Morningside advanced to the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship tournament with a 2-1 victory over Concordia in the GPAC Tournament Championship Game. Photo / Gene Knudsen

Marti Hitz

Jackie Martinez

Jackie Martinez scored the game winning goal with 38 seconds left in the game to lift Morningside to a 2-1 victory over Concordia in Friday’s GPAC Tournament Championship Game at Elwood Olsen Stadium.

It was the second goal of the game for Martinez, who had scored only one goal all season heading into the GPAC final.

Morningside improved its record to 15-5-1 and advanced to the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship tournament, which will begin Saturday, Nov. 21, with opening round games at various sites across the country. The Mustangs will make their third appearance in the national tournament and their first since 2007.

Concordia, which outshot the Mustangs 17-11, bowed out with a record of 13-6-2. The Bulldogs allowed more than one goal in a game for only the third time all season.

Aside from her game winning goal, Martinez scored the game’s first goal just 7:59 into the contest. Marti Hitz dealt an assist on both of the Mustangs’ goals.

The Mustangs’ early 1-0 lead didn’t last long as the Bulldogs’ Jeannelle Condame knotted the score at 1-1 less than 10 minutes later when she scored an unassisted goal 17:49 into the game.

Morningside goal keeper Niccole McGuire finished with eight saves. Five of them came in the first half when the Mustangs were outshot by an 11-4 margin.

Chrissy Lind had four saves for Concordia.

Opening round matchups for the national tournament will be announced on Monday.

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