Women's Soccer holds on for NACC Tournament win over Marian

Photo by Hannah Whiting
Photo by Hannah Whiting

MEQUON, Wis. – In a match that saw plenty of great scoring chances, including several late from visiting Marian, the Concordia University Wisconsin Women's Soccer team was able to hold on for a 2-1 NACC Tournament win Sunday. The fourth-seeded Falcons move on to the semifinal round Wednesday against an opponent to be determined.

THE BASICS
- Final Score: Concordia Wisconsin 2, Marian 1
- Location: Fitting Field – Mequon, Wisconsin
- Records: CUW 10-6-3; Marian 10-9-0

ALEXANDRA TOMICH POSTGAME



HOW IT HAPPENED
- Freshman Alexandra Tomich (Mission Viejo, Calif.) scored the game-winning goal for the Falcons just 36 seconds into the second half. Tomich took advantage of a Marian turnover and tallied the breakaway goal for the 2-1 lead, which would hold for the remainder of the contest.

- Despite no goals scored in the final 44 minutes, there was plenty of excitement with great opportunities each way. The Falcons were able to get a clean sheet from Tabitha Ortiz (Plainfield, Ill.) in the second half as she made five saves to allow the Falcons to advance. Oritz added three first-half stops for an eight-save match.

- Fifth-seeded Marian struck first on Sunday as Shannon Coughlin scored from nearly 30 yards out in the 10th minute. Coughlin got a pass from Melissa McBridge and floated it over Ortiz with a perfect shot placement for a 1-0 Sabres lead.

- The Falcons were able to respond in the 20th minute when Kayla Schlosser (Germantown, Wis.) buried her team-leading 12th goal of the season. CUW took advantage of a corner kick as Anna Knueppel (Germantown, Wis.) placed one perfectly to Schlosser for the equalizer.

- Both teams had plenty of chances as shots ended up 21-18 in favor of the Falcons. CUW had one more shot on goal, while both teams had six corner kicks.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The NACC Tournament win was the first for CUW since the 2014 season. CUW reached the NACC Tournament finals in 2014 after winning a semifinal contest at home against Edgewood.

- Tomich now has four goals in her last two matches after not having a collegiate score in her first 17 contests. The freshman is certainly heating up at the right time for CUW.

UP NEXT
- CUW will play either No. 1 seeded MSOE or the No. 2 seed Dominican Tuesday. Who the Falcons play will depend on the result of the other first-round match, Aurora vs. Benedictine at 5 p.m. today. If Aurora wins, CUW will visit MSOE for a 7 p.m. start. If Benedictine wins, CUW will take on Dominican at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Stay tuned to CUWFalcons.com and the Women's Soccer Schedule for Wednesday's opponent.

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