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Andy Wittry | NCAA.com | November 19, 2017

Golden goals and penalty kicks among best tournament goals

  Anika Rodriguez scored the golden goal for UCLA to beat Northwestern.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

West Virginia

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.

Washington State

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.

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.

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