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Women's soccer gets by Lancaster Bible on PKs in NEAC Tournament first round

Women's soccer gets by Lancaster Bible on PKs in NEAC Tournament first round

LANCASTER, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College women's soccer team is through to the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Tournament semifinals for the first time in program history after knocking off Lancaster Bible College in a penalty-kick shootout, 3-2, Tuesday afternoon on Charger Field. The match ended in a scoreless draw.

Bryn Athyn—who was making its NEAC Tournament debut—is now 9-6-1 overall. The Lions will travel to Penn State Berks to take on the host Nittany Lions in the semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 2:30 p.m.

"It's really exciting to be in this position," said head coach Bill O'Neill. "It's great to be the first Bryn Athyn team to advance in a conference tournament. We want to continue to move forward and write our history." 

Lancaster Bible ends 2017 with a 7-9-3 record.

The shootout came down to the fifth round as both teams scored on two of their first four attempts. The Lions' Gianna Ciacciarelli started the final round by firing a right-footed laser into the upper right corner of the net. Then, Allie Warren—who made 12 saves during the 110 minutes of game action—came up with the biggest save of the game as she easily stopped Sam Koons' shot going toward the left post to secure the Lions' place in the semifinals.

Kristen White scored to open the shootout and Shannon Mueller found the back of the net in round four to level the shootout at two.  In addition to the clincher, Warren made two stops during the first four rounds of the shootout.

"We were extremely calm going into the shootout," stated O'Neill. "We had the players on the field that we wanted and they executed.

Allie was great in the shootout. She read the shooters well and wasn't guessing."

The Chargers controlled the match during the run of play as they outshot the Lions 33-4. Lancaster Bible had all seven shot attempts in overtime, including a Raegan Horst shot that rang off the crossbar with 4:51 left in the second overtime.

Rose Glass had Bryn Athyn's lone shot on goal—which was stopped by the Chargers' Rheeana Miles—at the 84:52 mark.