NAIA Announces Women's Soccer Pairings
The NAIA announced the pairings for the 26th Women's Soccer National Championship Opening Round and the Eagles will travel to Pulaski, Tenn. to battle #7 seeded Martin Methodist College on Saturday November 21st.
Asbury (14-6, 5-0 KIAC)will make their first appearance in the NAIA National Tournament after winning their fourth straight KIAC regular and post-season titles this year behind a strong blend of seniors and freshman. Senior Miranda Wiley was named KIAC Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight year after leading the conference with 20 goals, she also added nine assists. Wiley is the school's all-time leader in goals (70), assists (23), and points (163).
Freshman Rebecca Batey was second on the team this year with 15 goals, she also added seven assists. Freshman keeper Melanie Dickson started every game and made 106 saves. She had a goals against average of 1.22 and had six shutouts. Senior Ashley Amburgy controlled the midfield for the Eagles and also scored five goals, while senior Kellie German was the leader of a defense that has so far allowed their fewest goals in school history.
Martin Methodist won the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament to gain an automatic bid after a 14-2-2 record. This is their sixth appearance overall and all six have come consecutively. The Red Hawks have won the NAIA National Title twice, in 2005 and 2007. They have won the TSAC regular season and tournament titles six straight years. They hold a 10-1-3 record in the national tournament.
Saturday's winner will advance to the final site in Decatur, Ala. Saturday's game will be played at 4:00 pm eastern time, 3:00 pm central time.