SHOOTOUT: Hanover’s Christa Hurak (left) gets a shot off against a Transylvania University defender. Hurak, a senior from Lexington, Ky., closed out her college careeer as the Panthers lost in a 7-6 shootout to the Pioneers. (Photo courtesy Transylvania University)
SHOOTOUT: Hanover’s Christa Hurak (left) gets a shot off against a Transylvania University defender. Hurak, a senior from Lexington, Ky., closed out her college careeer as the Panthers lost in a 7-6 shootout to the Pioneers. (Photo courtesy Transylvania University)
For the second consecutive year, Hanover College and Transylvania (Ky.) University needed a shootout to decide which women's soccer squad would advance to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship game.

This season, host Transylvania outlasted Hanover 7-6 in Lexington, Ky., to move into the league's title match.

After each squad had converted six consecutive attempts in the shootout, Transylvania's Michelle Schroeck beat Hanover's goalie Bethan Hancock with a shot. Hanover's next effort was off the mark to end the nip-and-tuck battle.

Hanover had beaten the Pioneers in their last three meetings, including a 4-2 shootout victory in last season's HCAC semifinals.

The teams finished this year's tourney clash deadlocked 1-1 after 90 minutes of regulation and followed that with a scoreless 20 minutes of overtime to set up the shootout.

Transylvania's Alyssa Kruse scored in the 57th minute to draw first blood.

Hanover's Rachel Alvis, a freshman forward from Cincinnati, answered just 38 seconds later on a chip shot after a pass from senior midfielder Jennie Dumaine of California, Ky. The goal was the sixth of the season for Alvis, who led the Panthers' offense with four shots on goal.

The Pioneers outshot Hanover by a 24-6 margin, including a 10-0 advantage in the first period.

Hancock, a senior from Lexington, Ky., totaled seven saves to key the Hanover defense, including five in the second half when Transylvania had 13 attempts at the net.

With the loss, the Panthers closed out their season at 13-4-2 overall. That effort matches the second-highest victory total in school history (13-5-1 in 2009).

Transylvania, now 11-5-2, will meet No. 1 seed Earlham in the HCAC championship game on Saturday.