Missouri women win soccer championship

For the first time in its 23 years, the Central Missouri women’s soccer team is a national champion.

2 Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 5-3 in a shootout to clinch the NCAA Division II title at Swope Soccer Village on Saturday afternoon.

Olathe South graduate and Jennies senior forward Abby Rhodes found the back of the net on her penalty-kick shot to seal the victory in front of a raucous crowd of Central Missouri supporters, who had remained on their feet through two frantic overtime periods.

Central Missouri coach Lewis Theobald warned his team weeks ago not to dream about this stage.

“I was like, ‘You gotta stay in the now,'” said Theobald, who coached at Olathe Northwest prior to becoming the Central Missouri coach in 2007.

In fact, Central Missouri had to rally in the final seconds of regulation.

Watch Central Missouri women’s soccer celebrate national title The Central Missouri women’s soccer team clinched its first national title by winning a shootout 5-3 at Swope Soccer Village on Saturday, Dec.

It was only the second goal Central Missouri allowed in the NCAA tournament and the fifth overall this season.

With 30 seconds remaining in regulation and Central Missouri down 1-0, Scott was fouled inside the box and awarded a penalty kick.