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STANDISH, Maine – Senior Hailey Tarr (Eliot, Maine) converted her attempt in the second round of penalty kicks to help #2 Saint Joseph's College (13-3-3) get past #7 University of Saint Joseph (10-6-2) in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's soccer tournament quarterfinal at the SJC Athletics Complex on Saturday afternoon.
With the victory, Saint Joseph's advances to the GNAC semifinal round and will host #3 Emmanuel College on Tuesday evening, start time TBD. The Saints toppled sixth-seeded Albertus Magnus College by a 5-2 in other quarterfinal action this afternoon.
For University of Saint Joseph, the loss signals the end of the 2019 campaign.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
With the tourney tilt tied 2-2 after 90 minutes of regulation and a pair of 10-minute overtime frames, the Monks and Blue Jays – teams that played to a 0-0 double-overtime stalemate during the regular season – headed for penalty kicks to determine which team would advance to the semifinals.
The first PK round, which is a best-of-five format, saw the conference counterparts both net a trio of tries to force a second PK set. The NCAA rules state that the second PK round features attempts that "continue alternately in the same order until a team has one more goal in the same number of kicks" (18.104.22.168).
The second PK round saw just two kickers, as SJC sophomore keeper Adia Grogan (Kennebunk, Maine) made a tremendous diving save on an attempt by junior Alyssa Fecko (Stafford, Conn.), setting the stage for Tarr, who launched a shot to the upper right corner of the net, effectively advancing the Monks to the semifinal round in the process.
The Monks fought back from a pair of deficits during regulation. USJ sophomore Rylee Snow (West Greenwich, R.I.) opened the scoring at the 22:41 mark with her seventh tally of the season, but SJC junior McKenzie Murphy (West Baldwin, Maine) notched her 11th of the year, off a feed from Tarr, just under eight minutes later to knot the game at 1-1.
The tie score almost made it to intermission, but Olivia Belcourt hit pay dirt off an Olivia Norton pass at the 43:20 mark to live the Blue Jays to a 2-1 edge heading into halftime.
The outlook was bleak for the Monks as the hosts trailed 2-1 going into the final five minutes of regulation, but consistent offensive pressure paid dividends at the 85:17 time stamp, when Murphy found freshman Madison Michaud (Presque Isle, Maine) with a lead pass and the first-year phenom beat USJ sophomore netminder Lindsey Montminy (Vernon, Conn.)– who left the goalmouth to challenge – for her sixth strike of the year.
Grogan turned away eight shots for the Monks while Montminy posted 10 saves for the Blue Jays.
Saint Joseph's held the lead in shots (27-15), shots on goal (12-10), and corner kicks (6-3) on the afternoon.
Today's contest goes down as a tie in the record books as the Monks are now 8-3-5 all-time versus University of Saint Joseph.