Nov. 15, 2009

* Courtesy of Ithaca Athletics

Geneva, N.Y. - The No. 15 women's soccer team (15-4-2) advanced to the third round of the NCAA playoffs, playing #6 William Smith (14-3-3) to a scoreless tie before advancing in penalty kicks by a 5-4 count. The Bombers converted all five of their attempts; the host Herons made their first four tries before their fifth shot missed the net. Ithaca will play either Rochester or Rowan next weekend in a sectional semifinal match at a site and time to be determined; the Yellow Jackets and Profs play their regional final Sunday at 6 p.m. New Jersey will play Williams in the sectional's other semifinal match.

Ithaca's penalty kick lineup started with senior midfielder Amy Scheffer (Schalmont/Schenectady), followed by graduate student back Lauren Koppel (Southside/Rockville Center), freshman forward Julie Winn (Sutton/Sutton, Mass.), senior midfielder Emily Mogk (Bozeman/Bozeman, Mont.) and freshman midfielder Kelly Gannon (Schoharie/Howe Caverns).

The Bombers dominated possession in the first half. Ithaca outshot William Smith 4-0 and had the only corner kick of the first 45 minutes. Ithaca's best chance came in the 38th minute when Scheffer crossed a ball off of a set piece and it fell in the penalty area to Winn, whose shot from six yards out ricocheted off the bottom of the crossbar before being cleared away by the Heron defense.

Freshman forward Rachael Palladino (Lansing/Groton) had the first shot of the game in the seventh minute after beating a Heron defender and shooting wide right with space inside of the penalty area.

Ithaca junior goalkeeper Jessica Platt (Monument Mountain/New Marlborough, Mass.) asserted herself and came off the line to catch a low cross on William Smith's only corner kick of the game in the 79th minute. Bomber sophomore defender Andi Roach (Central Bucks East/Doylestown, Pa.) headed away a dangerous effort in the 67th minute.

Scheffer curled a shot from a sharp angle in the 87th minute that forced a diving save from William Smith goalkeeper Amanda Davis. She threatened again in the second overtime period. Palladino stole the ball from Davis who was out of the net, and Palladino left a pass that Scheffer chipped over from about 14 yards away.

Platt finished the game with two saves and earned her fourth shutout of the season in improving her record to 5-1-2 on the year. Ithaca outshot William Smith 12-5 in the game and held a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.