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Penalty kicks after 110 scoreless minutes end women’s soccer’s quest for three-peat

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Sophomore midfielder Doreen Clark kicks the ball to a teammate on Saturday during the River States Conference Tournament Quarterfinal. The Pioneers put up two penalty kicks to OCU’s four in the final shootout.

Sophomore midfielder Doreen Clark kicks the ball to a teammate on Saturday during the River States Conference Tournament Quarterfinal. The Pioneers put up two penalty kicks to OCU’s four in the final shootout.

Photo by Sam Robinson | Point Park Athletics

Photo by Sam Robinson | Point Park Athletics

Sophomore midfielder Doreen Clark kicks the ball to a teammate on Saturday during the River States Conference Tournament Quarterfinal. The Pioneers put up two penalty kicks to OCU’s four in the final shootout.

Written By Allison Schubert, Copy Editor

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Sophomore goalkeeper Ashtyn Webb made 10 saves and scored on a penalty kick in the shootout of the River States Conference (RSC) tournament quarterfinals against Ohio Christian University (OCU), but it was not enough to advance the Pioneers to the next round.

The last time Point Park met the Trailblazers was in Circleville, Ohio during the regular season. The Pioneers struck first in that game, but ultimately could not come back after OCU struck three times in a row, defeating Point Park 3-2.

This time, there was more to play for.

The No. 6 Trailblazers and No. 3 Pioneers were practically even through 110 minutes of play with 17 shots for OCU and 16 shots for Point Park through all 90 minutes of regulation and two overtime periods. None of the shots found the back of the net on either side.

Webb was able to make several athletic saves to keep the Pioneers in the game.

“Ashtyn Webb was outstanding in goal,” head coach Maggie Kuhn said. “If she doesn’t make two or three huge saves, we’re not even in a position to compete or to win in penalty kicks. I give her all the credit.”

The scoreless game ultimately came down to penalty kicks.

“I tried everything I possibly could have done to keep my team in the game,” Webb said. “I was praying that we would score before it came down to penalty kicks because during the entire game I was nervous, and that was the one thing I didn’t want it to come down to.”

Webb made the first save and turned around to burry the first penalty kick past OCU goalkeeper Emily Boyd to put the Pioneers up 1-0. It was the first time in Point Park history that a goalie had scored a goal.

After four additional rounds of penalty kicks, OCU advanced 4-2, taking the win back to Ohio. The Trailblazers will face Asbury University in the RSC semifinals.

“We did not play our game,” Kuhn said. “We did not play well at all. We were lucky, I thought, to get out of regulation 0-0.”

This loss ended the Pioneers’ streak of three consecutive winning seasons.

The last time the Point Park women’s soccer team went to a match that resulted in penalty kicks was in 2013 against Carlow, when Point Park advanced 5-3, sending them to the then-Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) tournament finals.

The season was one to grow on for those returning next year.

“I was extremely proud of myself for how I played throughout the season,” Webb said. “Some games were more rough than others, but I grew as a player throughout the season and didn’t give up when times were difficult and that’s all I can ask from myself.”

For the seniors, it was their last time in a Point Park uniform.

“When your last game comes, you will instantly have this ‘It’s all over – I can’t believe it’s all over.’ thought,” senior Noel Hartle said. “For me, it was a wave of incredible sadness.”

For all of this year’s Pioneers, it was a season full of memories that will last a lifetime.

“I’m extremely proud of what we’ve achieved as a team,” Webb said. “I’m just grateful that I got to be the keeper and have them play in front of me all season. I’ll miss the seniors that are leaving and it sucks not going further than we did, but we had a hell of a season.”

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