SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (WLUC) – A late goal was the difference as the Finlandia University women’s soccer team (11-5-1) beat Mills (2-11) 1-0 in the ACAA Championship Semi-Finals, Saturday afternoon at the Soccer Complex. This is the first time in school history that FinnU has advanced to a conference championship game.
“We grounded out a tough one today,” said head coach Grace Sokolow. “We missed a lot of opportunities and didn’t settle into our game until well into the second half. Erika (Lambert) came through in the clutch for us to put the game away, with Kirsten (L’Esperance) on the assist. We’re looking forward to facing the home side tomorrow.”
Mills came out quickly and freshman Sam Linteo made a great save six minutes into the game. Finlandia began to force the pace and had numerous opportunities.
Anais Uriarte kept the Cyclones in the game with save after save. With four minutes left in the contest, senior Kirsten L’Esperance had a goal robbed by a great play. That gave the Lions a corner kick. L’Esperance served up a perfect ball that Lambert put in to take the game.
Finlandia had 22 shots with 11 on goal, eight corner kicks and was called for 13 fouls.
Mills had four shots with two on goal, two corner kicks and was called for seven fouls. Uriarte had 10 saves.
Finlandia will play UC Santa Cruz in the ACAA Championship, Sunday, Nov. 3. The game is scheduled to start at noon. PT