Eagles Clipped in Semis
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A late scramble in front of the box was enough to end the hopes of Asbury’s women from playing for their first national championship as third-seeded Trinity International escaped with a 1-0 victory over the seventh-seeded Eagles. Asbury will play fourth-seeded Mount Vernon Nazarene in the third-place match on Saturday at 12:15 p.m.
Asbury (13-9-2) continued to bend on defense, absorbing pressure and using counter attacks when possible. Neither team was able to create many threatening chances in the match. The Eagles would take only three shots, all in the second half and TIU would take only nine total despite taking 11 corner kicks.
Trinity (10-9-3) would break through in the 72nd minute as Diana Anderson knocked home a loose ball in front of the net for the game’s lone goal. Maegan Rogers made five saves for Asbury and Elizabeth Burynski made two for Trinity.
Asbury will leave the 2011 NCCAA National Tournament with a better finish ever at the tournament, eclipsing 2008’s sixth place finish.