Written by Sports Information Intern Ralph Schudel
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican women's soccer team battled Trevecca Nazarene for 110 pressure-packed minutes, plus five rounds of a penalty kick shootout, but three saves from freshman goalkeeper Cecilia Kuntz (Berlin, Germany) proved the difference as the Panthers advanced in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinal winning in 3-2 shootout win.
ODU began the day by unleashing an offensive onslaught on the visiting Trojans. Senior Taylor Rankin (Dearborn, Michigan) led the Panthers with five shots, with three coming in the first half. Her best attempt came in the fifth minute when the senior dribbled into the middle of the pitch and unleashed a shot from the top of the box that barely missed the far post.
Freshman Ashley Story (Canfield, Ohio) landed the opening salvo of the second half when she unleashed a shot towards goal that forced a save by Trevecca goalkeeper Delayna Holman.
The Trojans mounted an attack of their own moments later as forward Paige McFadden forced Kuntz into making two quick saves within just a span of a few minutes. Both teams would trade opportunities as the period wore on, with Trevecca almost broking through in the dying minutes of regulation.
Forward Annie Warner pounced on a loose ball in the penalty area but the ball was cleared off the line by defender Hannah Knobloch (Hilliard, Ohio) to save a potential Trojan goal.
The Panthers answered back in the first overtime as Taylor Rankin, Emily Wittekind (Cincinnati, Ohio), and Madeline Reimbold (Fort Wayne, Indiana) spearheaded an attack that put Trevecca under severe duress. ODU outshot the Trojans 5-1 in the overtime period but couldn't claim an advantage and penalty kicks were needed.
Both teams began the shootout by making their first penalty attempt. Goalkeepers Cecilia Kuntz and Delayna Holman each made a save during the second round. Kuntz stood tall in the fourth round stopping an attempt by Makena Schlosser, and again in the fifth round by denying Johnna Raby to propel the Panthers into the conference semifinals.
Ohio Dominican will travel to Dayton, Ohio to take on the Findlay Oilers in the G-MAC conference tournament semifinals on Thursday, November 14. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.