Nov. 17, 2008

Courtesy of Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, Mo. - Senior goalkeeper Amanda Boe stopped three of four penalty kicks and freshman Alyssa Marulli (right) netted the game-winning kick as the No. 8 Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team advanced to the NCAA Sectional Semifinals with a 3-1 shootout victory over Illinois Wesleyan University on Sunday night at Francis Field in St. Louis, Mo.

"I went into penalty kicks knowing that I could stop at least one," said Boe, who made her 100th career save against IWU. "All I could think about it was that this could be my last game."

Boe, who made seven saves against Illinois Wesleyan, stopped the first two penalty kicks by IWU. Junior Becca Heymann and senior Lauren Mehner had successful kicks for Washington U. to make it 2-1 after three kickers. A stop by Boe on Annmarie Dolak's penalty kick set up the game-winning kick by Marulli.

"I tried to stay calm and do what we had practiced all week. It was a relief when the ball went into the back net," Marulli said.

Despite outshooting Illinois Wesleyan 6-5 in the first half, Boe kept the score tied at 0-0 my making two saves. Caroline Leighton had a golden opportunity at 6:30 in the first half as she lofted a shot to the far post that Boe made a nice diving save.

Illinois Wesleyan (15-6-2) had another quality opportunity at 59:25, but Alyssa Feulner's right-footed shot was saved by Boe. The UAA leader in saves, Boe made possibly the best save of her career at 66:14 to keep the game knotted at 0-0. A shot from Carlie Hoekstra deflected off a WU defender and Boe made a diving save to deflect it over the crossbar.

Washington U. had its best opportunity at 74:40, but junior Caryn Rosoff's header was saved by IWU goalkeeper Alli Novak off the crossbar and over the net for a corner kick. Rosoff had a point blank shot three minutes later, but shoved it just to the right of the goal. The two teams each had six shots in the second half of play, as Boe made four saves.

"Both teams played hard tonight and it was tough to see one team not advance," said Washington University first-year head coach Jim Conlon. "We practiced penalty kicks all week, and the starters knew what they had to do"

Washington U. and Illinois Wesleyan each had 14 shots in 110 minutes of play, while WU had an 8-5 advantage in corner kicks. All 10 meetings between Washington University and Illinois Wesleyan series have been a one goal or fewer differential. The series is tied between the two teams, 3-3-4, and each team has scored a total of seven goals in the 10 games.

Washington University (15-3-2) advances to the NCAA Sectional Semifinals against No. 22 Wheaton College (19-2-3) on Friday, Nov. 21, at a time to be determined in Wheaton, Ill. Wheaton, the 2004, 2006 and 2007 NCAA Division III National Champion, defeated Carroll College (Wis.) (3-1) and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (T, 0-0 2OT, 3-1 in shootout) in the first two rounds at home.