After 110 minutes couldn't decide a winner, 21st-ranked Wingate University edged the Columbus State University women's soccer team 5-3 in a penalty kick shoutout to advance to the NCAA Tournament third round. The match took place at the WU Soccer Complex in Wingate, N.C. on Sunday.
The Lady Cougars end the 2013 season with a 15-6-1 record as the match officially goes down as a draw. With the victory, Wingate (12-2-4) records its first ever NCAA Tournament victory and will play in the Sweet 16 next weekend.
"The girls played great today and showed so much effort on the field," said head coach Jay Entlich. "You never want to lose this way but we didn't fold after allowing an early goal and that was great to see."
The Bulldogs were flawless in the shootout burying all five kicks into a corner of the net. CSU's only miss was just high hitting off the crossbar.
Each side had scoring opportunities in the two extra frames. Just a minute into the first overtime period, the Lady Cougars earned a corner kick. Kelsey Pelletier corralled the ball and fired a shot just from the top of the box but it went high. Two minutes later, Jade Montgomery was wide left on a shot attempt.
In the final minute of the overtime period, Pelletier scampered into the box and rifled the ball towards the net but a WU defender was able to get a leg on it to block it away.