Miami's Flinn nets 89th-minute goal, Canes stun conference-leading FSU
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- A year after advancing the Hurricanes into the second round of the national tournament with a game-winning overtime goal, sophomore forward Ashley Flinn found herself in a similar scenario. She connected on an 89th-minute goal to send Miami past No. 3 Florida State and into the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Flinn's finish in the game's final stages, which came on a perfect through ball played by junior Tara Schwitter, clinched the Hurricanes' first championship berth since 2008. Miami (9-6-3, 4-4-2 ACC), which could only advance to the eight-team tournament with a win against the ACC-leading Seminoles (15-2-0, 8-2-0 ACC), used Flinn's third goal of the year to earn its first win versus Florida State since joining the ACC in 2004.
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"The kids were fabulous," head coach Tom Anagnost said. "They executed it exactly as they're supposed to. The effort was extraordinary. I'm as proud as I have been since I've been here."
Miami's offense could not break through early as a 27th-minute through ball to senior forward Kate Howarth was denied at close range, while a free kick three minutes later just outside the 18-yard box was saved on a strong effort from Wys.
The Hurricanes nearly went down a goal in the 14th minute, but junior defender Blake Stockton's heads-up play prevented any early damage. Seminoles' forward Jamia Fields' shot made its way over the head of sophomore keeper Emily Lillard, but Stockton was placed perfectly on the line to clear the ball away from danger.
Miami's offense continued to take control in the final stages of the first half. Flinn's through ball to Schwitter was saved once again by Wys in the 34th minute, while a header from Jordan Roseboro glanced off the crossbar before sailing over the net.
"We just kept at it, kept at it, kept at it," Anagnost said. "That's strong character from these kids. I'm just so proud."
Neither side was able to generate much offense in the second half, as both teams struggled to develop consistency in the game. Schwitter's ball in the game's final minute was converted by Flinn to send Miami into a celebration.
It was the first time all season Florida State was held without a goal. The win snapped a 12-game winning streak for Florida State in the head-to-head series. Miami had not beaten the Seminoles since a 1999 regular-season match-up.