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West Virginia Downs UCLA On Penalty Kicks To Advance To The NCAA Elite Eight

The Fighting Nikkis continue to roll In the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament.

The West Virginia University women’s soccer team survived the UCLA Bruins’ attempt at a comeback, winning this evening’s game at Dick Dlesk Stadium in penalty kicks after the game remained tied 1-1 after two overtime periods.

West Virginia jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after a Sh’Nia Gordon goal off a Michaela Abam assist at the 22:32 mark. The Mountaineers would hold that lead until the last two minutes of the game when Jessie Fleming scored off a Jacey Pederson assist to give the Bruins a chance at the upset.

West Virginia and UCLA fought through two scoreless ten-minute overtime periods before heading to penalty kicks. West Virginia goalkeeper Michelle Newhouse had two big saves in the shootout, and a Kadeisha Buchanan goal put the game out of reach for the Bruins and sent the Mountaineers into the Elite Eight.

Now, WVU will host a rematch with No. 3 seed Duke on Saturday, November 26 at 3 p.m., at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown. The Mountaineers defeated the Blue Devils 3-1 on September 9, in Durham, N.C. The exact time and date will be announced by the NCAA later.

Last year, the Mountaineers fell to eventual national champions Penn State in the Elite Eight. WVU has never advanced past the Elite Eight in program history, but hosting the match could be the extra boost the program needs.