Hannah Scott scores in second half, and Cavaliers dominate for 1-0 finals victory
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. Concordia University captured its first women's soccer national title Saturday, using its stifling defense to defeat Westmont College 1-0 for the NAIA championship.
Hannah Scott's goal in the 65th minute proved to be the difference. The senior from Milwaukie High struck from the top of the goal box, finding the top corner of the net for her sixth score of the season.
The Cavaliers, who were ranked No. 1 at the end of the regular season, had made the finals three times, coming up short in 2004, 2008 and 2011.
This time, the Cavs came through, capping a 22-1-1 season in which they allowed only seven goals and scored 70.
The national title was the Northeast Portland school's second in athletes. The 2011 Concordia women's track and field team captured the NAIA outdoor crown in 2011.
Concordia finished the 2013 women's soccer season on an 18-game winning streak.
As was usually the case, Concordia dominated the play and the attack on Saturday. The Cavaliers outshot Westmont, from Santa Barbara, Calif., 24-4.
Cavaliers goalie Olivia Brock need to make only one save, while Warriors goalie Lindsey Smith was credited with six stops.
Westmont, which was ranked No. 4 in the NAIA poll, finished with a 17-2-5 record. Westmont had played Concordia to a 0-0 draw at Westmont on Aug. 30. Westmont reached the final by beating Northwood of Florida 7-6 on penalty kicks on Friday.
Concordia won its semifinal game Friday 1-0 in double overtime, with Scott scoring in the 103rd minute to beat 2012 national champion Lindsey Wilson of Columbia, Ky., 2-1.