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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Freshman forward Karin Muya played beyond her years in just her second career NCAA Championship match for the University of Notre Dame women's soccer team on Friday night. The London, England, product assisted on the match-tying goal in the first half before putting away the game-winner in the 86th minute to lift the Fighting Irish to a thrilling 2-1 come from behind win over Texas in the second round of the NCAA Championship at Ellis Field.
No. 12/11 Notre Dame (14-5-2) improved to 66-18-1 (.782) all-time in NCAA Championship matches dating back to the 1993 season. The Fighting Irish have reached the third round or the later of the national championship tournament in 18 of their 22 NCAA tournament appearances.
After a pair of Notre Dame corner kicks went begging in the opening minutes of the match, Texas nearly put the first points of the day on the scoreboard. A blocked shot by the Fighting Irish defense off a try from Lindsey Meyer found its way to Jasmine Hart, who drilled a header right into the grasp of sophomore goalkeeper Kaela Little (Tulsa, Oklahoma/Bishop Kelley).
Notre Dame answered with a scoring chance of its own in the sixth minute. Senior forward Karin Simonian (Westbury, New York/W.T. Clarke) looked to go coast-to-coast on a dribble up the center of the field, drifting to her left at the top of the 18-yard box. A left-footed try beat Texas goalkeeper Abby Smith, but caromed off the right post and out of danger for the Longhorns.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - A rollercoaster 90 minutes and 30 seconds of extra time was all the Virginia Tech women’s soccer team needed to beat Georgetown, 4-3, in a thrilling NCAA Tournament second-round game that propelled the Hokies into the Sweet 16 on Friday evening at Penn State. Ashley Meier scored the game-winning overtime goal after just 30 seconds of extra time, and Murielle Tiernan scored one and assisted two goals.
Earlier this season, Tech (16-5) dominated Georgetown (11-5-6), 6-1, at Thompson Field. The lopsided Hokie win looked much different than tonight’s back-and-forth NCAA Tournament game.
In only the third minute of play, on the first set piece of the game, Tiernan put the Hokies on the board after heading in a corner kick sent in from Jordan Coburn to put Tech up 1-0.
Five minutes later, last year’s BIG EAST offensive player of the year, Daphne Corboz, found herself at the top of the 18-yard box in space and fired a shot into the side netting, bending the ball around the diving Kaylyn Smith to tie the game at 1-1.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Second-ranked Florida State (20-1-1) posted its second straight postseason shutout blanking Northeastern (15-5-3) 3-0 in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship Friday evening inside the Seminole Soccer Complex.
The Seminoles secured a spot in the ‘Round of 16’ for the 10th year in a row and will face UCF (18-4-0) on Sunday, November 23 at 1:00 p.m.
Three different Florida State players scored on Friday night led by redshirt sophomore Kirsten Crowley who tallied a career-high three points on a goal and an assist. Cheyna Williams notched the game’s first goal, the eventual game-winner, in the 18th minute, while Dagny Brynjarsdottir capped the scoring with her team leading 16th goal of the season in the second half.
The Noles took the early lead when Williams tracked down a long pass down the field from Crowley. The junior forward out raced a pair of Huskie defenders to the ball and then dribbled across the field before blasting a shot into the upper right corner of the net from 10 yards out to give FSU a 1-0 lead.
CHARLOTTESVILLE - The fourth-ranked Virginia women's soccer team advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 for the 10th consecutive season with a 3-0 second round victory Friday night over No. 21 Rutgers. The Cavaliers (20-2) posted their second straight 20-win season with the victory, while the Scarlet Knights had their season end with a 13-6-1 record.
The Cavaliers broke open a scoreless game with three goals in a seven-minute span early in the second half. Sophomore Tina Iordanou (Upper Brookville, N.Y.) and juniors Makenzy Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.) and Brittany Ratcliffe (Williamstown, N.J.) scored for Virginia.
Virginia controlled play in the first half, outshooting Rutgers 10-1 and having an 8-1 corner kick advantage, but couldn't capitalize on those chances as the game went to intermission scoreless. The best chance came with two minutes remaining as Morgan Reuther's (Chantilly, Va.) shot off a through ball was saved by the keeper.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The sixth-ranked North Carolina women’s soccer team had been knocking at the door all night but it took the first career goal from sophomore Maya Worth to earn the Tar Heels a spot in the NCAA Tournament third round as Carolina took down Colorado 1-0 in overtime Friday night at a frigid and packed Fetzer Field.
Worth converted on her own rebound at the 94:40 mark of the match as the Tar Heels earned a spot in the Final 16 of the tournament for the 33rd successive year. UNC will play South Carolina Sunday at 1 p.m. at Fetzer Field with the winner earning a spot in the NCAA quarterfinals next weekend.
Colorado (14-7-1) had kept the Tar Heels at bay all evening until the 95th minute. Worth finally converted on UNC’s 22nd shot of the game as Carolina ended with a 22-2 advantage in that statistic. The Tar Heels had an overwhelming possession advantage in the match but found opportunities in the 18-yard box hard to come by.
That changed with a tactical maneuver in overtime as UNC head coach Anson Dorrance started the first 10-minute session with six reserves on the field along with starting forward Emily Bruder, UNC’s starting defense of Satara Murray, Jessie Scarpa and Katie Bowen and goalkeeper Lindsey Harris who normally plays the second half for UNC. Carolina employed the strategy much of the game with 21 players seeing action and all of them playing double digit minutes.