PK Loss For Skidmore

Western Conn. to play The College of New Jersey

Nov. 15, 2008

Courtesy of Skidmore Athletics

Saratoga Springs, N.Y.--  The Skidmore College women's soccer team battled Western Connecticut State to a 0-0 overtime tie before falling 5-4 in penalty kicks in the NCAA Division III Championship first round, Saturday at Wachenheim Field.

The Thoroughbreds end the season at 13-4-5, while Western Connecticut (15-3-3) moves on to play The College of New Jersey a 1-0 overtime winner over Moravian College at 1p.m. on Sunday.

The game was even across the board with both teams depending heavily on defensive play.  Skidmore freshman goalie Meghan Sleezer (Gloversville, N.Y./Gloversville) had five saves, including four in the second half to send the game to overtime.  Two of the saves came in the final 90 seconds of regulation when WCSU had its best scoring threat with three corner kicks and quality shots by Amanda Genova (New Milford, Conn.) and Domonique Pascascio (Hamden, Conn.).

Skidmore's defense posted its 16th shutout of the season and third double overtime shutout.   Making key plays to contribute defensively in their final collegiate game were seniors Leila Wendler (Maynard, Mass.) and Sarah Whateley (Williamstown, Mass.).

Colonial goalie Shannon Cawley (Willimatic, Conn.) also had five saves for her 10th shutout of the season.  Skidmore held a 13-12 edge in shots.

The teams were tied 4-4 after the first five penalty kicks, with Sleezer making an outstanding save on the second Western shot.  Felicia McGarry (Waterford, Conn.) scored on the sixth attempt for the Colonials and then Cawley was able to tip the final Skidmore shot over the cross bar for the 5-4 win.

"They never gave up working together, and they always come back and cover each other," said Skidmore coach Sarah Cooper. "I'm so proud of what we've accomplished.  Although it might not seem that way now, we had a great season."

Sleezer gets credit for her 10th shutout of the season, tying a Skidmore team record. The team defense set a program record for least goals allowed with eight in 22 games and the 0-0 tie was the third double overtime shutout of the season.

Soccer Game Summary (Final)
Western Conn. (15-3-3) vs. Skidmore College (13-4-5)
 Date: Nov 15, 2008  Attendance: 345
 Goals by period       1  2 OT O2  Tot
 Western Conn........  0  0  0  5 -  5
 Skidmore College....  0  0  0  4 -  4
 Western Conn.: 2/GWG 6/N 8/GWG 5/GWG 14/GWG 3/GWG
 Skidmore College: 5/GWG 10/GWG 11/GWG 26/N 6/GWG 2/N
 Shootout tied at 0
Shots: Western Conn. 12, Skidmore College 13
 Saves: Western Conn. 5 (Shannon Cawley 5), Skidmore College 5 (Meghan
 Sleezer 5)
 WCSU advanced on penalty kicks 5-4

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