Argos Season Ends On Penalty Kicks
Fla. – The University of West Florida women’s soccer team saw
their season come to end after falling 4-1 in penalty kicks to Cal St.
Dominquez Hills in the NCAA National Semifinal. The Argos would strike first
early on in the match but would surrender the equalizer just before the end
of the first half. The Argos would take the 1-1 tie through two sudden
victory overtime periods and into penalty kicks, eventually falling 4-1 to
West Florida would get on the board first in the 35th minute on another
Gordon to Duncan connection. Gordon streaking down the left sideline found
and open Duncan inside the six yard box for the game’s first goal, giving
the Argos a 1-0 advantage. Of Gordon’s 21 assists this season 14 have come
on goals by Duncan.
Cal St. responded eight minutes later on a Torro corner kick from the
right corner. Brooke Thompson serving the ball into the box found Yadira
Gomez waiting in front of the goal. The ball would bounce around a couple of
defenders before Gomez would tap it in to knot the match up at one.
With time winding down and the score still tied at one,
Shameka Gordon had
one of the best opportunities to break the game open in the 70th minute. On
a 2-on-1 breakaway Shameka blasted one to the far post where keeper Alyssa
Congdon just got a piece of it to deflect it wide left of the goal.
Another opportunity for the Argos came with two seconds left on the
clock. On a ball sent in to the middle, Duncan was able to get a good head
on it but the ball once again would sail just left of the goal as the clock
“Wow, all credit, obviously, to Dominguez Hills,” Argonauts coach
said. “They worked very hard to make it difficult all night on our players.
Early in the game and throughout, we had our opportunities. But again,
Dominguez Hills made it very difficult to get around and get through. So
even when we were getting solid looks, they weren’t clear.”
In the first overtime the Torros threatened early on as Melissa Livergood
found a seam down the right sideline. She would make a move inside and fire
a shot past Courtney
Jones but the ball would deflect off the left post and then cleared away
by an Argo defender.
In penalty kicks the Torros were set to kick first. On the first kick by
the Argos, Dernelle
Mascall’s shot went wide left to put the Argos in the hole 0-1. Another
made penalty kick by the Torros Brooke Thompson and UWF’s
Taylor Murphy put
the count 2-1 in favor of the Torros. Third in the lineup for the Argos was
who’s shot was blocked as she attempted to go to the bottom left corner
making it 3-1 Torros. Livergood would seal the fate of the Torros as she
netted the fourth penalty kick.
“It’s not easy when everyone is expecting you to do so much, but to get
back here to the final four is something to be proud of. A shootout is a
tough way to go out. It’s been a great run to get this far with this group
and have one loss in two years. What a tremendous group of players and
The Argos season comes to end with a record of 22-0-1.
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