Falcons win soccer title in sudden death
Janae Godoy’s 10-yard shot with 2:13 left in the second sudden-death overtime lifted Seattle Pacific to a 1-0 victory over West Florida in the Division II Women’s Soccer Championship on December 7 in Tampa, Florida.
The goal was Godoy’s eighth of the season but the fifth game-winning goal she scored in the last seven games, including three in the tournament.
“Being in my position, you have to run a lot to get to the back post, but it pays off when you get there,” the junior midfielder said. “The other team just didn’t get a good clearance, and it was touched right to me. I knew the keeper had already gone out, so I didn’t have to worry about her. I just hit it on the frame.”
Seattle Pacific coach Chuck Sekyra, a former soccer student-athlete at the school, has led the Falcons to the NCAA tournament in each of the last six seasons. But even winning back-to-back championships as a student-athlete didn’t prepare him for how he would feel to coach a team to a title.
“I always wondered what this would feel like, and it feels even better than I thought it would,” he said. “We never gave up. We stayed the course and believed that what we do well would get it done in the end. I thought we got stronger as the game went on.”
And get stronger they did against a West Florida team that entered the game undefeated, having outscored opponents, 92-6. But the Falcons outshot the Argonauts in the overtime, 6-2.
“Seattle Pacific came into the match with a great game plan and executed it extremely well,” said West Florida head coach Joe Bartlinski. “They have been to the finals three years in a row, so they know what it takes to compete at this level.”
West Fla. 4, St. Rose 0
West Florida 1 3 – 4
St. Rose 0 0 – 0
First half: WF – Jodi Galucci (unassisted), 21:57.
Second half: WF – Dernelle Mascall (unassisted), 59:46; WF – Jordan Stone (Mascall), 69:56; WF – Shaneka Gordon (Marcela Franco), 76:20.
Shots: West Fla. 17, St. Rose 11. Goalkeeper saves: West Fla. (Courtney Jones) 4. St. Rose (Shannon Murphy) 5. Corner kicks: West Fla. 4, St. Rose 3.
Seattle Pacific 3, Metro St. 1
Seattle Pacific 1 2 – 3
Metro St. 0 1 –1
First half: SP – Amanda Johnson (Meredith Teague), 1:13.
Second half: MS – Jen Thomas (Madison McQuilliams), 54:40; SP – Johnson (Jocelyn Charette), 55:18 SP – Charette (Johnson), 58:33..
Shots: Seattle Pacific 13, Metro St. 16. Goalkeeper saves: Seattle Pacific (Maddie Dickinson) 5, Metro St. (Becca Maloney) 4. Corner kicks: Seattle Pacific 2, Metro St. 4.
Seattle Pacific 1, West Fla. 0 (2ot)
Seattle Pacific 0 0 0 1 – 1
West Fla. 0 0 0 0 – 0
Overtime: SP – Janae Godoy (Jocelyn Charette), 107:47.
Shots: Seattle Pacific 19, West Florida 11. Goalkeeper saves: Seattle Pacific (Maddie Dickinson) 3, West Fla. (Courtney Jones) 5. Corner kicks: Seattle Pacific 9, West Fla. 12.
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