WALTER Sisulu University (WSU) beat traditional rivals Vodacom NMMU Madibaz 3-2 in a penalty shoot-out in a lacklustre soccer final of the intervarsity at NMMU south campus on Saturday.
In the semifinals played on Friday, a hattrick by Zuma Mthakazeli saw WSU beat Rhodes University 3-0 after leading 1-0 at the break. NMMU got a free passage into the final after the University of Fort Hare forfeited their match.
In the final, Madibaz were quick out of the blocks and created a scoring opportunity within the first five minutes when Bradley Petersen had a shot at goal well saved by the WSU goalkeeper.
NMMU seemed intent on emulating their Varsity Football team, who are having an outstanding run in the national Varsity Challenge, by taking the match to their opponents and pressing for the opening goal.
However, the visitors held firm and the teams crossed over scoreless.
The second half turned into a dull stalemate as both teams were more intent on not losing instead of going all out for victory.
The match became a scrappy affair and ended in a goalless draw.
In the penalty shoot- out, Madibaz started on the back foot as Zukisani Mtendeni's spot kick was saved. However, it was not too costly as the WSU kicker blasted his attempt against the upright.
Petersen and Kieran Koert then missed their spot kicks handing WSU the intervarsity title.
In the women's section, NMMU thrashed Rhodes 4-0 with two goals in each half to finish third.
Nolubabalo Mrabuli, Khanyisa Mapela, Essa Abernathy and Ntombifuthu Mncwango scored a goal apiece.
In the final, Fort Hare beat WSU in a penalty shoot-out after the teams were tied at 1-1 at the end of regulation time.
Meanwhile, Madibaz return to the Varsity Football Challenge this evening when they host Wits University at the south campus at 7pm.