CHARLESTON, S.C. - The final game of the evening turned into a tight defensive battle between No. 2 Winthrop and No. 7 Charleston Southern before the Eagles prevailed from the 0-0 tie in a shootout in the fourth game of the 2011 Big South Women's Soccer Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting Thursday at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. The Eagles will play No. 3 seed Campbell University Friday night at 7:00pm in the semifinals, for Winthrop's third consecutive appearance in the semifinals.
The Buccaneers outshot the Eagles 4-2 in the first half, but neither team could put one on net. Toni Lashley registered two shots, one of which was saved by Sarah Schippers.
The two teams came out firing in the second half, trading shots in the first seven minutes. Lashley added in two more attempts, but Schippers came up strong again and saved both. Caitlin Cody also stood tall for the Bucs, making two stops in the span of a minute. Morgann Wood took three consecutive corner kicks just 10 minutes into the half, but the Bucs couldn't find the back of the net.
Winthrop attempted to end the game in regulation, making three quick shots at the 80 minute mark of the game but Cody came up big once again while the other two went high. The game went into the first 10-minute overtime period, where the two teams traded shots. Again, neither team could seal the deal and sent the game into another overtime.
Each team attempted just one shot in the second overtime, forcing the game to end in a shootout.
Rachel Webster made the first attempt for WU, and a CSU miss put the Eagles up 1-0. Courtney Durbin and Ashley Herndon each put one in as well, but the Buccaneers countered with successful kicks by Aislinn McIlvenny and Andrea Williams as the Eagles stayed ahead 3-2. Winthrop's Kylene Babauta and Charleston Southern's Gina Thomas each put one past the keepers, leaving the decision to the final two kickers. However, the Eagles' Krystyna Freda put one in first to end the contest as WU took the 5-3 shootout win to earn the overall victory.
Team shots on goal: WU - 7, CSU - , Sarah Schippers - 7 saves (11-6), Caitlyn Cody- 7 saves (3-2-2), replaced by Amy Arroyo for the shootout.
Winthrop improves to 13-6 on the year, while Charleston Southern ends its season at 9-8-2. Winthrop will be making its fifth appearance in the Big South Tournament semifinals. Winthrop, which fell to Campbell, 4-1, in the regular-season, will face the Camels in the Conference Tournament for the first time.
Winthrop Head Coach Spencer Smith
"That was a heck of a match tonight by both teams. I thought both teams played extremely well and when it comes to the tournament you have to try advance. Fortunately we were able to advance tonight. I was really proud of the team. You have to give Charleston Southern a ton of credit, they played very well too. We have to get some rest and recovery in and get ready for tomorrow."
Charleston Southern Head Coach Eric Terrill
"We had a young team. We didn't have a ton of seniors and we definitely had our ups and downs this year. This was a great game. I feel like this is a game we could win. We had great chances to win and Winthrop is a good team. It's unfortunate we didn't get a goal in regulation time but, you know, it's just heartbreaking."