WEST CHESTER (Pa.) – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats didn’t score a goal in their two NCAA Division II Tournament games over the weekend against the 18th-ranked Kutztown Golden Bears and the West Chester Golden Rams.
It turns out they didn’t need to in order to advance to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16.
With both games ending in 0-0 ties after two overtime periods, the Wesleyan women earned victories in both games on penalty kicks.
The penalty kicks have sort of become the Lady Bobcats’ thing after they also won the MEC post season tournament championships last weekend against Concord on penalty kicks.
In Friday’s first-round tournament game with Kutztown, the Lady Bobcats were outshot by a 19-4 margin and trailed in shots-on-goal by a 9-3 margin as the two teams battled 110 minutes without a goal in regulation or two overtime periods.
Alyssa Ryan connected on her penalty kick as the first Kutztown kicker in the best-of-five shootout.
The next three were saved by Wesleyan keeper Ashlee Schumacher.
Wesleyan connected on all four of the kicks with Natale Pireu, Natalie Prater, Carolyn Saulle and Orian Barr all finding the back of the net for the 4-1 penalty kick win.
Kutztown also had a 7-5 lead in corner kicks.
Wesleyan was guilty of nine fouls while Kutztown was called for two.
Chelsea Hubner played the first half in goal for Wesleyan and made five saves while Schumacher played the second half and the two overtime periods and made four saves.
Jenna Bracken made three saves for Kutztown.
In Sunday’s second round match-up, both teams each had opportunities as West Chester took seven shots while Wesleyan took five but none of these shots managed to find their way into the back of the net.
In the second half, it was more of the same as West Chester took 11 shots and West Virginia Wesleyan took four but once again neither side could generate a goal.
Perhaps the best opportunity of the day came late in the second half when West Chester got a ball deep into the box near the far post where it bounced around but somehow the ball stayed out of the goal to keep the game scoreless.
Neither team was able to score in either overtime session.
Wesleyan was again perfect on their penalty kicks nailing all four of them to win the contest 4-3.
West Chester owned a 9-7 lead in shots-on-goal and a whopping 13-0 advantage in corner kicks.
The Lady Bobcats were guilty of 11 fouls while West Chester was called for five.
Hubner and Schumacher again split time in the net for Wesleyan with Hubner making three saves and Schumacher saving six shots.
McKenna Mullin made seven stops for West Chester.
The Lady Bobcats, now 13-1-6, will advance to the Atlantic Regional Final where they will play Bloomsburg, who won their side of the tournament Sunday with a 1-0 win over East Stroudsburg.
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West Virginia Wesleyan 0 0 0 0 – 0
Kutztown 0 0 0 0 – 0
(WVWC wins on penalty kicks 4-1)
Shots-on-goal – West Virginia Wesleyan: 3 Kutztown: 9
Corner kicks – West Virginia Wesleyan: 5; Kutztown: 7
Fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 9; Kutztown: 2
Saves – West Virginia Wesleyan: Chelsea Hubner 5, Ashlee Schumacher 4; Kutztown: Jenna Bracken 3
West Virginia Wesleyan 0 0 0 0 – 0
West Chester 0 0 0 0 – 0
(WVWC wins on penalty kicks 4-3)
Shots-on-goal – West Virginia Wesleyan: 7; West Chester: 9
Corner kicks – West Virginia Wesleyan: 0; West Chester: 13
Fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 11; West Chester: 5
Saves – West Virginia Wesleyan: Chelsea Hubner 3, Ashlee Schumacher 6; West Chester: McKenna Mullin 7.