After four overtimes and 150 minutes of action on Friday night, the Lady Vols soccer team and Duke University came down to penalty kicks in first-round NCAA tournament action at Fetzer Field to see which club would advance to face top-ranked and defending national champion North Carolina on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Devils managed to connect on their first four attempts and used stellar goalkeeping by sophomore Thora Helgadottir en route to a 4-2 decision in penalty kicks. The match itself was tied, 1-1, but Duke (8-9-1) winds up moving on in the bracket thanks to the successful effort its kicks. Consequently, the Lady Vols wind up its most successful campaign at 11-6-1 overall.
"Ever since my playing days, I hated to end a match on penalty kicks," Lady Vols coach Angela Kelly said. "Words cannot describe how proud I am of my young women. They have bigger hearts than anyone I have been associated with."
The format called for teams to choose five players to shoot in alternating fashion. Freshman defender Lindsey Wiest then stepped up to the hash mark and banged a shot past Helgadottir to even the affair.
After Blue Devil junior Carly Fuller went down low to beat Stevens to put her squad ahead, 4-2, sophomore midfielder Marie-Eve Nault's attempt was denied on the right side by Helgadottir, triggering a wild celebration by victorious Duke.