For the first time since 2000, the Wright State women's soccer team has advanced to the Horizon League finals, defeating Detroit 3-2 in the semifinals Friday in Milwaukee.
Senior midfielder Jen Agueci opened the scoring at the 6:58 mark of the first half as she played out wide and then cut inside for the goal, her fourth of the season. Sophomore midfielder Sarah Gross provided the assist, her first of the year.
Detroit, though, evened the score on a goal by Rebekah Dornbos seven minutes later and it stayed that way until the Raiders regained the lead at the 60:09 mark of the second half. Freshman forward Tiffany Wehmeyer put WSU back in front as she scored her second goal of the year off a rebound, with senior forward Brittany Persaud recording the assist.WSU then added an insurance goal nine minutes later as senior forward Katie Broerman recorded her second goal of the season on another assist by Persaud, giving her 11 on the year.
Persaud's 11 assists in 2011 are a new school record, eclipsing the previous record of 10 set by Persaud a season ago and originally set by Sharon Roscoe in 2001. Persaud, who was named First Team All-Horizon League earlier this week, now has 24 assists in her three-year Raider career, also a school record.
Detroit (12-6-2) closed the deficit to one with a Sarah Dzuris goal at the 75:43 mark, but the Raiders held on from there for the win.
For the match, Wright State outshot the Titans 15-12 despite a 9-1 Detroit differential in corner kicks.
With the victory, WSU advances the Horizon League finals for the first time since defeating Detroit 1-0 in the semifinals at Alumni Field on November 7, 2000. The Raiders won the tournament that year, the final of a three-year run of league titles.
The win also allowed Wright State (10-7-3) to reach the 10-win plateau in each of head coach Pat Ferguson's seven seasons at the helm. It is the 14th time that the Raiders have won 10 or more in the program's 28 years overall.
Wright State faces #15 Milwaukee (17-2), a 1-0 winner over Butler in the other semifinal, in the championship Sunday at 2:00 Eastern at Englemann Stadium on the Milwaukee campus. The winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.