PULASKI, Tenn. – The Park University women's soccer team traveled to Pulaski, Tennesse, to take on No. 2 Martin Methodist College in the NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship opening round game. The Pirates (13-5-1) fell to the RedHawks (14-2-3) 7-2.
"Disappointed in the results," said Park coach Ken Hefner. "We are the ones that put ourselves there just in the first 20 minutes of the game. We had a better game in the second half."
In the first half, the RedHawks' Millene Cabral found Riko Sagara to go up 1-0 in the second minute. The RedHawks' Kate Wallace found Cabral to go up 2-0 over the Pirates. Cabral also scored the third goal for the RedHawks. Cabral's second goal was assisted by Caroline Ladaga in the 13th minute. In the 19th minute, Ladaga found Sagara to go up 4-0 over the Pirates. Cabral finished out the scoring in the first half, putting Park ina 5-0 hole at intermission. The Pirates were outshot nine to five in the first half by the RedHawks.
In the 50th minute, the RedHawks' Cabral scored her fourth goal in the game. The RedHawks led the Pirates 6-0. Two minutes later, Sagara found Cabral to go up 7-0. Park showed life in the 70th minute, when' Isabel Sullivan found Gabi Severns to make it 7-1. Six minutes later, the Pirates' Emily Key took a penalty kick to get the second tally on the scoreboard, her AMC-best 32nd goal of the 2016 season.
The Pirates' Amy Roskell and Imogen Bullivant split time in the net, as Roskell allowed five goals and Bullivant two. Bullivant made five saves in the game. The RedHawks' Caitlin Dumond picked up the win in the net with one save in the game. The RedHawks' Alex Tomaw came in to play the last 29 minutes, allowing both Park goals with two saves.
"We have had a great season," said Hefner. "We are looking forward to the future."