Men’s soccer overcomes penalty kick pressure

By Marisa Strawn |

If having the pressure on your shoulders to host the NCAA Division II Championship soccer games at home field is not enough, adding pressure of going into penalty kicks with one of the top teams in that conference can be overwhelming. This is exactly what happened to the Flagler College men’s soccer team.

Due to their winning record within the Peach Belt Conference, the men found themselves hosting the championship tournament at home, with each game being an elimination round. This is extremely stressful for a team, knowing that the game they are currently playing, could be their seniors last game as collegiate athletes.

Flagler men’s soccer win second-round NCAA match in shootout

By Eric Albury |
Photo by Eric Albury

After a scoreless regulation and overtime, the second-seeded Flagler College men’s soccer team outscored sixth-seeded UNC Pembroke 4-2 in a shootout in a second-round match of the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Championship on Saturday night.

Ryan Hanson, goalkeeper for the Braves, could not follow up on his perfect record during regulation and overtime of 12 saves, allowing all four of the Saints’ shots during the shootout to go past him.