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Inside W&M's dramatic NCAA women's soccer shootout win

When William and Mary sophomore Rachel Moore walked to the penalty spot Saturday night in Orlando, she didn’t dare lock eyes with the University of Central Florida goalkeeper.

Make it, and William and Mary would advance to the second round of the NCAA women’s soccer tournament. Miss it, and the shootout to decide the match that ended scoreless after two overtime sessions would go on.

Moore knew Knights freshman goalkeeper Vera Varis, who appeared in the 2014 Under-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup for Finland, had been guessing left. Staying focused on the ball and not Varis, Moore decided to go that way anyway and struck the ball with enough power that even though the 5-foot-10...