Dorre's Golden Goal Sends Panthers To Championship Game
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Nov. 2, 2012) - Krissy Dorre jumped on a soft back pass in the second overtime and beat the keeper far post to send the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's soccer team to a 1-0 win over Loyola in the semifinals of the Horizon League Championship Friday evening at Engelmann Stadium.
With the win, the top-seeded Panthers (7-8-1) advance to Sunday's championship game where they will face No. 5 Wright State, 1-0 victors over No. 2 Detroit in the day's first semifinal contest. Kick-off is at 1 p.m.
"The girls hung in there," UWM head coach Greg Henschel said. "It's a little bit of a reflection of the season. They've had to go through a lot of adversity over (the season) and they faced of adversity tonight. Loyola deserves a lot of credit for the adversity they presented us with. I'm proud of the team, once again, for sticking in there."
After playing from behind for much of the match, Milwaukee got a foothold towards the end of regulation and nabbed the game's momentum through 17-plus minutes of overtime play.
UWM ended the contest with 3:03 remaining in the second extra period on Dorre's team-leading sixth goal. She pressured a long ball into the attacking half. A Loyola defender got to the ball and looked to her keeper for a back pass. Dorre then jumped on the traveling ball, dribbled in on the keeper and finished far post.
The Ramblers outshot Milwaukee 7-4 in the first half and looked as though they had struck for the game's first goal midway through the second half. Loyola put the ball into the back of the net off a long free kick into the box, but the linesman called for an offsides, disallowing the goal.
That would be as close as the Panthers came to surrendering a goal, as Jamie Forbes and made 11 saves in goal for her sixth shutout of the season. At the other end, Monicao Gonyo stopped four shots, including a low, point-blank shot on a Kelly Lewers shot in the game's opening minutes.
For the game, the shots finished at 15 apiece and Milwaukee had an 8-6 advantage in corner kicks.
UWM is bound for its sixth-straight league title game and its 14th in 19 years in the Horizon League. It will also be playing Wright State in the championship game for the second-straight season. In 2011, the Panthers knocked off the Raiders 5-1 for their fourth-straight league crown.