Published: December 03, 2007
The University of Tampa women’s soccer team won the NCAA-II national
championship Saturday in a shootout victory over Franklin Pierce
The win marks the first time the women’s soccer team
has claimed a national title in its 10-year history and is the 12th
national championship win in the history of UT’s athletics program.
3 – 1 shootout followed 110 minutes of scoreless play that included two
overtime periods. The Spartans held an 11 – 7 advantage in shots going
into the shootout, as goalkeeper Shannon Aitken was perfect in the net.
Spartans needed just four shots in the shootout session as Shelby Kuni,
Megan Tobin and Ashley Flateland each made successful shots. Aitken
stopped three of Franklin Pierce’s shots before allowing one through.
Flateland then knocked in the game-winning penalty kick that clinched
the victory for UT.
The win is the fourth national championship
UT athletic teams have won in less than two years, marking an
unparalleled streak of recent successes. Women’s soccer now joins
baseball (2006, 2007) and volleyball (2006) as recent champions.