Dec. 2, 2011
PENSACOLA, Fla. - The No. 1 Grand Valley State women's soccer team faces Saint Rose, its final opponent of 2011, as it defends its 2010 National Title in the NCAA Division II National Championship on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET at Brosnaham Park.
GVSU battled to a 1-1 double-overtime tie against Chico State to advance to its third straight NCAA Championship game, 3-2, on penalty kicks on Thursday. The Lakers and Saint Rose met in the 2009 semifinal with the Lakers coming away with a 3-2 overtime-victory.
Junior Chelsea Parise (Sterling Heights, Mich.) was the story of the day as she made two great saves in regulation and overtime to keep GVSU in the game. In the shootout, she stopped three shots to advance the Lakers to the Championship game.
Grand Valley State enters the game with a 20-0-4 record, while Saint Rose has a 23-1-1 mark on the year. GVSU is on a 14-game unbeaten streak in the NCAA Tournament dating back to the 2009 season. GVSU has been to the Championship game four times under head coach David DiIanni.
Saint Rose has outscored its last 11 opponents by a 35-3 margin since its lone defeat this season, a 3-0 setback at Merrimack back on October 15. The Golden Knights have furthermore outscored their opponents by a 21-2 differential throughout seven postseason contests, and by an 88-9 margin when displacing their lone loss of the season. Saint Rose is also the best scoring team in the nation, leading with 3.58 goals per game.
Live stats and video will be available via NCAA.com and fans can also follow Twitter for live updates at @GVSULakers.