A nail biter of a quarterfinal came down to sudden death penalty strokes, but it was the Boston College Eagles who emerged victorious Saturday afternoon in Louisville after the Eagles won the shootout and beat the Louisville Cardinals 1-1 (5-4) to advance to the Final Four in Winston-Salem, N.C. to take on UNC.
The Eagles closed out the first half dramatically. With four seconds remaining, Elizabeth Warner put home a shot to give the Eagles the 1-0 lead.
However, the lead was short lived. Just under five minutes into the second half, Bethany Russ sent a shot in from the top of the arc that beat Sarah Dwyer to tie the game up. Two overtime periods were not enough and the game advanced to a shootout.
The Eagles were able to fight off a 2-0 early deficit to force sudden-death rounds. In the second round of sudden-death, Margo Carlin put a shot in to put Dwyer in a position to send the Eagles to Winston-Salem with a save. Dwyer was able to deflect a shot away and the Eagles clinched a spot in the Final Four for the first time in program history.
The Eagles will take on No. 1 North Carolina in the semifinal round.