Panthers Win Championship As Dorre Golden Again
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Nov. 4, 2012) - Krissy Dorre scored in the second overtime for the second-straight game and Jamie Forbes posted a third-straight shutout in goal to propel the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Wright State in the final game of the Horizon League Championship Sunday afternoon at Engelmann Stadium.
The Panthers (8-8-1) won their fifth-straight league tournament title, and ninth overall, and will now advance to a school-record fifth-straight NCAA Tournament. Milwaukee also defeated the Raiders (9-5-6) in the league final for the second-straight season.
"I'm just really proud of the team. It's been a long season and they worked really hard," UWM head coach Greg Henschel said. "They kept believing in themselves and they showed that in both matches this weekend. They just kept believing until they had an opportunity to finish the game off."
The NCAA will announce the pairings at 3:30 p.m. central time on Monday.
Sara Stern set up the game's only goal, hitting a low shot that was blocked by a WSU defender in the 103rd minute. The ball then deflected to Dorre in front of an open net. The sophomore forward casually finished for her second-straight golden goal in the league tourney and sealed Tournament MVP honors.
The game was a back and forth affair. Each team enjoyed stretches of momentum and offensive pressure, but keepers Jamie Forbes for Milwaukee and WSU's Brooke McCurdy kept their sides in the game with strong play. Forbes finished with six saves for the clean sheet, while McCurdy stopped seven shots before allowing her first goal in three tourney games.
Both keepers did get some help from the frame in the match. In the first half, Helen Steinhauser sent a high header on frame that McCurdy was able to hit off the cross bar. Then, in the second half, Adrianna Guerrero took a shot that Forbes saved off the far post.
Milwaukee held a 19-14 shots advantage in the match and earned one more corner kick, 5-4. Fouls were also quite even, finishing at 9-8 with one more for the Raiders.
The Panthers were able to avenge a regular season loss to Wright State Sept. 22, when WSU headed in a corner kick with two seconds remaining in double overtime. The win Sunday makes Milwaukee 8-1 in tournament play all-time against teams that they lost to during the regular season.