Nesbeth & Florida State Advance – Fishel & UCLA Fall
Nesbeth & Florida Line Up for the Match
The NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament Third Round — the Sweet 16 — is being played at various sites in and around Cary, North Carolina.
Among the match-ups, No. 9 Penn State Women’s Soccer team came up short against Leilanni Nesbeth and her ACC Champions and No. 1 overall seed Florida State (FSU) Women’s Soccer teammates in the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament.
Penn State took the early lead as Frankie Tagliaferri scored in the 20th minute. Florida State came roaring back, with the equalizer coming from Kristina Lynch in the 31st minute, then they broke the tie in the second half with a pair of goals from Clara Robbins and Gabby Carle. Nesbeth and her teammates remain unbeaten as they’ll now face Duke in the Fourth Round.
Mia Fishel and her No. 3 seed UCLA used more of its comeback magic against No. 14 seed Clemson, scoring in the 87th minute to send the game to overtime. But the magic ran out after two overtime periods and a lengthy lightning delay, as they lost in a penalty kick shootout, 6-5, to eliminate them from the NCAA Tournament in the Round of 16.
For the fourth consecutive game, UCLA had to come from behind late. After allowing a 53rd-minute goal by Samantha Meredith, UCLA found itself on the brink of elimination once again. And much like their second-round game against Iowa, they found the equalizing goal in the final five minutes, this time tying the game on an Olivia Athens header. Athens scored after Reilyn Turner's shot off a corner kick hit the post and rebounded right to her in front of the goal.
With Clemson bunkering down on defense in the overtime periods, the game went to a shootout, where Clemson made all of their penalty kicks for the second consecutive game. Clemson goalkeeper Hensley Hancuff made one save in sudden death, stopping UCLA's sixth shot after five straight makes from Athens, Aislynn Crowder, Delanie Sheehan, Lucy Parker, and Marley Canales.