NEW CONCORD, Ohio — After a 1-1 (2OT) tie between Ohio Dominican's women's soccer team and No. 20 Ohio Valley through two overtime periods in the 2017 Great Midwest women's soccer championship, Ohio Valley found victory by way of a 6-5 edge in penalty kicks in a dramatic shootout.
Ohio Dominican (15-4-2) struck first in the match when freshman Samantha Buck (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) scored from the close middle of the box after a long runout up the sideline. Junior Susan D'Isidoro (Twinsburg, Ohio) took the ball up the sideline and put an exceptionally well-placed cross into the box, finding Buck, who put a strike to the back of the net to gain a 1-0 lead for Ohio Dominican in the 35th minute.
Ohio Valley (16-0-3) tied the match at 1-1 in the 41st minute after a free kick from Montserratt Grau found the bottom right corner of the goal.
The two teams played even throughout the second half and through the two overtimes, with the shot margin during the periods at a slight, 6-5 edge for Ohio Valley. A red card called in the 87th minute on the Panthers forced ODU to play one down for the remainder of the second half and the two overtime periods, but Ohio Dominican responded and held the Fighting Scots to just one shot for the remainder of regulation and the two overtime periods.
In the shootout with penalty kicks tied at 4-4, Ohio Valley missed its fifth kick, giving Ohio Dominican the opportunity to take the match with a made kick in the next attempt. Sophomore Lindsey Sullivan (Marysville, Ohio) put a well-struck ball to the top, middle portion of the goal, but an exceptional save by Kimberly Mora kept the shootout alive. Mora made two more diving stops to allow Ohio Valley to win the shootout, 6-5.
ODU was playing in its first conference championship since 2014 in its first year of competition in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. Buck became the second freshman in the last four seasons to score in a conference championship for ODUWS after Ashley Blake (Hilliard, Ohio) notched a goal against Grand Valley in the 2014 GLIAC Championship. The Panthers entered Saturday's Great Midwest final having won six-straight and have outscored their opponents 20-2 in the last seven matches and advanced to their second conference championship in the last four seasons.
The Panthers still have a shot to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament and were slotted seventh in the Midwest region in the latest regional rankings from the NCAA. Ohio Dominican will await Monday's selection show, which will air on NCAA.com at 6 p.m. EST.
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