Release courtesy of the Grand Valley State University Media Relations Department
PENSACOLA, Fla. - The No. 1 Grand Valley State women's soccer team faces Chico State in the NCAA Semifinal on Thursday at 12:00 p.m. ET at the Escambia County Stadium at Pensacola’s Ashton Brosnaham Park.
The Lakers enter the game with a 20-0-3 record, while Chico State stands at 13-6-5. The winner of Thursday’s match will take on the winner of the other semifinal between Saint Rose and Armstrong Atlantic on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 12:30 p.m. in the national title match.
The Lakers are currently on a 13-game unbeaten streak in the NCAA Tournament dating back to the 2009 season. GVSU has also won its semifinal match three out of the four times it has been in the Final Four.
Grand Valley State is led by juniors Ashley Botts (Beloit, Wisc.) and Kayla Addison (Southfield, Mich.) on the offense. Botts owns 19 goals and 10 assists on the season, while Addison has 15 goals and seven helpers. The Lakers are well rounded though as nine other players have found the back of the net this season.
The defense has kept the Lakers' 41-game unbeaten streak alive
though, notching 16 shutouts and only allowing seven goals all
season. Junior keeper Chelsea
Parise (Sterling Heights, Mich.) has a 0.30 goals-against
average that ranks second in the country. The Laker backline
has limited opponents to just five shots per game, including two on
Chico State, ranked fifth in the West Region, reached the finals by beating No. 4 Cal State Stanislaus on Nov. 11 and top-seeded UC San Diego on Nov. 13. In the West Region Final, the Wildcats advanced on penalty kicks, 4-3. against No. 2 Cal State L.A. Chico State then upset the Central Region champion Abilene Christian, 1-0, in the quarterfinals to advance to its first-ever NCAA semifinal match.
Fans can also follow the team’s progress on the GVSU Twitter account at twitter.com/GVSULakers.