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Golden Goal Punches Sweet 16 Ticket for Oregon State Women's Soccer

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Melinda Ingalls' goal in the 99th minute of Sunday's game with Florida clinched a trip to the Sweet 16 for the first time ever in the history of OSU Women's Soccer. (Photo by Rich Buchanan/ OSUBeavers.com)
Melinda Ingalls' goal in the 99th minute of Sunday's game with Florida clinched a trip to the Sweet 16 for the first time ever in the history of OSU Women's Soccer. (Photo by Rich Buchanan/ OSUBeavers.com)

Final Score: Oregon State 1, Florida 0. From OSUBeavers.com:

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Melinda Ingalls' golden goal in the 99th minute made Oregon State women's soccer history as the Beavers defeated Florida, 1-0, to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history. Rachael Axon assisted on the goal as the Beavers became the second un-seeded team (joining Virginia) to advance to the regional semifinals.

Oregon State (14-7-1) will advance to play Notre Dame in the regional semifinals Friday, Nov. 20 at 4:00 p.m.

"It's an unbelievable feeling," Oregon State women's soccer head coach Linus Rhode said following the dramatic victory. "If you would have asked me this when we started in August I would have said that it was a dream, but to actually be here it's unbelievable."

"We were all pretty tired going into overtime," Ingalls said. "I was just hoping that we were going to score. I didn't really realize until people started jumping on me that we were going to the Sweet 16."

Florida (16-6-2) came into the match as the No. 3 seeded team in the Florida State bracket, but was unable to get anything going in the first half against the un-seeded Beavers.

Oregon State now heads to South Bend, Ind., where it will take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame Friday, Nov. 20 at 4:00 p.m. The team will travel tomorrow to Ann Arbor, Mich. where it will stay until Thursday, Nov. 19, before heading to South Bend, Ind. 

Check out the NCAA Women's Soccer Bracket after the break. 

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