St. Benedict tops Carroll (Wis.) in PKs
O’Brien nets winning goal, Blazers advance to second round
DUBUQUE, Iowa -- St. Benedict (12-6-3 overall) defeated Carroll (Wis.) (11-8-2) 0-0 (5-4 PKs) Saturday during the first round of the NCAA tournament.
St. Benedict dominated the offensive side of the ball the entire game. They had 16 total shots compared to Carroll's two, but yet the Blazers were struggling to find the back of the net. The game continued in a deadlock as Carroll's goalkeeper Kate Maxwell kept the Blazers quiet.
As the clock wound down St. Benedict had a few more scoring opportunities but shots missed wide and the game would be sent into overtime.
Carroll did not even get a shot off in either overtime periods while the Blazers had eight, three of which were spectacular saves by Carroll's Kate Maxwell. The Blazers would head to a shootout for the second time this season.
Carroll was the first to shoot, and they struck early when Leah Wiercinski placed one past a diving first year goalkeeper Megan Favorite. The Blazers came right back as senior defender Kelsey Faber scored to make the shootout 1-1. Carroll scored their next two goals, and so did the Blazers as sophomore forward Colleen Bouchard and junior forward Paige Olson found the back of the net to tie it 3-3. Carroll's Lauren Demski missed the next shot leaving the door open for the Blazers.
It was sophomore midfielder Laura Kosch who put the Blazers ahead 4-3 in the shootout. Carroll made is next shot to tie it 4-4 leaving it all up to first-year midfielder Ali O'Brien. O'Brien found the back of the net giving the Blazers a 5-4 shootout win, sending them to the second round of the NCAA tournament.