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November 5, 2013

University of Detroit Mercy women's soccer advances to semifinals

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

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Teammates celebrate the goal scored Heather Brown in overtime.

DETROIT — The University of Detroit Mercy women's soccer program finds itself in a familiar position, as a 1-0 victory in double overtime against Valparaiso in a Horizon League Championship quarterfinals game Nov. 5 has put the Titans back in the semifinals for the fourth consecutive year.

The Titans had opportunities to score earlier in the contest, but were unable to capatalize until sophomore Heather Brown kicked the game-winning goal with 3:40 remaining in the second overtime.

Head coach Mike Lupenec was happy to see Brown take advantage of her opportinity.

"Proud of Heather Brown," he said. "She hit a great ball through the goal, so I was proud of what she accomplished. I thought we played a good brand of soccer. Very encouraging going into the semifinals. If we capatalize on our chances, we can win this conference."

UDM's semifinal match will take place in Milwaukee, Wis., Nov. 8 against an opponent yet to be determined. The Titans will face either Wright State or The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, depending on the outcome of a game between Oakland University and Youngstown State, which was scheduled to be played the evening of Nov. 5.

If Oakland wins, UDM will play Milwaukee. If Youngstown State wins, the Titans will face Wright State.

Visit horizonleague.org for an update on tournament matchups.


You can reach C & G Sports Writer Mark Vest at mvest@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1112. Twitter Follow Mark on Twitter.