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ATLANTA, Ga. - Three Sunday contests concluded the ASUN Conference Women's Soccer Regular Season with each holding high levels of importance for upcoming postseason play in the ASUN Championship. Kennesaw State and Lipscomb squared off with the winner elevating to the top overall seed in the postseason, leading to a 1-0 result for the Bisons who earn the one seed, while No. 2 seed NJIT holds with its 16 total points and host the two-three-six side of the bracket.
Liberty started the day with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over North Florida, knocking the Ospreys out of the postseason picture. The benefactor of that loss was North Alabama, who locked up the six seed and produced a tie with NJIT who secured a first-round bye and hosting duties for the first two rounds.
ASUN Conference Women's Soccer Results - Sunday, Oct. 21st
Liberty 2, North Florida 1
Lipscomb 1, Kennesaw State 0 (OT)
NJIT 0, North Alabama 0 (2OT)
2018 ASUN Women's Soccer Championship Field
#1 Lipscomb: The Bisons won their first-ever outright ASUN Women's Soccer Regular Season title with an extra time affair that ended on a goal from Maycie McKay, assisted by Olivia Doak. Lipscomb came close to pulling ahead numerous times, just missing left, right and high throughout the night before the championship winner finally came. Having already clinched a bye before the game tonight, the path to the NCAA Tournament now goes through Nashville. The postseason starts for the two-time ASUN Regular Season champs next Sunday as they face the winner of the first round match between FGCU and Liberty which takes place on Friday at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
#2 NJIT: The Highlanders earned a first-round bye and hosting rights for the ASUN Championship in their first-ever appearance in the ASUN postseason after collecting a 0-0 tie against North Alabama. With that Kennesaw State's overtime loss to Lipscomb, the Highlanders locked up the No. 2 seed as they host the Owls and North Alabama on Friday and await the winner on Sunday. Freshman Fiona Wright set the program record for most goals by a freshman in a season (11) and will be the key Highlanders star in the rematch of the season finale in the postseason premiere.
#3 Kennesaw State: As stated above, the Owls fell 1-0 in a tough contest that could have elevated them to the top seed in the postseason. A back-and-forth affair that required extra time, Kennesaw State missed by inches numerous times to fall at home. Tiffany Sornpao was just minutes away from her tenth shutout of the season in the finale and looks to continue her top form to carry the Owls to a conference crown and NCAA Tournament ticket which begins with a first-round matchup vs. North Alabama at NJIT next Friday. The Owls lost to the Lions 3-2 in UNA's first-ever ASUN contest earlier this year on the road and hope to avenge that loss. In fact, it is possible that Kennesaw State will play teams in which it lost to in every round of the ASUN Championship depending on how the field breaks down.
#4 FGCU: The reigning ASUN Championship title holders, FGCU falls to the four seed in the postseason for the first time as members of the league. The Eagles have rebounded nicely from a three-game losing streak in conference play to finish the year with three-straight victories, two in conference play over Liberty and Stetson. Evdokia Popadinova finished the regular season as the leader in both goals (13) and points (33) among ASUN players in her first season of D-I play. Head Coach Jim Blankenship's squad matches up against Liberty in the first round of the postseason, hosted by top overall seed Lipscomb on Friday, October 26.
#5 Liberty: Liberty enters the ASUN Championship in its first year as a member of the conference having won three straight and five of its last six contests. The Flames meet FGCU in the first round on October 26 after they fell to the reigning ASUN Champions 1-0 on the road. Gabby Farrell has been the catalyst to the late-season momentum, scoring two game-winners over the last few contests to total three goals on the season, tied for the most on the team with Devon Sipala and Zoe Gaffney.
#6 North Alabama: The Lions earned their way into the ASUN Championship thanks to a 0-0 tie at NJIT and a loss from North Florida earlier on the final day of the regular season. The offense has been the story all season for the Lions as Kylie Huey and Shelby Wall each took 50 or more shots on the season which resulted in Wall finishing in the top five of points among all ASUN players and ranking among the nation's best in assists with a conference-best nine. Kennesaw State awaits in the first round of the postseason, held at NJIT on Friday. While North Alabama did secure a spot in the ASUN Championship, they are not eligible for the NCAA Tournament due to reclassification rules.
|Overall ASUN Conference Women's Soccer Standings|
|Team||Points||ASUN Record||Overall Record|
|#3 Kennesaw State*||15||5-3-0||12-5-1|
|#6 North Alabama||10||3-4-1||9-8-1|
*Clinched a spot in the ASUN Championship
^Clinched first-round bye and hosting rights in the ASUN Championship