Latest updates from the soccer pitch…

Latest updates from the soccer pitch…

It’s been a while since I last posted and so wanted to bring you the updates since then. The last update provided details on where the regular season ended and today’s will continue with the post season with updates from the Sun Conference as well as the National NAIA front.

Let’s start with the Sun Conference where SEU received a bye because they finished in the second position and then went on to play in the semi-finals against SCAD-Savannah.

In the semi-finals, Madelyn had 42 minutes of playing time as the SEU girls took an early lead and closed out the game with a 2-1 victory to make it to the Sun Conference finals.

With the victory, the SEU girls remained in 9th position in the National Coaches poll. Northwest University happened to jump into the top 25 with their play too.

What a hard-fought game in the Sun Conference finals as the SEU girls possessed the ball for what felt like most of the first half and yet Keiser got the one goal of the game early into the second half. Madelyn got 3 shots in the game during her 50 minutes of playing time.

Game Recap: Women's Soccer | 11/12/2022 4:45:00 PM | Donnie Smith

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11/17/2022 | 3:30 p.m.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.—Southeastern generated a majority of the scoring chances in The Sun Conference Women's Soccer Tournament Championship, but a fastbreak by Keiser down the right sideline resulted in the lone tally of the game and kept the Seahawks unbeaten.
Lauren Riley served a ball from the right wing to the top of the box where Maja Henriksson made one defender miss and placed the ball in the back left corner of the net with 24:42 to play to give Keiser (19-0-1) the 1-0 win.
Henriksson has scored all three Keiser goals against the Fire this season.
Southeastern (13-3-2) was denied a third-straight tournament title despite holding a 15-14 advantage in shots and a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.
The Fire were the aggressor in the first half, holding a 9-5 edge in shots and forced Grace McClellan to make three of her season-high eight saves in the first half. Two of SEU's best chances didn't result in saves as a shot from in the box in the 26th minute cleared the crossbar and a header off a cornerkick in the 33rd went off the crossbar.
Southeastern kept the pressure up through the first 15 minutes of the second half as well, firing off two more shots that were saved. It was right after a save by McClellan the Seahawks ran the fastbreak down the sideline with a serve by the keeper that deflected off a defender in the midfield to set up Riley.
McClellan made two more saves in the final 21 minutes to record her 11th shutout of the season.
Holly Eddins made seven saves in goal for Southeastern.
The Fire will return to action on Thursday in the first round of the NAIA National Tournament in Lakeland. Pairings will be announced Monday at noon.

Although this brought the Sun Conference regular and post-season to an end, it’s not the end for the girls from SEU soccer as they are now heading to the National arena where they will get to host 2 games on their home field. NAIA announced that they will get to host first and second rounds Nov 3rd. They get to play their first game this coming Thursday with more details to be announced tomorrow (Monday).

Our local reporter Rhett Workman from the SnoValley Sports Journal provided the following updates over this time:

NAIA Southeastern University of Florida closed out the regular season with a 2-0 road win yesterday afternoon over Thomas University down in Thomasville, GA. This game was a makeup from a game that had been postponed earlier in the season due to Hurricane Ian. Freshman Madelyn “Mad Dog” Davidson, who graduated from CHS back in June, came off the bench in this one for the Fire. Davidson, from Carnation, played 24 minutes with no stats of note reported, as Southeastern finished the 2022 fall regular season at 12-2-2, 6-1-1 in Sun Conference play. They will host a playoff game next Tuesday at their home field in Lakeland, FL, which is between Tampa and Orlando in the central part of the state.
Soccer: Cedarcrest HS girls advance in playoffs, to face arch-rival next with season on line – Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal (
With Northwest already having clinched a spot as previously mentioned, CoI got the conference’s tournament title-winner berth, so both teams will be advancing to nationals, which start next weekend. Northwest is likely to be assigned to the regional site in Prescott, AZ, with CoI’s site to be determined. Among the other regional sites is in Lakeland, FL, which will be hosted by Southeastern University, which features another Valley athlete, Madelyn Davidson, a freshman – and CHS alum – from Carnation. So we will see what happens. Tournament announcements will be made on Monday and we will have those for you on our Twitter feed @snovalleysports as soon as we get word.
News on a Saturday….. – Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal (
Keiser 1, Southeastern (FL) women 0: The Fire were denied a three-peat as SUN Conference (NAIA) Tournament champs, falling to the unbeaten in-state rivals. Freshman Madelyn Davidson, from Carnation and a 2022 Cedarcrest HS alum, came off the bench and logged 50 minutes, recording three shots, none on goal with no goals scored. Southeastern advances to the NAIA’s national tournament as a host school for regionals next weekend. They will find out their next opponent tomorrow.
Also on this Sunday…. – Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal (