When Sarah Martinez wakes up today, she'll be thankful for second and third chances. After having a winning goal taken away two minutes...
When Sarah Martinez wakes up today, she’ll be thankful for second and third chances.
After having a winning goal taken away two minutes prior for offsides, Martinez cashed in for the real winner in double overtime. The goal gave the No. 2 Seattle Pacific women’s soccer team a 1-0 win over Chico State on Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA Division II Far West Regional at Interbay Stadium.
Martinez, a sophomore from Bothell’s Cedar Park Christian, took a pass from senior Allison Teague and rocketed the ball from 15 yards out at the top left corner of the penalty area in the 108th minute. The shot found the right corner of the net.
The goal, as time was running out before the impending penalty-kick shootout, was the strike the Falcons had been waiting for after dominating 22-6 in shots.
“I was frustrated that the first one didn’t count,” said Martinez, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year. “I thought I was onside. I thought we outplayed them the whole game. We knew if we kept fighting that one would go in.”
Martinez also missed an open-net shot in the 80th minute on a breakaway.
The Falcons’ fifth-year program had never won an NCAA Division II playoff match in four tries until Thursday. SPU entered the NCAA Division II national tournament as one of two teams without a loss.
“This is something we needed early [in the tournament] to get over the hump and know our destiny,” said SPU coach Chuck Sekyra.
Seattle Pacific (18-0-3) moves on to the Far West Regional championship on Saturday at 1 p.m., where it will face UC San Diego.
Chico State finished the season 14-4-3.
UC San Diego 1,
Cal State Dominguez Hills 0
Natasha Belak-Berger scored the only goal early in the second half to send UC San Diego into Saturday’s title game against the Falcons.
The Tritons (18-3) scored five minutes into the second period. Belak-Burger scored from 16 yards out. Her shot deflected off a Toros (14-7-2) defender and into the goal.