Top 20 Moments: #8 – Dramatic Win Over UConn
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Women’s Soccer program turns 20 in 2014! In conjunction with celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Seminole soccer team is counting down the top 20 moments over the last 19 seasons.
Join the Seminoles throughout the fall on Seminoles.com and through their social media outlets on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as the program takes a look back in history to honor this monumentally occasion by unveiling the top 20 moments.
The countdown continues this week at No. 8 as the Seminoles secured a berth in the 2007 College Cup after defeating Connecticut in 3-2 in double overtime.
With a berth to the College Cup on the line, freshman Sanna Talonen capped off an incredible night for Florida State scoring a golden goal in the 104th minute for her third goal of the evening as the Seminoles defeated Connecticut 3-2 in double overtime in front of a jammed back crowd of 1,703 at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
Freshman Sanna Talonen registered her second hat trick of the 2007 NCAA Tournament after scoring all three goals against UConn in the quarterfinals.
The Seminoles twice fought back from a goal down in the match before Talonen capped off the come-from-behind victory with a diving header into the lower right corner to give Florida State its first overtime victory of the season. The hat trick for Talonen was her second of the 2007 NCAA Tournament, while the victory over UConn was FSU’s first in three all-time meetings.
Connecticut was first to strike in the quarterfinal match scoring just 3:51 into the match as Brittany Tegeler scored off a corner kick for her third goal of the season. Meghan Schnur sent a bending ball into the box where Tegeler connected from 15 yards out to give the Huskies an early 1-0 lead. The goal was the first allowed by the Seminoles in the postseason snapping FSU’s scoreless streak in the tournament at 324:34 which dated back to last year’s semifinal match against Notre Dame.
Florida State drew even in the 18th on Talonen’s first goal of the evening. Junior Katrin Schmidt sent a cross to Mami Yamaguchi who one-timed a shot from 14 yards out. Huskie keeper Stephanie Labbe made a diving save to her left, but was unable to control the ball as Talonen was there to put away the rebound to tie the game at one. The assist was Yamaguchi’s seventh of the tournament.
The Huskies took their second lead of the game on a goal from Annie Yi at 57:47 in the second half. Yi took a long dribble down the middle of the field and fired a shot from just outside the box. The ball found the back of the net for an unassisted goal to give UConn its second lead of the evening at 2-1.
With less than 10 minutes left in the game, Talonen brought the Seminoles even once again deflecting a shot into the back of the net off a pass from Schmidt. Yamaguchi and Schmidt played a give and go from the left corner of the box allowing Schmidt enough room to fire a shot on goal. With Labbe falling to her right to make a save, Talonen was there to redirect the shot for her second goal of the game.
Katrin Schmidt recorded a pair of assists in the win over the Huskies.
After 90 minutes of action, the two teams headed to overtime tied at 2-2. Both teams each registered a shot on goal in the first overtime period but could not find the back of the net.
In the second extra frame, the Seminoles outshot the Huskies 5-0 but no shot was sweeter than Talonen’s diving header for the game-winner. Schmidt send a beautiful cross to the far post where Talonen came rushing in to find the lower right corner of the net for the game-winner.
The goal was Talonen’s 17th of the season and seventh goal of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
Florida State outshot Connecticut 23-12 for the game, while each team took three corner kicks apiece. Labbe made 10 saves on the night, while Seminole goalkeeper Erin McNulty finished the match with three saves.
The win gave the Seminoles their third consecutive trip to the College Cup and fourth appearance in five years.
Below is the final box score from the 2007 NCAA Quarterfinal match against UConn: