Women's College Soccer

NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Capsules

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QU's Cassidy Foley and Bellarmine's Alex Harber battle for control of the ball just outside of Bellarmines 18 yard box during the first half Saturday of the NCAA ll Midwest Regional at Legands Stadium in Quincy. | H-W Photo/Michael Kipley
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Nov. 15, 2017 12:01 am

Grand Valley State

Record: 19-3 (9-0 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference).

Coach: Jeff Hosler (fourth season)

Scouting the Lakers: This is the 15th straight season Grand Valley State has reached the NCAA Tournament, and the Lakers are looking to reach the final four for the 11th time since 2006. Grand Valley State is tied with Franklin Pierce for the most D-II national championships with five. The Lakers won three straight national titles from 2013-15 and finished as the runner-up last season, losing to Western Washington 3-2 in the final. GVSU's 15th consecutive NCAA Tournament berths are the second most in NCAA history. Senior forward Gabriella Mencotti has 28 goals and nine assists, while freshman forward Ava Cook had 12 goals and 11 assists. Senior goalkeeper Jennifer Steinaway has allowed eight goals and posted nine shutouts.

 

Quincy

Record: 17-3-1 (13-1 Great Lakes Valley Conference).

Coach: Dave Musso (12th season).

Scouting the Hawks: Quincy finds itself in a familiar position facing Grand Valley State. This will be their sixth postseason meeting since 2006, and the Lakers have won all five, outscoring the Hawks 15-2. This is Quincy's first regional finals appearance since 2013. The Hawks have never won two NCAA Tournament games in a season since becoming a D-II school in 1994. This is only the second time the teams have met in the postseason game not played in Allendale, Mich. Grand Valley State won 2-1 in 2013 at Minnesota-Duluth. Senior forward Mackenzie Rief leads Quincy with 10 goals, including eight game-winners, while senior goalkeeper Megan Swanson has made 91 saves, posted 13 shutouts and tied the school record for victories with 17.

 

Central Missouri

Record: 22-0 (11-0 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association).

Coach: Lewis Theobald (11th season).

Scouting the Jennies: The top-ranked team in the nation will play for a Central Region championship for the fourth straight year. The Jennies have won the three previous region titles, only to lose to Grand Valley State each time in the national quarterfinals. The 22 victories are a program record, eclipsing the 2014, '15 and '16 teams that each won 21 games. The Jennies have allowed only three goals all season, and the 19 shutouts are tied for the program's single-season record. Junior goalkeeper Ana Dilkes owns the NCAA D-II record with 62 career shutouts. She has all 19 shutouts this season and has made 70 saves. Sophomore forward Jada Scott has 16 goals and 10 assists, setting a school record with 42 points.

 

Southwestern Oklahoma State

Record: 13-3-5 (7-1-4 Great American Conference).

Coach: Mark Persson (ninth season).

Scouting the Bulldogs: It been an unexpected run for the Bulldogs, who were seeded sixth in the Central Region but beat Missouri Western 1-0 in the opener and won a penalty-kick shootout against Minnesota State-Mankato in the region semifinals. This is the first appearance in a region championship game in program history and just the second NCAA Tournament appearance. Central Missouri eliminated Southwestern Oklahoma State in 2012 with a 3-0 victory in Warrensburg, Mo. Sophomore forward Alimata Rabo leads the Bulldogs with 28 goals, 12 assists and eight game-winning goals. Junior goalkeeper Lexie Bates has made 83 saves and posted six shutouts, but she's given up 25 goals.

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