Drake Advances Past Loyola On Penalty Kicks In MVC Championship
CHICAGO, Ill. - Drake women’s soccer senior Brittany Schuling (Bondurant, Iowa/Bondurant-Farrar) delivered a successful penalty kick in the fifth and final round of a shootout to advance the Bulldogs into the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship following a 4-2 shootout triumph on Sunday (Nov. 3) at Loyola, in what will go into the record books as a 1-1 double-overtime draw.
The Bulldogs move into the semifinals of the MVC Championship for the first time since the 2009 campaign. Drake will face second-seeded Indiana State on Friday (Nov. 8) at 3:30 p.m. in Evansville, Ind.
“Loyola was a handful tonight,” Drake head coach Lindsey Horner commented. “I'm so proud of our team for fighting back after being down a goal. Strangely, we have lost quite a few games this season where we were on top for much of the game, and tonight it was a bit in Loyola's favor, but we got out with the result.”
For the second consecutive year, the Bulldogs went to penalty kicks to decide a winner in their MVC quarterfinal contest. A year ago, sixth-seeded Creighton bested Drake 8-7 in 10 penalty rounds.
Both teams missed their opening attempts in the shootout with junior goalkeeper Andrea Swanson (Clive, Iowa/Valley) and Loyola keeper Monica Gonyo each pulling in the save.
Freshman Rebecca Rodgers (Peotone, Ill./Peotone) stepped to the line next and buried the shot. Mariah Vichich matched Rodgers converting her attempt to even penalty kicks at one.
Sophomore Kylie DeHaven (Olathe, Kan./Olathe East) pushed Drake’s advantage to 2-1 before Tricia Stonebreaker squared it a two after three rounds.
Junior Ashlie Stokes (Sioux City, Iowa/Sioux City North) gave the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead connecting on her attempt in the fourth round. Monika Lee followed by delivering her attempt high for the Ramblers.
Schuling then stepped to the line and nailed the decisive penalty kick sending Drake into a midfield celebration.
The Ramblers garnered the early advantage in the game when Hailey Merrill registered her second goal of the year at the 20:33 mark.
Stokes netted the equalizer for Drake just before halftime connecting on a header off a corner kick from DeHaven in the 41st minute (40:11). The tally was the fourth on the campaign for Stokes. The goal also marked the first postseason score for the Bulldogs since 2009.
The goalkeepers then took over in the contest combining to register eight saves in the second half and overtime. Swanson recorded six of those stops, including three in overtime. Gonyo didn’t collect a save in overtime.
Loyola posted an 18-12 margin in shoots in the affair, including 9-5 on goal.
The Bulldogs received four, three and two shots, respectively, from Stokes, senior Paige Dusek (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) and Rodgers. A six-shot explosion from Merrill led the Ramblers.
Swanson finished the tilt with a game-high eight saves for Drake, while Gonyo recorded four saves.
The Bulldogs now face an Indiana State squad that notched a 1-0 double-overtime victory over Drake in the regular season meeting between the schools this past Thursday (Oct. 31) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.
“Our seniors have made it very clear that getting to Evansville is a goal of theirs and even when things weren't going our way this year they had their sight set on making the semifinals,” said Horner. “If you know the history of our program you understand the importance of the lower seed winning on penalty kicks. To say I'm proud of this group for working ever so hard when we weren't getting a result is an understatement. We are excited to get another chance at Indiana State.”