Nov. 3, 2011
ROCHESTER, Mich. - Oakland will host The Summit League Women's Soccer Championship at the OU Soccer Field on Friday and Sunday. The Golden Grizzlies (8-10-1) take on top-seeded South Dakota State (12-5-2) in the semifinals on Friday at 6 p.m.
The other semifinal will precede the OU match, as No. 2 North Dakota State takes on No. 3 UMKC at 3 p.m. The championship match will take place on Sunday at Noon. For complete tournament information visit the Tournament Website by clicking here.
"We are playing some very good teams in this tournament," said Oakland head coach Nick O'Shea. "South Dakota State has been awesome all year and went undefeated in league play. It's going to be an extremely difficult game, but we're looking forward to it."
The Golden Grizzlies head into the championship as winners of four straight matches, having outscored their opponents 17-3 during the win streak. Oakland earned the right to host the championship by winning the 2010 regular season title with an 8-0-1 league record. This year the Golden Grizzlies finished 6-2-1 in league matches, earning the No. 4 seed.
Meghan Reynolds is the team's leading scorer with six goals this season. Serena San Cartier netted five goals and had five assists for a team-high 15 points. Freshman Kyla Kellerman added five goals to help OU outscore league opponents 22-7. San Cartier and Nicole DeLuca each have a team-high with five assists, while Amy Trandell and Julianne Boyle have four assists each.
In the back, Oakland is led by two-time Summit League Defensive Player of the Week Anne Berschbach. The OU goalkeeper has four shutouts this season and leads The Summit League with a .848 save percentage. Berschbach allowed less than one goal per-game this season and has a goals-against average of 0.85, the second best in the league. Helping her is a veteran backline with senior Alissa Beeman and juniors Kara Weber and Alyssa Fulton.
The Jackrabbits are the regular season champions of The Summit League with an 8-0-1 league record. Like Oakland, SDSU finished the season on a four-match win streak. Kelsey Ferguson (6 goals, 3 assists) and Kayla Braffet (5 goals, 5 assists) lead the Jacks with 15 points each. Defensively, Kat Donovan led the league in goals-against average (0.77) and was second in save percentage (.817). The Jackrabbits posted a league-best 11 shutouts.
Oakland leads the all-time series 3-2-1 against South Dakota State. The two teams played to a scoreless tie during the regular season in a match played in Brookings, S.D.
"The biggest advantage of hosting is our fans," said O'Shea. "Hopefully we will have a good crowd with the match being at 6 p.m. We are looking forward to having a lot of parents and students in the stands."