The Wartburg women’s soccer team (15-4-3) advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament with a 5-4 penalty-kick shootout win on Sunday, Nov. 15.
After regulation and overtime, the match went to a penalty kick shootout. The Knights shot first and Brittany Frush stepped up and put the ball in the net.
Wartburg’s sweet sixteen appearance is the first since 2007 and the second in program history.
The Loggers took and converted their first penalty.
Morgan Neuendorf converted the next shot for the Knights. The Loggers then saw their next shot saved by goalkeeper Beth Crow.
Sam Wipperman made her next penalty, and the Loggers converted theirs as well. Alyssa Hewitt put her next shot in the net, and the Loggers made their next penalty.
Lisa Trizzino stepped up to take the fifth penalty for the Knights. She put the shot in and the Knights advanced 5-4 on penalties.
Head coach Tiffany Pins said they played a very good Puget Sound team.
“They were a very good team, but our girls did a fantastic job keeping them out of the net,” Pins said.
Pins said the team had a crazy week last week, and they prepared for the tournament by working on their speed of play and continuing to play their game.
Frush said it was hard to put into words how she feels about the game.
“It’s unbelievable, we really worked hard to get here and we really battled the entire game,” Frush said.
Frush said she was confident when the game went to penalties because of how strong all of the shooters were.
“Our top 10 kick-takers can put the ball in, and Beth is just incredible in net. We knew she just needed to save one and she did,” Frush said.
Crow had 12 saves and recorded her 11th shutout of the season.
The game time and locations for all Sweet 16 games will be announced Monday, Nov. 16.
Wartburg will face fourth-ranked Washington University-St. Louis, who is coached by former Wartburg coach, Jimmy Conlon. Pins was one of Conlon’s assistants at Wartburg after her graduation.