MILWAUKEE, Wis. (naccsports.org) --- Regan Coxon scored with 1:57 remaining in regulation to push Dominican University past Aurora University, 3-2, Thursday evening at Spartan Stadium in Montgomery, Illinois.
The game had been delayed a day and moved from Dominican to Aurora due to snowy conditions.
With the victory, Dominican (16-2-0, 10-1-0 NACC) claimed the NACC women's soccer title outright and locked up the top seed in the upcoming league tournament.
Aurora (9-9-1, 7-4-1 NACC) jumped out to a 2-0 lead after just 25 minutes behind goals from Alexis Abelove and Jessica Mirsky, but Dominican (16-2-0, 10-1-0 NACC) cut the lead in half on a goal from Josseline Williams in the 29th minute. The one-goal margin held through the halftime break before Coxon put back a deflection in the 59th minute for the equalizer.
While Dominican could have settled for a draw and still had the NACC crown all to itself, the Stars continued to apply pressure to the Spartan defense. Coxon broke through for her second tally late in the match, converting a cross from Daniela Tovar-Miranda for the game-winner.
The title is the second in succession for Dominican.
Concordia University Wisconsin enters the NACC Tournament as the No. 2 seed and, along with Dominican, secured a first-round bye. Illinois Institute of Technology is seeded third, followed by Milwaukee School of Engineering at No. 4, Aurora at No. 5 and Benedictine University at No. 6.
The tournament begins Sunday, Nov. 3 with Illinois Tech hosting Benedictine and Aurora traveling to MSOE. The lower remaining seed following Sunday's play will face Dominican on Wednesday, Nov. 6, in River Forest, Illinois, while the higher remaining seed will travel to Concordia Wisconsin for the other semifinal.
The championship match is slated for Saturday, Nov. 9, at the highest remaining seed. The winner earns the NACC's automatic berth into the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship.
Four programs - Aurora, CUW, Dominican and MSOE - will be making their 13th appearances in the league's 14-year history. That group of four accounts for all but one previous tournament title. Aurora has a league-high eight tournament titles to its credit but is returning to the six-team event after a one-year hiatus. Dominican is seeking a third-straight tournament title, while MSOE looks to return to the top of the podium for the first time since 2016.
Concordia Wisconsin is a two-time tournament runner-up (2006, 2014), while Illinois Tech was the tournament runner-up last year in their first year in the league. Benedictine has qualified for the tournament on five previous occasions, advancing as far as the semifinals in 2017.
2019 NACC Women's Soccer Tournament
All matches hosted by higher seeds
First Round - Sunday, November 3
No. 5 Aurora at No. 4 MSOE, 1 p.m.
No. 6 Benedictine at No. 3 Illinois Tech, 3 p.m.
Semifinals - Wednesday, November 6
Lower remaining seed (4,5,6) at No. 1 Dominican, 1 p.m.
Higher remaining seed (3,4,5) at No. 2 Concordia Wisconsin, 3 p.m.
Saturday, November 9
Semifinal winners, TBA
Tournament champion is the conference's automatic qualifier in the 2019 NCAA Division III Championship.