ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Zach Shanahan’s penalty kick conversion in the shootout provided Flagler with a 4-2 win in penalty kicks against UNC-Pembroke after both teams played 110 minutes without scoring a goal in a NCAA tournament second round match on Saturday at Saints Field.
UNC -Pembroke ended its season with a 12-5-2 record. Flagler moved its record to 10-4-4 and will advance to meet the winner of the Wingate-Lander.
“I thought we played well and controlled [the] game,” Flagler head coach John Lynch said. “When it comes down to a shootout, we haven’t had much luck in the past, but I knew the kids were ready and they came through.”
UNCP keeper Ryan Hanson came up with a couple of big saves in the first half as he denied Triston Hall’s blast in the fourth minute and then made a sprawling save on a Marco Warren shot in the 42nd minute.
It looked as if the Braves had broken the scoreless tie with a header in the 83rd minute, but they were whistled for being offside to negate the goal.
Neither team was able to accomplish much offensively in either overtime session.
Sean Hoek was the first player to take a penalty kick in the shootout round and his shot was saved by Flagler keeper Camp Bissell. Kevin Keenan followed for the Saints and he buried the ball into the back of the net. Miles stepped up next for UNCP and his shot was saved. Flagler made the next three shots, capped by Shanahan’s to win it.
Bissell saved three shots for the Saints, while Hanson recorded 12 saves for the Braves.
Flagler outshot UNC-Pembroke 27-10 and the Saints held an 8-5 advantage in corner kicks.