GAINESVILLE, Fla. – In a battle for a spot in the national quarterfinals, Washington State (10-8-4) came up just short as #16 Florida (17-6-0) scored a golden goal in the 104' to end the Cougs postseason run Sunday afternoon. After an even matchup that saw both sides dominate the ball for long stretches, it was only fitting that the two sides went to extra-time to decide a winner. After a 10 minute stalemate in the first overtime, the Gators broke through 3:39 into the second extra period when Deanne Rose slipped free behind the Cougs' backline and slotted home the game-winner. Rose's shot was just he second on goal in the game for the Gators while also hitting the woodwork late in the second half. While the Gators controlled much of the second half, it was the Cougs the dominated the opening 45 minutes. Outshooting Florida 6-1 in the first half, the Cougs had a bevy of opportunities to take the early lead only to see their efforts come up just short including a breakaway shot by Elyse Bennett which crossed the face of the goal before going inches wide. Early in the first overtime, Morgan Weaver nearly put the Cougs in the lead when she ripped a shot towards the upper-90 only to see it pushed up and away by Florida's Kaylan Marckese. In all, the Cougs run in the postseason ended in the third round of the NCAA Championships, the deepest point in the postseason in program history.
A look at Weaver's new miss in overtime. pic.twitter.com/pO78tvT2G4— WSU Cougar Soccer (@WSUCougarSoccer) November 19, 2017
Things You Need To Know
- The Cougs played their seventh postseason overtime game in program history including their second-straight after the double-overtime draw against #20 Tennessee Friday afternoon.
- The game marked the first-ever meeting between the Cougars and the Gators in program history.
- The appearance in the third round of the NCAA Championships was the first appearance in the third round for the Cougs in program history. The Cougs all-time NCAA Tournament record moved to 3-9-4.
- WSU moved to 4-4-2 against top-25 opponents on the year.
- The 104' goal was the latest game-winner relinquished by the Cougs on the year.