic bid into the NAIA Tournament after winning the Cascade Collegiate Conference Tournament in a 2-1 victory over Northwest University. Leading up to the championship game, they defeated both the College of Idaho and Rocky Mountain College in penalty kicks.

Their head coach is David Thorvilson and in his two years in this role he has lead the Saints to back-to-back conference championships. This past season, Carroll goal keeper Jamie Carter received her third consecutive CCC player of the year award. Carter had the best goals against average in the conference and eighth best in the NAIA at .729.

Along with Carter, two other Saints received first-team All-CCC honors: Ylena Gazdik leads the team defensively as a part of a backline that has only allowed nine goals so far this season; and Michaela Kueffer is the team’s leading scorer with eight goals on the season – four of which were game winning goals.

Though the Warriors and the Saints have never played each other, the two teams have had two common opponents this season –fellow Golden State Athletic Conference teams Menlo and The Master’s. In August, Carroll lost to Menlo by a score of 1-0 and two days later lost to The Master’s by a score of 2-1. When the Warriors faced each of these teams they defeated Menlo the first time by a score of 4-1, and a second time in double overtime by a score of 1-0; and they tied The Master’s 0-0 (2OT).

The game will be held at 1:00 p.m. this coming Saturday on Thorrington Field. . If the Warriors win they will advance to the second round held at the NAIA Tournament Final Site in Orange Beach, Alabama. Westmont faculty/staff and their families will get in for free along with Westmont students. General admission will be $8, students from other schools will be $3, and anyone under the age of 14 will get in for free.

[NAIA Tournament Bracket]