Mavericks Play Tigers to 2-2 Draw in Central Region Semifinal; Fall 4-2 in Shootout

After No. 15 Minnesota State women’s soccer and No. 24 Fort Hays State played to a 2-2 draw in the central region semifinal of the 2016 NCAA DII Women’s Soccer Tournament on Sunday afternoon, Minnesota State’s season ended with a 4-2 shootout loss.

Senior midfielder Kiana Nickel garnered two assists for Minnesota State (16-3-3) to give her 33 career assists — the most in Maverick history. Nickel’s assists came on the Mavericks’ two goals — both scored by senior midfielder Dana Savino.

After a scoreless first half where both teams struggled to find offense, Savino gave the Mavericks a 1-0 lead in the 65th minute. Freshman midfielder Alesha Duccini and Nickel assisted on the play. With her assist, Duccini tallied her 22nd point of 2016 — the seventh most by a freshman in Maverick history.

However, less than two minutes later, the Tigers (15-4-3) responded with an unassisted goal by Regan Lawler in the 66th minute to tie the game at 1-1. Fort Hays State took a 2-1 lead in the 71st minute on a goal by Silvana Romero. Romero’s score was assisted by Dani Harris.

Savino answered for Minnesota State in the 78th minute to pull the Mavericks even at 2-2. Senior forward Maddy Smith and Nickel assisted on the play. Nickel’s helper gave her the Maverick career assist record.

Both teams had chances to win in regulation and in overtime but the score remained tied, leading to the shootout where the Mavericks lost 4-2.

Freshman Ryann Rydeen started in goal and made three saves for the Mavericks. Freshman Alexa Rabune (7-3-3), who made two saves in relief, was the goalkeeper of record.

Abbie Flax (12-4-3) made four saves in net for the Tigers.

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