BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The 2019 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Women's Soccer Playoffs got underway on Tuesday afternoon and after a pair of quarterfinal matchups, Saint Benedict and Bethel are moving on to the semifinal round.
No. 4 Saint Benedict scored the go-ahead goal late in the second half to move past No. 5 Carleton by a 3-2 margin, while No. 6 Bethel pulled off an overtime upset at No. 3 St. Catherine with a 3-2 win in St. Paul.
Saint Benedict and Bethel now join Augsburg and St. Thomas in the semifinals. The No. 2 seed Tommies will host No. 6 Bethel at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, while the top-seeded Auggies will welcome No. 4 Saint Benedict at 6:00 p.m. that evening.
NO. 6 BETHEL 3, NO. 3 ST. CATHERINE 2 (OT) | Box Score |
Bethel midfielder Rachel Waterman scored the first and last goals of the game to lead the No. 6 Royals to a 3-2 overtime victory against No. 3 St. Catherine on Tuesday afternoon. Bethel went into halftime with a 2-1 advantage, thanks to goals from Waterman and Claire Radatz. Taylor Johnson got the Wildcats on the board with a penalty kick goal in the 20th minute and Sofia Campbell evened the game at 2-2 at 54:27 in the second half. Waterman's unassisted goal at 93:38 in overtime clinched a semifinal berth for the Royals for the second consecutive season. All five goals in the game were unassisted, with the first two coming by way of penalty kicks. Bethel will now face No. 2 seed St. Thomas on Wednesday afternoon. St. Thomas won the regular season matchup, 3-2, in double-overtime on October 6. This will be the first-ever postseason meeting between the two programs. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. at St. Thomas.
NO. 4 SAINT BENEDICT 3, NO. 5 CARLETON 2 | Box Score |
After a scoreless first half, Saint Benedict and Carleton combined for five second-half goals with the Bennies coming out on top with dramatic 3-2 victory to move on to the semifinal round. Roxy Veldman scored twice in the first ten minutes of the second half to put CSB in the driver's seat with a 2-0 advantage. However, Carleton roared back with goals from Emma Wasend and Cate Patterson six minutes apart, appearing to set the stage for overtime. The MIAC's leading scoring would have other plans, though, as Saint Ben's Megan Thompson scored her school-record 18th goal of the year at 86:31 to send the Bennies on to the semifinals. Saint Benedict will head to Minneapolis on Wednesday night for a 6:00 p.m. matchup with top-seeded Augsburg. The Auggies won the regular season meeting, 1-0, on October 15. The two teams have met in the postseason just once before, with CSB coming out on top, 2-0, in the 2007 MIAC Semifinals.
SEMIFINAL MATCHUPS SET FOR WEDNESDAY
The Bennies and Royals used their quarterfinal wins to advance to Wednesday's semifinals, where No. 1 Augsburg and No. 2 St. Thomas are set to host. The No. 2 Tommies will welcome No. 6 Bethel while No. 1 Augsburg will host No. 4 Saint Benedict. Action will get underway at St. Thomas at 2:00 p.m. with the semifinal at Augsburg scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday's two semifinal winners will meet on Saturday, November 9, in the 2019 MIAC Women's Soccer Playoff Championship game. The game is tentatively scheduled for 1:00 p.m. The MIAC Playoff champion will receive the postseason championship plaque and the conference's automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament.
The MIAC has a homepage dedicated to the 2019 MIAC Women's Soccer Playoffs, containing schedules, links, and information on each of the six teams in the field. Throughout the tournament, the page will be updated with scores, stats, updated schedules and more. Fans can also follow the action on the MIAC Scoreboard, on the free MIAC mobile app, and on social media through the MIAC's Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.
2019 MIAC WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Semifinals | Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 |
No. 6 Bethel at No. 2 St. Thomas | 2:00 p.m. |
No. 4 Saint Benedict at No. 1 Augsburg | 6:00 p.m. |
Championship | Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 |
Highest remaining seed will host | 1:00 p.m. |
GAME TIMES ARE TENTATIVE