ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — The Vanguard University women's soccer team was eliminated on penalty kicks in the NAIA Tournament quarterfinals, after playing Spring Arbor of Michigan to a scoreless deadlock through 90 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods Wednesday.
The Lions were bested, 4-3, in the penalty-kick tiebreaker that was extended to six rounds after the two teams matched three goals apiece in the initial five rounds.
The game is officially recorded as a tie, giving No. 2-ranked VU, in its second NAIA Tournament appearance and its first in the quarterfinals, an 18-2-1 record. The Lions, seeded No. 3 in the tournament, were unbeaten in their last 15 matches and finished the season with 15 shutouts.
Spring Arbor (19-2-2) posted a 14-11 shot advantage to advance to Friday's semifinal against No. 2-seeded Lindsay Wilson of Kentucky.
VU's Charlotte Wisniewski, Megan Hill and Rachel Rucireta converted in the first three rounds of PKs, but Makenna Yarbor and Amanda Couch missed to allow the Cougars to force the extra round.
After Lauren Evans missed for Vanguard, Courtney Harrison converted to allow Spring Arbor to advance.
Vanguard goalie Lauren Terry made five saves to protect the shutout and force PKs.
UNLV 85, UC Irvine 57
LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Senior Daman Starring had 18 points and senior Adam Folker added 12 for the visiting Anteaters in the nonconference clash Wednesday.
It was the fourth straight loss for UCI (3-5), which had only two of its 11 scorers produce more than four points.
UCI lost the rebounding battle, 44-39, and had 15 turnovers while forcing only seven.
Starring was five for nine from the field, three for five from three-point range and five of six from the foul line.
San Diego Christian visits UCI on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Grand Canyon 76,
PHOENIX, Ariz. — The visiting Lions were outscored, 22-2, during a period of 8:32 that spanned the first and second halves in the nonconference game Wednesday.
Preston Wynne led the Lions (6-4) with 13 points, but he was one for 10 from three-point range to contribute to a 15.4% team performance from threedom (four for 26).
Wynne had a team-best six rebounds and four steals as Grand Canyon (7-2) won its sixth straight game.
Vanguard visits Cal State Northridge on Wednesday at 7 p.m.