FAYETTE, Iowa - Madie Edwards scored a penalty kick in the seventh minute to lift Upper Iowa to a 1-0 victory over Southwest Minnesota State in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference/US Bank Tournament on Wednesday.
The Peacocks, the No. 4 seed advanced to the semifinal round and will play at No. 1 Minnesota State on Friday. The Mavericks defeated the Beavers 5-2 in another quarterfinal match Wednesday.
The goal was Edwards' eleventh of the season as she beat Mustangs goalkeeper Brienna Dehkes with a shot to the lower right corner of the net.
SMSU outshot UIU 21-14, including 10-3 on-goal.
The Mustangs have now been held scoreless in its last four matches - a streak that has eclipsed the 400-minute mark. SMSU last scored a goal in the 84th minute of the Mustangs' 3-0 win over Concordia-St. Paul on Oct. 26.
It was the first postseason appearance for the Mustangs since the 2007 season. SMSU now owns an all-time NSIC Tournament record of 7-16-1.
The Mustangs (14-3-2) will now hope for an at-large bid into the NCAA Central Region tournament.
The selection show is set to air after the completion of all conference tournaments at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The show can be viewed live at www.NCAA.com
Mustangs ranked fourth in NCAA Central Region
INDIANAPOLIS - The Southwest Minnesota State University women's soccer team dropped to No. 4 in the second NCAA Division II Central Region rankings released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA national committee.
The Mustangs were No. 2 in last week's edition of the rankings.
SMSU is 14-3-2 overall, and finished the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference season 11-2-2. The Mustangs own a 14-3-2 record versus teams in the NCAA Central Region.
SMSU is one of six Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schools to appear in the regional rankings - No. 1 Minnesota State, No. 3 Winona State, No. 5 Minnesota Duluth, No. 8 Upper Iowa and No. 10 Bemidji State.
The Mid-America Athletic Association (MIAA) has two teams ranked - No. 2 Central Missouri and No. 5 Northeastern State. Representing the Great American Conference (GAC) in the rankings are No. 7 Southwest Baptist, Texas, and No. 9 Southwestern Oklahoma State.
The top six teams in the 41-team region will advance to the NCAA region tournament on Nov. 15-17.
Automatic bids are granted to the winners of the GAC, MIAA and NSIC postseason tournaments, with the remaining three spots awarded on an at-large basis.