Nov. 2, 2012
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. - Third-seeded VCU women's soccer advanced to its first Atlantic 10 Women's Soccer Championship final after netting three penalty kicks in Friday's semifinal match against Dayton. VCU and second-seeded Dayton battled through regulation and overtime periods tied at one before going to the decisive shootout at the University of Rhode Island Soccer Complex.
VCU will face top-seeded La Salle, who defeated Butler earlier in the semifinal, 1-0. The championship match begins at 1:00 pm Sunday. It will mark the first time since 2008 Dayton has not won the A-10 title, snapping a three-match championship win streak for the Flyers. It's also the first final since 2007 not to include the perennially strong UD program.
The Rams scored on all three of its extra shots from Taryn Cressy, Alexis Garcia and Bex Kunz against reserve goalkeeper Katherine Boone. Dayton's first shot from Andrea Todak hit the crossbar, and Rams' goalkeeper Kristin Carden made two saves in the shootout against Colleen Williams and Sarah Senoyuit. Williams shot ricocheted off the top bar and appeared to head towards the back line, before dribbling out of the area.
The powerful Flyers offense tallied 30 shots in the contest, but only connected on Nicole Water's score in the second minute of regulation play, assisted by Colleen Williams and Kelsey Smigel.
With the assist, Williams became the 20th women's soccer player in NCAA history to score at least 50 goals and register 50 assists in her career.
VCU tied the game in the 56th with a Courtney Conrad goal off a quick pass into the box from Cristin Granados.
For live stats, recaps and photos from the Atlantic 10 Women's Soccer Championship, visit the Championship Central at www.atlantic10.com.