Emporia State soccer advances to first-ever MIAA Championship

Published: Nov. 12, 2021 at 4:04 PM CST
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WARRENSBURG, Mo. (WIBW) - Emporia State soccer will play for an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever Sunday.

The #17 Hornets picked up a 2-0 win over Northwest Missouri in the MIAA semifinals Friday to advance to the championship match.

“It’s great,” head coach Bryan Sailer said. “It’s like you get over the hump, you know? We’ve had some really good teams, but we haven’t gotten over the hump. But we’re not satisfied just getting there. At the end of the day, they want something to show for their work, and I think winning it would be the ultimate prize.”

Mackenzie Dimarco, the league’s leading scorer, and Gaby Crowell both scored goals in the semifinal win.

“It’s a big win,” Dimarco said. “We struggled coming out in the second half possessing the ball, but we picked it back up and we were able to control the field and pull off that win.”

Emporia State will play Central Missouri in the MIAA Tournament Championship match 1:00 p.m. Sunday.

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