Seattle Pacific 0, Metro State 0 (2OT) (Seattle Pacific Advances on Penalty Kicks, 5-4)

Nov. 19, 2005

SEATTLE -- Shannon Lovejoy buried the decisive penalty kick in the left corner of the net as Seattle Pacific University edged defending NCAA Division II women's soccer champion Metro State (Co.) 5-4 in a shootout of a quarterfinal playoff Saturday at Interbay Stadium.

The unbeaten and No. 2-ranked Falcons (19-0-4) will next play in the semifinal round, Dec. 1 in Wichita Falls, Tx. The Roadrunners (23-0-1), who entered the game ranked No. 1 in the nation, saw a 46-game win streak snapped, with the outcome officially recorded as a 0-0 tie.

In a game in which neither team could score a goal in 110 minutes of regulation and two overtime periods, Seattle Pacific could not be stopped from the penalty spot.

Tricia Loomis, Heidi Jacobson, Megan Lienhard, Kara Hamby and Lovejoy converted in succession for the Falcons. The Roadrunners' sole miss was from Kylee Hanavan in the second of the five rounds. She steered her kick just past the left post.

"I played my heart out and there's nothing more I could do, but take one more shot," said Lovejoy of her thoughts before attempting the final tiebreaker.

"Metro is the best we've played; they gave us a great game," said Seattle Pacific coach Chuck Sekyra. "I told the team at halftime that we're not here to survive, we were here to win."

Before the tiebreaker, SPU had largely controlled possession, peppering the Metro goal with 20 shots compared to the visitors' nine.

Jacobson and Sarah Martinez produced the best clear scoring chances. In the 83rd minute, Jacobson took a cutback pass from Martinez and fired just over the upper right corner.

Six minutes into the second sudden-death overtime period, Lovejoy put Martinez clear in the box, but Metro goalkeeper Rachel Zollner managed to push a 14-yard drive by Martinez around the left post.

Metro's Hanavan, who came into the game with 30 goals, cracked a 15-yard shot in the 30th minute which sailed past the right post.

Jennifer Burns saved four Metro shots, silencing the nation's top-ranked attack (97 goals). It was her eighth shutout and the team's 13th. Zollner had three saves for the visitors.

The Falcons will be making their first semifinal appearance in the program's five-year existence. They will meet the winner of Sunday's game between Carson-Newman (Tn.) and West Florida. The national championship game is Dec. 3.



-- Courtesy Seattle Pacific