ATLANTA, Ga. - In the Great South Athletic Conference championship game this afternoon the #2 seeded Agnes Scott Scotties defeated the #1 seeded Spirits of Salem College in an exciting penalty kick shootout.
Salem's Michelle Lawler scored first with an assist from Sawyer Ferguson. The Spirits remained up 1-0 until the 65th minute when Agnes Scott sophomore Maddie Shaul scored with an assist from Hallie Bates off of a corner kick by sophomore Anna Hernandez.
With the score tied at 1-1 the game went into overtime and eventually came down to penalty kicks.
Stephanie Hubbard from Salem made the first kick followed by a successful kick by Agnes Scott's Maddie Shaul. Taylor Norman hit the next one in for the Spirits and was answered with a successful shot by junior Kylie Flynn from Agnes Scott. The Spirit's next shot by Nataly Mojica went high and first-year Ciara Micacchione made her shot to give the Scotties the lead. Sabrina Thiel went next and made another shot for Salem followed by a successful shot from Agnes Scott senior Janelle Sourbeer tying the shootout 4-4. Sophomore and last year's GSAC Freshman of the Year Anna Hernandez took the final shot for the Scotties and claimed the game winning goal.
Maddie Shaul was named Tournament MVP. The Agnes Scott goalie played 110 minutes and recorded six saves. Paige Ketchum played 110 minutes in goal for the Salem.
This marks the first time that Agnes Scott's soccer team has won a conference championship and will be their first appearance in the NCAA tournament.
"We had a game plan, and I felt if we executed it, we would be right there at the end. Maddie's goal to draw us level was huge and we just kept battling to the very end. I am so proud of our players, the hours they put in is rewarded with a trip to the dance."