Lady Blue Devils junior goalie Breanna Love makes to critical saves in the shootout as Victor wins 4-3 to eliminated the Lady Patriots.
Victor junior goalie Breanna Love keyed the No. 11 seeded Lady Blue Devils to a 4-3 shootout upset victory over No. 6 Penfield on Wednesday afternoon at PHS.
Love left the game for about six minutes in the first half with an injury while making a sliding save,
"It was like a really bad calf charlie-horse," Love said.
Love came back in, and was not required to make a spectacular save until the shootout.
"I've gotten used to the shots that people take," she said of the shootout. "Most of them go right, and the two that went right, I was glad I stopped because in practice I haven't been doing so well."
Love made the two crucial stops to thwart the Lady Patriots in the shootout.
"She just had a great first half right from the start," said Victor head coach Kelly Ahern. "When she went down, I thought to myself that she's going to get up, she's tough. But when she stayed down, she came out and found her strength.
"I said to her, 'It's a sectional game,' and all of a sudden her pain seemed to go away. She might have a pain tonight when she goes home, but she did an excellent job halves, and clearly in the shootout."
The two teams batted through 80 minutes, then two 10-minute overtime periods, then two 5-minute sudden victory overtime periods of scoreless soccer.
Penfield shot first in the shootout as Love stopped both shooters.
Senior Shauna Kaisen scored as the first Victor shooter, but the second shot was saved by Penfield keeper Lizzy Marks.
All the shooters scored in rounds 3-4-5 for both team, with the goal by senior captain Jenna Ratka advancing the BLue Devils.
Seniors Jordan Kaisen and Jenna Wyman scored the other two shootout goals for Victor.
Olivia Cushman, Marks, and Ivana Lahcanski scored the Penfield goals in the shootout.
"This was a game we had a chance of winning, and I didn't want to lose for the seniors this year," Love said. "I just want to keep going for as far as we can."
Penfield and Victor split their two regular season games, winning on each other's field.
"We did have a good feeling coming back here, but you never underestimate Penfield," Ahern said. "They hare well-coached, they're always extremely tough.
"They came out on fire, and they did not want to walk off this field without a win. They fought to the last second and we could not let down. Our girls just kept fighting through."
Victor (5-10-2) plays the winner of No. 14 Spencerport and No. 3 Fairport on Saturday at 6 p.m. at a site to be determined.
Penfield ended the season with a 9-7-1 record.
"It's an awful way to end a season losing on penalty kicks," said Penfield head coach Libbie Tobin.
"The girls had plenty of chances to score, we just find the back of the net. You've got to give Victor credit, they hung tough and made a lot of good defensive stops."
When asked her toughts on the season, Tobin said, "It was a great season. The seniors did a great job of leading the team. They really came together. Captains Lizzy, Ivana, and Sarah (Woychick) did a nice job of leading this team.
"We always have a fun season, and that's the most important point that the girls bond and work well together. They worked hard, and we want them to carry those skills on in life."