For the second year in a row, the Hanover College and Transylvania University (Ky.) women’s soccer teams needed a shootout to decide which squad would advance to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship.
This season, Transylvania outlasted Hanover, 7-6, to move into the league’s title match.
After each squad had converted six consecutive attempts in the shootout, Transylvania’s Michelle Schroeck beat Hanover’s senior goalie Bethan Hancock (Lexington, Ky.) with a shot. The Panthers' next effort was off the mark to end the nip-and-tuck exchange.
Hanover had beaten the Pioneers in the last three meetings, including a 4-2 shootout victory in last season’s HCAC semifinals.
The teams finished this year’s tourney clash deadlocked at 1-1 after 90 minutes of regulation and followed with a scoreless 20 minutes of overtime to set up the shootout.
Transylvania’s Alyssa Kruse scored in the 57th minute to draw first blood.
Freshman forward Rachel Alvis (Cincinnati, Ohio) answered just 38 seconds later on a chip shot after a pass from senior midfielder Jennie Dumaine (California, Ky.).
The goal was the sixth of the season for Alvis, who led the Panthers’ offense with four shots on goal.
The Pioneers outshot Hanover by a 24-6 margin, including a 10-0 advantage in the first period.
Hancock totaled seven saves to key the Hanover’s defense, including five in the second half when the Transylvania had 13 attempts at the net.
The Panthers cap the season 13-4-2 overall. The effort matches the second-highest victory total in school history (13-5-1 in 2009).
Transylvania, now 11-5-2, will meet No. 1 seed Earlham College in the HCAC finale at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3.
Published Thursday, November 1, 2012