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Washington State soccer tops Tennessee in penalties to advance in NCAA Championships

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017

Washington State midfielder Maegan O’Neill (24) scored one of the Cougars’ three penalty kick goals in a shootout victory over Tennessee on Friday in the second round of the NCAA Championships. (WSU Athletics)
Washington State midfielder Maegan O’Neill (24) scored one of the Cougars’ three penalty kick goals in a shootout victory over Tennessee on Friday in the second round of the NCAA Championships. (WSU Athletics)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Ella Dederick made three stops in the penalty shootout to help lift Washington State to a 3-1 shootout victory over Tennessee, and into the third round of the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history on Friday.

WSU’s Maegan O’Neill, Sofia Anker-Kofoed and Jordan Branch all converted their tries from the penalty spot, while Dederick, a redshirt-junior for the Cougars, made her stops on three straight Volunteer shots to clinch the victory after the teams battled to a 2-2 tie in regulation.

The Cougars (10-7-4) opened the scoring in the 13th minute on Morgan Weaver’s seventh goal of the season, a shot from 15-yards out assisted by Maddy Haro.

The WSU lead would be short-lived though, as Tennessee (15-4-2) answered back with Danielle Marcano goals in the 20th and 30th minutes.

With time ticking down, the Cougars found the equalizer as defender Kelsee Creenshaw’s curling effort from 20-yards out knotted the score at 2-2 to force overtime.

Dederick finished with four saves, while the Cougars’ offense force Tennessee keeper Shae Yanez into six stops. WSU also took more shots (17-13) and had more corner kicks (5-4) than the Volunteers.

Washington State will now third-seeded Florida (16-6), which defeated South Florida 1-0 Friday, at 11 a.m. Sunday in Gainesville, Florida.

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