KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The eighth-seeded Trevecca Trojans (16-3-3) took an early lead, then had to rally with two second half goals to defeat top-seeded Judson College (17-6-0) 3-2 and advance to the semifinals on Thursday at the Austin-Tindall Soccer Complex.
Anna Hoffman scored the first goal of the match at 6:08 off of a rebound from a Brooke Gann shot. It was the seventh goal of the season for Hoffman and the second assist for Gann. The Trojans defense held until Judson's Jenna Schiller scored at 29:26 off a free kick from 20 yards out. The shot bent around the defensive wall of the Trojans and cleared the top left side bar and just over the reach of Trevecca keeper Bekah Headrick. The score remained 1-1 until the second half.
Both teams rolled through the first half of the second period until Angela Bianchi scored a second Eagles goal at 61:26 on a cross from Jenna Steffensen from the left side to middle of field. With the tide turned, the Trojans settled in and began to pressure the ball picking up five shots in a row before scoring the game-tying goal at 79:54. The goal was Hoffman's secon of the match and eighth of the year. The freshman was assisted by Gann again. Gann picked up her third assist of the year on a ball played through from the right side. Hoffman scored to the bottom left-side of the goal. The Trojans didn't fall complacent and the continued pressure produced the game-winning goal came less than three minutes later at 82:28. The scoring line had just a slight change for the Trojans as Alex Hammond scored on another Gann assist. It was played off rebound from the 20. Hammond scored her fourth goal of the season while Gann picked up her third assist of the match and her fourth assist of the year.
Trevecca coach Brett Armstrong was thrilled with the outcome, "The girls played with a ton of heart tonight! We got the early goal and then saw that lead disappear. We're not used to that but the girls battled back with two clutch goals in the final few minutes. Just a fantastic night!"
Trevecca had 16 shots with eight of them on goal. Five were saved by Eagle keeper Sara Hoffman. Judson had 12 shots with four of those on goal. Headrick saved two of those. Headrick is now 14-2-2 on the year.
Trevecca will face Southern Nazarene University (12-7-1) at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in the semifinals. SNU defeated Houghton College (13-7) 1-0 to setup a rematch with Trevecca. The rematch offers the Trojans a chance to get revenge for a 3-1 loss to Southern Nazarene in the second match of the year. Trevecca's season turned following that match as the Trojans rolled off a school record six consecutive shutouts. Since that loss Trevecca is 15-1-3. You can watch the match live for $5 by clicking this link. The match won't show up until 30 minutes prior to the start of the match.
Trevecca Tournament/Season Notes
Have won eight in a row, program best win streak
Have won 16 matches, most in program history
Have 15 shutouts, most in program history
15-1-1 over last 17 matches, 12 shutouts and just seven goals allowed
Bekah Headrick has program best 14 shutouts in goal
Set a school record with six consecutive shutouts
Had an 11 game stretch with 10 shutouts, just one goal allowed, producing a 8-0-3 record
Brooke Gann set a school record with 12 goals this season
Headrick is on pace to set the school record for lowest goals against average (.33)
Trevecca has outscored its opponents 47-11 this season
Gann is now third in career goals (20)
Kayla VanEs is now fourth in career goals (19)
VanEs is now third in career points (51)
Headrick owns the career record for shutouts (18)
Headrick owns the career record for wins (25)