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Mequon Wins Semifinal Match, Headed to Finals

posted Dec 10, 2012, 3:07 PM by John DeFord   [ updated Dec 11, 2012, 3:13 AM ]
Bradenton, Fla. – It took penalties to separate two unbeaten teams on Monday, as Mequon United defeated Super Nova FC 4-3 after a 0-0 draw through regulation and two periods of extra time in the semifinals at the 2012 Super Y-League North American Finals at IMG Academy.

Both teams had trouble creating chances throughout the match. Courtney Wiencek earned a free kick in the 14th minute 20 yards from goal for Mequon, but Isabelle Thomsen’s shot was well over the bar.

Wiencek’s teammate Jessica Flores took a first-time strike from about midfield that went straight to the Super Nova goalkeeper two minutes before halftime, and the whistle signalled the end of a tense first half.

Super Nova’s Taylor Chapman headed a goal kick over the Mequon defender’s head in the 46th minute and was in on goal before being fouled just outside the box. The opportunity was wasted, however, as Toni Feita’s free kick was skied over the top of the goal.

Chapman continued to make space up front for Super Nova for the remainder of the half, but the Mid Atlantic Division team could not find a goal.

The closest chance of the game came on the other side of the field in the 62nd minute. Mequon’s Jieun Heo struck the post after a great combination play with Wiencek, and Super Nova’s Michaela Lowery cleared the box before Wiencek could follow up on the rebound.

The only opportunity in either half of extra time came in the last minute of the first. Wiencek dribbled across the top of the box and used a defender to shield her shot that was destined for the top corner, but goalkeeper Brooke Turnbaugh made an even better save to keep the score level at 0-0.

Without a goal, the game went to penalties. Turnbaugh saved the first attempt and Megan Mansfield put away Super Nova’s first chance for the lead, but Jamie Carlson’s shot was saved by Mequon goalkeeper Kelli Ausman. Ausman was able to get a hand on another that eventually went in, but was thankful for the her posts, which saved two goals.

Savannah Metz needed to make her kick or Super Nova would be eliminate, and she hit Ausman’s left post and ended the game.

“The posts are my two best friends and the crossbar is my guardian angel,” Ausman said after a jubilant celebration with her team.

Mequon United will play the Cleveland Internationals in the U14 Championship on Tuesday.

“I want to go back to Wisconsin and say, ‘I missed a week of school for this,’” Ausman said. “’I came back with a championship.’”