Hartford's Katharina Lindner eliminated the Virginia women's soccer team from the NCAA tournament today, scoring the golden goal that gave the Hawks a 3-2 win with less than three minutes left in the third overtime at Klockner Stadium.
Unranked Hartford (18-4-2) tied the game in the 73rd minute and won it after another full hour of play, ending the season of No. 15 Virginia (13-9-0).
Lindner took a pass from Danielle Korbmacher in the 133rd minute and put a shot past goalkeeper Julie Harris when defender Ashley Meeker stumbled.
"In the beginning I was really surprised," Lindner said. "I actually thought I was offsides."
The season-ending loss was especially hard to swallow for Virginia because the deciding goal came on a fluke defensive breakdown.
"It's a harsh ending for them, I'm certain," Hartford Coach Mark Krikorian said. "They played so technically beautiful for the entire game and to have a bad bounce or a little lapse cost you a game, that's a difficult way to lose."
Korbmacher got Hartford on the board in the 17th minute, but Virginia's Angela Hucles tied it in the closing minutes of the first half. Scoring what would be the final goal of her college career, the senior forward launched a shot from 40 yards that ricocheted off the crossbar and the back of goalkeeper Ingrid Sternhoff before bouncing into the net.
Neither team could finish a scoring chance until the 71st minute, when Cavaliers sophomore Darci Borski beat the Hartford defense on a long run from midfield for a 2-1 Virginia lead. But two minutes later, Hawks forward Victoria Munro found the back of the net on a point-blank putback to tie the score at 2.
Even with the loss, the Cavaliers' season still gave them much to celebrate.
"I'm proud with how our team got better, even in the last week of the year," Coach April Heinrichs said. "We play a style that I'm proud of and I can hold my chin up and be proud to coach these young ladies." . . .
Lorrie Fair and Anne Remy scored two goals each in the first half as North Carolina beat William & Mary, 5-1, in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Missy Wycinsky scored for the Tribe (19-4-1). The 15-time national champion Tarheels (21-2-1) advanced to the quarterfinals, where they will play Clemson or Wake Forest.
* MEN'S SOCCER: Blake Novotny's goal in the fifth minute was all Penn State needed as the host Nittany Lions defeated William & Mary, 1-0, in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Penn State held the Tribe (14-7-3) to two shots in the second half.
The Nittany Lions (18-3-1) will play the winner of today's Maryland-St. John's match.
* WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: American advanced to its third straight Colonial Athletic Association tournament final with a 15-7, 15-4, 15-2 win over George Mason in Williamsburg. Junior outside hitter Ajola Berisha paced the Eagles (25-5) with 14 kills and a .650 hitting percentage. The Patriots finished the season at 15-12.
American will face James Madison (24-4), which defeated William & Mary, 15-9, 15-7, 15-9, in today's final. . . .
Sophomore Yulia Vtyurina had 18 kills and six digs to lead second-seeded Georgetown to a 12-15, 15-9, 15-13, 15-5 win over sixth-seeded Syracuse in a Big East tournament semifinal in Pittsburgh. The Hoyas will face top-seeded Notre Dame, a 15-12, 6-15, 15-9, 16-14 winner over Connecticut, in today's championship match. . . .
Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year Cindy Stern had 26 kills and no errors to lead Clemson to a 15-13, 15-9, 15-8 win over Virginia (18-11) in an ACC tournament semifinal in Orlando. The Tigers (31-1) will play North Carolina, which defeated Wake Forest, 15-3, 14-16, 15-12, 15-11, in today's final. . . .
Navy advanced to the Patriot League tournament final with an 8-15, 15-4, 15-6, 15-9 win over Lehigh in Annapolis. Navy (21-12) will play Colgate, a 15-1, 15-4, 15-13 winner over Army, in today's final.