Women's Soccer - Wed, Oct. 24, 2007
CHICAGO - After a scoreless regulation and two overtime periods, the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) semfinals women's soccer match-up at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago between No. 1 seed Saint Xavier University (Ill.) and No. 4 seed Judson University (Ill.) came down to penalty kicks. Unfortunately for the No. 6 ranked Cougars, Judson hit enough of its penalty kicks to advance to the Saturday's CCAC Championship against No. 6 seed Robert Morris College. The game is logged as a tie for both teams for record purposes due to the 0-0 score.
SXU had no shortage of chances to score in the game with 16 shots on goal throughout the 110 minutes of play. The Cougars even had an opportunity to score on a penalty kick in the first half when senior forward Lissa Coby (Ingleside, Ill./Grant Community) was taken down from behind in the goalie box. However, Coby's penalty kick attempt hit the left post and ricoqueted back into play. Sophomore Danielle Wagner (Worth, Ill./University of Illinois/Stagg) played well in goal for Saint Xavier recording eight saves. Sophomore Alice Phoneprasith (Elgin, Ill.) had a monster game as Judson's starting keeper posting 16 saves. SXU out-shot the Eagles, 23-10, in the game, including a 16-8 edge on shots on goal. In the shootout, the Cougars missed three of their five penalty kicks and Judson needed just three to advance to Saturday's championship. Saint Xavier (15-3-2 overall/8-1 CCAC) will now await its seeding in next week's NAIA Region VII Women's Soccer Tournament, which begins on Tuesday, October 30. Based on their national rank and conference finish, the Cougars should receive a high seed in the six-team event.