Carly Pressgrove’s goal in the fifth round of a shootout was the difference as Kennesaw State beat North Florida in the first round of the ASUN tournament Sunday at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.
After 90 minutes of scoreless regulation and two scoreless overtime periods in upper 30s weather, the teams went into penalty kicks to decide the game.
After Kennesaw State goalkeeper Tiffany Sornpao saved North Florida’s first attempt of the shootout, Isabella Contreras scored to give the Owls the lead.
Each team scored on their next two attempts, with Sydney Crowley and Abby Roth succeeding for the Owls. After another save by Sornpao on the Ospreys’ fourth shot, Kennesaw State had the chance to clinch the match on its fourth attempt, but North Florida goalkeeper Rhiannon Conelley stopped Morgan Harrison.
The Ospreys’ Brandi Walker then scored to tie the shootout at 3-all, but Pressgrove beat Conelley to clinch the match.
Sornpao and Conelley also manned the nets during regulation and overtime, each saving five shots.
Kennesaw State will continue the conference tournament Friday, traveling to Lipscomb in a semifinal-round game.
CROSS COUNTRY: Logan Poteet finished fifth overall to lead Kennesaw State’s men’s team to a third-place finish Saturday in the ASUN championships at Sam Smith Park in Cartersville.
Poteet posted a time of 24 minutes, 34.9 seconds in the 8K race and became the first Owls runner to earn first team all-conference honors since Daniel Garcia in 2014. The former Kell High School standout’s time was faster than when he won the conference title in 2015 as a freshman at North Florida.
All five Kennesaw State runners posted career-best 8K times. Kennesaw State’s Chase Kennedy finished 17th in 25:40.8 and former Marietta standout Ben Patterson was 20th in 25:53.8. Both earned all-freshman honors.
As a team, the Owls (97 points) finished third behind Lipscomb (29) and North Florida (34), marking their best finish since 2012.
Lipscomb’s Jacob Poyner won the individual title in 24:02.2.
The women’s team finished fourth, led by Caitlyn Farrell, who finished 14th in 18:37.0 and earned second-team all-conference.
The Owls (117 points) finished fourth behind North Florida (43), Lipscomb (44) and Jacksonville (49). North Florida’s Eden Meyer won the individual title in 17:03.6.
Also for Kennesaw State, Katie Meyer (19:11.9) was 21st, Saidah Grant (19:30.0) was 26th, Reagan Poteet (19:33.5) was 27th and Bonnie McKinnon (19:58.6) was 36th.