2018 Title Rematch Takes Shape as Keiser and William Carey Advance
FOLEY, Ala. – A thrilling finish to the third day of play highlighted the action in the semifinal round of the 2020 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship. After William Carey (Miss.) clinched with a 2-0 win over Marian (Ind.) in game one, Keiser (Fla.) and Spring Arbor (Mich.) went all the way to PK’s to decide which would advance. In the end, Keiser finished just one penalty kick better and advanced 4-3 on PK’s to join William Carey in Monday’s title game.
No. 1 William Carey (Miss.) def. No. 5 Marian (Ind.) 2-0
- After nearly 58 minutes of scoreless action, Veronica Herrera broke the deadlock with her third goal of the season to give William Carey a 1-0 lead.
- Just prior to the goal, Kaylie Agostine from William Carey came just short of a goal and rang the ball off the crossbar.
- Ana Paula Santos made it a two-goal lead for the Crusaders in the 73rd minute with her 17th of the season.
- Santos has recorded a point in each of her last seven matches. She has at least one point in 15 of her 17 matches this season.
- William Carey has now advanced to the national championship match for the second time in three seasons. This is the Crusader’s second trip to the national championship match.
- William Carey won its first red banner in women’s soccer in 2018 with a 1-0 win over Keiser (Fla.).
No. 3 Keiser (Fla.) ties No. 7 Spring Arbor (Mich.) 1-1, Adv. 4-3 on PK’s
- Maja Henriksson broke through for Keiser in the 33rd minute. The sophomore bent a ball off a free kick into the left side of the net to give the Seahawks a 1-0 lead.
- Henriksson’s goal was her 12th of the season and first of final site play this year.
- After a call was made on a trip in the box with just over 33 minutes in regulation, Mackenzie Selvius converted on a penalty shot, to tie the match at one. The goal was her team-leading 18th of the season.
- The game came down to a shootout and after both teams missed their first attempts, both connected on their next three consecutive attempts.
- Josefine Troneby scored what proved to be the clinching tally to send the Seahawks to the championship match.
- Keiser is trying to be the first team since former member Lee (Tenn.) to go back-to-back as national champions. The Flames claimed four-straight red banners from 2008-2011.
- Monday’s match will be a rematch of the 2018 title game. William Carey was victorious with a 1-0 decision.