Women's Soccer Edged in SAA Semifinals on Penalty Kicks

Women's Soccer Edged in SAA Semifinals on Penalty Kicks

DANVILLE, Ky. — The Berry College women's soccer team saw its season come to a close late Friday evening, as the Vikings fell to Rhodes College in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) semifinals on a 5-4 penalty kick decision. 

The teams battled a full 110 minutes of scoreless soccer, and Berry was able to survive numerous game-winning opportunities from the Lynx in the shootout, eventually surrendering the game-winning shot on the ninth penalty kick round of the evening.

The game officially goes in the books as a 0-0 tie, giving Berry a 9-4-4 overall record for the 2018 season. That mark is Berry's best overall record since 2015 and the Vikings' 4-1-2 finish in SAA play is the best since the 2014 season.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Regulation play went back-and-forth. Berry fired three shots in both the first and second half, traling the game 11-7 in shots. 
  • The Vikings did force six corner kicks, holding the Lynx to just two. 
  • Freshman Alyssa Stevens was superb in goal, recording eight saves to preserve the shutout through 110:00 minutes. 
  • Berry trailed 3-1 after the first three rounds of PK's, but continued to battle until Olivia House scored the game-winner for Rhodes. 

BERRY STANDOUTS:

  • Alyssa Stevens: 110:00 MIN, 8 SOG, 8 SV
  • Vanessa Belanger: 1 SOG, 1 SH
  • Kirbi Mathews: 1 SOG, 1 SH
  • Samantha Schoppy: 1 SOG, 1 SH