GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – The state of Michigan boasts two of the top women’s soccer teams in the nation in both NCAA Division I and II. Michigan State University, who is having a program best year, and Grand Valley State University both won their respective NCAA Tournament matches this past weekend.

MSU, in the NCAA Division I Tournament, took a double overtime win from Milwaukee, 3-2, at DeMartin Stadium. Ranked sixth overall, and with a fourth-seed in the tournament, MSU moved on to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for only the third time in program history. The win also marked their first-ever NCAA Tournament win at DeMartin Stadium. With the win, MSU is now a program best, 17-2-3, and has one of the 10 best unbeaten home streaks at Division I.

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The game winner came in the 105th minute from Camryn Evans, who is a graduate student from Fenton, Mich. The two other goals in the match came from the sister duo of Justina Gaynor and Celina Gaynor. Justina Gaynor says, “It was pretty special (to score by her sister). It’s a huge stage where neither of us have been before, so I think we both embraced the moment and gave it everything we had, and we were fortunate enough to capitalize on our moments.”

MSU will now face Texas Christian University on Saturday, November 18, with the time and place announced soon.

Another successful program in Michigan is NCAA Division II Grand Valley State. They had a first-round bye and then defeated Maryville, 1-0, in Allendale, Mich., to advance to the Regional Championship match. They are now 16-2-4 and will face GLIAC foe Ferries State on November 18 at a place to be determined soon.

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It was in the 32nd minute that Taylor Reid found the net for the 1-0 lead. GVSU then held onto the lead as the defense didn’t allow any shots on goal. Maryville took four shots, but none made to the goalie.

GVSU has won seven national championships and the last two in 2019 and 2021 with no one playing in 2020.