The ninth ranked Schoolcraft College women's soccer team tied third ranked Laramie (WY) County College 3-3 but fell in penalty kicks 5-4 in the first match of poll play at the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in Melbourne, FL. The game is official a tie in the season record but a loss in pool standings. It means the the Ocelots need to beat Eastern Florida State College to have any chance to advance.
The Golden Eagles opened the scoring in the 14th minute when Jemma House took a pass from Shauni Griffith and blasted a shot from distance past keeper Lauren Auspitz. Twelve minute later Lauren Wynns fired a laser from the left side of the box to even the score. Jenna Smith had the assist.
In the 38th minute Elliss Jenkins stole a ball of the Laramie defender and broke in on net a scored an unassisted goal to give the Ocelots a 2-1 lead. Four minutes later Smith sent a pass from the top of the box to Jenkins on the right side. She put a shot past the Golden Eagles keeper inside the far post to make it 3-1 at halftime.
In the second half, Nikita Woods found House who put a shot in the net for her second goal to cut the lead to 3-2 in the 64th minute. Griffiths scored an unassisted goal in the 74th minute to tie the game. The teams played the last 16 minute of regulation and the two overtime periods to send the game to penalty kicks.
Schoolcraft and Laramie County both scored on the first four shots of the penalty kicks. Jenkins went fifth but put her shot over the cross bar. Laramie converted on their shot to win the game.
The Ocelots (14-2-1) will face host school Eastern Florida State College at 5:30 PM on Tuesday in their final match of pool play.