Concordia defender Jeannelle Condame had a first-half shot hit the crossbar and Keiser University scored twice in the second half to earn a 2-0 victory on Saturday during the opening round of the NAIA Championships in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Johanna Engberg was responsible for both Keiser goals. In the 58th minute, Engberg took a pass in the middle from Matilda Nilsson, turned around and put the ball into the left side of the goal. Then, in the 62ndh minute, Engberg controlled a cross and shot it just inside the right post.
Concordia finished its season with a record of 15-6-1, and qualified for the NAIA tournament for just the second time.
“I think we proved that we belong on this stage and that we can truly play with anybody in the country,” Bulldogs coach Greg Henson said. “We’ve talked about that in the past, but today our players went out and showed the heart and the grit that it takes to do that. I couldn’t be any prouder of the way this team went out and performed today. We challenged them to come out early and take it to Keiser and not be afraid of the environment and just go play — and they did.”
Ottawa (Kan.) 2, Hastings 1, OT: Hastings jumped out to an early lead with a Taylor Geis goal in just the second minute off of a Megan Kruse assist. Ottawa's Caroline Jenkins scored in the 25th minute on a Courtney Hughes assist. Jenkins then scored two minutes into the overtime to end the game. Hastings ends its season with a record of 17-3-1.
Hastings 3, Friends 1: Daniel Whitehall broke a 1-1 tie with two goals in the second half to propel the Broncos into the second round of the NAIA tournament. Whitehall gave Hastings a 2-1 advantage in the 61st minute, and put the game away in the 81st. Hastings scored just four minutes into the contest getting a goal from freshman Tor Trosten. Friends scored 12 minutes later to knot the score.
Midland 2, Baker 0: Ali Sodal scored in the first half, and Robert Wiseman tacked on another in the second half for the Warriors. Midland snapped a four-game losing streak to Baker dating back to 2011.