ATHENS, Tenn. --
No. 3 seed Milligan converted on all four attempts in penalty kicks to eliminate No. 2 Union on Friday afternoon in the semifinals of the 2010 AAC women's soccer tournament hosted by Tennessee Wesleyan.
Milligan, who is 9-6-3 on the year, advanced to tomorrow's AAC championship match, where they will take on Tennessee Wesleyan (who also advanced on penalty kicks). Union ends it 2010 season with a 12-6-1 mark.
In the first half, Union outshot Millgan 7-3 overall, then again 5-4 in the second half. Time and time again, however, Milligan goalkeeper Heather Crumplen made saves, as she recorded four in 90 minutes of regulation play.
Milligan, however, had no success on the offensive end as well, as they failed to get a shot past Union keeper Patricia Nardy
(Sao Paulo, Brazil) who made two saves in the first 90 minutes.
With the score knotted at 0-0, the match went into two 10-minute overtime periods, where both teams once again failed to score. Union held the edge in shots taken in the two overtime periods (8-4), but Crumplen was even stronger in the extra frames, stopping five shots. Nardy was also impressive, making three saves.
With the score still tied at 0-0 after 110 minutes of play, the match would be decided on penalty kicks, in which MIlligan finally got the best of Nardy. The Lady Buffalo's captured the penalty kick portion of the match 4-2 to advance and eliminate the defending champion Lady Bulldogs.
Overall, Union's Ashley Hall
(Hazard, Ky.) took the most shots on the day for Union with five, while Renata Peixoto
(Brasilia, Brazil) fired four shots. Nardy made five saves in 110 minutes of action, while Crumplen made nine to lead Milligan.