Trolls Advance in Shootout

The semifinal game of the CCAC Touranment was an intense battle between the Trolls and Trinity International University (Deerfield, Illinois).  The Trolls were the No. 1 seed, but their only loss during the regular season was to the No. 4 Trojans.  Each team got on the board in the first half for a 1-1 score at the break. Neither team scored in the second period or through two overtime periods to push the decision to a shoot-out. The Trolls came out on top of the shootout at 4-3 and will advance to the CCAC Championship game. The team is now 17-1-1 for the season.

From the start of the game and through the entire 110 minutes of play the Trolls and the Trojans battled. Each team made some excellent scoring runs and had solid defensive play. Trinity International gained the first advantage when they scored in the 21st minute to take the lead.  The Trolls quickly answered and four minutes later were on the board to tie the game as Jessica Bianchi scored on a cross from Shaelyn Postmus.  The teams entered half-time tied at 1-1.

Through the second period the teams continued to battle, but neither squad found the net. With the score still deadlocked at 1-1 the game went into overtime. The two ten minute extended periods did not change the outcome and the decision on which team would advance came down to a shootout.

The Trojans took the first attempt and were denied as Allyson Kranstz made the save. Bianchi found the right corner of the net to give the Trolls the advantage. After a made shot by Trinity International, Lexi Zambrano kept the Trolls ahead with her good attempt. The third attempts resulted in a goal for TIU and miss for the Trolls as Lexi Trujillo hit the crossbar. The Trojans went ahead on their fourth attempt, but the Trolls made it 3-3 when Elly Brummel scored.  Kranstz came up big again with a save on the Trojans’ fifth attempt and Selah Hopkins sealed the deal for the Trolls when her shot found the upper left corner.  

For the game Trinity had 12 shots and Trinity International had 10. Kranstz ended the game with four saves.

The Trolls will host No. 2 Cardinal Stritch University in the championship game on November 10 at noon.