Santa Clara stops FSU’s title run in penalty kicks

Florida State’s fortune in the penalty kick shootout ran out.

Two early misses in the penalty kick period hit the post and Izzy D’Aquila secured the win for Santa Clara, which captured the national title over FSU following 110 minutes of soccer ended in a 1-1 tie on Monday night. The Seminoles were seeking their third national title but fell short after two previous wins on penalty kicks in the last week.

Jenna Nighswonger’s left-footer curled toward the far post and found the net in the 63rd minute, giving the Seminoles a 1-0 edge. But a defensive lapse by FSU set up Kelsey Turnbow’s kick, and she tied the game up in the 84th minute.

The Seminoles played a third straight overtime game in the NCAA Tournament in the span of nine days, following a quarterfinal win over Duke and a semifinal victory against Virginia. Both of those matches also went to penalty kicks.

On Monday, Clara Robbins and Emily Madril each hit the post while Santa Clara scored on all four of its shots.

“I’m proud of our kids,” FSU coach Mark Krikorian said. “All of these young women, I think, are to be commended. Not just the Florida State kids but all of them for the sacrifice that they’ve made throughout the course of the season. … It’s hard to lose in penalties. I think we have a lot to be proud of, a lot to be grateful for. And glad that I have the collection of kids on on my team with the uniform that they’re wearing. Really proud of their effort and what they provide.”