It took 110 minutes and nine penalty kicks. When the dust settled, Central Missouri survived and is the 2017 DIII women’s soccer national champion.
Carson-Newman struck first. Lauren Wade snuck one past Central Missouri’s record-setting keeper Ana Dilkes in the 19th minute for an early 1-0 lead. The Eagles had the Jennies on the ropes for 70 more minutes, until All-American Jada Scott went down in the box. Her penalty kick with just 30 seconds left was the equalizer.
Two overtimes weren’t enough, as penalty kicks decided the champion’s fate. Dilkes made the one big save needed and Abby Rhodes iced it, giving Central Missouri the 5-3 PK victory. The Jennies finish the season without a loss on their record and are the 2017 national champions.
Relive the highlights from the finals below.