13 Nov Jimmies women’s soccer lose first game to Briar Cliff in GPAC Championship game
The Jimmies head into the NAIA national tournament with an 18-1-1 record. The Chargers head into the tournament with a 14-2-2 record.
With 1:30 to go in overtime, the Chargers played a ball up the field where a Jimmies defender slipped and fell, allowing Taylor Alkire to hold off her defender and fire one past Jimmies goalie Alex Nowka to give Briar Cliff its second consecutive GPAC title.
“I’m speechless,” Alkire said. “We came to prove ourselves and that’s what we did tonight.”
As the ball went into the net, the Chargers sprinted onto the field around the despondent Jimmies sitting with their faces in their hands on the field.
This result felt especially good for the Chargers and their head coach, Clark Charlestein, after they tied the Jimmies in the regular season finale on Oct. 30.
“I think in our hearts we felt like we were four minutes away from being regular season champions and we felt like we had a good game plan; we had a good understanding of what we needed to do,” Charlestein said. “We didn’t really feel like coming back here was going to be revenge or anything like that to be honest. We just came back here knowing we could get the job done.”
Both teams had scoring opportunities in the first few minutes of the game. The Jimmies Kamryn Fiscus sent a ball wide on one end, and the Chargers Bailee Hackley took a long-range shot that was pushed up and over the bar by Nowka.
The Jimmies thought they had scored with 33:20 to go when Penelope Hoppe scored, but the referee’s flag was up for offsides.
In the second half, the Jimmies Cassandra Diaz sprinted in the box and was taken down, but there was no call as the ball went out for a Jimmies corner. The Chargers dealt with the threat and cleared the ball out of danger.
The Jimmies had another chance in the second half that saw them win a corner on the far side of the field, but it was sent out of bounds as Miarosa Gyllenswan slipped while taking the corner.
“I think we were too nice. We gotta pull the trigger a little bit more. They didn’t really have a ton of chances breaking over our half line,” Jimmies head coach Nick Becker said. “I think you could probably count it on one hand. We gave them a chance that was kind of a gift and they didn’t let up. You have to give them some credit; they were able to block us out for 90 minutes.”
The Jimmies and Chargers now have to wait until Monday, Nov. 15, to see where they will be heading in the NAIA tournament.
BCU 1, UJ
BCU: 0 0 1—1
UJ: 0 0 0—0
BCU: Taylor Alkire, 98:37
BCU: Darien Scalfani,8
UJ: Alex Nowka, 5
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