The second-seeded Central Missouri Jennies soccer team punched its ticket to the third round of the NCAA Tournament with a 3-0 shutout over Truman State on Saturday at Jennies Field. It is the most goals that UCM has ever scored in its four years in the postseason.
UCM will advance to the third round of the tournament, which is the farthest that UCM soccer has ever gone in the postseason.
Central Missouri (19-0) has beaten the Bulldogs (11-4-5) for the fourth consecutive time by an 8-0 score in the four games. It is the first time in the series history that UCM has won four matches in a row against Truman State.
The Jennies recorded their program-high 14th shutout of the season and eighth consecutive, dating back to the middle of October. It is also freshman Brooke Cooley’s fifth consecutive, one short of tying a program record, and ninth of the season.
UCM got on the board 45 seconds before halftime when junior Sarah Hotop took a cross that sophomore Aaryn Burke kicked into the top-right corner of the net. It is Burke’s third goal of the season and Hotop’s second assist.
Heading into the half, both teams took six shots with Truman State leading 3-2 in shots on goal. Central Missouri had a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Just before the 54th minute mark, Central Missouri added its second goal when junior Alyssa Rhodes passed the ball to junior Cara Hennahane. It is Hennahane’s seventh goal of the season and Rhodes’ fifth assist.
Four minutes later the Jennies tacked on a security goal to give them the 3-0 lead, and the most goals that a Central Missouri soccer team has ever scored against the Bulldogs. Sophomore Kayla Shain took a corner kick and Hennahane headed the ball in front of the net to Rhodes who kicked it in for the goal. It is Rhodes’ sixth goal of the season, Shain’s sixth assist and Hennahane’s fourth.
In the game, Central Missouri outshot the Bulldogs 14-7, 6-4 on goal, and had an 8-4 advantage in corner kicks. It is the lowest number of corner kicks for the Jennies this season, also taking six against TSU on November 4.
Cooley played the whole game in net, collecting four saves. It is the second highest save total for Cooley, previously recording six saves on September 23.
The Jennies will play St. Edward’s (Texas) on Thursday in Austin, Texas. Time is still to be determined.