Rose-Hulman moves to second round after dramatic penalty-kicks victory
ERIE, PA. -- Rose-Hulman advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament with a dramatic penalty kicks victory against Penn State-Behrend on Thursday night.
Rose-Hulman advances to face Ohio Wesleyan in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday.
The two teams played a scoreless draw for 110 minutes, before Rose-Hulman won the penalty kick shootout 9-8 in a dramatic 12-round contest.
The Fightin' Engineers missed their first penalty kick of the session, and Penn State-Behrend made their first four kicks to start the penalty kicks. Jimmy Belack had a chance to win the game for Penn State-Behrend, but Rose-Hulman junior Drew Miller made a save to keep the match going.
Penn State Behrend had the first attempt during the penalty kick session, and took a 5-4 lead in the sixth round before senior Max Brown tied the score again at 5-5.
The Fightin' Engineers had a chance to win during the eighth round of penalty kicks after another Miller save on an attempt by Kevin Vock. Penn State-Behrend goalkeeper Jarrod Wassell made a save, however, to force a ninth round.
Both teams scored again in rounds nine, 10 and 11, with three Rose-Hulman players needing to score in each round to keep the match ongoing. Freshman Tyler Blankenship, sophomore Brent Kamer and freshman Alex Jansen all scored to keep the Engineers alive in each round.
Finally, in the 12th round, with the original first shooter for each team back in the game, Miller stopped Kyle Coonelly to give Rose-Hulman its second chance to win. Senior Marshall Ishmael booted home the game winner to give the Fightin' Engineers the 9-8 penalty kick advancement.
The match itself was a tightly contested 0-0 draw in two overtimes that featured Penn State-Behrend outshooting Rose-Hulman 17-10. Miller recorded 10 saves in the match to force the extra session. Senior William Senat fired five shots to pace the Rose-Hulman offense, with senior Drew Belk adding two.
Penn State Behrend had the best chance to score in the first overtime period, when Sean Polosky chipped what appeared to be the winning goal over a charging Miller. Freshman Nick Kowalkowski sprinted back, however, and forced the shot just beyond the net and created a corner kick, keeping the match alive.
This team becomes the third team in Rose-Hulman history to advance in the NCAA tournament, joining the men's basketball and baseball squads. Rose-Hulman stands 11-5-5 heading into the second-round match against 19-0-3 Ohio Wesleyan.