CHARLOTTESVILLE – Junior forward Caroline Miller (Rockville, Md.) scored two goals, including the golden goal in the 93rd minute, to give No. 8 Virginia a 4-3 overtime win over No. 10 Florida State in front of a season-high 1,590 fans at Klöckner Stadium Saturday night. The Cavaliers improve to 9-3-2 overall (3-2-1 ACC), while the Seminoles fall to 9-5-0 (2-4-0 ACC).
“That was a great win,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “The game had a lot of ebbs and flows. Momentum kept shifting back and forth. It was a really exciting game for the fans. We didn’t play all that well in the first half and were lucky not to ever go down in the game. Give them credit, they battled back to tie the game three times. Our players really battled tonight and got the goals when we needed them.”
Virginia took little time to take a 1-0 lead, going ahead in the third minute. Gloria Douglas (Fayetteville, N.C.) made a run and was taken down just outside the penalty area. Julia Roberts (Frederick, Md.) took the ensuing free kick and buried inside the far post for her fourth goal of the season. The Cavaliers held that advantage until the 43rd minute as Hikaru Murakami’s through ball set up Tiffany McCarty’s breakaway, where she scored her 12th goal of the season. The game remained 1-1 at halftime.
In the second half, the Cavaliers retook the lead in the 58th minute. Amanda Fancher (The Colony, Texas) made a run into the box and her cross was redirected into the net by a Seminole defender for an own goal. Florida State answered four minutes later as Jamia Fields’ cross was deflected by a defender right to Dagny Brynjarsdottir, who buried the shot from 15 yards out for her second goal of the season. Virginia took their third lead of the night in the 83rd minute as Miller slipped a shot from 12 yards out past the keeper for her first goal of the night. That appeared to be the game-winner until Tori Huster drew the Seminoles even with 36 seconds remaining in regulation as her blast from the top of the area snuck inside the far post.
In overtime, Miller would score the game-winner in the 93rd minute, her second overtime golden goal of the season. Lauren Alwine’s (Elizabethtown, Pa.) cross from the wing found Miller making a run at the far post and she headed home the ball for the Virginia victory. It was Miller’s team-leading 12th goal of the season and her third game-winning goal in ACC play.
Virginia outshot Florida State 16-7 for the game, and had an 8-2 corner kick edge.
The Cavaliers visit NC State on Thursday in their final road game of the regular season. Game time in Raleigh is set for 7 p.m.
#8 Virginia 4, #10 Florida State 3
#10 Florida State (9-5-0, 2-4-0) 1 2 0 – 3
#7 Virginia (8-3-2, 2-2-1) 1 2 1 – 4
1. UVa. Julia Roberts 4 (unassisted) 3′
2. FSU. Tiffany McCarty 12 (Hikaru Murakami 2) 43′
3. UVa. Own Goal 58′
4. FSU. Dagny Brynjarsdottir 2 (Jamia Fields 5) 62′
5. UVa. Caroline Miller 11 (Kaili Torres 3, Morgan Brian 5) 83′
6. FSU. Tori Huster 4 (Ines Jaurena 3, Dagny Brynjarsdottir 3) 90′
7. UVa. Caroline Miller 12 (Lauren Alwine 5, Amanda Fancher 1) 93′
Shots: UVa 16, FSU 7
Corners: UVa 8, FSU 2
Saves: UVa 1 (Chantel Jones 0, Team 1), FSU 6 (Taylor Vancil 6)
Fouls: UVa 13, FSU 10
Caroline Miller Postgame Interview