West Chester upsets Bloomsburg
Golden Rams pull out win in penalty strokes to reach title game
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- After 100 minutes of action and five rounds of penalty strokes, the West Chester Golden Rams (16-4) punched their ticket into the NCAA title game. The Golden Rams outshot the Huskies 27-21 and totaled 19 corners to Bloomsburg’s eight.
Bloomsburg (19-1) took a 1-0 lead at the 26:13 mark in the first half. Brittany Mathews scored the game’s opening goal after receiving a pass from Sandy Anceravage from the left side of the circle. From there Mathews dribbled toward the net, drawing out the West Chester goalie before flicking a shot into the right corner for a goal.
A little more than four minutes later West Chester’s Kayla Gluchowski tied things up at one a piece. On a penalty corner, Kelsi Lykens fired a shot that was blocked by a BU defender leaving the loose ball in front of the net. Gluchowski came up with the loose ball and buried a shot to knot it.
Less than two minutes later the Golden Rams produced their second goal. Michele Schrift flicked a shot for a goal after a high pass from Carly Buckwalter. West Chester’s second goal came as a result of a penalty corner chance.
Neither team scored for the remainder of the first, with the score in favor of West Chester 2-1. The Golden Rams held the advantage in shots and corners in the half, outshooting Bloomsburg 10-5 and had 11 corners to the Huskies' one.
West Chester had a chance to stretch their lead to two as Leah Angstadt was awarded a penalty stroke at the 43:56 mark. Bloomsburg goalie Meghan Hollenbach made a diving save on the stick side to keep it a one goal game.
The Huskies were awarded a penalty corner around the 46 minute mark of the half; from there Bloomsburg’s Jenna DiSabatino tied the game at 2-2 with a lofted shot that beat the goalie on the right side. DiSabatino’s goal was assisted by Amber Aulenbach.
After several scoring chances were spoiled for both teams, the game remained 2-2 at the end of regulation.
The Golden Rams kept the pressure on the Huskies in the first overtime period, outshooting them 8-4 and owning a 4-1 advantage in corners. However, neither team produced a score resulting in another 15-minute period.
It was the Huskies who had the scoring chances next, firing seven shots to West Chester’s four and owned a 2-0 advantage in corners. Just like the first OT period, no goals were produced, leading to a stroke-off to decide who would advance into the NCAA championship game.
West Chester’s Nancy Stehman buried the first attempt of the stroke-off as Bloomsburg’s Samantha Facciolla’s shot was blocked. Leah Angstadt shot next for the Golden Rams but a save from Meghan Hollenbach kept it at 1-0. Jenna DiSabatino made it 1-1 after she converted on her try.
The Golden Rams connected on their next three attempts while Bloomsburg scored on one of three leading to West Chester’s first appearance in the NCAA Division II championship.
Both goalies were tested as West Chester’s Kristin Arnold made three saves combined with four other defensive saves by teammates. Bloomsburg’s Meghan Hollenbach had 12 saves while her teammates blocked four others.