When the sun rises Monday morning, only eight women’s soccer teams will remain alive in the DI championship. Seven of them will be top-four seeds from their respective regions. The best programs in the country have won in this year’s NCAA tournament more times than not, setting the stage for a thrilling College Cup in Orlando, Fla.
Here are the best goals from Week 13 of women’s soccer action.
Mayra Pelayo – Florida
The third-seeded Gators took down in-state foe USF 1-0. Mayra Pelayo scored the game-winner at the 42-minute mark off of a beautiful set piece in which she made a run into the box and placed a left-footed shot into the upper 90 on the opposite side of the goal. You can watch the play at the 1:21 mark below.
— Gators Soccer (@GatorsSoccer) November 18, 2017
Luciana Zullo – South Carolina
Like Florida, No. 1 seed South Carolina had a narrow win in the second round of the tournament. The Gamecocks advanced with a 1-0 victory against Wisconsin, thanks to Luciana Zullo’s impressive individual effort in the first half, as she dribbled past three defenders and beat the Badgers keeper.
Pick your spot. Make them pay.
Our freshman class continues to deliver. pic.twitter.com/9GjU20KbN7
— Gamecock W. Soccer (@GamecockWSoccer) November 18, 2017
Anika Rodriguez – UCLA
Despite having one of the top scoring offenses in the country, UCLA struggled to find the back of the net against Northwestern until Anika Rodriguez scored a golden goal in overtime.
— UCLA Women’s Soccer (@UCLAWSoccer) November 18, 2017
Kyra Carusa, Catarina Macario – Stanford
Stanford relied on two players who have been regulars in our weekly “best goals” roundup. Kyra Carusa and Catarana Macario scored their 13th and 16th goals of the season, respectively, in the Cardinal’s 2-0 win over Auburn in Friday’s second round.
#1 Stanford advances to face Florida State on Sunday at 1 pm PT.
— Stanford Women’s Soccer (@StanfordWSoccer) November 18, 2017
Deyna Castellanos – Florida State
What a sophomore season it was for Florida State’s Deyna Castellanos. She finished the year with 19 goals, including both of the Seminoles’ goals in their 2-0 win over Arizona in the second round. Florida State was knocked out in the next round by Stanford.
— FSU Soccer (@FSUSoccer) November 18, 2017
There was deja vu in Morgantown, W.V., as for the second time in five years, West Virginia escaped Rutgers in the NCAA tournament thanks to penalty kicks. It was a team effort as the Mountaineers defeated the Scarlet Knights 4-3 in PKs.
— WVU Women’s Soccer (@wvuwomenssoccer) November 18, 2017
Staying with the theme of penalty kicks, Washington State advanced to the third round after defeating Tennessee in PKs (3-1) after the two sides were tied 2-2 through two overtime periods.
— WSU Cougar Soccer (@WSUCougarSoccer) November 17, 2017
Veronica Latsko, Betsy Brandon, Ayan Adu – Virginia
Virginia won its first two tournament games in shutout fashion. The Cavaliers advanced after a 3-0 win over Pepperdine as they moved on to the Round of 16 for the 13th consecutive season.
— UVa Women’s Soccer (@UVAWSoccer) November 18, 2017