Upton scores early to key semifinal victory

Kristen Upton (c) 2016 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Kristen Upton (c) 2016 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel scored just 1:36 into the game to key its first-ever Centennial Conference (CC) tournament victory and punch a ticket to its first championship game, topping Gettysburg 3-1 in the 2016 women's soccer tournament semifinal on Saturday.

Kristen Upton (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks South) scored the opening goal for the top-seeded and 13th-ranked Green Terror (16-1-1), heading in an Abby Keen (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) corner kick from the right side.

Lauren Miesemer scored the lone goal for the fifth-seeded Bullets (8-8-2), drawing the visitors within 2-1 nearly two minutes into the second half.

After the Upton tally, Nicole Hill (Bowie, Md./Bowie) dribbled to the top-right of the box and fired top shelf through the keeper's hands and into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead at the 16:46 mark – a lead McDaniel took into the intermission.

Miesemer was able to finish a Jessica Cuttone corner kick to make it a one-goal game early in the second half.

On a corner kick in the 65th minute, an own goal set the final margin.

The Green Terror finished with a 13-2 advantage in shots and had a 5-4 edge in corner kicks.

Kiera Loftus made eight saves for Gettysburg in goal while Sarah McDonald (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) needed to make only one stop.

The victory maked the 100th career win for head coach Sandy Lagana. She is 61-26-10 in five seasons as the Green Terror's head coach.

McDaniel will host second-seeded and 19th-ranked Johns Hopkins on Sunday for the championship in search of its first title. The Blue Jays defeated Swarthmore 3-1 in the other semifinal and will go for their 13th championship. Game time on Sunday is 1 p.m.

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