The UTB/TSC Women's Soccer team traveled to Mississippi and upset the William Carey University Lady Crusaders 2-1 Saturday afternoon in Hattiesburg at the first round of the NAIA National Tournament.
"Well deserved win, unbelievable effort and character on display. So proud of our players." said head coach Nik Barjaktarevic.
WCU struck first scoring with 36:54 in the first half to take the 1-0 lead.
"We had a good start, and although we went down a goal early in half, we did not panic, but just kept playing and working hard."said Barjaktarevic.
UTB/TSC did not back down and with 18:54 left in the first half, first team All-RRAC teammates hooked up for the tying score. Isadora Freitas found Nicole Heer and she did the rest putting it in the net to make it 1-1.
The orange and blue were not done and just ten minutes before the end of the first half Leah Russell maneuvered herself around the WCU defense and nailed the leading goal to make it 2-1.
"Our hardwork earned us an equalizer, great combination in the middle that produced a fantastic goal by Heer and able to score another before half on a great shot from thirty-five yards out by Russell. Girls kept believing and showed great character and resolve getting back in the game against very dangerous and organized William Carey team." said Barjaktarevic.
UTB/TSC now advances to the round of sixteen, popularly known as the Sweet 16, of the tournament. The game will be played in Orange Beach, Alabama the site of this year's national tournament. Depending on todays first round outcomes through out the nation UTB/TSC will either play November 26th or 27th.
UTB/TSC is very excited about moving on to the next round of the national tournament.
"So happy for the team and girls, they earned it and deserve the recognition."said Barjaktarevic.