Chowan defeated on penalty kicks

Published 9:57 am Friday, November 17, 2023

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MELBOURNE, FLA. – The Chowan men’s soccer team battled to draw against Lynn here Thursday in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, but did not advance after 10 rounds of penalty shots.

Deadlocked at 2-2 after regulation and three subsequent overtime periods, the outcome of the match came down to penalty kicks. The Hawks got down 1-0 early in that part of the match, but rebounded to forge an 8-8 tie thanks to clutch kicks from Junior Smith, Harri Lovett, Charlie Birch, Kai Rymes, Bradley Binns, Charley Leech, Jay Whyatt, and Zach Boyd.

Lynn, seeded 7th in the tournament field, made good on its ninth penalty kick while the one from Chowan failed to find the back of the net.

Chowan, seeded 10th, had to twice battle back during regulation to force overtime.

Trailing 1-0 early in the match, Smith scored in the 15th minute on an unassisted goal to tie things up.

That stalemate remained until the 53rd minute when Lynn scored a goal to take a 2-1 lead.

Chowan rallied again, and it was Smith’s goal – assisted by Leke Ademola and Harri Lovett – in the 84th minute that allowed the Hawks to forge a 2-2 tie and force overtime.

The Hawks, champions of Conference Carolinas, finish their season at 8-4-6 overall.