Kristie Brezenski said she had never been on the winning end of a shootout as a coach.
No time like the state tournament to change that.
Class B No. 4 Columbus Scotus got three stops and three scores in penalty kicks to beat ninth-ranked Hastings 2-1 Friday in the first round of the state tournament.
The victory moves the Shamrocks into Saturday's semifinals. They'll face the same top-ranked Omaha Skutt team that ended their season in the 2010 and 2011 semis.
Scotus keeper Payton Chohon stuffed two attempts after the first Tigers kick sailed high over the bar.
“She's really come on this season,” Brezenski said. “She just goes anymore. She did awesome.”
The Shamrocks got on the board first in the 12th minute when Emily Kosch's shot from about 25 yards out found its way over the outstretched hands of keeper Bailey Petzoldt and into the back of the net.
Hastings got the equalizer eight minutes into the second half on a hustle play by Chloe Swoboda. She beat Chohon to a 50-50 ball in the box and chipped it in for a goal.
After seeing Hastings miss its third attempt in the shootout, Scotus' Morgan Thorson buried her kick into the bottom right corner to clinch it.
“We knew Scotus was going to have a good team,” Hastings coach Chris Pedroza said. “I was impressed by the way they played. It wasn't meant to be today.”
Scotus outshot Hastings by 30 for the game.
“For the most part I think we controlled the game in the air,” Brezenski said. “We did a really good job through the middle. We just couldn't convert.”
Hastings (13-4)...................................0 1 0 0 0 — 1
Columbus Scotus (11-3).........................1 0 0 0 1 — 2
Scotus wins shootout 3-0
Goals: H, Chloe Swoboda; CS, Emily Kosch.
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