All-American Karenee Demery scored three times and Marissa Dunaway assisted on three scores in the Warriors’ 4-0 win over Chico State to capture their first California Collegiate Athletic Association title on Sunday at Warrior Stadium.
However, Stanislaus (11-4-5 overall) and Chico State (11-6-3 overall) will meet again.
The Warriors were awarded the fourth seed in the West Region of the 48-team NCAA Tournament and will play the fifth-seeded Wildcats on Friday at 7 p.m. at UC San Diego in La Jolla.
This is Stanislaus’ first time in the national tournament.
Sunday’s win gives the Warriors their first women’s soccer conference championship. It is the fifth CCAA title by a Warrior athletics team since the program joined the CCAA.
“This is a special day for Cal State Stanislaus, our players, and all of our alumni,” coach Gabriel Bolton said Sunday. “I told the team today before the game we were playing for everyone on our team and everyone that came before them. There is no doubt in my mind we made them proud today.”
Demery got the Warriors a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute after Dunaway’s cross from the near side found Demery’s head for the score.
Six minutes later, the Warriors quickly got ahead 2-0 after an Alisa Barlow header in front of the goalkeeper from 8 yards out.
The third Stanislaus score came in the 34th minute after Barlow kept the ball in play from the end line with a backward-flick to Katelyn Nebesnick, who headed the ball to Demery near the penalty kick spot. Demery, without looking, reverse kicked-in past Brianna Furner for the score.
Demery, the all-CCAA pick and the 2010 CCAA offensive and freshman of the year, scored her third goal for the hat trick in the 65th minute. She earned the tournament's most valuable offensive player award.
Demery, the school's all-time leading scorer, now has 15 goals and 11 assists this season. She has 34 goals in two seasons.
Stanislaus goalkeeper Millie Brown, who was named the tournament's most valuable defensive player, had three saves on Sunday with the shutout. She picked up four saves and held UC San Diego scoreless for 84 minutes on Friday.
"We had a lot of movement and a lot of energy today and when our defense plays as great as they did, they get (the forwards) the ball," Demery said.
Besides Demery and Dunaway, Barlow, Vanessa Cervantes and Emily Relles were also named to the all-tournament team.