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Tyler Edges Butler 2-1; Brevard Next for Defending Champions
November 14, 2012 - After 76 minutes of giving and taking Butler Community College gave Tyler Junior College an opportunity on Wednesday and Tyler took it. Thus, Tyler finds itself in the semifinals of the NJCAA Division I Women's Soccer National Championship Tournament for the fourth straight year.
Tyler, the defending national champion, handed Butler an early 1-0 lead, came back to tie it 1-1 in the first half and then went ahead with 14 minutes and 3 seconds to play on sophomore Alice Coyne's second goal for a 2-1 victory.
Tyler plays top-seed and No. 1 nationally ranked Brevard Community College at 10 a.m. Friday at Melbourne Central Catholic. Tyler, 19-2-2, handed BCC its only loss of the season, a 4-1 decision on Sept. 8 in Kansas.
Tyler won the national championship in 2009 and 2011, losing in 2010 to Paradise Valley Community College which is one of four semifinalists on Friday. Paradise plays Iowa Western Community College.
Butler finished at 21-3 with its elimination from the tournament. Butler had beaten Tyler 3-2 in overtime on Sept. 9 in Kansas.
Butler took a 1-0 lead on Wednesday at the 34:19 mark of the first half when sophomore Alyssa Miller scored with an assist from sophomore Carla Daniels. The lead held up until Coyne scored on a penalty kick after being pulled down in the box with 17 minutes to go in the half.
From there things went back and forth at a frenetic pace and appeared to be headed to game-deciding penalty kicks until Coyne scored with an assist from sophomore Jahmela Williams.
"I really don't know what happened to be honest on the last one," Coyne said. "I just hit it and it went in."
As for the penalty kick: "I already missed against Butler in the season on a PK, I definitely was going to take it and I got this one in," Coyne said.
"It's such a good feeling," Coyne added about advancing to the semifinal. "We've worked so hard this year, especially this year with the so many new freshmen. We've progressed so much from the start of the season. We deserve to be where we are."
Tyler carried 19 freshmen on its roster, a fact that did not escape an emotional head coach Corey Rose after the game.
"Big players step up in big games, that's what they did," Rose said of his team. "It's awesome, it doesn't get old. Nineteen freshmen, three starters from last year's team. They (NJCAA) cut down on the internationals (reducing the number to four), changed districts. We're still here."
For his part, Butler head coach Adam Hunter believed his team was the better team but accepted the outcome.
"Life goes on," he said. "I just told our sophomores they had a great career here. Back-to-back conference championships, two trips to the national tournament. I thought we were the better team tonight.
"I told the kids they can walk out of here with their chins up."