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Vikings Head to Nationals on Penalty Kicks

AUBURNDALE | With plenty of drama, the Polk State College women's soccer team is headed to nationals for the second time in three years.

The Vikings (13-0-0) edged Middle Georgia College, 4-2, Friday evening in penalty kicks at Lake Myrtle Park in the District F championship.

The victory means the top-ranked Vikings head to Texas as one of the final eight teams in the national championships Nov. 19-21.

It was the first time in the program's seven seasons that the Vikings had gone to penalty kicks. The teams were tied 1-1 after regulation and two sudden-death overtime periods.

The Vikings came up with three penalty kicks while the Warriors (14-3-1) managed one, making Polk keeper Kayla Hanson the hero of the day.

Hanson, a sophomore, hadn't been in a penalty kick situation since her high school team (Eau Gallie) was in the regional playoffs.

"I was a little nervous," she said.

Hanson stopped Warrior Tashana Vincent's penalty kick.

PSC's Raquel Silveira had to make two kicks. Her first goal was nullified by the officials because she attempted to distract the Middle Georgia keeper as she kicked. She was called back to kick again and made it.

"That really did it," Hanson said. "That gave me a really good feeling that we were going to get this."

Middle Georgia's Jana Yates then kicked too high over the goal, giving Polk the advantage.

Viking Jill Maykut punched one into the center of the net for a 2-0 Polk lead.