Morningside’s women’s soccer team is one win away from a NAIA National Tournament berth after a 1-0 upset victory against No. 10 Hastings.
Morningside’s women’s soccer team is one victory away from a second consecutive NAIA National Tournament appearance after the Mustangs shocked 10th-ranked Hastings 1-0 in Saturday’s GPAC Post-Season Tournament Semifinal in Hastings, Neb.
The Mustangs will take a 10-7-2 record into the GPAC Post-Season Tournament Championship Game against Concordia on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in Seward, Neb.
Morningside defeated Concordia 2-1 in last year’s GPAC title game to secure a berth in the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship tourney. The Bulldogs edged Morningside 2-1 when the teams met during this year’s regular season on Oct. 1 in Sioux City.
The Mustangs’ victory in the semifinals snapped a 14-game winning streak for Hastings, a stretch where the Broncos allowed only five goals.
Hastings outshot the Mustangs by a wide 26-7 margin, but Morningside goal keeper Niccole McGuire came up with seven saves to post her second shutout of the GPAC tourney. Five of her saves came in the first half when the Broncos outshot their opponent 15-2. McGuire is Morningside’s all-time leader with 55 saves, two shutouts, and four goal keeper victories in post-season play.
Chloe Wetzbarger, who provided the deciding score when the Mustangs advanced past Northwestern on penalty kicks in a 6-5 shootout in the GPAC Quarterfinals, was also the difference maker in the semifinals when she beat Bronco goal keeper Emma Toohey with the game’s only goal with 10 minutes left in the game.
The goal was Wetzbarger’s third of the season.