2019 NCAA D1 Championship: Second Round Highlights – Upsets and Golden Goals

A quick round-up of available highlights for the most notable Second Round matches of this year’s NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship.

In this post:

  • #1 seed Virginia is upset by Washington State
  • #4 seed Penn State survives Arizona via a Tagliaferri golden goal
  • West Virginia needed a golden goal to get pass Central Connecticut State
  • Michigan upsets #4 seed Texas Tech
  • Carolyne Viens and South Florida take down #4 seed Washington
  • Santa Clara defeats #3 seed Oklahoma State
  • NC State knocks out #3 seed Arkansas

For Second Round highlights of the remaining nine matches, see 2019 NCAA D1 Championship: Second Round Highlights – Part 2.


Upset:  #1 Virginia 2, Washington State 3

Virginia, who were without senior goalkeeper Laurel Ivory due to a season-ending injury suffered during the ACC Championship, never led in this back-and-forth match, but equalized twice, first via Diana Ordonez and then via Meghan McCool, with an assist by Rebecca Jarrett.

With less than nine minutes left, the game-winning goal was scored by Washington State freshman MacKenzie Frimpong-Ellertson (WSU profile), who is the daughter of USWNT alumna Tina (Frimprong) Ellertson (Wikipedia). (Washington State write-up)


Golden Goal:  #4 Penn State 4, Arizona 3 (a.e.t.)

With 40 minutes left in the match, things were not looking good for the Nittany Lions, as they were down 2-nil on two fluky goals.  But two goals in five minutes by Ally Schlegel and Sam Coffey saw Penn State equalize with about thirty minutes to go.  However Arizona State would again take the lead about seven minutes later.  Three minutes before the end of regulation, Penn State once again equalized off the foot of Sam Coffey.  In overtime, Frankie Tagliaferri scored a left-footed golden goal for Penn State via an assist from Schlegel.


Golden Goal:  West Virginia 1, Central Connecticut 0

CCSU, who had the lowest RPI rank (149) of all the teams in the Second Round showed that their 1:0 upset over Rutgers in the First Round was no fluke. During regulation they once again kept their opponent scoreless and had more shots on goal (5 versus 3).

The game-winning golden goal was scored by Alina Stahl, who tapped in Lizzie Mayfield’s tight left-footed corner kick at the near post. This was Stahl’s third goal of the tournament, after scoring both of West Virginia’s goals against Georgetown last weekend. (WVU write-up)


Upset:  Michigan 3, #4 Texas Tech 2

Canadian international Sarah Stratigakis (2 senior WNT caps in 2017, plus U-17 and U-20 WWCs, Canada Soccer profile, Michigan profile), hit the post on a penalty kick, but then made up for it by scoring from open play less than five minutes later.

Halfway through the first half, Texas Tech tied it up, but Danielle Wolf scored twice in the second half, both via her head, to give Michigan the lead for good.  This will be Michigan’s first Sweet Sixteen appearance since 2013. (Michigan write-up)


Upset: South Florida 2, #4 Washington 0

(According to the bracket seeding, this is an upset, but South Florida has a higher rank of #17 in the last United Soccer Coaches poll, versus Washington who were unranked, though just outside the Top 25.)

Canadian WNT hopeful Carolyne Viens once again was the difference, scoring the game-winner for South Florida, as well as an athletic never-give-up insurance goal. In the 76th minute, goalkeeper Sydney Martinez had a confident save of a Summer Yates penalty attempt to preserve her shutout.


Upset: Santa Clara 3, #3 Oklahoma State 1

Twenty minutes into the match, Santa Clara scored twice in less than a minute, first off an open play goal by Kelsey Turnbow and then via a penalty kick that was converted by Julie Doyle. In the second half, Izzy D’Aquila added an insurance goal for the Broncos.

With less than two minutes left in the match, Oklahoma State scored a late consolation goal.


Upset: #3 Arkansas 1, NC State 2

Three minutes into the second half, German youth international Lulu Guttenberger scored the eventual game-winner.