Centre advances for first time
Seventh round of penalty kicks puts Coloniels in second round
ATLANTA -- Centre advanced in the NCAA tournament for the first time Saturday, eliminating Roanoke 8-7 in penalty kicks at Emory.
The teams played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer, sending the match to penalty kicks. Each team made its first six before Centre senior goalkeeper Kelli Lenz made a save on a shot by Roanoke's Candace Connolly. On the ensuing opportunity, Katie Stevenson converted the game winner for the Colonels.
Aubrey Holle, Amy Hebbeler, Brittany Eisner, Anne Mitchell, Rachel Brannen, Kelsey Boling and Morgan Collins also scored in the shootout for Centre.
Centre outshot Roanoke 13-9, including a 7-2 edge in the overtime periods, where Claiborne Willis came close to ending it with a shot off the post. Roanoke had a 4-3 edge in corners. Lenz made four saves in posting her 14th shutout of the year while Roanoke's Carolyn Sarabacher made five stops.
Centre also improves to 14-4-3 on the year. Roanoke finishes at 14-5-1.
Centre will move on to face No. 5 Emory (16-0-2) in the second round at 5 p.m. Sunday.