Nile C. Kinnick goalkeeper A'anna Taylor stops an American School In Japan shot during the penalty-kick shootout in Thursday's semifinal match in the Far East Division I girls soccer tournament. The Red Devils dethroned the Mustangs by outshooting ASIJ 3-1 in PKs. MIRI O'DONNELL/SPECIAL TO STRIPES
Nile C. Kinnick goalkeeper A'anna Taylor stops an American School In Japan shot during the penalty-kick shootout in Thursday's semifinal match in the Far East Division I girls soccer tournament. The Red Devils dethroned the Mustangs by outshooting ASIJ 3-1 in PKs. MIRI O'DONNELL/SPECIAL TO STRIPES

Soccer: Red Devils girls strikers survive PK shootout

by Dave Ornauer
Stripes Guam

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – Kinnick’s girls soccer team had to face its greatest nemesis, American School in Japan, twice on Thursday in the Far East Division I tournament.

The Red Devils cruised to a 3-1 win over the Mustangs at mid-day in round-robin play. But the semifinals later Thursday proved to be a much tighter battle.

It went to penalty kicks, during which the Red Devils outshot the Mustangs 3-1 to dethrone ASIJ and advance to Friday’s championship match against Kadena — the Red Devils’ fifth straight title-match appearance.

Senior midfielder Ella Eisenhardt described Thursday’s semifinal as “an emotional roller coaster for all of us,” in which each side traded timely kicks for goals especially later in the second half.

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