Greenville, S.C. (November 16, 2013) – The Bob Jones University Bruins intercollegiate women’s soccer team became the first team in BJU history to win a National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championship by prevailing over the Clearwater Christian College Cougars 1-0.
After winning the at-large bid to play in the national tournament, the Bruins defeated #1 ranked Providence University College 4-0 in the opening round. They followed it up with a 2-0 victory over Ohio Christian University to pave the way for the Bruins to face defending national champion Clearwater Cougars in the DII national championship game.
As the countdown began, the Bruins players realized they were part of history. The final buzzer secured the first national championship in Bruins’ history with a 1-0 victory over Clearwater Christian College. “It hasn’t really set in yet,” Coach Chris Carmichael said. “I am so proud of this team and what they did this year. They really exemplified what a Christian athlete should look like and they have been such a great testimony these last two years.”
The Bruins finish the season at 15-5-2. The Bruins were not scored on the entire national tournament as they outscored their three opponents 7-0. Sarah Iwanowycz of Piedmont, Rebecca Luttrell of Greenville, Spencer Martin of Greenville and Tori Anderson of Raleigh, N.C. were named to the All-American Team. Tori Anderson was named the Defensive Player of the Tournament, and Rebecca Luttrell was named tournament MVP.