SOUTH EUCLID (Ohio) – Ninety minutes of regulation soccer wasn’t enough to produce a winner between the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats and the Notre Dame Falcons in their semifinal match-up Wednesday afternoon in the Mountain East Conference post-season tournament.
Neither were three overtime periods of 10 minutes enough to produce a winner either.
So the contest went to perhaps the most exciting aspect of the game of soccer – the shootout.
The shootout can be either exhilarating or totally heartbreaking depending on which side you come out of.
For the Bobcats it was a disappointing way for their incredible season to come to an end as they wound up losing the shootout by a 5-4 score.
The shootout began with a miss by West Virginia Wesleyan and Notre Dame followed with a make.
The two teams traded makes, and then Wesleyan drew even on a miss on Notre Dame’s third attempt.
Each team made its next two attempts to be tied at 4-4 after five rounds. In the sixth, Notre Dame’s keeper Daniele De Angelis made the save to set Notre Dame up for the victory.
David Torralba converted his attempt for the Falcons to send them on to the finals.
Notre Dame held a 9-3 margin in shots-on-goal and a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Wesleyan keeper Jeremy Collins made nine saves while De Angelis made three stops.
Wesleyan ended their year with a 12-5-2 mark.
Notre Dame, now 12-3-3, will visit Charleston Sunday at 1 p.m. for the MEC title.
W. Va. Wesleyan 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
Notre Dame 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
Shots-on-goal – West Virginia Wesleyan 3; Notre Dame 9.
Corner kicks – West Virginia Wesleyan 4; Notre Dame 7.
Fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan 12; Notre Dame 16.
Saves – West Virginia Wesleyan: Jeremy Collins 9; Notre Dame: Daniele De Angelis 3.