November 11, 2015
Wolverines roll into ECAC semifinals
GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's soccer team advanced to the semifinals of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South Championship Tournament by earning a 5-0 home win Wednesday afternoon over No. 6 seed Marywood (9-8-4) in the quarterfinal round at College Field. The third-seeded Wolverines (12-6-4) will now face No. 2 Lebanon Valley in the ECAC semifinals Saturday at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa.
The victory is also the 250th for 23rd-year head coach Melissa Lamie. Lamie (250-172-36) has led Grove City to 18 winning seasons and 10 postseason appearances.
Sophomore forward Megan Van Kirk (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) and freshman midfielder Krista Heckman (Lock Haven, Pa./Central Mountain) both scored twice for the Wolverines while senior forward Sammie Wild (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) also scored.
Grove City took a 1-0 lead at 23:17 when Van Kirk scored after receiving an assist from senior forward Kristin Thomas (Ellicott City, Md./Chapelgate Christian). The lead grew to 2-0 at the 30:39 mark when Heckman headed in a free kick from senior midfielder Abby Mathes (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle).
Wild's unassisted goal at 62:20 opened the scoring in the second half. Van Kirk tallied her second goal of the afternoon at 68:49 after blasting a rebound into the net. Sophomore midfielder Elena Guerra (Arlington, Texas/Nolan Catholic) assisted Van Kirk's goal.
Heckman closed the scoring at 71:48 by heading in another Mathes free kick on play nearly identical to the first Heckman-Mathes connection.
Grove City owned a 32-2 edge in shots, along with a 9-0 advantage in corner kicks. In goal, senior Nicole Lapia (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) played the first 75 minutes, 35 seconds in goal while sophomore Trisha Winters (Pittsburgh, Pa./Hampton) played the final 14:25. Winters made one save.
Grove City now has 12 shutouts this season. Thomas has a team-leading eight assists, along with a team-high eight goals. Wild now has seven goals in 2015 while Van Kirk owns five goals.
The Wolverines also reached the ECAC semifinals in 2007, 2010 and 2013. Grove City fell to Marywood in the 2010 ECAC semifinals, which marked the only previous meeting between the programs.
Grove City will be facing Lebanon Valley for the first time since the 2000 ECAC Tournament. The start time for Saturday's match has not been determined.
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