Sept. 1, 2007
Eastern Mennonite converted five out of six penalty kicks, including the sudden-death shot from Erin Reichart to claim the 2007 Franklin & Marshall Kickoff Tournament Championship on Saturday.
Both teams battled to a 1-all tie after regulation and 20 minutes of overtime to force penalty kicks. Michelle Shea took the first kick and sent her shot off the inside of the top crossbar, bouncing back out. Katie Lamm, tournament MVP, made her shot to put the Royals (1-0-1) ahead 1-0.
The next three kickers made it for both teams scored on their chance at the goal. Danielle David finished her shot, but Aubrey Bauman sent her shot high to dip into the next set of kickers. The Diplomats (1-0-1) could not get the next shot to go in and Reichart put away her shot to give Eastern Mennonite the trophy.
David started the scoring in the first half, finishing a cross from Shannon Summers and putting the ball in the right side of the net at the 13:49 mark.
F&M took a 1-0 lead into halftime, but the Royals responded on their first shot in the final stanza to knot the game at 1-all. Identical to yesterday's game-winning goal for Eastern Mennonite, Lamm buried a break-away shot in the 57th minute off a pass from Mattie Horning to even the score.
The Diplomats held a 14-7 shot advantage, including a slight 2-1 edge in overtime. David had her shot saved by Abigale Diffenbach and Summers blasted a shot high in the extra periods. The Royals came close to ending the game with 1:36 left, but Jordan Barkus' shot from the left went just wide of the far post.
Erin Roy made one save in 110 minutes of work, while Diffenbach recorded seven.
F&M returns to action on Wednesday when they host Lebanon Valley, beginning at 7 p.m.