The 12th-ranked Slippery Rock University women's soccer team saw its historic playoff run come to an end Sunday with a 1-0 loss to No. 13 American International College in the NCAA Division II Tournament quarterfinals at the Plumeri Sports Complex in Albany, N.Y., but not before making its way to the quarterfinals for the first time in program history.
The team finished its 2013 season with an overall record of 15-4-2.
American International now advances to the NCAA Final Four with an overall record of 18-2-2.
"I can't say enough about how proud I am of these women, and what they accomplished this year," said Rock head coach Noreen Herlihy. “We've got so many young players with so little experience and this team just kept battling and finding ways to win. I am very proud of this team."
The Rock football team’s bid for a national championship also ended last week as 20th-ranked SRU dropped a 27-20 NCAA Division II playoff first-round decision at ninth-ranked Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina.
The loss in SRU's first NCAA playoff game since 1999 gave George Mihalik's football team a final 9-3 win-loss record for the season.
“We had a very good run this fall and I am extremely proud of the members of our program,” Mihalik said. “We achieved two of our preseason goals by winning the PSAC-Western Division championship and earning an NCAA playoff berth, so we hold our heads high as we prepare for next year.”
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