95 minutes of play was not enough to decide the women’s open division semifinal between Virginia Tech and UCLA. Instead, it would take penalty kicks, and even then, the usual set of 5 rounds still had the match tied. But, Virginia Tech’s Catherine McNicol was able to stop UCLA’s shot in the 7th round to send the Hokies to the championship match.
UCLA got the scoring started on a Kay Foos goal. Foos shot deflected off the crossbar and in for a 1-0 Bruin advantage early in the first half. Kristen Bissell tied it for Virginia Tech when she sent a header just over the keeper. The score then remained knotted at 1 through the rest of regulation as well as extra time, setting up the kicks from the mark.
In the PK session, UCLA took an early lead after a goal in the first round when keeper Jamie Kennerk blocked the first VT shot and the Hokies missed the second wide right. But UCLA missed in the 2nd round as well, then VT’s McNicol made a save in round 3, which dribbled just in front of the goal line but stayed out. Tied at 1 after 3 rounds, both teams hit in the 4th, 5th, and 6th rounds for a 4-4 score. In the 7th round, KayLeigh McHale was able to score on the right side before McNicol made a stop on Foos shot to start the Hokies celebration.
Oregon jumped on the board first in its semifinal with USC when Ty Harames got loose on a breakaway and after an initial stop by USC she was able to put in the rebound for a 1-0 lead. USC evened the score in the second half on a PK by Brianna Liu off an unlucky handball in the box. But, Oregon picked up some luck, using the brisk morning wind to its advantage on a corner kick. Sydney Kobak’s corner was caught by the wind which took it into the goal to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead that they would not relinquish.
Virginia Tech and Oregon will meet at 1:00 pm Central Time in the women’s open division championship.
Women’s Open Semifinal Scores
Virginia Tech 1, UCLA 1 (VT advances, 5-4 on PKs)
Oregon 2, USC 1