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Tyler Takes First Step Toward Defending National Title
November 13, 2012 - Defending national champion Tyler Junior College scored three-first half goals and went on to defeat St. Louis Community College 4-1 in the final game on Tuesday's second day of the NJCAA Division I Women's Soccer National Championship Tournament at Melbourne Central Catholic.
Tyler, 18-2-2 and the tournament's fifth seed, plays fourth-seeded Butler, 23-2, at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to determine the fourth and final berth in Friday's semifinals.
Sophomore Alice Coyne, who played on last year's championship team, scored one goal and added two assists for Tyler which also got goals from freshman Tricia Gould, freshman Jahmela Williams and sophomore Stacie Murray.
Sophomore Lauren Steele scored the St. Louis goal on a corner kick with 20 seconds to play in the first half to draw the Archers to within 3-1.
The defeat eliminated St. Louis which finished 16-4-1. The game was the third St. Louis played on MCC's field this season, the first being a 4-0 loss to top-ranked Brevard Community College on Sept. 1.
Tyler head coach Corey Rose was pleased with his team's effort.
"We came out strong, we dictated play from the beginning," he said. "I knew they had played so they had already gotten the jitters out.
"We had some good finishes in there too."
Coyne also expressed satisfaction with the effort.
"I'm very happy with how I played today," she said. "It was a team performance."
And speaking of team, that Tyler is in position to defend its title has Coyne in a state of anticipation.
"It would be amazing," she said. "It's amazing feeling to win. I'm ready to do it again. I want the freshmen to experience what's it like."
For St. Louis that feeling will have to wait.
"I'm really proud of the girls," head coach Juergen Huettner said. "We got here that's a great accomplishment. We have 14 freshmen on a 21-player roster so I'm really happy with that.
"Surely we obviously would have liked to have a little bit different of an outcome but we gained some experience and hopefully coming back. It was a great experience."