Rutgers Advances To Sweet 16

Victory was made in penalty kicks

Nov. 16, 2008

Courtesy of Rutgers Athletics

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Rutgers women's soccer team (13-6-2) advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001, eliminating No. 7 Oklahoma State (18-1-4) on penalty kicks, 4-2. The Scarlet Knights will face either Kansas or Stanford next weekend.

On a windy and cold Sunday afternoon at Yurcak Field, the two teams played hard for 110 minutes, but ended in a zero-zero tie. On the first penalty kick, OSU's Siera Strawser connected for the 1-0 lead. Junior Jenifer Anzivino (Middletown, N.J.) then calmly made good on her PK to tie the game. On Oklahoma State's next attempt, RU junior goalkeeper Erin Guthrie (Sparta, N.J.) made a diving stop of Bridget Miller's shot, and junior Kristie Lang (East Brunswick, N.J.) connected on her attempt to give RU a 2-1 advantage.
After the Cowgirls' Katie Richardson sent her shot wide right, junior Gina DeMaio (Parsippany, N.J.) connected to give RU a 3-1 lead. Yolanda Odenyo scored to bring OSU within one, but then junior Becky Wise (West Springfield, Mass.) ended the game, kicking the ball past Oklahoma State goalkeeper Erin Stigler to send RU to the next round of the tournament.
Oklahoma State came into the tournament as the highest scoring team in the nation, averaging 3.48 goals per game. OSU outshot Rutgers 20-8 and took eight corner kicks to RU's three, but the Scarlet Knights' played tough defensively and Guthrie recorded seven saves to preserve the shutout.

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