Truman State women's soccer advances in the NCAA D-2 Tournament
Senior Megan Frkovic scored in the 50th minute, and the Truman women's soccer team dominated play throughout much of the night to open the 2015 NCAA Div. II tournament with a 1-0 win against Cedarville (Ohio) on Thursday night.
The Bulldogs (15-2-5), who were making the 11th NCAA postseason in school history, out-shot CU (13-5-4) 7-2 in the opening 45 minutes.
Then, after weathering a brief Yellow Jacket swarm at the start of the second half, the purple and white earned a corner kick just four minutes into the half. Frkovic sent a ball into the box, which was returned out to her just off the end line.
She then floated a ball towards the goal, which carried just enough to go over the out-stretched hands of the CU keeper and in to give Truman a 1-0 lead.
Much of possession in the second half was played in the Bulldogs' attacking third of the field; however, the Bulldogs couldn't find an insurance goal, despite out-shooting the Jackets 7-1 in the second half. CU put together one last effort in the final three minutes - earning its only two corner kicks of the night - but the Bulldogs held off any tying effort and advanced to the NCAA tournament's second round.
For the game, Truman out-shot CU, 14-3 (7-2 on goal), and took eight corner kicks to the Jackets' two.
Senior midfielder Alexis Heffernan took a game-high five shots, putting three on goal, while junior forward Stephanie Williams took four.
Sophomore Katie Mattingly recorded her 12th shutout of the year, making two saves aginst a Cedarville offense that had scored 76 goals on the season entering Thursday night's match.
The Bulldogs advance to face the second-seeded Knights of Bellarmine, who come into the tournament at 16-2-2 overall, at 12:30 p.m. (CST) on Saturday, Nov. 14.
BU defeated Truman, 1-0, in overtime in Louisville during the teams' only meeting this year.
Courtesy Truman State University