Women's Soccer News & Highlights
November 02, 2012
Penalty Kicks Work for Eagles
Eastern made five straight kicks, after Wilkes' goalkeeper Hayley Kay made a great save to stop Ashley Graybill's shot to the upper left corner. Alysia Goodman made diving stops on the Colonels' second kick and sixth kick. After Emily Roquemore tied the game at 4-4 with a clutch shot on the fifth kick, the match went to sudden victory. Goodman made the save, and Kelsey Spoelstra had enough power on her shot to get it through Kay's fingertip effort for the win.
"There was nothing attractive about that," Head Coach Dan Mouw said after the match, "We were good going forward for about 40 minutes, and then we hung on. Alysia [Goodman] made some great plays in the run of play and in penalty kicks."
Goodman, who shot fourth for the Eagles in the shootout, was credited with 11 saves during the match. Her best save of the match came on a low shot through traffic in the 97th minute.
The Eagles had a 4-2 edge in corners through the opening 45 minutes had several chances to score, but Wilkes' Starter Kate Mahoney made two of her four stops in the opening period. Her best save came on a shot from in the box by Amy Thomas that she parried over the bar.
The Colonels controlled much of the play in the second period, but Goodman was on the spot for five stops and was able to keep her squad out of trouble with superior box management.
The Eagles had a final chance at a game-winner in the run of play in the 105th minute, but Kelsey Doutrich's shot from a tight angle slid just past the right upright and the game ended without a goal.
"We knew going in that neither team gives up much in the back," Mouw concluded, "so there was some thought that it might come down to this, and our players made the play when it was their chance. We will have to play better in regulation on Sunday."
The Eagles travel to Misericordia University for the Freedom Conference Championship match against the top-seeded Cougars on Sunday at noon.
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Updated: Friday, 02 November 2012