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Release: 11/28/2012
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. --- California Baptist University opened the 2012 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Tournament with a record setting performance Wednesday, defeating Palm Beach Atlantic 5-1 for the team's 12th straight win.

The 12 game winning streak snaps a program record that has stood since 2003. The Lancers have not lost since Oct. 2 at Point Loma.

The win not only sets the program record, but also moves CBU on to the semifinals of the NCCAA tournament as the Lancers look to defend their national title.

"This is another step in the right direction toward our goal of a title," said CBU Head Coach Kristen St. Clair. "It was a fantastic team performance all around. We got great contributions from everyone. Our back line did an outstanding job, Kelly Jenks and Lindsay Vesling were dominant on the offensive end and we got great senior leadership from Daelyn Paul and Chantel Cappuccilli."

It didn't take long for CBU to get on the board, with Paul striking pay dirt in the sixth minute.

The Lancers would take a 4-0 lead, before the Sailfish stole one back to go into the half down 4-1.

It was Jenks doing most of the work after Paul's opening strike, scoring twice before the half was up. She also assisted on Lauren Wallberg's goal in the 26th minute.

"We really wanted to start well and were able to do that," said St. Clair. "I thought the girls did a good job weathering their nerves in the first 10 minutes and getting on the board quickly. They executed our game plan very well; it was great for our confidence going forward."

CBU came out firing in the second half as well, narrowly missing several shot attempts in the opening minutes. Lindsey Vesling would eventually give CBU the 5-1 advantage with her third goal of the year.

The Lancers dominated the run of play all game, outshooting the sailfish 29-2. CBU also held a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Jenks finished the day with two goals and two assists, and Vesling finished with a pair of assists to go along with her score. Cappuccilli and Bernadette Witz also posted assists.

The Lancers move on to face Grace at 2 p.m. (PST) tomorrow in the semis. The winner of that game will move on to the championship on Saturday.

CBU is now 16-2-1 on the season. Palm Beach Atlantic falls into the consolation bracket and moves to 13-5-1 on the season.

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