Lincoln Memorial 1, Tampa 1 (Lincoln Memorial Wins Shootout, 4-3)



MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- The Lincoln Memorial University (12-4-2) womens soccer team stunned yet another opponent at the NCAA South Region Tournament on Saturday afternoon. The Lady Railsplitters fought to a 1-1 tie with number two seed Tampa (13-4-2) in the second round of the tournament and earned the right to advance to the quarterfinals via penalty kicks.

Tampa dominated play for virtually the entire game outshooting Lincoln Memorial 35-8 and holding the advantage in corner kicks 12-2. Senior Katie Calvin (Clearwater, Fla.) gave the Spartans a 1-0 lead at 9:20 with her ninth goal of the season on a feed from Samantha Robinson (Dunedin, Fla.).

The Spartans maintained their lead until the 35th minute when Lincoln Memorial freshman Kristen Boujos rebounded her own shot off Tampa goalkeeper Shannon Aitken (Land OLakes, Fla.) and planted it in the back of the net.

The score remained knotted throughout regulation and the two golden goal overtime periods to go down in the books as an official 1-1 tie. The contest then advanced to a shootout to determine which team would advance to the quarterfinals.

Freshman Sara Stack (Palm Harbor, Fla.) and junior Tina Cortese (Staten Island, N.Y.) converted their penalty kicks for the Spartans as did Lincoln Memorial freshmen Heloisa de Oliveira (Campinas, Brazil) and Patty Spielman (Melbourne, Fla.). With the shootout tied at 2-2, Calvins attempt for Tampa was saved by Railsplitter goalkeeper Stephanie Kwoka (Johnson City, Tenn.).

Boujos followed with a successful kick for Lincoln Memorial bringing the shootout tally to 3-2. Tampa freshman Katie Callahan (Houston, Texas) then sent her attempt just wide of the goal as did Lincoln Memorial freshman Morgan Sunderlin (Vero Beach, Fla.).

Tampas Alicia Wyman (Houston, Texas) then converted her kick to tie the series at 3-3 with one Lincoln Memorial attempt remaining. On Lincoln Memorials final kick, senior Cindy Campbell (Cape Coral, Fla.) fired one past Aitken to earn Lincoln Memorial a ticket to the quarterfinals in the teams first appearance at the NCAA Tournament.

Lincoln Memorial head coach Helio DAnna was thrilled with the accomplishments of his squad. This is a very young team, said DAnna. We have a few seniors, but a lot of our players are freshman and sophomores. This is a great experience for them. Well try to take it as far as we can.

-- Courtesy Barry