November 9, 2008
Women's Soccer Stopped In Penalty Kicks In Third Straight Tournament Final
ROCK HILL, SC -- Catawba fell to Carson-Newman in penalty kicks in the final of the 2008 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Women's Soccer Tournament on Sunday afternoon at Manchester Meadows. The teams battled to a 1-1 draw, but the Eagles gained the title with a 6-5 edge in a penalty kick shootout. Carson-Newman stands at 15-5-1, while the Catawba Indians are 15-4-2.
Trenna Howell recorded the games first goal as her shot in the 13th minute gave the Eagles the early 1-0 lead. Howell's goal was set up by Katie Perea, who sent a pass from the top of the penalty area and Howell scored to the near-post.
The Catawba Indians would answer back four minutes later as Paige Harrington (Asheboro, NC/Asheboro HS) recorded her eleventh goal of the season tying the game in the 17th minute. Carson-Newman's goalkeeper Lauren MacKenzie's attempt to clear the ball from t he defensive end as Harrington deflected the clearance into the net. The senior scored the final seven goals for Catawba this season.
The second half would showcase more goal-scoring opportunities for both teams, but neither was able to capitalize on the chances. In the two overtime periods, once again neither team would come away with a goal as Eagles and Indians played the entire twenty minutes to a scoreless draw. The contest is officially recorded as a tie.
With the penalty kicks tied at 5-5, Carson-Newman's Melissa Morris put the Eagles up 6-5 in the seventh round of kicks. MacKenzie then blocked Sarah Mosier's (Bel Air, MD/John Carroll HS) try to give the Eagles to 2008 SAC Title.
“Right now it is a numbing feeling for our staff and players,” said Catawba Coach John Cullen. “It is hard to swallow losing three straight finals in penalty kicks. It is a tough one to take at this moment in time. In a couple days time we will look back and see how far this young has come this year. I’m very proud in the growth of the players and the team. It was a good hard fought final and I am exceptionally proud of the way our seniors led the team and how our younger players followed. It makes next season look promising going forward.”
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