Women's Soccer: 2017 Div. III NCAA Tournament: Quarterfinals - #14 Ohio Northern (20-1-2 Overall) v #5 Hardin-Simmons (Tex.) (22-0-0 Overall)

Women's Soccer: 2017 Div. III NCAA Tournament: Quarterfinals - #14 Ohio Northern (20-1-2 Overall) v #5 Hardin-Simmons (Tex.) (22-0-0 Overall)

Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, 1 pm, Boswell Field, Geneva, New York - 2017 NCAA Div. III Tournament - Quarterfinals

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Sunday's Preview: The No. 14-ranked Ohio Northern women's soccer team advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Div. III Tournament for the first time in school history after defeating Penn St.-Behrend 2-0 in the first round, #20 Illinois Wesleyan 2-0 in the second round and the No. 2-ranked William Smith (N.Y.) Herons in the sectional round ... In the contest against William Smith (N.Y.), freshman Sydney Leshnak played a long ball to fellow freshman Jenna Fuller who scored just 23 seconds into the overtime period to claim the victory ... The Polar Bears are making their fourth appearance in the tournament, returning for the first time since 2012 ... ONU earned the automatic bid after defeating Capital in the OAC Tournament Championship match 2-0, and claiming its second OAC Tournament title in school history ... The Polar Bears also won the OAC Regular Season title after posting an unblemished 9-0-0 record in conference play, marking the first time in school history the Polar Bears won both the Regular Season and OAC Tournament title in school history in the same season ... Northern is 4-3-1 in the NCAA III Tournament since its first appearance in 2009 ... ONU recently had nine players named All-Ohio Athletic Conference, in voting conducted by the league's 10 head coaches ... Seniors Hannah Reich and Anna Niemeyer, and sophomores Haley MosesRose Nienaber and Meagan Grierson were all named First Team All-OAC, while sophomore Hannah Martin and Fuller garnered Second Team All-OAC Honors, and senior Mary Kate Munz and Leshnak were both named Honorable Mention All-OAC ... For the second consecutive season, Grierson was dubbed OAC Goalie of the Year, while Fuller was named OAC Freshman of the Year, Reich earned OAC Defender of the Year, Moses was named OAC Midfielder of the Year and head coach Mark Batman was named OAC Coach of the Year for the second time in his stint at ONU ... Fuller and Nienaber are currently ranked 1-2 on the team and rank fifth and sixth in the OAC with 11 and 10 goals, respectively ... Fuller's 12 assists lead the team and OAC ... Fuller and Nienaber rank 1-2 on the team and 3-5 in the OAC with 36 and 26 points, respectively ... The duo are the first pair of ONU teammates to score double digit goals in the same season since the 2011 season ... Fuller's 12 assists breaks the freshman record at Ohio Northern, a 20-year-old record set in 1997, while her 12 goals are are tied for third for a freshman at ONU in a single season ... Fuller's 36 points is also a freshman record at Ohio Northern ... Grierson currently leads the team in the goal with a 20-1-2 record ... The OAC Goalkeeper of the Year leads the team and OAC in shutouts (14) and goals against average (0.39) and ranks first on the team and first in the OAC in save percentage (.859) and goals allowed (9) ... Her 20 career shutouts rank tied for fourth in school history ... Grierson owns the freshman GAA record at ONU and is on pace to break the sophomore school record ... The Polar Bear defense also broke the school record of 13 shutouts set in 1997 ... Grierson's 14 shutouts currently is the best single-season mark in school history ... Hardin-Simmons (Tex.) enters the contest undefeated and ranked fifth in the country ... The Cowgirls reached the quarterfinals round of the tournament after defeating #9 Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) 1-0 on Saturday afternoon in the sectional round of the tournament ... Hardin-Simmons is led offensively this season by junior Kenne Kessler's 37 goals ... The junior curently leads the nation in the category ... Senior Kirsten Parrish currently ranks second on the team with 14 goals ... Junior Josey Meyer currently ranks first on the team with 24 assists ... The Cowgirls are 22-12-7 all-time in the NCAA Tournament ... Hardin-Simmons won the 2010 NCAA Div. III Championship in women's soccer. 

ONU Statistical Leaders

  Goals       Assists       Points       Saves       GAA  
1. Fuller 12    1. Fuller 12    1. Fuller 36   1. Grierson 55    1. Grierson 0.39
2. Nienaber 10   2. Nienaber   2. Nienaber 26           2. Grisnik  2.98 
3.  Niemeyer 7   3.  Moses 4   3. Niemeyer 17                
          Martin 4                        

Series Record: The two teams meet for the first time in school history during Sunday's quarterfinal matchup in the NCAA III Tournament.

Head Coach Mark Batman: Batman is in his 14th season as head coach with a 186-75-25 career record and a winning percentage of .694 ... Batman is the winningest head coach in Ohio Northern women's soccer history.