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Darton Defeats Owens CC on Penalty Kicks in Women's Tournament

Nov. 18, 2013 - In the day's most dramatic match, the third game of Monday's first day of the NJCAA Division I Women's National Championship Soccer Tournament came down to a penalty-kick shootout.

The game between Darton State College and Owens Community College was tied 1-1 after 90 minutes of regulation and under rules for pool play only things went directly to the shootout.

And after six rounds, Darton prevailed as freshman Jany Campbell of Melbourne, FL, scored on Darton's sixth attempt and Owens sophomore Taylor Avers was denied by Darton goalkeeper Hong Tran.

Darton and Owens Community College played the first day's most dramatic match which ended with penalty kicks to break the 1-1 tie at the end of regulation.

Campbell admitted to feeling the pressure of the moment but also said it helped her meet a goal.

"Lots of pressure," she said catching her breath. "I had to perform. I was very excited to come back home. That was my goal for the season to come back home for nationals," added Campbell, a graduate of Melbourne Central Catholic.

"That was one of the hardest games we ever played. That team was very good but we managed to come out on top."

Campbell's kick followed successful shots from teammates Emily Atkinson, Lyana Perez, Megan Thomas, Shanese Bowen and Chevelle Lopez.

Kendyl Christian Jessica Grindle, Jill Burkholder, Haley Kreger and Elizabeth Theaker were successful for Owens until Trang's final save.

"We had a two-week layoff," said Darton head coach Ken Veilands. "I knew that was going to be a problem for us. You wonder if we're going to play our style of play, are we going to be effective with that much time off versus their style?"

As for the penalty kicks finish: "PKs is kind of that bittersweet, I guess we won thing," he said. "I don't think anybody enjoys it. I wish we could keep playing and figure out who really could win this thing. But it turned out two points for us and so we've got to prepare for the next one."

Freshman midfielder Brianna Lemerise got Darton on the board at the 40-minute, 19-second mark of the second half after a back-and-forth first half.

Both teams had chances in the second half. Tran leaped to save Grindle's attempt at the chip shot on a breakaway and Darton missing an empty net on one shot and hitting the crossbar on another.

Owens finally broke through when Grindle beat Tran off a deflection at the 13:12 mark.

Brinkman registered a dramatic save of her own, punching a Darton shot over the net at about the 10-minute mark.

Darton is now 20-1-1. Owens is 17-2-1. Darton has a day off before meeting fifth-seeded Butler Community College at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Owens plays Butler at 4 p.m. Tuesday.