When and Where: November 9, 2018 – Rindge, N.H. (Sodexo Field)
Score: Long Island University-LIU Post 0, Southern New Hampshire University 0 (LIU Post Advances on PKs, 4-3)
Records: LIU Post 13-3-4, SNHU 14-4-4
The 23rd-ranked and fifth-seeded Long Island University-LIU Post pulled out a 4-3 penalty kick victory over the fourth-seeded Southern New Hampshire University women's soccer team, following 110 minutes of scoreless play Friday afternoon at Franklin Pierce University's Sodexo Field in the opening round of the NCAA Championship.
- Freshman goalkeeper Hannah Rose (Waterloo, Ontario) stopped all five shots that came her way to record the official shutout.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- In a relatively quiet first half, the initial dangerous chance came early in the 37th minute when freshman Sydney Carney (Northborough, Mass.) sent a cross from the right side of the box into the middle, where a header from freshman Dorthea Glorud (Brumunddal, Norway) sailed just high.
- Carney then put a header of her own on frame in the 40th minute, flicking the ball from deep on the right side of the box toward the far post, but LIU Post goalkeeper Hillevi Eklow was there to make the stop.
- The Pioneers came out as the aggressors in the second half, recording the first nine shots, including one bid just over eight minutes in that forced Rose to elevate and punch the ball over the crossbar, while falling back into her goal and to the turf.
- Rose made a tremendous save in the 56th minute, as Erin O'Connor flicked a header on net off a dangerous free kick, but Rose dove to the turf to keep the match scoreless.
- LIU Post kept the pressure on in the 72nd minute, as Samantha Gordon put a header toward the net that ricocheted off the left post and out of play.
- Following two overtimes that never saw a terrific chance for either side, the game went into penalty kicks.
- After Eklow made a diving save on SNHU's first chance, Alice Schonfeldt kicked one past Rose to put LIU Post up, 1-0.
- Senior Jenna Fitzgerald (Upton, Mass.) then tied it, but Amanda Hjelle also scored to put the Pioneers up, 2-1, through two rounds.
- In the third round, Eklow came up with another diving stop and Terese Markelund found the back of the net to push SNHU to the brink at 3-1.
- Carney kept the Penmen alive, with Rose recording a big stop to make it 3-2 going to the fourth round.
- Sophomore Jaymie Caponigro (Swampscott, Mass.) would pull the Penmen even at 3-3, but Julia Duffy ended it for LIU Post by beating Rose.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Eklow turned away all three shots she faced for LIU Post.
- LIU Post outshot SNHU, 15-8, including 13-2 after halftime. All five of the Pioneers' shots on goal came in the second stanza.
- The Penmen owned a 10-6 advantage in corner kicks.
- SNHU officially ends the season unbeaten in 14 of its last 16.
- The Penmen, making their fifth NCAA Tournament appearance, move to 1-3-2 (.333) all-time, including 1-1-1 over the last two seasons.
- It was the second time Southern New Hampshire went to PKs in the NCAA Tournament, as it lost, 5-4, to now-defunct Dowling College following a scoreless tie in 2012.
- The Penmen are now 4-0-3 in overtime contests this season and are unbeaten in their previous 13 OT games over the last two years (5-0-8). In five seasons under head coach Elie Monteiro, SNHU is 12-5-8 (.640) in extra sessions.
- The Penmen are now 33-9-8 (.740) over their last 50 matches dating back to the 2016 campaign.
- LIU Post, ranked 23rd in the United Soccer Coaches Division II Poll, advances to Sunday's (2 p.m.) second round, where it will meet the winner of top-seeded Franklin Pierce and eighth-seeded Caldwell University.
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