Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Something for Everyone at Naia Tournament

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Something for Everyone at Naia Tournament

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The 10th NAIA Women's Soccer Tournament at Lindenwood College last week featured a little of everything.

When the six-team tournament opened Monday, it was sunny and 60 degrees. By Friday, the title match was delayed two hours while ice and snow were removed from the artificial-turf field of Harlen C. Hunter Stadium.

The week-long event featured some great soccer. The defense was tough, the offense exciting and the competition fierce.

Three of the seven games went to overtime and all but one was decided by one goal.

In Friday's title match, Berry (Ga.) College knocked off defending NAIA champion Lynn (Fla.) University 1-0 in sudden-death overtime.

The title is the third for Berry, which also won in 1987 and 1990.

"To me, this is the best because of all we had to go through to get here," said Berry coach Becky Burleigh, who also coached the Lady Fury to the 1990 crown. "I recruited all the players on this team and I'm really proud of my players. We played with a lot of intensity and today, we were definitely the better team."

Berry (18-4-1) dominated play Friday, outshooting Lynn 30-2 in the title match.

Berry got the game winner in the 129th minute after a crossing pass from Ami Green ended up at the feet of Lynn Heath, the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Heath, who had two goals and two assists during the week, calmly slid a pass to Tracy Moll, who got control and beat Lynn keeper Joyce Parson with a 6-yard shot for the win.

Lynn, the tournament's top seed, finished 17-3-2. Two of those losses came to Berry; the Lady Fury won 3-1 in overtime at Berry in September.

Berry, ranked No. 1 through most of the season, was upset 3-2 by William Carey (Miss.) College in the South Region semifinals. Berry was awarded the at-large berth to nationals and came into this week's play seeded fifth.

The Lady Fury beat second-seeded Georgian Court (N.J.) College 2-1 and third-seeded Lindenwood 3-2 to reach Friday's game.

"We worked awfully hard to get here and we played well again today," Burleigh said. "I'm realy glad we were able to get the goal. I don't think anybody wanted penalty kicks."

After a first half that produced nothing but midfield play, Berry started to come on. …

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