The UTB/TSC Women's Soccer team is moving on.
UTB/TSC upset the #4 team in the nation beating Oklahoma City University 2-1 in the second round of the NAIA National Tournament. The win sets up a matchup with the winner between No. 12 Olivet Nazarene and No. 5 Mobile on Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m.
"It took a lot of effort and perseverance for the ladies to get the win tonight against one of the top teams in the nation." said head coach Nik Barjaktarevic. "They made us work very hard defensively and kept the pressure constantly with long balls and their front line worked extremely hard and was very dynamic, but our defense was able to contain most of the threat and minimize good opportunities for OCU."
After a scoreless first half UTB/TSC found the net twice. Once by Isadora Freitas in the 60th minute and the other by Leah Russell in the last minute of the game.
Freitas score was all finess working the ball deep into the box by two OCU defenders and finishing on the far post.
The winning shot by Russell came on a tight hit ball that split the opponents goalie's legs to find the back of the net.
Aside from the only score by OCU in the 74th minute UTB/TSC goalkeeper Amanda Fulton had five huge saves to control the net for UTB/TSC.
Olivet Nazarene and Mobile will play each other tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.
"It was a very tight national championship caliber game and both teams could have won today.' said Barjaktarevic. "I'm glad we are the ones going forward and now we wait for the outcome of Mobile and Olivet Nazarene. We will use the extra day to rest and refocus on the next task one game at a time."
Game Note: Leah Russell's parents drove all the way from Toronto, Canada to watch the tournament alongside with Dr. Sylvia Leal from UTB/TSC Student Affairs department. UTB/TSC women's soccer team was awarded the prestigous NAIA Champions of Character Team Award. This award is presented to one team out all the women's soccer programs in the NAIA.