Alexandra Vierra scored a hat trick, and the #2 seed Trinity Baptist College Eagles advanced to the South Region Final with a 5-1 semifinal victory over #2 Toccoa Falls College Thursday afternoon.
Vierra scored the game’s first two goals within 10 minutes of each other to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead. In Minute 22, Vierra took a long cross pass from Kiley Sanders (assist) out of the right corner. Vierra volleyed the ball into the net to give the Eagles a lead they would never relinquish.
Ten minutes later, Arisa Robles (assist) lofted a pass from midfield over the defense, and Viera chased it down and tapped it in past a diving goalkeeper. Daisa Shepherd scored in Minute 38 on a similar play with the assist coming from defender Kristin Pabon in the backfield. Shepherd’s goal gave Trinity a 3-0 halftime lead.
Toccoa Falls scored in Minute 72 on an unassisted slap shot from Brooke Loggins from approximately 21 yards out. Loggins connected from the top of the half circle after dribbling around several Eagles defenders. She hit the shot just under the crossbar to put Toccoa Falls on the board.
Pabon, though, extended Trinity’s lead back up to three with a free-kick goal from 25 yards out. Vierra then completed her hat trick with seven minutes left to play on the assist from Emily Martinez, and the Eagles held on for the victory.
Courtney Blanset saved 9 of 10 shots on goal, and Toccoa’s Emily Trulove saved five. Trinity totaled 16 shots with 10 on goal, and Toccoa Falls got off 13 total shots. Shepherd and Vierra each had four shots on goal for Trinity. Loggins had four for Toccoa while teammates Kimberly Berry and Marisol Gutierrez each had two.
The Eagles will play #1 seed Bob Jones University for the South Region title. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, November 4. Trinity finished the regular season as the top-ranked women’s soccer team in NCCAA Division 2, and Bob Jones finished #2.
The winner will advance to the NCCAA Division 2 National Championship Tournament, which Bob Jones University will host from November 14-18.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC