SUNY-New Paltz shocks Lynchburg
Hawks advance on PKs in game dominated by Hornets
LYNCHBURG, Va. -- SUNY-New Paltz advanced into the second round of play in the NCAA tournament on Saturday, outscoring 12th-ranked Lynchburg 3-2 in a penalty-kick shootout. The teams battled to a 0-0 double-overtime tie, playing 110 minutes of scoreless soccer.
The Hornets had two shots hit off the crossbar in the game, one in the first half and the second with under 10 minutes to play in regulation. Lynchburg had a 19-5 advantage in shots and a 7-3 edge in corner kicks in the first 90 minutes, but the Hawk defense kept Lynchburg from finding the back of the net.
Lynchburg controlled both 10-minute sudden-death overtime periods, outshooting New-Paltz 6-1 in each. But Hawk Goaltender Stephanie Vega made seven of her 11 saves in the extra sessions to keep the Hornet attack at bay. Jackie Bader made three saves for Lynchburg.
Things looked good for Lynchburg in the early part of the shootout. Rachel Sadowski went top left to give Lynchburg a 1-0 edge, while the Hawk attempt hit the crossbar and bounced out. Jennifer Snyder made it 2-0 in the shootout as her shot hit off the bottom left post and ricocheted in. SUNY-New Paltz buried its next three attempts, all to the right side of the net, and Vega made a save on Lynchburg's last attempt to send the Hawks into the second round in their first NCAA tournament appearance.
Lynchburg ends the season 19-2-2, having not lost a game since early September.