WINGATE, N.C. -- Top-seeded Wingate made all five penalty kicks on Sunday afternoon, advancing past fourth-seeded Columbus State to reach the NCAA southeast regional finals for the first time in program history. The match ended in a 1-1 tie after 110 minutes of action. Wingate moves to 15-2-4 overall while Columbus State ends its season at 15-6-1.
The Bulldogs will take on third-seeded Belmont Abbey in the regional finals. The Crusaders advanced in penalty kicks at Lenoir-Rhyne on Sunday afternoon.
The Bulldogs got on the board first, scoring 5:25 into the contest when junior forward Jade Montgomery served a cross right in front of the net, which was headed home by senior forward Chandler Murphy to give Wingate a 1-0 lead. It was the sixth goal of the season Murphy, while Montgomery registered her league-best 11th assist of the season.
Wingate took the 1-0 lead to halftime, outshooting Columbus State 7-2. The Bulldogs registered the only two shots on goal, while Montgomery also had a shot hit the post in the early minutes.
The Cougars got the equalizer 23 minutes into the second half. Nicole Corcione beat her defender to the middle of the box, then ripped one into the corner to tie the match 1-1.
Columbus State had a chance to take the lead in the final minute, but a shot from Corcione that got past the keeper went off the post with 21 seconds remaining.
Wingate held a 2-1 edge in shots in the first overtime, while Columbus took the only two shots of the second overtime. With the match tied 1-1, the contest headed to penalty kicks.
Wingate went first, with senior Taryn Grivois getting the 'Dogs on the board. Kelsey Pelletier tied the PKs 1-1. Montgomery netted her PK, which was followed by Corcione finding the back of the net for the Cougars. Freshman Kaitlyn Brunworth put Wingate back on top, but Casey Davis had the answer for CSU to make it 3-3.
Redshirt junior Brandi Baldwin found the back of the net on her penalty kick to put Wingate back on top. Chelsea Person went next for Columbus State. Her kick went off the crossbar, leaving the 'Dogs on top 4-3. Freshman Naomi Matley converted her penalty kick to send the Bulldogs to the Sweet 16.
Wingate finished the match with a 15-12 advantage in shots, holding a 7-4 edge in shots on goal. Junior goalkeeper Ashlyn Hardie had three saves for the Bulldogs, while Maylyn Parsons had six saves for the Cougars. Junior goalkeeper Lauren Schoonover was the Wingate goalkeeper during the penalty kicks.