Fifth-seeded Mary Washington needed several great saves in overtime, followed by the game-winning goal in the eighth minute of OT, while sixth-seeded St. Mary's needed a shootout win, as both the Eagles and Seahawks advanced through the first round of the 2011 CAC Women's Soccer Tournament.
The Eagles upended fourth-seeded York, 2-1 in overtime, to advance to Wednesday's (11/2) semifinal round, where they'll meet top-seeded Salisbury. Sophomore forward Erin Reynolds scored the game-winner after UMW erased a 1-0 YCP lead.
The sixth-seeded Seahawks played 110 scoreless minutes at third-seeded Frostburg State Sunday, forcing the shootout. SMC survived to earn a trip to play second-seeded Stevenson Tuesday. Stevenson (12-4-3) posted a 3-0 win over the Seahawks during the regular-season on October 5. The Mustangs are the defending CAC champions.
The 2011 CAC championship will be decided Saturday (11/5) at the home field of the highest seed surviving Wednesday's semifinal games.
At York, Pa., Reynolds scored the game-winning goal
with 2:31 remaining in the first overtime to lead Mary Washington
to a 2-1 victory at York. The Eagles improve to 9-6-2 on the
Throughout much of the action, the Eagles struggled to get anything going, having been outshot 10-1 at one point. York couldn't find the nets, either, until Jena Armister scored at 56:39. The Eagles responded at 73:32, as junior Excy Herrera found sophomore Kelsey Carter for a header score that knotted the game at 1-1. From that point, the Eagles turned up the effort with several quality chances, but couldn't find a winning score by the close of regulation.
That changed when Reynolds drilled a shot at York goalkeeper Sarah Spanarkel at 97:29, collected the rebound, and found the back of the net with her eighth score of the season, giving UMW the victory that avenged a 2-1 overtime loss at York during the regular season.
At Frostburg, Md., sixth-seeded St. Mary's eliminated third-seeded Frostburg State. After playing to a scoreless draw, SMC advanced on penalty kicks by a 7-6 margin on a cold, blustery Sunday evening.
St. Mary's and Frostburg State each selected five shooters for the first round of penalty kicks. The first round ended in a 3-3 deadlock to force a second round of penalty kicks. The two teams selected five new kickers and proceeded with the second round.
Both squads connected on their first three shots of the second round. After FSU missed its fourth try of the second round, SMC first-year midfielder Alex Jones buried her shot, enabling the Seahawks to advance.
Sunday's first round contest was decided by a penalty kick shootout following 110 minutes (90 minutes of regulation plus two, 10-minute extra periods) of scoreless soccer. During those 110 minutes of action, the two teams combined for 38 shots and seven corner kicks.