Regulation play ended with a 1-1 tie and, following 20 minutes of scoreless overtime the Bearkats experienced their first penalty kick shootout in the nine-year history of the program. Taylor Kelley, Kendall Webber and Taylor Person each scored on their shots.
Madison Bible was the only Kat to put her penalty kick in the back of the net, giving the No. 2 seeded Texas State a 3-1 advantage in the shootout, barely escaping an upset at the hands of the No. 6 seed Sam Houston.
"Penalty kicks is something we work on a little in training, but not much, because it is such a rare part of our game," head coach Tom Brown said. "The last thing I want to do is have the girls thinking I expect to go to penalties and have that mindset going in."
For the first 75 minutes the two teams battled scoreless soccer mainly in the midfield with few real scoring opportunities. The Bearkats did not get off their first shot until the 74th minute.
But Sam Houston's second shot found its mark as Emily Jurecka scored her second goal of the second on a pass from Tricia Mallory at the 78:53 mark, giving the Kats a 1-0 lead.
Mallory won the battle for the ball and assisted Jurecka for the game's first goal on an empty net after Texas State's Frazier went out to challenge Mallory.
"I thought it was a good goal against the run of play," Brown said. "Give credit there to Emiliy for keeping her composure and putting it in the back of the net."
Less than a minute later, however, Sereana Hines evened the game at 1-1.
In the two 10-minute sudden death overtime periods only Texas State managed a shot with Bearkat goalkeeper Michelle McCullough coming up with the save.
Mallory, Bible, Hilary Ackerman and Kirby Zak were the four penalty shooters for the Bearkats.
Sam Houston ends the season with a 9-12-1 record. Texas State upped its won-loss mark to 14-5.
The contest marked Sam Houston's third appearance in the Southland Conference tournament semifinals. Demon Field in Natchitoches has been the site for all three semifinal appearances.
Three minute later, Texas State responded with the equalizer. Junior forward Serena Hines took an unassisted ball and put it past the Bearkats goalkeeper Michele McCullough to knot the game at one apiece. It was Hines' eighth goal on the season