No. 1 Aztecs Outlast No. 4 Tigers In Penalty Kicks


SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Top-seed San Diego State survived two overtimes to advance past No. 4 Colorado College in penalty kicks in a 2014 Mountain West Women’s Soccer Championship semifinal contest on Nov. 6 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

The two teams were deadlocked 1-1 following 110 minutes of action and after three rounds of PK’s were even at 2-2. San Diego State’s Meggie Gulczynski scored to put the Aztecs up 3-2 in PK’s after four rounds and the match ended on the next kick when Colorado College’s Alexis Long was turned away by San Diego State keeper Melanie Vaughn. Vaughn finished the match with five saves.

San Diego State (14-4-2) advances to the MW tournament final for the third consecutive year, and will take on No. 2 Wyoming in the final. The Aztecs have won the past two MW Women’s Soccer Championship tournaments, in addition to three straight regular-season titles, while the Cowgirls are seeking their first-ever MW Women’s Soccer Championship.

Colorado College ends its inaugural season in the MW with a 12-5-4 record.

The Tigers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute of play when Jessie Ayers took a touch from Kaeli Vandersluis on the right side of the box and fired a diagonal shot into the left-corner of the goal. San Diego State drew even in the 58th minute when Morgan Darling and Haley Locker linked up for a nice one-two touch that saw Locker complete the sequence with the equalizer.

Each team had several good looks on frame in regulation and the two overtime sessions, but were unable to find the back of the net. Colorado College attempted 17 shots to San Diego State’s 12, while the Aztecs enjoyed a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.