Jessica Carlson scored a pair of goals, and top-seeded Hastings College picked up a 3-1 women’s soccer win over Concordia in the semi-final round of the GPAC Tournament. With the win, Hastings College, ranked 12th in the latest NAIA Top 25 Poll, advances to the GPAC Championship game. Concordia ended the season at 9-9-1.
Hastings took the lead early in the contest with a goal by Esmeralda Lacayo. Lacayo managed to chip a shot over the head of Bulldog goalie Ariel Harris to give Hastings the lead in just the sixth minute. Carlson scored her first of the game just minutes before the halftime break to increase the Bronco lead to 2-0. Sara Wenzl picked up the assist, and Hastings took the 2-0 advantage into halftime.
Early in the second half, Carlson found the net again with her second of the match. Carlson got the ball in the middle of the field, and her shot snuck past Harris for a 3-0 Hastings lead. In the 62nd minute, Concordia scored its lone goal of the contest with a penalty kick goal by Becky Walrath (Lincoln, Neb.).
Hastings held a slim 13-12 overall shot advantage. Each team finished with eight shots on goal. Melissa Stine (Omaha, Neb.) tied for game-high honors with five shots (all on goal). Walrath added three shots (two on goal) in the contest. Ariel Harris (Valley Center, Calif.) made five saves in a losing effort for the Bulldogs.
Carlson totaled five shots (three on goal) for Hastings in the win. Lacayo added three shots on the night. Tenaya Howsden made seven saves to earn the win for the Broncos.