CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Behind a magical strike from freshman Cortney O’Connell with less than 10 seconds remaining in regulation, the Miami Hurricanes came from behind to defeat Clemson 2-1 on Senior Night at Cobb Stadium.
With the score knotted up in the closing minute, a deflected touch from senior Tara Schwitter came rolling towards the center of the field roughly 20 yards outside the Clemson goal. O’Connell one-timed a left-footed curler into the upper right corner, beating diving keeper Kailen Sheridan and clinching the dramatic victory in the regular season finale for both teams.
“I saw the ball coming to her, and in my head, I kept saying to myself, ‘Hit it one time, hit it one time, hit it one time,’” head coach Mary-Frances Monroe said. “All season we had joked with her because she hadn’t struck a ball well with her left foot. She couldn’t have hit it any better today.”