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Broncos Advance to MAC Semifinals With PK Win over Kent State

Courtesy: Adam Bodnar, assistant director of media relations
Release: 11/03/2013
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KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan advanced to the Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinals next Friday after earning a 3-2 win over Kent State on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie in regulation at Kalamazoo College’s MacKenzie Field on Sunday afternoon.

Backup goalkeeper Kaitlyn Collin was inserted into the game for the penalty kicks and made two saves, while Aubrey Sudomier, Liz Abro and Diana Dedvukaj all connected on their kicks to give the Broncos the win.

“Putting Kate in, it was something during the season when we would practice them she would usually guess the right way so that was sort of the plan going in and we were fortunate enough that it worked out our way,” said head coach Nate Norman.

Collin stopped shots by the MAC’s leading goal-scorer Jessacca Gironda and defender Morgan Mah.

The Golden Flashes took an early 1-0 lead in the 14th minute when Madison Helterbran played in a ball behind the WMU back line and Jenna Hellstrom slotted the ball past WMU goalkeeper Michelle Watson.

The Broncos ramped up the pressure in the second half, outshooting the Golden Flashes 12-4. The game-tying goal came right after the start when Ali Russo crossed the ball from the far right end towards the back post. A Kent State defender misplayed it on net and KSU goalie Stephanie Senn was forced to play the ball and it bounced off the post. Rachel Chaney was right there to chest the ball in for her eighth of the season.

Kent State’s Katherine Lawrence had the Golden Flashes’ best chance in the first overtime period, but her effort was saved by Michelle Watson just a minute into the extra stanza. Ariana Donahue forced Senn to make a save in the second overtime period. Her shot from just outside the box was headed on frame with pace but Senn tipped it up and it hit off of the cross bar and bounced away.

“Kent State is a very very good team,” added Norman. “They have beaten us the last few times and with the way they started in the first 15-20 minutes they deserved to be up. I thought we reacted well and we were able to roll up our sleeves and get the equalizer:

The Broncos will now face top-seeded Eastern Michigan on Friday in Ypsilanti, Mich. The time is still to be determined.