BARBOURVILLE, Ky. --
The Union College women's soccer team is ready to travel to Reinhardt, and face off with the top-seeded Lady Eagles in the semifinals of the 2011 Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m.
"I am very excited for the game tomorrow," said head coach Camila Mendes
. "If we keep playing the way we have been showing the last few games, there is no doubt we can be successful. Even though we lost to Reinhardt during the regular season, it was our first conference game.
"We have improved a lot since then and we are capable of going there and pulling off an upset."
The Lady Bulldogs, the fourth seed in the tournament, enters the semifinals with a 10-7 record on the year, and advanced to the semis after beating fifth seeded Montreat, 1-0 last Friday in the quarterfinals of the tournament.
In the match, freshman Kayse Cornett
(London, Ky.) scored the eventual game-winner in the ninth minute, as the Lady Bulldogs held the Lady Cavaliers scoreless the entire match to take the thrilling one score win. Union goalie Stephanie Burton
(Queensland, Australia) also notched a shutout win in the victory, making four saves total in the win.
UC comes into the match led offensively by the dynamic scoring duo of sophomore Sofie Jorgensen
(Oksbol, Denmark), and freshman Helen Weber
The two have combined to score 24 of the 40 goals the Lady Bulldogs have scored on the year, with Jorgensen ending the year netting 13 goals, and Weber scoring 11. Jorgensen has also scored three game-winners on the year, as well.
In goal, Burton has been a steady force in between the pipes for the Lady Bulldogs, making 91 saves, while recording a goals against average of 2.00. She's also notched three shutout wins on the year, as well.
Reinhardt, who is 12-3-2 on the season, moved into the semifinals after a dominating 4-1 win over Bluefield in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
The Lady Eagles, who went a perfect 7-0 in the AAC this season, is led offensively by Katherine Amatulli, who has scored 12 goals on the year. In net, Kaleigh Clarke has seen the majority of action on the year, making 42 saves, recording a goals against average of 0.75.
Union will try to exact revenge in the match, as Reinhardt came to UC on Sept. 17 and took a 3-1 win, as three Lady Eagles scored goals in the victory.