Two local athletes help bring Concordia its first national title

by: SUBMITTED - Hannah ScottOrange Beach, ALABAMA — Hannah Scott of Milwaukie and Kellie Skofstad of Gladstone celebrated big-time with their teammates on Concordia University’s women’s soccer team over the weekend as they helped the Portland area school defeat second-ranked Westmont College (Calif.) 1-0 in Saturday’s championship final of the NAIA National Championship Tournament.

It’s only the second national championship in any sport for Concordia, which won the NAIA championship in track and field in 2011 and advanced to the final in women’s soccer in 2004, 2008 and 2011.

Both Scott and Skofstad started for Concordia all season, as the Cavaliers finished with an overall record of 22-1-1, advancing to the final through national tournament wins over William Jessup (Calif.) 3-0, St. Thomas (Fla.) 2-0, fifth-ranked Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 1-0, and a 2-1 double overtime semifinal win over top-ranked and defending national champion Lindsey Wilson (Ky.).

Scott, a senior forward for the Cavaliers, scored just six goals during the 2013 season, but three of them were big ones, coming in the national championship tournament. Scott played a huge role in Concordia’s national championship, scoring the winning goal in three of the Cavaliers’ five national championship tournament games, including Saturday’s final.

Scott scored the game’s only goal in the final with Westmont College, taking a pass from teammate Erin Huisingh, and burying the ball in the upper left-hand corner of the net on a shot taken from just outside the penalty area. The goal was scored in the 65th minute of the 90-minute game.

In the semifinal with Lindsey Wilson, Scott headed the game-winner into the net in the third minute of the second 10-minute overtime. The goalie deflected a free kick by Samantha Johnson, but Scott found herself in the right spot to head it home.

Scott also scored the first goal in the 2-0 second-round win over St. Thomas, slipping the ball inside the far post, off a cross from Huisingh.

Scott’s standout play earned her a spot on the national tournament’s all-tournament team and it gained her recognition as the national tournament’s most valuable offensive player.

“This means the world to me,” Scott said in a telephone interview on Sunday. “Coming from Milwaukie, I never thought I’d be able to be a part of a national championship team. It’s a really incredible feeling. I’m so happy. And I’m proud that I was able to help my teammates win this title for coach [Grant] Landy....

“A lot of people in Milwaukie have been there for me and I want to thank them for being so supportive over the years. It’s been an incredible experience and I couldn’t have done it without their support.”

Skofstad, a junior, also played a major role in the Cavaliers’ success this fall. She was a starting defender on a Cavalier team that allowed only seven goals all season, while scoring 70.

Concordia goalkeeper Olivia Brock had to make only one save in the title game and just one save in the semifinal. The Cavaliers out-shot Lindsey Wilson 18-3 and they out-shot Westmont 24-4.

“I knew Concordia had a great program and coach Landy was a great coach and that’s why I went there,” said Skofstad. “It’s kind of ironic, but we won the first state title at Gladstone my junior year there and now it’s my junior year at Concordia and we’ve won the national championship. It’s pretty awesome!”

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