UWL soccer advances on penalties to WIAC Championship final

In soccer, all it takes is one moment to change the course of a game, and that happened for UW-La Crosse in Thursday’s WIAC semifinal game at UW-Stevens Point.

The Pointers largely dominated the match on the stat sheet, outshooting the Eagles 15-0 in the first half. Stevens Point eventually scored first in the 73rd minute courtesy of Maddy Hardyman, but it took just four minutes afterward for the Eagles to equalize thanks to a Sydney Halstead goal.

The Eagles would hold defensively to force extra time. After two scoreless overtime periods, the game had to be decided by penalties.

In the shootout, goalie Quinn Shannon held the Pointers scoreless, while Sophie Amundson, Sydney Halstead and Katie Feller converted their kicks to win 3-0 on penalties.

The Eagles will play Saturday in the WIAC Championship at top seed Whitewater at 6 p.m. The winner gets an automatic berth to the NCAA DIII championships. It is the fourth-straight championship appearance for the Eagles.

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