Nov. 30, 2001


Norse fall to Tritons in NCAA Division II Final Four

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Erika Alfredson scored a pair of first-half goals Friday night as the University of California at San Diego women’s soccer team defeated Northern Kentucky University, 3-2, in the NCAA Division II Final Four at Triton Soccer Stadium.

Alfredson headed in both goals off corner kicks in the first half for UC San Diego, which improved to 20-2 and advanced to Sunday’s NCAA Division II national championship match against Christian Brothers (Tenn.) University - a 4-1 winner over Franklin Pierce (N.H.) College in Friday’s other Final Four contest.

The Tritons are seeking their second straight NCAA Division II national championship.

After Alfredson’s first score gave UC San Diego a 1-0 lead, NKU’s Stephanie Sandfoss tied the match at 1-1 with a goal at the 27:30 mark. Alfredson, however, regained the lead for UC San Diego just before halftime by heading in her second goal.

Laura Dooly extended UC San Diego’s lead to 3-1 with a goal 15 minutes into the second half. Bessie Black answered with a goal at the 74:58 mark to cut the deficit to 3-2, but the Norse were unable to find the net for a tying score during the closing moments.

NKU, which finished with a 22-2 record, dropped a 2-1 decision to UC San Diego in last year’s national championship match at Miami Shores, Fla. The 22 wins tied the NKU record for most victories in a season.