Wilson leads Long Beach past Miami
Goal in 80th minute holds up to end big season for Hurricanes
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- An 80th-minute goal from No. 21 Long Beach State's Kelsey Wilson ended a historic season for the University of Miami women's soccer team as the Canes fell 1-0 to the 49ers in the NCAA tournament's second round at UCLA's Drake Stadium on Friday night.
Wilson's shot from the deep left side, found the inside of the far post in the 81st minute, breaking a scoreless tie.
Miami had held the 49ers without a shot on goal the entire first half, but the local team fired four shots on frame in the second period, with UM's senior keeper Vikki Alonzo able to save three of those shots.
Sophomore Tara Schwitter recorded a team-best three shots with two on goal in the opening half.
Though the night may have ended in disappointment for the Hurricanes, it was the most successful season since the program's inception in 1998.
Junior forward Kate Howarth, who ended the season with a team-high 11 goals and seven assists, earned Second Team All-ACC honors and was named to numerous national teams of the week after her performance in a pair of wins over top-10 teams (Boston College and Maryland) in October.
Alonzo ended her career with a school record 25 shutouts, 11 more than the next closest keeper.