Nov. 13, 2009

Courtesy of Gannon Athletics

WEST CHESTER, Pa. - The Gannon University women’s soccer team lost 5-4 on penalty kicks after playing to a scoreless tie with Indiana (Pa.) in Friday’s first-round NCAA tournament match. Ashley Moyer capped a perfect shootout for the Crimson Hawks, as IUP scored on all five attempts. The contest was played at West Chester University. 

Poor weather hampered the match throughout, as neither team could score in 110 minutes of action. Strong winds and occasional rain impacted both squads. After two overtime sessions, the teams went to penalty kicks to determine the victor. Tenkya Francique (Brampton, Ontario/International), Amanda Sharbaugh (Sarver, Pa./Knoch), and Ashley Oluschak (Butler, Pa./Butler) each scored on Gannon’s first three tries. However, Indiana scored on its first three attempts as well. Katie Urban’s (Columbia Station, Ohio/Padua Franciscan) shot was stopped by goalkeeper Kelly Brennan, giving IUP an opening. The Hawks scored to take a 4-3 edge, and after Kara Prokopchak (Erie, Pa./Harbor Creek) tied the shootout, Moyer beat Sabrina Chirco (Brampton, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) for the game-winner. 

Chirco made eight saves, posting her fifth shutout of the season. In her final match as a Lady Knight, Chirco tied the school record for career shutouts with 13. Tiffani Parks also compiled 13 shutouts in goal from 2004-2007. 

Brennan recorded 11 saves in net for IUP, including two sparkling stops on Gannon shots in the second half. 

GU finishes its season at 10-8-1 overall. Indiana improves to 14-6-1 overall and advances to the regional semifinals Sunday, where it will face top-seed West Chester at noon.