Concordia is a national champion

The women's soccer team beats its past for first title in four tries
Dec. 9, 2013
Concordia players celebrate during the NAIA women's soccer national championship tournament last week.
Photo courtesy Concordia athletics.

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - Fourth-ranked Concordia finally got the title it has longed for - women's soccer, Saturday in the NAIA tournament.

The Cavaliers snapped a three-match losing streak in the national final with a 1-0 win over No. 2 Westmont (Calif.) to claim its first-ever national crown in the 2013 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship.

With the win, the Cavaliers became the 12th program to claim a national crown in the 30-year history of the event.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling really,” said Concordia head coach Grant Landy. “I just think it was our year this year for a number of reasons. I think we had a special group and they proved it this week in Orange Beach. It was a total team effort. I know they wanted his for me, but really it was all the hard work they put into the season. They have a really special bond and it showed this week.

Prior to the match, Concordia was 0-3-0 in the championship final – its most recent trip coming in 2011 – and had been outscored 8-0. Conversely, Westmont had arguably been one of the most dominant teams in the final match, boasting a 5-0-0 record prior to tonight with banners in 1985, 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2003.

Concordia dominated possession the entire match, but failed the break through until the 65th minute when Hannah Scott netted her third goal – all game-winners – of the 16-team tournament. The senior forward, who has been a terror to opposing defenses throughout the championship, took the shot from just outside the penalty area and buried it into the upper left-hand corner of the net. Scott was named the Select Sport America-NAIA Championship Outstanding Offensive Player for her effort throughout.

The Cavaliers kept the Westmont defense under siege for the entire 90 minutes, boasting a 24-4 lead in shots, including a game-high five shots by Bobbi Eckler and Ashley Ames, and a 7-1 edge in shots on goal. Concordia also held a 5-1 advantage on corner kicks.

Concordia goalkeeper Olivia Brock made one save en route to her 12th shutout of the season. The clean sheet marks the 18th time in championship final history that the match has ended in a shutout.

Concordia ends the year at 22-1-1 and improves to 26-11-3 all-time at the national championship.

Westmont, who was appearing in its sixth all-time national championship final, falls to 17-2-5 on the season and 30-7-7 all-time in 16 trips to the national championship.