Nov. 20, 2009
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- Fifth-ranked Florida State (18-4-1) and No. 22 Texas A&M (15-7-3) battled
for nearly 108 minutes on Friday night in front of a packed crowd at the
Seminole Soccer Complex but in the end the `Price' was right!
Jessica Price sealed the Seminoles' ticket into the quarterfinals of the
NCAA Tournament scoring the golden goal with 2:01 left in double overtime to
give Florida State a 2-1 victory.
Price took a pass from
Tiffany McCarty and made a strong run into the box. With three Aggie
defenders crowding the space in front of the net, Price made a series of
moves to her left running toward the far sideline before slotting a
low-liner inside the right post from about four yards out. The goal was her
fourth of the tournament and third game-winning tally this postseason.
After both teams played to a scoreless first half, Texas A&M broke
through with the game's first goal in the 55th minute as Rachel Shipley
belted a shot from the top of the box which caromed off the left post and
into the back of net for her ninth goal of the season. Nora Skelton began
the scoring chance for the Aggies as her initial shot from 20 yards hit of
the crossbar. The Seminoles tried to clear the loose ball with a series of
headers but the ball found the foot of Shipley who one-timed the shot to
give A&M the one-goal lead.
The Seminoles evened the game at a goal a piece in the 65th minute as
Lauren Switzer capitalized on a beautiful header from five yards out.
The senior midfielder timed her run perfectly on great ball played by
Casey Short from the left side of the pitch. Short sent a deep cross
toward the right post where Switzer was able to redirect the shot passed
Aggie keeper Kristin Arnold and inside the left post for her second goal of
McCarty tried to give the Seminoles the lead in the 70th minute taking on
a slew of Aggie defenders. The sophomore forward made a series of crafty
moves in the Seminoles attacking third before bending a shot toward the near
post from 17 yards out that was saved by Arnold.
Switzer and McCarty tried to hook up for the go ahead goal with just over
five minutes left in regulation. Switzer attempted to bend a shot inside the
left post from about the same distance as her first goal, but Arnold dove to
her right and deflected the ball just enough before an Aggie defender rushed
in and kicked the ball out of harms way.
That would be the final scoring chance for either team as the game would
go to overtime. McCarty came within inches of closing out the game in the
first overtime period but sent a shot just wide of the right post.
Tori Huster generated the scoring chance sending a ball off a Texas A&M
defender that deflected back towards the net. McCarty got to the ball first,
took a quick touch to her right and tried to beat Arnold to the far post but
her shot slipped wide.
Becky Edwards sent a header on goal with just seconds remaining in the
first overtime off a Florida State throw-in, but a save by Arnold sent the
game into a second overtime period.
The Seminoles finished the game with the advantage in both shots (21-8)
and corners (10-3) on Friday night. The FSU defense did its part to limit
Texas A&M's chances in overtime by not allowing the Aggies to register a
shot in both periods.
Price's goal was the third golden goal scored by the Seminoles this year
and the first in the NCAA Tournament since
Sanna Talonen's diving header in double overtime beat Connecticut 3-2 in
a 2007 quarterfinal match-up in Tallahassee.
Friday night's victory kept FSU perfect at home in the NCAA Tournament
improving to 18-0-0 all-time. The win also extended the Seminoles school
record home winning streak to 18 straight. Friday night's win also marked
the first time this year the Seminoles won a game in which their opponents
scored first (1-4-0).
Florida State advances to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for
the fifth year in a row and for the sixth time in school history. The
Seminoles will face Notre Dame next week as the game time and site of
competition as yet to be determined. The Fighting Irish defeated Oregon
State on Friday 1-0. Fans are encouraged to check back with Seminoles.com to
find out the time and location of the Seminoles' quarterfinal game.