CHICAGO - A
penalty kick in shootout action by Trinity International University junior
midfielder Diana Anderson brought the Saint Xavier University women's soccer
season to a sudden end Friday night at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in
Chicago. After the game remained tied at
2-2 after regulation and two overtime periods, the Chicagoland Collegiate
Athletic Conference (CCAC) first-round playoff game went to a penalty kick
shootout to determine which team would advance to the semifinals. SXU junior keeper Ashley Shugar (Lake Orion,
Mich./Western Illinois University/Lake Orion) made some spectacular saves
during the shootout, but in the end, TIU was able to put the deciding kick at
the back of the net.
In the 32nd
minute of play, the Trojans went ahead, 1-0, on an unassisted goal off a
deflected save by freshman midfielder Jessica Williams. TIU would take its 1-0 lead into halftime,
but it would be short lived as SXU tied things up just over two minutes into
the second half on a goal by sophomore forward Elysha Peele (Tinley Park,
Ill./Andrew). The score by Peele was set
up by a nice cross from junior midfielder Nancy Schueth (Lincoln, Neb./Saint
Pius X). Four minutes later, the Trojans
would take the lead, 2-1, on an unassisted goal by senior forward Michelle
Renaud. However, Schueth would tie the
game again with a beautiful, unassisted shot from 30 yards out that sailed over
the TIU keeper's head.
would score the rest of the way and, per conference tournament rules, the
advancing team in the tournament would be decided by a penalty kick
shootout. Both teams would not convert
on their first three attempts, but each would make the final two to keep things
tied up. After two more attempts, TIU
was able to advance on the winning shot by Anderson.
Saint Xavier finishes the 2010 season with an 11-6-2 overall record and
took fourth place in the final CCAC standings with a 7-2-1 mark.