Regals fall to Bulldogs in Penalty Kick Shootout of SCIAC PST Title Game

Regals fall to Bulldogs in Penalty Kick Shootout of SCIAC PST Title Game

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Double overtime had been Cal Lutheran's time this season in women's soccer.

The Regals reached that point five times in the regular season and never lost a game.

But they had never attempted to win on penalty kicks.

It proved to be CLU's undoing Saturday afternoon in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship game.

The second-seeded Regals missed their final two attempts as fourth-seeded Redlands pulled off another upset to capture the title.

After the teams tied 1-1 through regulation and two overtime periods at William Rolland Stadium, Redlands (11-6-3) secured the SCIAC's automatic NCAA tournament bid with a 4-2 advantage in penalty kicks.

CLU (13-5-4) will likely miss the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years. The Regals have reached the NCAAs six times before without earning an automatic bid, but their credentials are lacking this season. The pairings will be announced on Monday at 10 a.m.

"We should have put the game away in regulation and we just didn't get it done," CLU head coach Frank Marino said. "We had a lot of great chances and we just needed to finish it and from there. But we didn't finish."

CLU largely controlled the run of play early in the first half with three great opportunities on net.

Kali Youngdahl finally broke through for the Regals in the 33rd minute. The freshman midfielder collected a pass along the right sideline, cut back into the box, stepped around a defender and tucked a shot just under the crossbar for a 1-0 CLU lead.

Redlands quickly answered three minutes later on a corner kick that bounced off several players before Summer Norquist headed the ball into the net to tie the game 1-1.

Both teams had chances in a scoreless second half.

Redlands senior Tanya Haggen put two threatening shots on net early, with one hitting the crossbar and the other punched away by CLU goalkeeper Kristin Bailey.

Youngdahl sent a header over the crossbar in the 70th minute. She had another prime opportunity in the 87th minute but couldn't turn to get a shot off in front of the net.

CLU's best chance in overtime came in the second period when Bianca Deardorff slotted a shot just past the right post.

In penalty kicks, Redlands goalkeeper Lexi Felix dove right to save Youngdahl's shot on CLU's third attempt. Kelly Morro missed CLU's final attempt over the crossbar.

Norquist started the Redlands celebration when she converted her shot into the left corner to likely end CLU's season for good.

"It stinks to lose on penalty kicks, but it was a good season considering we started 2-4-1," Marino said. "Our freshmen really displayed some growth and we accomplished a lot. I am proud of them."

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