The Providence Pilots women’s soccer team is heading back to the National Christian College Athletic Association’s Division II National Championship. After a thrilling, extra-time triumph in the North Region final on Saturday, the Pilots will now make their second successive trip to the Greenville, SC tournament.
That said, they’re hoping it’s not quite déjà vu at Bob Jones University.
A year ago, after beating Grand Rapids, MI’s Grace Christian University Tigers, Providence lost 1-0 to the Bob Jones Bruins in the championship match. Incredibly, they’ll also face the Tigers in one of this year’s semi-finals on November 16, and a rematch with the Bruins could await the following day. The host team will take on Moore, OK’s Randall University Saints in the other final four encounter.
Makayla Meyer scored twice and set up Kisty Yashuk’s tally as the Pilots exploded for three goals after the 70-minute mark against the Faith Baptist Bible College Eagles on November 2. Then, in the Watertown, WI North Region final against the Maranatha Baptist University Sabercats, Sofia Beltrame’s 90th-minute equalizer sent the contest to extra time, where Katerina Cook converted from the spot after a foul on Myer.