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Concord Women's Soccer Earns Sport In WVIAC Tournament

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The Concord University women's soccer team will travel to play at Davis & Elkins 6:00 p.m. Monday in the first round of the 2012 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament, the league office announced Thursday.

The Mountain Lions earned a berth into the conference tournament thanks to their 2-1 victory over Seton Hill Oct. 24 at Anderson Field. Both Concord and Seton Hill finished with 16 points in conference play, but CU held the tiebreaker over the Griffins (head-to-head result). CU enters the tournament as the sixth seed.

Concord finished the regular season with an overall record of 9-6-2 and 5-4-1 in WVIAC contests. The Mountain Lions will bring an eight-game winning streak into their game against the Senators, who eliminated CU in the first round of last season's tournament. The eight consecutive wins are a program-record.

Earlier this season, CU defeated Davis & Elkins 2-1 behind goals from the senior duo of Erika Hoff and Fiona Mearns. Since 2009, Concord is 2-4 against Davis & Elkins.

The Concord women's soccer program is 15-12 all-time in WVIAC Tournament contests, including 4 wins vs. Davis & Elkins. CU won its only conference tournament championship in 2002.

Concord has been led this season by the scoring duo of freshman Kari Simon (eight goals) and sophomore Alyanna James (five goals). The pair has combined to score 61.9 percent of CU's goals. Simon, who has also contributed three assists, ranks fourth in the WVIAC in points (19) and fifth in goals scored.  James is fifth in the conference in assists at four.

Other goal scorers for Concord include Mearns (3), Hoff (2), freshman Chloe Barber (2) and sophomore Stacey Calder (1). Hoff also has three assists on the year.

Sophomore goalie Kaitlyn Wasylko has played every minute of Concord's season, tallying three shutouts, 93 saves, a .790 save percentage and a Goals Against Average of 1.40. Wasylko ranks second in the WVIAC and 34th in the nation in saves.

Concord and Davis & Elkins will play at Elkins High School.