Nebraska-Omaha 1, Southwest Baptist 1 (Nebraska-Omaha Wins Shootout, 4-3)



KIRKSVILLE, Mo. -- Nebraska-Omaha and Southwest Baptist played to a 1-1 tie on Friday in a NCAA Regional Semifinal match in Kirksville, Mo., but the Mavericks advanced to the regional finals after a 4-3 shootout win.

Amy Price was the hero of the day for the Mavericks. The team's goalkeeper made saves on two Bearcat shots in the shootout to give her team the victory. Nebraska-Omaha made all four of its attempts in the tiebreaker.

During the game, Southwest Baptist dominated play in the first-half, outshooting Nebraska-Omaha by a 7-3 margin. The Bearcats' could only put one tally on the board however. In the 17th minute, their was a scramble in front of the goal and Ashley Munnelly was credited with putting the ball in the net.

The Mavericks turned the table on the Bearcats in the second-half. Nebraska-Omaha outshot Southwest Baptist 8-1 in that period, including four shots on goal. Less than three minutes into the half, another scramble occurred in front of the net, this time by the Southwest Baptist goal, and the Mavericks' Brandie Beale scored the tying goal.

For the remaining 63:36 of regulation and two overtime periods, neither team could score the game-winner. Nebraska-Omaha had the best chances, hitting the crossbar twice in the first overtime period. After the second overtime, the teams went to the shootout to see who advanced. Both connected on their first two attempts, but Price made a save on the third Bearcat attempt. With one kick left, Nebraska-Omaha led 4-3 when Price made her final save to clinch the Mavericks advancing to the next round.

Nebraska-Omaha is now 17-3-2 on the season, while the Bearcats end the year with a 16-2-3 mark.

Truman and Nebraska-Omaha will meet in the regional finals, the third straight year the two have met in the NCAA Tournament. The Mavericks won the two previous NCAA tournament games, but the Bulldogs recorded a 1-0 victory over Nebraska-Omaha earlier this year and the Bulldogs will have home field advantage in the match.

-- Courtesy Truman