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Nairn leads Nittany Lions into first final
December 1st, 2012 3:31AM
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[PENN STATE-FLORIDA STATE] Penn State shook off having conceded the tying goal with 41 seconds remaining in regulation to beat Florida State, 2-1, on Christine Nairn's golden goal 72 seconds into overtime and move into Sunday's Women's College Cup championship game against North Carolina (TV: ESPNU, 4 pm ET). The Nittany Lions will be appearing in their first-ever NCAA final.
 
Leading 1-0 on Maya Hayes' goal in the 57th minute, Penn State surrendered the tying goal to the Seminoles when Tiffany McCarty scored of a desperation header off a cross from Kristin Grubka.

But the Nittany Lions regrouped and abruptly ended the game in the 92nd minute when senior captain Maddy Evans found Nairn free in the box, and the U.S. international scored from six yards out for her team-high 17th goal of the season.
 
McCarty, who sat out her junior year with a medical redshirt after a tumor was discovered in her jaw, leaves as Florida State's record holder in 12 offensive categories including points (150) and goals scored (63). Jessica Price, who came back from two ACL tears, leaves as the all-time assist leader in FSU history with 35.

Nov. 30 in San Diego
Penn State 2 Florida State 1. Goals: Hayes (Weber) 57, Nairn (Evans) 92; McCarty (Grubka) 90.
Penn State -- McNulty, Chapic, Church, Hovington, Hurd, Nairn, Evans, Rodriguez, Weber, Hayes, Schram. Subs: Persson, Kehoe, Garcia, Costa, Peterson.
Florida State -- Wys, Jaurena, Short, Kallman, Grubka, Fields, Brockway, Brynjarsdottir, Schmid, Price, McCarty. Subs: Hahn, Pickett, Murakami.
Att.: 7,289.
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