Selinsgrove, Pa. - After playing Susquehanna University to a scoreless draw on Wednesday night, The Catholic University of America women’s soccer team ended its 2017 season with a penalty kick shootout during the Landmark Conference Semifinals that went 3-2 in favor of the River Hawks.
Catholic finished its season with an overall record of 10-7-1 while Susquehanna advances to the league finals with sitting at 14-3-2.
The Cardinals outplayed the Riverhawks over 110-minutes earing a 20-7 shooting advantage. Catholic sophomore Elizabeth Johnson tallied eight shots including the Cardinals' first shot on goal in the 22nd minute.
Johnson put four on target while fellow sophomore Daniella Montesano, junior Jillian Sudo and senior Riley Hawblitzel each took one. Montesano fired off Catholic’s last shot of the event in the 105th minute and time expired before either team could take another turn at the net.
The Susquehanna keeper Jennifer Thorsheim made all seven saves to keep Catholic scoreless and force a penalty kick decision.
Senior Alexa Povelaitis converted Catholic’s first penalty kick followed by a made shot from Johnson but Thorsheim stopped the next three, ending the shootout with a 3-2 advantage to the River Hawks.
Penalty Kicks: Round 1 (Alexa Povelaitis, Catholic, good / Katie Beluch, Susquehanna, no good). Round 2 (Elizabeth Johnson, Catholic, good / Emily Lefkowitz, Susquehanna, good). Round 3 (Jillian Sudo, Catholic, no good / Emily Sullivan, Susquehanna, no good). Round 4 (Bella Bertoncini, Catholic, no good / Grayclynn Jukes, Susquehanna, good). Round 5 (Andrea Jablonskyj, Catholic, no good).
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