Nov. 21, 2009

Courtesy of West Texas A&M

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The sun was beginning to set at Triton Field on the campus of University of California-San Diego when the Lady Buffs stepped on to the pitch to face the St. Edward's University Hilltoppers. However, the sun did not set on the Lady Buffs soccer season as they defeated #22 St. Edward's University in penalty kicks, 4-1. The Lady Buffs advance to the Elite Eight for the first time in the program's history.

The first fifteen minutes of the half found the Lady Buffs lacking their usual offensive rhythm as the St. Edward's Hilltoppers took control of the first fifteen minutes of play, taking five shots with two being on goal.

St. Edward's Stacey Copeland took a shot on goal in the first 18 seconds of the match, but Kelly Skehan (JR, Klein, Texas) responded with a save to keep the score 0-0.

The Lady Buffs began to pick up their offensive attack placing pressure on the Hilltoppers defense drawing three offsides calls. However, the Lady Buffs were able to take only two shots in the first half.

In the 27th minute, St. Edward's Copeland took a dangerous header on goal, but goalkeeper Skehan was able to get a glove on the ball and knock it out of the net.

In the 35th minute, the Lady Buffs had their first real shot on goal opportunity when Morgan Kviz (SO, Keller, Texas) took a header at the Hilltoppers net that ended up a little high.

The first half would end in a draw with both teams sitting at 0-0.

The Lady Buffs would begin the second half spending most of their time on the Hilltoppers side of the field, however the Hilltopper defense held the Lady Buffs attack to just one shot.

Hilltopper Copeland had an opportunity to end the game in the last 50 seconds of the match taking a clear shot on goal, however the shot bounced off the far left post, ending regulation time 0-0. Skehan kept the Lady Buffs in the match with a total of three saves.

After 90 minutes, with a score of 0-0, the Lady Buffs prepared to take on the St. Edward Hilltoppers into first and second overtimes. However, their hopes of scoring the golden goal to end the match did not happen. Both overtime periods would end 0-0 and the Lady Buffs would head into a penalty kick shootout to determine the winner of the match.

In a tense penalty kick shootout, Lady Buffs Lindsay McHorse (SO, Georgetown, Texas), Adi Stein (SR, Nesher, Israel), Miriam Dominguez (SR, El Paso,Texas) and Becky Hewson (SO, Cambridge, England) would place all of their shots into the back of the Hilltopper's net, claiming their spot in the Elite Eight match on Sunday, Nov. 22nd with kickoff set for 2 pm CST.

The Lady Buffs will face the winner of the University of California-San Diego and Cal. State-Dominguez Hills match taking place at 9:30 CST.