SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – The Spring Arbor University women’s soccer team continued its ascent up the rankings, climbing two spots to No. 7 in this week’s edition of the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, released by the national office on Tuesday.
The Cougars claimed their fourth straight Crossroads League championship after closing out the regular season with victories over Indiana Wesleyan University and the University of Saint Francis last week. Following a 2-0 shutout of the Wildcats, it took a last second goal by freshman Jacquelyn Martin to pull out a 2-1 win over USF.
Spring Arbor will enter the postseason as the conference’s top scoring team, averaging 3.24 goals per game. Leading the way for the Cougars this season has been sophomore Corrie Good and freshman Aubrey Schierbeek, who have accumulated 11 and 10 goals, respectively. Good, along with senior Becca Lynn, also paces the team with eight assists.
Not only has SAU been very dynamic on the attack, but the Cougars are just as skilled defending, holding opponents to 0.47 goals per game and posting 11 shutouts, which ranks third in the nation.
Spring Arbor (15-1-1, 9-0 Crossroads League) has earned the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Crossroads League Tournament and will host the No. 8-seeded Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats in the quarterfinals on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.