WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel and Muhlenberg played 90 minutes of women's soccer. Neither team scored. The two teams then battled through 20 extra minutes without a decision. In the regular season, that would be all. In the Centennial Conference (CC) tournament first round, someone needs to advance.
With the game officially in the books as a tie on Tuesday, the Green Terror (13-5-1) and the Mules (7-10-2) went to penalty kicks.
Muhlenberg took a 4-3 lead into the final kick. Senior goalkeeper Amanda Wong, who had made 12 saves during the first 110 minutes of play, guess right, dove to her right and saved the final kick to send her team to Baltimore on Friday night to take on top-seeded and sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins in the first semifinals.
McDaniel, making its first CC tournament appearance ever, will now have to wait until Monday afternoon to see if its best season since 2003 is rewarded with an ECAC South tournament bid.
Haley Jacobs (Forest Hill, Md./North Harford) made five saves for the Green Terror, who finished the game with a 20-14 advantage in shots.
In the shootout, Susan Galgano and Chloe Allen-Gorman (Portland, Ore./Lincoln) each converted their attempts.
After a Mule shot wide left, Meghan Sturgill (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) put her team on top, 2-1.
Emily Bain and Julia Pope (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) each converted in the third round to send it to the fourth of five rounds in the opening segment with the Green Terror on top, 3-2.
Nicole Karsch knotted the shootout at 3-all before a post sent it the final round tied.
CJ Graetzer converted in the top half of the round before Wong finished it in a fitting manner with what would have been a CC tournament record-tying 13th save had it officially counted as a save.
McDaniel had the best opportunities of the game in the first half but four saves from Wong kept it a scoreless game, including a leaping save on a Sturgill shot and a diving stop on an Olivia Muro (Bolton, Conn./Bolton).
Allie Sokolik (Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah) led the way with six shots while Pope had five.