Portland overcame an early deficit to defeat Florida State, 2-1, in overtime in a thrilling women's match Saturday night at Merlo Field before a sellout crowd of 4,892.
Senior Rachael Rapinoe
sent the locals home with the winning goal late in the first overtime period, taking a long pass from senior defender Kelli Cronkrite
and holding off a Seminole defender before ripping a 12-yard shot past Florida State goalkeeper Erin McNulty
to the lower right
of the goal.
"I never doubted that we were going to win this game tonight," Rapinoe said. "Kelli hit a great shot down the line and I told Michelle
that I wanted it. She let it go and I was able to slot a left-footed shot past the keeper. It was just an amazing night all the way around." Holly Peltzer
took a cross from Finnish international Sanna Talonen
and put FSU up 1-0 just 68 seconds into the game.
numerous near misses, the Pilots equalized in the 66th minute as Enyeart bolted past three Seminoles down the right side and serviced a cross to the center of the box, where Natalie Budge
charged hard, took the ball off of one hop and drilled a shot to the upper right.