Vermont Defeats Women's Soccer In Penalty Kicks
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Vermont senior midfielder Midori Eckenstein scored the final penalty kick to defeat UAlbany, 3-2 in PKs, in the America East Conference Quarterfinals on Thursday, October 25 at Virtue Field. The match ended in a 1-1 tie through 110 minutes of play before heading in to penalty kicks.
UAlbany (6-10-3) opened the match just two minutes in, with a goal from junior forward Aubrey VanGorder. VanGorder was able to get into the box and send a low curling shot underneath Vermont goalkeeper Ally Ramos for the 1-0 lead.
Vermont (4-12-2) responded in the 48th minute and tied the match at one apiece. A Catamount offensive player launched a shot that ricocheted off the top crossbar. Vermont's sophomore forward Bre Pletnick crashed into the box and headed in the equalizing goal off the rebound.
The score remained tied 1-1 for the final 42 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime to force both teams to penalty kicks. This was UAlbany's first time in program history to head into PKs and its first PK opportunity of the season.
Great Dane freshman midfielder Krista Fitzpatrick tallied the match's first penalty kick to give UAlbany the 1-0 lead.
Vermont's Bre Pletnick and Haley Marks converted on both of their opportunities to put the Catamounts ahead 2-1.
After three consecutive saves by Ramos, UAlbany's Casey Marks scored the equalizing penalty kick at 2-2. However, Vermont's Eckenstein scored the game-winning penalty kick to push the Catamounts into the America East Semifinal match against Hartford.
Vermont edged out UAlbany in shots, 20-17, while the Great Danes held the advantage in corner kicks, 7-3. Great Dane goalkeeper Alana Brennan tallied eight saves on nine chances in regulation and one of four saves in penalty kicks. Catamount goalkeeper Ramos made 10 saves on 11 chances in regulation and two of five saves in penalty kicks.
The Great Danes finish the season 6-10-3 overall and 3-4-1 in conference play.