Clearwater Christian College Women's Soccer 2013 NCCAA DII 2nd Place Team

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CLEARWATER, FL (11/21/2013)(readMedia)-- The Cougars started the 2013 National Tournament at Austin Tindall field in Kissimmee, Florida with a convincing 3-0 win over Cairn University from Pennsylvania. Katie Reid started the scoring with a goal in the 4th minute off a cross from Rebecca Farrell; Tori Hale would follow up with goals in the 8th and 12th minutes of the game to complete the scoring. The Cougars dominated the game in shots, time of possession and corner kicks. The Cougars then repeated a similar performance the next day against #3 seed Maranatha Baptist Bible College with 2 early goals from Rebecca Farrell on crosses from Katie Cralley and Katie Reid. Leah Zwiers would add a goal in the 33rd minute off a pass from Naomi Reed to take a 3-0 lead into half time. The Cougars finished the scoring off a pass sent from Rebecca Farrell to Tori Hale whose shot found the net just inside the right post in the 47th minute of the match. The 4-0 win sent the Cougars back to the National Championship match for the 2nd year in a row.

In a valiant effort and highly competitive match played on a wet Saturday afternoon, the Lady Cougars soccer team was unable to repeat as National Champions. Although the Cougars defeated Bob Jones University 2-1 in the South Regional finals and dominated the game on possession, they were unable to score on the Bruin's all-tournament goalie. BJU (selected as the at-large team) was able to score a counter-attack goal in the 66th minute when a ball skipped by the last defender and found the feet of the BJU striker. Although goalie Charity Nelson made the initial save, the ball bounced back to the same striker who scored the winning goal. Nelson had not given up a goal in the tournament and make 3 saves for the match. The Cougars finished another highly successful season with the 2nd place finish at the National Tournament, #2 National NCCAA II Ranking, and a 12-7-2 record.

National All-Tournament selections included the following Cougars:

Naomi Reed – Defense

Rebecca Farrell – Mid-Field

Tori Hale – Forward

All-South Region Players:

1st Team:

Tori Hale

Delaney Lester

Jamie Ray

Naomi Reed

2nd Team:

Rebecca Farrell

Leah Zwiers