3. FOCUS: Kuralay thrills packed house in Tallahassee


Fans packed the Seminole Soccer Complex, where attendance was listed at a record 4,582 fans, 3,000 above listed capacity. They stood on the hills in the stadium and on the parking garage across the street.

They didn't go home disappointed as Florida State, No. 1 in the Soccer America Women's Top 25, beat No. 24 Florida, 1-0, Friday night on Australian Sel Kuralay's goal from 30 yards out with less than three minutes remaining in the first half. Last year, one of Kuralay's two goals against the Gators was scored in similar circumstances.

"I saw [Florida keeper Brittni Goodwin] off the line," said Kuralay. "Last year's keeper also did the same thing. I think they get a bit confident. I spotted her off her line and tried to bend it in over the top of her."

Two other big crowds turned out for women's matches.

Freshman forward Casey Nogueira, just back from the U-20 Women's World Championship, scored the first goal of her career in the 41st minute and lifted North Carolina past Portland, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon before a near sellout crowd of 4,892 at the Pilots' Merlo Field.  BYU beat previously unbeaten Colorado, 3-2, Friday night in front of a sellout crowd of 4,742 fans, the second largest crowd for a women's athletic event in BYU history.
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  • Much-heralded freshman Lauren Cheney scored in her college debut to give UCLA a 2-1 victory over Texas A&M at the UCLA Women's Cup. Cheney was one of five UCLA starters making their first appearances of the season after returning from the U-20 Women's World Championship. Danesha Adams, winner of the Bronze Ball in Russia, scored UCLA's first goal. Two days later, Adams scored two goals and Cheney scored one to lead the Bruins past Connecticut, 3-0, and move into the No. 4 spot in the Soccer America Women's Top 25. No. 3 Santa Clara beat UConn, 2-1, and Texas A&M, 2-0.

  • On Friday, No. 2 Notre Dame won, 2-0, at TCU on goals by Jill Krivacek and Brittany Bock, who was also playing her first game of the 2006 season since returning from Russia. Two days later, the Irish got a pair of second-half goals from Kerry Hanks to beat SMU, 3-0.

  • Unbeaten West Virginia was rewarded for its early dominance with goals by Natalie Cocchi and Deana Everrett on either side of halftime to beat Penn State, 2-1, on the road. The upset avenges last year's second-round NCAA Tournament loss to the Nittany Lions and broke their 16-game home unbeaten streak.

  • Samatha Conn scored from 20 yards out to give unbeaten Rice a 1-0 victory over Texas. Amy McClintock recorded 10 saves for the Owls, who beat the Longhorns for the first time.
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