Oct. 28, 2011
Contact: Greg Murphy
FAIRBORN, Ohio - Cleveland State entered Friday night's regular season finale at Wright State knowing it had to secure just one point to clinch a spot in next week's Horizon League Tournament.
The Vikings did better, earning three points with a 2-1 victory. Combined with Butler's 2-1 loss to Loyola, CSU was able to move up from sixth place to fourth place in the final league standings and earned a first round home game in the Horizon League tournament.
That first round match will take place on Tuesday (Nov. 1) against Wright State at a time to be announced against Wright State.
"We came into tonight's match knowing what we had to do and I could not be more proud of the way this team responded," head coach Derrek Falor said. "I feel that we are hitting our peak at just the right time of the season. We were able to put together a good offensive performance against Youngstown State last week and a good defensive performance versus Detroit. Tonight, I felt that we put it all together and played a complete game."
The win improved the Vikings to 10-6-2 overall as CSU reached 10 wins for the first time in the eight year history of the program. The Vikings won nine times last year.
In addition, CSU finished with 11 points in the Horizon League with a 3-3-2 record, going 2-0-1 over the final three matches of the season to move up the standings. Wright State also finished 3-3-2 in the league, but the Vikings earned the No. 4 seed in the tournament and a home game based on tonight's win over the Raiders.
"It will be a little weird having to come right back and face Wright State on Tuesday," Falor said. "I don't think I have ever been part of something like that. We'll celebrate tonight's win for a bit and then start to get to work for Tuesday."
After a scoreless first half tonight, I'esha King gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead with a goal at the 60:27 mark.
The lead would stand for about 13 minutes until Taylor Vidovic notched her team-leading seventh goal of the season at the 73:42 mark. Her seven tallies are the third most by a player in a season in CSU history.
"Taylor has really come into her own over the last few weeks," Falor said. "She has scored some really big goals for us and is turning into a threat up top."
The Vikings broke the tie in the 86th minute when Taylor Miller started a set piece by playing a pass to Sarah Zawie. With plenty of space in front of her, Zawie moved forward for about 40 yards before sending a cross into the box where Frederike Dubeau fired a shot from six yards out into the net for the game-winner.
"We originally wanted Taylor to send a ball into the box, but there was so much open space ahead that we had her dish it off to Sarah and she made a play," Falor said.
Becky Williams made one save for the Vikings, while Brooke McCurdy made one save for the Raiders.