2019 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Final Site Preview
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – (Final Site Schedule | Bracket) The 2019 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Final Site field has been set as play is scheduled to begin on Monday, December 2. The 16-team NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Final Site will be a single elimination, 16-team tournament, which will culminate with the NAIA National Championship match on Saturday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m. CST.
This season for the first time, 45 teams played for the opportunity to join host institution Mobile (Ala.) in Orange Beach. In the end, 12 of the 15 opening round hosts advanced as three upsets occurred. Rocky Mountain (Mont.) was the lone No. 3-seed to advance and joined Eastern Oregon and Grace (Ind.) in upsets at their respective sites.
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- Seven of the 16 qualifiers for the 2019 final site were also there a season ago. Mobile (Ala.), Keiser (Fla.), Southeastern (Fla.), William Carey (Miss.), Eastern Oregon, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and Martin Methodist (Tenn.) all repeat in 2019.
- The Crossroads League and the Southern States Athletic Conference lead all leagues with three qualifiers in the final site field.
- Westmont’s five national titles are the most among the 2019 final site qualifiers and the most in NAIA history.
- Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) has an opportunity to tie Westmont for the most red banners in history. The Blue Raiders are tied with former member Lee (Tenn.) with four.
- William Carey (Miss.) will attempt to become the first team since 2011 to win back-to-back national championships. Former member institution Lee (Tenn.) won four-in-a-row from 2008 through 2011.
- Central Methodist (Mo.) lead all teams with 22 wins on the season. The Eagles are the lone undefeated team in the field.
- William Carey will try to become the first back-to-back NAIA National Champion since former member Lee (Tenn.) claimed four-straight red banners from 2008-11.
- Three players in the top five in points this season will be in Orange Beach. Uchenna Kanu of Southeastern (Fla.) leads that group with 95 points, followed by Emma Rice of Science & Arts (Okla.) with 86 and Anika Kallash of Central Methodist (Mo.) with 77.
- Central Methodist features two, 30 goal scorers in Kallash (33) and Judith Sainz (31).
- Three of the top five goalkeepers in save percentage will also put their talents on display at the championship. Lisa Venrath of Northwestern Ohio (0.43) leads that group at No. 3, followed by Nina Haeberlin of Keiser (Fla.) with 0.44 and Alexis Patenaude of Marian (Ind.) with 0.46.
- Lexis Garcia of Indiana Wesleyan and Kanu are tied at the top in the nation with 11 game-winning goals apiece.