The Cal Lutheran women's soccer team advanced to the NCAA Division III Championship Sweet 16 for the first time in program history following a 1-1 double overtime draw with Pacific Lutheran Sunday evening at William Rolland Stadium in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The Regals won the penalty kick shootout to earn their spot in the round of 16.
Cal Lutheran (16-3-3) advances to the NCAA Third Round and will take on Williams at a site and time yet to be determined.
After a scoreless first 45 minutes, a goal in the 76th minute by Alexandra Albaeck gave Cal Lutheran a late, 1-0 edge. Pacific Lutheran countered just two minutes later Graddy Machaela found the back of the net on a breakaway to even the contest at 1-1.
In the first period of extra time, Lutes' goalkeeper Natalie Robinson turned away shots by Trinity Martinez and Maddy Griess to keep the game knotted at 1-1. The Regals fired two more shots on target as Martinez and Ryley Settles tested the net-minder but to no avail. Cal Lutheran held an 11-4 advantage in shots on goal following 110 minutes of action.
In the penalty kick shootout, the Regals found the back of the net with all five of their shots as Jordan Miller, Zandra Stewart, Sam Cornejo, Katie Weaver and Griess each contributed a marker. Pacific Lutheran was denied Cal Lutheran goalie Gabby Flores which proved to be the game-winning stop as the Lutes netted their next four penalties.