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COLLEGE SOCCER: Cavs reach NAIA final; UP's Frisbie named A-A

by: COURTESY OF NAIA - Concordia women's soccer players celebrate their 2-1 overtime victory Friday over Lindsey Wilson in the NAIA semifinals at Orange Beach, Ala.ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — Concordia University's women's soccer team will play for the NAIA championship.

The Cavaliers defeated Lindsey Wilson College 2-1 in double overtime Friday in a semifinal game.

Hannah Scott's goal in the 103rd minute — off a long free kick by Samantha Johnson that was punched by the goalkeeper and went off Scott and immediately into the back of the net — gave the Cavs the Golden Goal victory.

Video of Concordia's winning goal

The title game is 3 p.m. PT Saturday. Concordia will meet the Westmont Warriors of Santa Barbara, Calif., who went to a shootout Friday night to beat Northwood of West Palm Beach, Fla., 7-6 on PKs after the teams were deadlocked 2-2 through overtime.

The Cavs took a 1-0 lead in the 54th minute Friday when Shannon McMahon scored from 22 yards on a free kick. It was her second goal of the season.

Lindsey Wilson tied the score in the 70th minute on a close-range shot. The goal snapped a scoreless streak of 1,045 minutes by the Cavaliers defense.

Concordia's Olivia Brock made one save, as the Cavs outshot Lindsey Wilson 18-3, forcing LWC keeper Johanna Henrikson to make six saves.

Scott's winning goal was her fifth score this season.

“I thought we were on the front foot for a majority of the match,” Concordia coach Grant Landy said. “Lindsey Wilson, being the champions that they are, found a way to get an equalizer. We didn’t break down much, but against a great team, you break down one time and they find the back of the net."

As for the sudden nature of the winning goal: "You’ve got to be somewhat fortunate at this tournament. We’ll take it tonight for sure," Landy said.

Concordia (21-1-1) is ranked No. 1 in the NAIA poll and entered the 16-team national tournament as the No. 4 seed. Lindsey Wilson (21-4-0), of Columbia, Ky., was ranked third in the nation but was seeded first in the tourney.

Westmont (17-1-5) is the No. 4 seed.

Concordia tied Westmont 0-0 at home on Aug. 30.

The Cavaliers are seeking their first national title. They have lost three times in the past nine years in the finals — to Lindsey Wilson 2-0 in 2004 and to Lee University (Tenn.) 3-0 in 2008 and 2-0 in 2011.

FRISBIE MAKES A-A TEAM

• Amanda Frisbie, University of Portland senior defender, was named to the National Soccer Coaches of American A All-America team on Friday.

She is UP's first first-teamer since 2009, when Michelle Enyeart and Sophie Schmidt were honored.

Frisbie, who switched from the front line in 2013, also was West Coast Conference defender of the year.

The Pilots posted nine shutouts and had a 17-3-1 season.

Frisbie, from McKinney, Texas, also scored eight goals, with four game-winners.