Hardin-Simmons, Puget Sound Advance to NCAA Second Round
UPS defeats CLU 1-0, HSU downs CMS 2-0
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – No. 1 seeded Puget Sound fended off an upset-minded No. 4 Cal Lutheran on Saturday, getting a sudden-death goal in double overtime to defeat the Regals 1-0. In the other first round game hosted by Cal Lutheran, No. 2 Hardin-Simmons defeated No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 2-0 thanks to two goals from Katie Haltiwagner.
Cal Lutheran and Puget Sound both played it conservative over the first half with the teams combining for just seven shots. The Regals nearly struck first in the 18th minute when Mallory Carcich sent in a free-kick from 35 yards out that was on target but UPS goalkeeper Casey Thayer came up with the save.
In the 28th minute, Alex Teesdale ripped a shot from the 30 yards out that was destined for the goal but CLU goalkeeper Kristin Bailey was able to deflect the ball up and over the cross-bar at the last second.
10 minutes later, UPS had another scoring opportunity following Cal Lutheran being issued a yellow-card and a corner-kick being awarded. The Loggers were able to get a header on goal but Bailey again turned away the shot.
The second half was evenly matched with teams being separated by just one shot as UPS led seven to six.
Bianca Deardorff nearly got Cal Lutheran on the scoreboard in the 60th minute when she collected a loose ball just outside of the box and blasted a right-footed shot on goal but was stopped by UPS goalkeeper Lauren Thomas, who had subbed in at halftime.
After Haley Rosenberg fired a shot on goal in the 74th minute, Cal Lutheran counter-attacked and missed out on a goal when Taylor Will narrowly missed wide.
Cal Lutheran later won four straight corner-kicks in the final minutes but was unable to convert. The Loggers had final chance when Kylie Beeson broke free from the Regals defense and fired a shot on goal as time expired but Bailey came up with her six save of the game and sent the game into overtime.
Stephanie Gilbert had the lone shot in the first overtime, blasting a shot just left of the goal after a great cross from Kristina Hulse. Neither team could generate a shot and sent the game into a second overtime.
Just one minute into the second overtime, Jordyn McLuen sent in a corner-kick that bounced around in front of the goal before Jill Shimabuku was able to flick it into the back of the net with her heel for the game-winner.
Cal Lutheran (17-6) ties its win total from a year ago and appeared in fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament.
Puget Sound (16-2-2) advances to Sunday’s second round game at 5:00pm.
Played in a steady rain for the first 20 minutes, the Athenas and Cowgirls went back and forth in the first half. Hannah Rosenberg had a solid effort on goal, rifling a shot from the right-wing across goal and just wide in the 15th minute.
The Cowgirls struck first in the 19th minute when Devon Howard fielded a deflected ball and passed it on to Haltiwagner. The junior then took two dribbles and blasted a right-footed shot across the goal and threaded it into the back post.
Scoring chances would be harder to come by as the half progressed and eventually the teams would head into the locker room with Hardin-Simmons still up 1-0.
The Athenas came out strong to open the second half, collecting two shots and two corner-kicks in the first minute but couldn’t quite connect for a goal. Both Makella Brems and Darrah Shields had shots on target but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Hardin-Simmons would pass exceptionally and hold possession for the next 15 minutes as neither team attempted a shot.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps defended well in a string of three straight corner-kicks from the Cowgirls but couldn’t stop Haltiwagner, who lofted a shot in 85th minute over the keeper’s head and into the goal for the insurance score.
Hardin-Simmons would hang on in the final minutes and preserve the win.
Kerry Moller led the Athenas in shots with two while goalkeeper Hannah Dunham came up with seven saves.
In addition to the two goals, Hardin-Simmons got three shots from Vivian Wells and two from Taylor Thigpen.
Claremont (10-9-2) finishes the season in the NCAA tournament for the first time in four years.
Hardin-Simmons (16-1-1) will have a chance at redemption on Sunday after the Loggers defeated the Cowgirls earlier this season. Kickoff for the second round match is set for 5:00pm.