Nov. 14, 2012
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The No. 3 Grand Valley State women's soccer team hosts UW-Parkside in its seventh straight NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Final on Friday at 5 p.m. at the GVSU Soccer Field. GVSU (19-1-2) enters the contest after a 3-1 win against Rockhurst on Sunday in the NCAA Second Round. UW-Parkside (14-4-3) has upset its last three opponents to advance to the Regional Final.
The Lakers own a slight 5-4 all-time series edge. GVSU has won the last two meetings with the Rangers, but UW-Parkside last won in the 2008 Midwest Regional Final, 1-0.
THE LAST TIME...
When the two teams met in this same round in 2010, GVSU pulled out a 3-0 win against the Rangers at the GVSU Soccer Field.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
GVSU is 106-4-3 (.951) at home under 10th-year head coach Dave DiIanni. The Lakers have also outscored opponents 427-44 in that time.
NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY
GVSU owns a 22-7-4 (.727) record in the NCAA Tournament. The Lakers last dropped a regional final in 2008 against the Rangers.
Senior CHELSEA PARISE became the Division II career shutout leader against Ferris State on Sept. 12 with 47. She now owns 58 solo blank sheets in her four-year career. Her record bests the previous one held by Northern Kentucky’s Lauren Piening.
CAN’T KEEP US DOWN
Rockhurst held the lead for five minutes and 47 seconds in the second round game on Sunday, Nov. 11. Prior to that game, the last time the Lakers trailed at home was for 47 seconds against Ferris State on Sept. 28, 2011. GVSU has only allowed one of its opponents to score first this season.
HOME SWEET HOME
GVSU is on a 50-game home unbeaten streak dating back to Nov. 21, 2008 when the Lakers lost to Wisconsin-Parkside, 1-0, in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. The Lakers have only allowed 11 goals throughout that stretch.
KICKIN’ IT IN
The duo of Kayla Addison and Ashley Botts have tallied double-digit goals in each of their four seasons in the Blue and Black. Addison led the team her sophomore season, while Botts topped the squad in both her freshman and junior years.
This is UW-Parkside's sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the third trip in as many years. The Rangers previously qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2011, 2010, 2008, 2004 and 2003. UWP is on a winning streak after upsetting its last two Top 25 opponents in the NCAA tournament. The Rangers picked up a 2-0 win against No. 22 William Jewell in the first round before taking down GLVC Champion No. 13 Quincy with a goal in the 82nd minute for the 2-1 win. Megan Owns leads the team with seven goals, while Emily Konior is second with six. Madison Pickettis a playmaker with a team-high seven assists, while Ashley Meyer can both dish out and score with four goals and six assists. In the net, Michelle Girard picked up her 13th win of the season, while owning a 0.73 goals-against average, allowing only 13 goals.