In a matchup of the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in Division II women's soccer, it was perfection in a shootout that put Seattle Pacific in the...
In a matchup of the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in Division II women’s soccer, it was perfection in a shootout that put Seattle Pacific in the NCAA Final Four for the first time.
The Falcons outdueled defending national champion Metro State of Denver on Saturday in front of 651 at Interbay Soccer Stadium, ending a 0-0 draw with a 5-4 shootout advantage.
All-American Shannon Lovejoy powered home SPU’s fifth straight shootout goal, helping second-ranked Seattle Pacific (20-0-3) break Metro State’s 46-game winning streak. For the No. 1 Roadrunners (23-1), it was their first loss since Sept. 4, 2004.
To third-year Falcons coach Chuck Sekyra, a win against such a formidable foe was a foregone conclusion. “To say that I don’t believe it would not be true, because I think I expected us to be here,” he said. “The players have worked so hard to be the best team in the country. I expected us to be here, and I expect us to go win it all.”
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The Falcons advance to a national semifinal game Dec. 1 at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Seattle Pacific will play the winner of today’s quarterfinal between Carson-Newman (16-4) and West Florida (19-1-2).
After the Falcons outshot Metro State 20-9 in regulation and overtime play, Tricia Loomis, Heidi Jacobson, Megan Lienhard and Kara Hamby preceded Lovejoy with penalty-kick goals against Roadrunner goalkeeper Rachel Zollner.
Metro State drew a blank on its second kick, surprisingly booted just wide of the left post by the Roadrunners’ leading scorer, forward Kylee Hanavan (30 goals).
All other kicks found the net, leading to Lovejoy, SPU’s No. 4 scorer.
“After Megan took the third kick, I was a little bit nervous,” the senior midfielder from Seattle Prep said. “I said to her, ‘Megan, tell me it was easy.’ She said, ‘Oh, it was so easy.’ So that made me feel a little bit better.”