GPAC Women's Soccer Tournament Opens Saturday
- Posted Friday, April 2, 2021
- Updated Wednesday, May 12, 2021
The Defender women’s soccer team will travel to face Briar Cliff on Saturday, April 3 at 1:00 pm in Sioux City, Iowa at Memorial Field.
The Briar Cliff Chargers are 11-1-2 overall and 10-1-1 in the GPAC. Briar Cliff has won three in a row with two of those coming at the end of the fall season and one on March 20 in a resumption of the season. Briar Cliff is the regular season champion in the GPAC and the number one seed in the field. The Chargers have beaten Hastings, Morningside and Baker in the last three outings and last lost a match on November 14 when Concordia nipped them 1-0. The two ties are with Northwestern and Midland.
Briar Cliff has been dominant this year in outscoring teams 43-4 and outshooting teams on goal 129-51. Flor Suarez has 15 goals and six assists this year and Taylor Hill has six goals and eight assists this season and Ariana Rodriguez has six goals. Ruby Campa has played 1237 minutes in goal with four goals allowed and has made 44 saves.
Dordt is 6-7-2 this season and finished 5-5-2 in GPAC play after finishing the fall season 2-2-1 in their last five games.
Dordt has scored 21 goals and allowed 21 goals this year. The Defenders were led in a very balanced attack by Alaina Van Zalen with seven goals and Katherine Kooiman and Maddie Regnerus had three goals. Elianna Van Hulzen played 929 minutes in goal and posted a 0.87 goals allowed average and has 54 saves.
Dordt enjoyed a 128-102 shots on goal advantage.
Briar Cliff beat Baker on March 20, 1-0 with both teams mustering three shots on goal. Taylor Hill had Briar Cliff’s goal and Ruby Campa had two saves in goal for the Chargers to preserve the shutout.
Morningside beat Dordt 1-0 last Saturday while outshooting Dordt on goal 7-2. Katherine Kooiman had Dordt’s two shots on goal.
Dordt is 21-7-1 against Briar Cliff. The Chargers own a three game winning streak over the Defenders.
Briar Cliff and Dordt played on September 16 and Briar Cliff won in Sioux Center by a 5-0 score. Flor Suarez had three goals and Taylor Hill and Gisselle Jimenez each had a goal with Campa making two saves in goal. DeLynne Zevenbergen faced 12 shots on goal and had seven saves.
The Dordt-Briar Cliff winner will face the Jamestown-Hastings winner in the semifinal round on Tuesday, April 6 at the highest remaining seed. If Briar Cliff wins they will host. If Dordt wins the Defenders will travel to either Jamestown or Hastings.
Briar Cliff 10-1-1/11-1-2
Dakota Wesleyan 7-5/9-7
College of Saint Mary 3-7-2/3-8-2
Mount Marty 2-9-1/2-10-1