KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Indiana Wesleyan University cruised to the NCCAA National Tournament semifinals with a 8-1 blowout of Mid-America Christian (Okla.) University in the national quarterfinals on Wednesday night in Kissimmee, Florida.
The top-seeded Wildcats controlled every facet of the match. IWU out-shot the No. 8-seed 18-4, including 12-3 in the shots on goal category. Indiana Wesleyan also earned 10 corner kicks to Mid-America Christian's zero.
Indiana Wesleyan blew the game wide open in the opening 20 minutes of action. Senior Joel Trainer found the back of the net in the 15th minute on a penalty kick. One minute later, Joel Trainer assisted sophomore Nick Fortini to give the Wildcats a 2-0 advantage. Just three minutes after that Fortini struck again as he curled in a corner kick as IWU led 3-0.
IWU sophomore David Trainer notched a goal off an assist from sophomore Kyle Joern in the 55th minute before Mid-America Christian finally dented the scoreboard off an own goal.
Fortini assisted sophomore Mitch Lobdell to push the Indiana Wesleyan lead to 5-1. IWU freshman Zach Grantham netted a goal with the assist from freshman Josh McKinley to make the score 6-1. With the final score of the night, McKinley recorded his first goal of the season as Joern collected his second assist in the match.
Indiana Wesleyan junior Spenser Lang played 50 minutes in net while senior Andy Rdzok and junior Michael Bratcher each played 20 minutes.
Indiana Wesleyan will play the winner of No. 4-seed Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.) University and No. 5-seed Mid-Continent (Ky.) University at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 4.