Misericordia moves to round of 16 on penalty kicks against Trinity (Conn.)
DALLAS, Pa. -- Misericordia survived and advanced with a 4-2 penalty kicks advantage against Trinity (Conn.) on Sunday afternoon at Mangelsdorf Field.
Misericordia, 19-2-2, moves on to the round of 16 for the second consecutive year and will face Middlebury at a site to be determined.
Maureen Ciccosanti made two saves in 110 minutes and came up with two more stops in the shootout to help the Cougars move on.
Erin Roberts buried her penalty kick to put MU ahead 1-0 and after Trinity answered, Lindsay Usarzewicz converted to make it 2-1. The Bantams tied it 2-2 and Alexandra Irr put the Cougars up 3-2.
After Ciccosanti stopped Trinity's third shooter, Kaitlin Sauder converted to make it 4-2. Ciccosanti made another diving save on the Bantams' fourth shooter for the clincher.
The Cougars held a 14-12 advantage in shots, including a 5-2 edge in shots on goal.
Misericordia had two dangerous opportunities in the final 10 minutes of the first half.
Kylen Smith settled a Megan Lannigan corner at 35:00 and fired a shot inside the right post, but Trinity's Kelsey Thomas was there to clear the ball off the line.
Megan Mahoney's direct kick from 25 yards out caromed off the crossbar at 42:10.
Midway through the second half, Smith played a long ball to McGreal who beat the Trinity keeper at the top of the box, but Thomas was there again for Trinity to prevent an MU shot.
Mahoney had another direct kick from 25 yards out at 77:45 that sailed high.
The Bantams came out energized in the first overtime and had their best scoring chance of the game when Elisa Dolan ripped a shot from 15 yards out, but Ciccosanti was there for the save.