HARTFORD, Conn. — University of Maine senior goalkeeper Jasmine Phillips said she couldn’t recall taking a penalty kick “since my early high school days.”
But Phillips converted the clinching penalty kick Thursday night after making an earlier save as fifth seed Maine went five-for-five in the penalty kick shootout to oust No. 4 Hartford in their America East quarterfinal.
The Hawks converted four PKs.
The teams were tied 1-1 after regulation and two 10-minute sudden-death overtimes.
“It was nerve-wracking at the time but it felt great afterward,” said Phillips. “I put it to the goalie’s left.”
Phillips had saved Brittany Black’s PK by diving to her left.
“I thought that was where she was going to put it so I went with it,” said Phillips.
The game goes as a tie so Maine is now 6-5-7 entering Sunday’s 1 p.m. semifinal at top-seeded Boston University (13-5-1). Hartford ended at 8-5-5.
Kim Stephenson, Veronique Fleury, Sady Tobin and Anjelica Hodgson converted their penalty kicks before Phillips decided it. Lauren Aldred, Becky Flowers, Laura Guigli and Mary Beth Hamilton scored for Hartford.
Kellie Leyland one-timed an Aldred header off a Kacey Busque corner to open the scoring in the first half but Maine freshman Carolyne Nellis tied it in the 50th minute when she toe-poked the ball past Hartford goalkeeper Lauren Brodeur after Brodeur dropped a Christine LaBelle cross as the result of a collision.
Maine is now 5-1 in playoff games decided by penalty kick shootouts.
“I was confident going into the penalty kicks because we have the best goalkeeper in the country,” said Maine coach Scott Atherley. “This was a really big win for us. It was a collective effort.”
UNC’s Hansbrough injured
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina star Tyler Hansbrough is out of practice indefinitely with a stress reaction condition in his right shin.
The reigning Associated Press player of the year did not practice Thursday. Instead, he underwent an MRI that revealed the stress reaction, which if not properly treated could lead to a stress fracture, team spokesman Steve Kirschner said.
The school issued a statement saying there is no timetable for his return and no further information on the injury was available. Coach Roy Williams said he would have no comment until Friday after he meets with Hansbrough and the medical staff.
Hansbrough played in all 108 games during his previous three seasons at North Carolina, and has two weeks to heal before the Nov. 15 season opener against Pennsylvania if he is to keep that streak intact.
He is the first AP player of the year to return to school since LSU’s Shaquille O’Neal in 1991, and probably the biggest name to skip the draft and play a fourth season in college since Tim Duncan returned to Wake Forest a decade ago.
Hansbrough averaged 22.6 points and 10.2 rebounds last season in leading North Carolina to a school-record 36 wins, its second straight Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title and its first Final Four since 2005.
He begins his senior season 122 points behind Phil Ford’s 30-year-old school scoring record of 2,290 points, and is within reach of the ACC’s scoring record of 2,769 set by Duke’s J.J. Redick in 2006.