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In #NAIA Tournament @PPUWOSOI Fall to No. 3 Lindsey Wilson 3-0

In #NAIA Tournament @PPUWOSOI Fall to No. 3 Lindsey Wilson 3-0

From Point Park University Athletic Dept. report 
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COLUMBIA, Ky. – For the second year in a row, Point Park University women’s soccer was bested by No. 2 seed Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) College, 3-0, in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round in Columbia, Ky. Saturday.
 
The Pioneers’ (10-8-2) defense made an impressive showing like it had all season, holding the Blue Raiders to only seven shots (four on goal).
 
The only other teams to hold Lindsey Wilson (16-3) to under 10 shots were No. 1 seed Spring Arbor (Mich.) (7), No. 7 seed University of Northwestern Ohio (8) and Georgia Gwinnett (9).
 
It was a defensive battle the entire first half, and Point Park had two good chances to score 10 min in.
 
Lindsey Wilson’s Delfina Santellan sped away from PPU defenders to score in the 28th minute, her fourth of the season.
 
The Blue Raiders scored again minutes later when a corner kick by Ivana Damnjanovic found Yvonne Ploeg who chipped it in over Pioneer goalkeeper Rebecca Cohen’s head in the 35th minute to put Lindsey Wilson ahead, 2-0, heading into halftime.
 
Junior Izzy Hunter had a good chance to cut the lead with 10 minutes left in the half, but could not find the back of the net.
 
Point Park and Lindsey Wilson had three shots a piece in the first half.
 
The Pioneers matched Lindsey Wilson’s speed and intensity, holding the Blue Raiders scoreless for 50 minutes after the 35th minute goal.
 
A nice ball by Hunter in the 67th minute just missed Chloe Hampy in front of the goal.
 
Point Park had great opportunities to score with 15 minutes left in regulation, but just missed on passes and shots.
 
With less than 10 minutes left to play, Hunter hit a rocket just wide of the goal.
 
A foul in the box awarded the Blue Raiders a penalty kick in the 86th minute, and Ploeg sunk it in the back of the net to seal the deal, 3-0.
 
Lindsey Wilson heads to Orange Beach, Ala. to face No. 15 Columbia (Mo.) in the NAIA National Championship Second Round Nov. 28-29.
 

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets including Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, and more. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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