RALEIGH, N.C. -- The USA South Women's Soccer Tournament East Division's round one action at Meredith College did not disappoint with a 0-0 draw after two extra periods. But the visiting N.C. Wesleyan Bishops advanced to the quarterfinals on penalty kicks with a score of 5-3 over the Avenging Angels.
Meredith won their last five regular season games to earn the East Division third seed and hosting privileges in the opening round. The Battling Bishops returned to the Angels turf tonight just eight days after losing to MCSC 2-1 in one of those five wins.
Angels goalie Miranda Lutz stopped 12 Wesleyan attempts throughout the match, including six in the first overtime period to keep her team in the match. But the five Bishops players in the shootout managed to slide the ball out of her reach to earn the tournament advance.
Meredith's best opportunity at a goal came at the feet of Morgan Thomas, as she slipped an attempt just inches to the left of the post early in the final extra period. The strong defensive line backed up Lutz to lengthen the match, but the Avenging Angels would not find their way to the net.
After a moment of disappointment following tonight's finish, first-year Head Coach Jen Grubb and her young squad will look proudly to the future of Meredith soccer after such a strong finish.