Tallahassee Florida – The No. 1 ranked Seminole Football Club (20-1-2) moves into the College Cup after a 1-0 overtime win over No. 9 Michigan (18-4-3) at the Seminole Football Complex.
The Seminoles will travel to Santa Clara for their second consecutive participation in the College Cup. This will be the eighth time the Seminoles have headed to the College Cup in the last 11 and 12 yearsNS Appear in the history of the program. The Seminoles’ 1-0 win in the first overtime was 20NS This season, he finished 12 consecutive games unbeaten at home this season. The Noles’ Elite 8 record improved to 10-4-2. Florida State has won six overtime games in NCAA postseason play, with only two wins during the first overtime period.
Christina Roque made four saves, tying her highest level of the season against Virginia. The superb backline of Jaylene Howell, Lauren Flynn, Emily Madrill, Kirsten Pavlescu and Gabe Carle helped keep Michigan out of the net for 99 minutes of play. Today’s match marked the 12th season close.
The first half consisted of several quality chances on the Seminole goal. Beata Olsson found the net in the ninth minute but was called up for being offside by inches. The next best chance was at 16NS Minute after corner kick from Jenna Nighsonger. The Nighswonger leaned the ball toward the goal causing a slight dash between the Michigan goalkeeper and the defenders. The ball appeared to bounce over the goal line and was called up for official review. After the review, the referee decided that there was no goal and the game continued.
In the second half, the Seminoles made a stronger push in the offensive half, with a total of seven shots compared to just two in the first half. Nighsonger and Clara Robbins led the team in shots with two each, followed by shots from Howell, Madril, Olsson and Yujie Zhao. A penalty kick saved by Michigan kept the game tied in the 74th minuteNS Accurate. 90 minutes was not enough time for both teams to score and head the Seminoles in the 13th minuteNS Postseason game overtime.
at 99NS Minutes, with one minute left in the first overtime period, the Seminoles finally found the net. With a powerful push forward and a strong presence in the penalty area, Howell sent the ball from the right corner of the 18-yard box to the back post. With a diving effort, Karl kept the ball from coming out and brought it back towards the field of play. The Michigan goalkeeper left her line to challenge Karl, and Olson was left without any oversight on the goal line. Olson finished off Karl’s savings game with a one-touch open net. The team broke into the field and celebrated 10 yearsNS Quarter-final win.