Round of 16 weekend; first day results
|Senior keeper Ryan Bratt has helped Calvin advance in two straight penalty kick situations|
9-8 might be the key to the Final Four.
The first day of the Sweet 16 weekend and already two of the four matches have gone to penalties, ending in identical 9-8 marks. Calvin continues their high-stress style of advancing via overtime and penalties, while the Emory women fought off Wheaton for their PK win.
At Hardin-Simmons, the Redlands Bulldogs came to face the Cowgirls as the underdog, coming off of two convincing wins, the latest over No, 21 Cal Lutheran. Meanwhile, No. 2 Hardin-Simmons, while cautious with every opponent, has done well in the first two rounds. And after 90 minutes, it was another tough fought but straightforward win in the post-season, with the Cowgirls blanking Redlands 2-0. Junior Brittany Vacca had two goals in the first half for Hardin-Simmons, both off of corner kicks. Assists came from Katie Kuykendall and Sarah Stansell. With the win, Hardin-Simmons advances to the fourth round for the first time in program history.
In the second match, No. 8 Emory and No. 4 Wheaton played to a 1-1 draw after two overtimes, and went nine rounds before the Eagles advanced with the first of Friday's 9-8 penalty kick results. Wheaton sophomore Laura Karsten got the Thunder on the board first with a goal in the sixth minute. Karsten settled a Katelyn Kishkunas corner kick and found the back of the net for her eighth goal of the year. Later, in the 22nd minute, senior Sara Belsole grabbed the equalizer off a feed from Clare Mullins. It was her fifth of the season. Wheaton had the shot and corner advantage in the first half while Emory took control of the stats in the second. But neither side could score and after an Emory program record nine rounds of penalties, the Eagles advanced, ending the season for the Thunder. Emory and Hardin-Simmons will face off on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
At Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the host Titans blanked Loras 2-0, bring to a grinding halt the growing momentum of the Duhawks. Devon Prideaux and Tim Stadler had first half goals for Oshkosh. And in the late match, Calvin and UW-Whitewater played to an exhausting 1-1 draw, and then went nine rounds of penalties before Calvin emerged the winner 9-8. In a match that was fairly even in shots and corners, Ryan Richgels got Whitewater on the board first in the 16th minute, but just seven minutes later Tyler Vegter scored his seventh goal of the season for the equalizer. Mike Sanderson had the assist. After two scoreless overtimes, the Knights converted their nineth pentalty kick after a previous save by Calvin keeper Ryan Bratt. The Knights will face the Titans on Saturday in their attempt to return to the Final Four for the seond straight year.