Its about time.
After finishing runner up the last two years, the Toledo Rockets have finally broken through again and has won the 2011 Championship; their,and a record, forth league title. They beat Western Michigan 1-0 Sunday afternoon.
Toledo entered the tournament as the number one seed after beating 10 of 11 MAC opponents during the regular season. The only time they failed to clinch victory was against Akron, who managed to draw the eventual champion.
In the Championship contest, the Rockets held an outstanding 14 to 4 shot advantage, and played on offense for most of the match. Western Michigan was held with limited chances and few that had a chance at scoring.
However, head coach Brad Evans knew that getting the winning goal was not going to be an easy task.
"We talk a lot about wanting the tense moment, you can't win a championship running away. It's not going to happen" Evans said.
Toledo picked up the game winning goal off the foot of MAC player of the year Rachel MacLeod who capitalized in the 69th minuet. That was enough for Toledo's goal keeper Vicki Traven and her defense who was able to keep the Broncos scoreless.
It was not an easy run to the championship. In fact, Toledo started the season 0-2-1 before getting their first win.
"All credit to our players for finding a way and sticking to the game plan" Evans said.
The Toledo Rockets will now hit the road and play Marquette in the first round. They finished the regular season with a 14-6-2 record.
Photo taken from utrockets.com (here)