Tampa ties late, wins in shootout to advance to second round
WINTER PARK, Fla. -- Tampa (15-3-2) played to a 1-1 tie through 110 minutes of play against Barry (12-4-3), and advanced following a 3-2 shootout victory.
The three-seed Spartans advance in the NCAA South Regional, as the Bucs were the No. 6 seed at the Rollins site.
The Buccaneers took a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute as Lauren Manna converted on a penalty kick that was awarded. The game would be tied when UT’s Cici Gonzalez netted a penalty kick goal in the 83rd minute.
The game would remain tied at the end of regulation, followed by a pair of scoreless overtime periods.
Tampa held a decisive advantage in nearly all categories, outshooting Barry by an 18-5 differential. Shots on goal were also heavily tilted in UT’s direction at 7-2. Gonzalez and Megan Comeau each finished with a team-high five shots for Tampa.
Alyson Gregorowicz played all 110 minutes in goal as she came away with a save.
In the shootout, Tampa scored on its first three chances with Cina Salemi, Gonzalez and Kaley Ward coming through for head coach Gerry Lucey’s squad. Barry was in a quick hole as it opened the shootout with a miss and also came away empty on its third and fifth attempts.
While advancing, this marks the fourth consecutive season where UT has moved past the first round in the NCAA tournament.
The Spartans will now face host and No. 2-seed Rollins at 1 p.m. Sunday in Winter Park.