Women’s Soccer Seasons Ends in PK Shootout

Lakeland, Fla. – The 2012 season ended for Lynn University in the quarterfinals of the Sunshine State Conference Championship following a 1-1 tie and 4-1 loss in penalty kicks to Florida Southern Tuesday night.  Meghan Dolan scored her first career goal while Kelsey Butler broke the program record for saves in a career.  Lynn ends its season 5-8-3 overall.

A season on the brink gained life in the 78th minute of play from an unlikely source.  After opening the first eight matches in net this season, and playing 15 the previous year, Dolan made the successful move to defense and midfield.  The sophomore out of St. Louis, Mo., used her powerful left foot to knot the game 1-1 after taking a pass from Kirstie Schults and ripping a shot into the top left shelf.

Lynn had two more chances to put the game away but Florida Southern (6-7-4) was able to make saves off the back lines to send the match into overtime.  The Blue & White out shot FSC 13-6 in the 2nd half but lost the battle overall 20-18.

Once in OT, Butler turned away a pair of Moccasins opportunities to pass Maegan Vondal for first place in school history.  The senior from Overland Park, Kans., has 229 career saves, topping Vondal by two.

Playing two scoreless overtime periods, the match went to penalty kicks.  Florida Southern hit home its first attempt but Lauren Handley was able to tie it up 1-1 with a shot left of center.  The Moccasins then connected on three consecutive while LU missed its next two shots to advance FSC to the semifinals of the SSC Championship.

Schults ended the season with a team-high seven goals and 15 points while Handley recorded a team-best four assists.  The Fighting Knights will now await All-SSC and All-South region selections.

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