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Celly Ruiz (15) scored Point's only goal with an assist from Taylor Beasley (33) in AAC quarterfinal, Nov. 5, at Point
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Bryan College
Women's Soccer - Sat, Nov. 5, 2016

WEST POINT, Ga. – Number two seed Point University (12-5-2) was eliminated from the Appalachian Athletics Conference Tournament by number seven seed Bryan College (10-9-1) in penalty kicks, 5-4, in quarterfinal women's soccer action, Saturday, Nov. 5, in River Bowl Stadium in West Point, Ga.  The teams battled to a 0-0 tie in the first half and a 1-1 tie through the second half and two 10-minute overtime periods.


With the tie and shootout result, the Point exits the AAC tournament and ends its season.  Bryan moves to the semifinal round of the tournament and will play the winner of Saturday's match between number three seed Columbia and number six seed Union College at number one seed Reinhardt University, Thursday, Nov. 10.


The Skyhawks took a 3-1 lead in the penalty-kick shootout, but the Lions came back to tie, 3-3, through the first round of five kicks.  Both sides scored on their sixth penalty kick, but Point missed their seventh while Bryan defender Paige Klose made the final kick for the 5-4 win and the right to advance to the AAC semifinals.


Klose netted Bryan's only goal during the first 110 minutes of action, scoring just 2:18 into the second half with an assist by teammate Hana Mizoguchi.  Point forward Celly Ruiz created space for herself and scored the match-tying goal at 52:34 off an expert pass delivered into the box by forward Taylor Beasley (FR/Rangel, GA), her third assist of the season.  Ruiz led Point with 14 goals, including seven match-winners, and four assists for 32 points this season, and holds Point's school record with 35 career goals in three seasons.  Beasley scored six goals and three assists for 15 points during her rookie season.


Ruiz led the team with four shots, two on goal, and Cierra Binns, Erin Elmore, Nathaly Villalobos, Alondra Magana, and Jacqueline Escobedo each had one shot on goal apiece.  Point outshot Bryan, 13-6, and also led 7-4 in shots on goal and 6-3 in corner kicks.


Goalkeeper Natalie Brown (SR/McDonough, GA) finished the regular season with an 11-4-2 record and seven shutouts and allowed 19 goals with 51 saves.  Morgana Hardt da Silva played the full 110 minutes in goal for Bryan and allowed one goal with six saves.