Trolls Upset in Championship Game

A hard fought CCAC Championship game ended in disappointment for the Trolls as they suffered an upset loss. The No. 1 Trolls, who were the regular season champions, hosted No. 2 Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) for the tournament championship title and the automatic bid to the NAIA national tournament.  The teams played through a scoreless first half and Cardinal Stritch took the lead in the second half with a goal. That goal made the difference as Trinity lost 1-0.  

From the start the game was very intense with both teams looking to strike first to gain the advantage. Each team had a couple of good scoring opportunities, but each time they were denied by great saves. Late in the period the Trolls put three shots on frame, but did not find the net. At the intermission the score remained 0-0.

Early in the second period Trinity had a near miss as a shot hit the post. The team had two more attempts denied in the opening 12 minute of the period. In the 61st minute the Wolves sent a pass up the middle of the field and were able to get by the defense for a shot hit the back of the net. That shot was Cardinal Stritch’s only shot of the half.

The Trolls continued to attack to find the equalizer while the Wolves sought to protect their lead. In the 79th minute Trinity put a shot on goal that was deflected by the keeper and the Trolls’ follow-up shot went wide.  In the end the Trolls did not score as time expired.

Trinity ended the game with 14 shots of which six were on-goal. Cardinal Stritch had five shots. Allyson Kranstz was in the goal with two saves.

The Trolls, who are ranked No. 15 in the NAIA polls, will wait to see what the NAIA at-large selection process brings or move to participation in the NCCAA Region Tournament.