UNCW Advances To CAA Women's Soccer Title Game
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (November 2, 2012) - Third-seeded UNCW advanced past #2 Drexel 4-1 on penalty kicks after the two squads battled to a 1-1 double-overtime tie in the semifinals of the CAA Women's Soccer Championship on Friday night at Martin Family Stadium at Albert/Daly Field.
The Seahawks (12-6-3), who also advanced on penalty kicks following a tie with #6 Delaware in the CAA quarterfinals last Sunday, will meet the winner of tonight's second semifinal between #1 William & Mary and #5 Hofstra at 1 p.m. on Sunday in the CAA title game. It's just the second trip to the finals for UNCW, which defeated James Madison 1-0 to win the CAA championship in 2009.
Drexel, which was making its first appearance ever in the CAA Women's Soccer Championship, saw its season come to an end with a 13-3-3 overall mark. The Dragons set a school record for overall and conference victories this season.
The Seahawks were a perfect 4-for-4 during the penalty kicks as Ali Nagle, Lindsay Henry, Mary Chestnut-Smith and Stephanie Rose all converted their chances. Drexel hit the crossbar and then the right post with its first two attempts before Sam Greenfield made the Dragons' third shot.
After no goals and very few scoring chances over the first 80 minutes of the contest, both teams got on the board in the final 10 minutes of regulation.
In the 82nd minute, Rose made a run up the right side and sent a pass across the top of the box to a wide open Maddie McCormick. The freshman forward settled the ball and then drove a 12-yard left-footed shot into the right corner for her eighth goal of the season. The assist was the 12th of the year for Rose, who leads the CAA with 38 points this season.
Just over five minutes later, Drexel responded with the equalizer. Following a scrum at the top of the box, the ball bounced out to defender Melissa Chapman on the left side. The sophomore one-timed a shot from 15 yards out into the left side of the goal to tie the contest at 1-1 with 3:23 remaining in regulation. The goal was Chapman's fourth of the year and marked the 10th time this season that the Dragons have scored either a game-tying or game-winning goal with less than 19 minutes to go in regulation.
Drexel out-shot UNCW 4-1 in the first overtime period and nearly got the game-winner when Greenfield's shot from 22 yards out smacked the crossbar.
UNCW appeared to score the game-winning goal with 3:30 left in the second overtime when Katrina Guillou redirected a long free kick from Lindsay Henry into the net, but it was waved off after she was ruled offside.
Drexel had a pair of excellent scoring chances in the final minute of the second extra session, but UNCW senior goalkeeper Caitlin Hunter made diving saves on shots by Megan Hammaker and Lauren Stollar to send the contest into penalty kicks.
Drexel had a 5-3 shot advantage in the first half and nearly got on the board early in the second period. Junior midfielder Jess Sarkisian received a pass at the top of the box on the left side and chipped the ball over charging UNCW goalkeeper Caitlin Hunter, but the shot bounded off the crossbar. With 13 minutes to go in regulation, UNCW's Rose made a long run up the right side and sent a beautiful cross to Morgan Leyble, but her header from eight yards out went wide of the goal.
Drexel finished the game with a 22-10 advantage in shots. Hunter, a 2nd-team All-CAA selection, made eight saves for UNCW, while first-team All-CAA goalkeeper Eve Badana stopped five shots for the Dragons.