Florida State Soccer Clinches Return Trip To College Cup With Dramatic OT Win Vs. Michigan – Tallahassee.com

Beata Olsson has come up with numerous clutch goals throughout her first season on the Florida State soccer team.

But none will be remembered more than the one she scored on Friday afternoon with 54 seconds left in overtime to send the Seminoles back to the College Cup with a 1-0 victory over visiting Michigan in an NCAA quarterfinal.

Jaelin Howell sent a ball traveling across the front of the Wolverines goal, which Gabby Carle controlled and redirected toward Michigan keeper Hillary Beall. Olsson came crossing in and fired it into an empty net after Beall wasn’t able to stop the ball from getting to her.

The entire FSU bench emptied on to the field and piled on Olsson in a wild celebration as the Seminoles (20-1-2) secured their 12th trip to the College Cup since 2003 – 11 of which have come with Mark Krikorian as coach – and second in a row.

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FSU will now try to finish the job after it fell short this past May in the national championship match in penalty kicks against Santa Clara.

The Seminoles will travel west to Santa Clara for this year’s College Cup, beginning with the semifinals next Friday and will face either the host Broncos or Duke. Those two were set to face each other in the NCAA quarterfinals late Friday night. Duke handed FSU its only loss this season on Oct. 24th in Durham.

Late goal arrived after several FSU chances came up empty

The score came after several chances earlier in the game could not find the mark.

FSU appeared to have a perfect opportunity to take the lead and potential claim victory when Emily Madril drew a foul from Michigan’s Jayde Riviere within the Wolverines’ 18-yard box.

Jaelin Howell took the ensuing corner kick and fired it low and on target near post, but Beall made a diving save to keep the game scoreless with just over 15 minutes left in regulation.

Michigan entered the match having shut out its prior four opponents.

Florida State nearly scored twice within the first 15 minutes of the match. 

In the ninth minute, Beata Olsson deflected a great cross from Clara Robbins but was ruled offside. Seven minutes later, a corner kick by Jenna Nighswonger into traffic appeared to cross the goal line before Beall knocked it away, but it was ruled no goal. The play was reviewed and the call was upheld. 

Yujie Zhao suffered a leg injury and was forced to leave the match with 8:18 left in the first half. Zhao was carted off the field.

But Zhao returned to the game with just over 29 minutes left in the second half to a standing ovation and finished out the game.

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