Penalty kicks decide first game of NCAA women's soccer regional
Sat, Nov. 12, 2011 - [Loras]

St. Benedict 0, Carroll 0 – St. Benedict advances on PKs, 5-4


In the first game in the Rock Bowl on Saturday, the College of St. Benedict and Carroll played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer before heading to the penalty spot to determine who would advance to Sunday's second round.


Goalkeepers Kate Maxwell of Carroll and Megan Favorite of St. Benedict combined for four saves over the first 90 minutes to force overtimes. The game was clean, with only eight fouls called and a total of seven offsides whistles – most of which were the result of Carroll's defense limiting the space in front of Maxwell.


Much of the match was spent in the middle third of the field while the Pioneers and Blazers plotted their course in front of the other's goal. From time to time Carroll's Kara Delie or the 1-2 punch of St. Benedict attackers Colleen Bouchard and Heather Beshears would push into a dangerous space, but none would find the back of the net.


The best chances came in the second overtime, when St. Benedict pushed forward for six shots, forcing Maxwell into three saves.


With a tie officially in the books, the teams sent their five selections to take the penalty kicks and find a second round participant.


Each of the first four Blazers who stepped up – Kelsey Faber, Colleen Bouchard, Paige Olson, and Laura Kosh each made their attempts. For Carroll, the first three shooters – Leah Wiercinski, Kelly Moran, and Melissa Walz each converted. It was Lauren Demski's shot that was saved by Favorite which would make the difference. Sam Gavin of Carroll made her shot to start the fifth round, putting all eyes on Ali O'Brien. Tied at four, an O'Brien make would end it. And end it she did – starting the celebration on the edge of the penalty box.


St. Benedict will face Loras at 1:00 PM on Sunday for the regional championship.