West Virginia Wesleyan’s women’s soccer team advanced to the NCAA II Sweet Sixteen and Atlantic Regional Final on Sunday by capturing a victory in penalty kicks 4-3 over West Chester University. It was the third straight penalty kick win for Wesleyan (13-1-7). The team won in similar fashion over Concord University in the Mountain East Conference championship game and Kutztown State in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Wesleyan will face Bloomsburg State University on Sunday. The time and location will be announced later today.
The Lady Bobcats and West Chester had scoring opportunities throughout regulation time. At just under the 60th minute mark, Wesleyan had their first opportunity at a goal when Natalie Prater, senior chemistry major from Bridgeport, WV, played a pass on the ground to Shannon Shawgo, junior political science major from Hopewell, PA, who blasted a shot from 10 yards out that just went wide.
West Chester applied great pressure in the second half, but Wesleyan held strong and forced the game into overtime. Cheslea Hubner, a junior athletic training major from Plum, PA, and Ashlee Schumacher, a junior nursing major from Cohocton, NY, would each play a half in goal for Wesleyan. West Chester outshot the Lady Bobcats 19-9 and had a huge 13-0 advantage in corner kicks heading into overtime.
McKatkyn Tucker, freshman from Salem, WV, almost sealed the game for the Lady Cats in the 96th minute when she gathered in a deflection in the box and fired a shot just over the cross bar. After two scoreless overtimes, Orian Bar, freshman biology major from Fresno, CA, Prater, Carolyn Saulle, a sophomore biology major from Old Bethpage, NY, and Natlie Pireu, freshman from Granville, OH, made their attempts in the shootout and Hubner stopped West Chester’s third and fifth attempts ensuring Wesleyan’s victory.