Baker ousted from NAIA women soccer playoffs
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – The No. 3 seeded Vanguard University women’s soccer team handed No. 14 Baker University its earliest exit ever in the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Tournament, with a 5-1 win over the Wildcats in the second round of the 2012 tournament.
Baker ends its season with a record of 13-7-1, while Vanguard improves to 18-2 and will play the winner of Tuesday’s No. 11 Kansas Wesleyan and No. 6 Spring Arbor game.
Vanguard came out strong, as team leading scorer Jordan Davidson raced past the Baker defenders for a goal in the fourth minute with the assist going to Amanda Couch.
Davidson followed that goal up with another score in the 22nd minute when she again sprinted past the Baker defense then made a move on the keeper Rachel Theobald for the goal.
Lindsey Holman-Kelly gave Vanguard the 3-0 lead in the 28th minute as she received a ball from Couch for her third assist of the day.
The Lions weren’t done yet, as they scored all five of their goals in the first half. Holman-Kelly scored just one minute after her first goal, when Davidson placed a cross in front of the goal and the sophomore slammed it home.
Lauren Skachenko scored Vanguard's final goal of the match in the 44th minute, and teammate Rachel Rucireta notched the assist.
The Lions out shot Baker, 18-5, in the first half and put up eight shots on goal. Jordan Dolbin took three first half shots with one on goal for Baker, and Shalynn Eldredge-McMillan took the other on goal.
Baker rallied to put together a strong second half, shutting out the Lions and scored its lone goal of the day. Freshman Eldredge-McMillan got the Wildcats on the board in the 86th minute, with the assist coming from senior Finola Corley.
Theobald was busy in the second half, collecting five saves and finished the day with eight saves overall.
As a team, Baker took nine shots, four coming from Dolbin, two from Eldredge-McMillan and rest from Ashley Sampson, Alexa Fryer and Corley.
The Wildcats are now 6-2-1 all-time in the NAIA nationals tournament in three appearances, while the Lions improved to 3-1.