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McDonald makes eight saves in semifinals

Sarah McDonald (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Sarah McDonald (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

BALTIMORE, Md. – McDaniel and Johns Hopkins each scored a goal in the second half to force overtime. Neither team could find the back of the net in either overtime session to force penalty kicks in the first of the 2017 Centennial Conference (CC) women's soccer semifinals on Saturday.

The game is officially recorded as a tie but the 10th-ranked and top-seeded Blue Jays (15-2-2) advanced to the championship game 4-3 during the shootout.

Sarah McDonald (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) returned to the net and made eight saves for the Green Terror (12-5-2), who will learn on Monday afternoon if it is rewarded with a third-straight NCAA at-large bid or if its season will continue in the ECAC tournament.

Kyla Persky converted the final attempt of the shootout to give Johns Hopkins its 14th straight championship game appearance.

Tied at 1-all, a foul was called in the box with 36 seconds remaining in the second overtime. Maggie Coulson stepped to the line and fired the shot but McDonald made a diving stop to her right to stonewall the attempt and then also knocked away a Riley O'Toole attempt on the rebound to earn the tie and force the shoototut period.

Bess Kitzmiller saved the first PK attempt for McDaniel five straight makes gave the Blue Jays a 3-2 advantage going to the fourth round. Kitzmiller and McDonald traded saves to push things to the fifth shooters.

Kristen Upton (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks South) bounced her attempt off the crossbar and in to knot the shootout at 3-all. Persky then stepped up and fired into the right side of the net to end it.

After a scoreless first half, Katie Kirschenmann (Damascus, Md./Damascus) scored just 20 seconds into the second half to give the Green Terror a 1-0 lead. The senior putback a Kirsten Gibson (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) shot off the post.

O'Toole finished a centering pass from Toni Abate to even the game at the 65:25 mark.

In the 85th minute, Michelle Santangelo had a chance to put the hosts ahead but a leaping McDonald knocked the ball wide to keep it tied.

Johns Hopkins carried play in the first overtime but could not score while McDaniel carried play for most of the second overtime but could not find the back of the net.

The Blue Jays finished with a 22-11 advantage in shots and 12-6 edge in corner kicks.

Kitzmiller made five saves for Johns Hopkins, which faces the Swarthmore-Haverford winner in search of its 12th title on Sunday.


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