Nov. 13, 2010

Courtesy of Dickinson Athletics

The 16th-ranked Dickinson College women's soccer team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship, surviving a penalty-kick shootout over Centenary College on Saturday. The teams played through two scoreless overtimes after finishing regulation, tied 1-1.

The Red Devils struck first, scoring in the 22nd minute. Senior Ashley Kunkle (Perkasie, Pa./Pennridge) fired a shot from the left side that was deflected by Centenary goalkeeper Ashley Denti (Sergentsville, N.J./Hunterdon Central). First-year Samantha Friday (Southborough, Mass./Algonquin Regional) was there to collect the rebound and put the ball in the net to give Dickinson a 1-0 lead.

The Cyclones answered just before halftime as Jazmine Farrell (Newton, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) broke through and played a beautiful cross in front of the goal for Arielle Hamilton (Scotrun, Pa./Pocono Mt. East) with 1:27 remaining in the first half.

That would be all the scoring as both defenses turned in strong performances in the second half. Denti made some big saves while Dickinson goalkeeper Annie Weichert (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) was solid in the nets as well. Denti finished with 11 saves on the afternoon while Weichert tallied five stops.

The Devils held a significant advantage in shots, 32-6, and forced 17 corners in the contest while holding Centenary to just four.

Following two scoreless overtimes, the game went to a penalty-kick shootout. The Red Devils converted their first four attempts while the Cyclones were stopped twice by Weichert to claim the shootout, 4-2. Weichert made an outstanding play on the final attempt, making a diving save to stop the shot.

The Red Devils (15-3-2) advance to Sunday's Second Round match. They will face Stevens Institute of Technology (17-3-1) at Dickinson Park with the kick-off scheduled for 1:00 pm. Stevens rallied past William Paterson, 2-1, in the second game to advance to Sunday.