Nov. 13, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The California women’s soccer team defeated Auburn in thrilling fashion, 2-1, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on the campus of Florida State University Friday night.
Deadlocked at 1-1 and in overtime, the Golden Bears (11-8-1) got a golden goal from Lisa Kevorkian in the game’s 98th minute to effectively prolong her team’s season and abruptly halt the Tigers’ (10-9-3) year.
On the game-winning score, Kevorkian neatly put away Alex Morgan’s cross from five yards out to give Cal its second overtime victory in the last three games.
Neither team could muster much scoring all night long but Cal made it count when it mattered most. The Golden Bears recorded six shots in the overtime session including the game-winner off the foot of Kevorkian. Cal controlled the offensive possession in the extra period while not allowing the Tigers to register a single shot.
For the game, the Golden Bears had 22 total shots compared to just 12 by the Tigers.
Auburn’s Heather Havron picked an ideal time to score her first goal of the year. The sophomore defender connected on an unassisted goal off a corner kick in the 59th minute to give the Tigers their first goal of the game. Havron bent a beautiful corner inside the far post to tie the game at a goal a piece.
Morgan scored the lone goal of the first half as the California forward knocked home an unassisted shot in the 35th minute to give the Golden Bears a 1-0 first half advantage.
With the win, the Golden Bears now face top-seeded Florida State on Sunday at 1 p.m., at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The Seminoles are coming off a 4-1 win over Southeastern Louisiana in early action on Friday.