Nov. 9, 2006
PENSACOLA, Fla. - In exciting fashion, West Florida senior Patricia Toledo netted the tying goal with 30 seconds left to play in regulation and then drilled a penalty kick to give the Argonauts a 7-6 win in a penalty shoot-out, after both teams finished 110 minutes of soccer in a 1-1 draw. Following a missed penalty kick by Saint Leo, Toledo made the final knock en route to the Argonauts advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division II tournament.
"The only thing I remember is seeing the ball in front of me," Toledo said about her goal that tied the match. "I just head the ball towards the goal. I don't know what happened after that. I just know it went in.
"When I scored the goal, I knew we were going to win even though we were going into penalty kicks. I knew it was our time because I knew God would not let me score if there wasn't a chance to win the game.
"So when I took my penalty, I wasn't nervous. I just think that day was my day."
Unfortunately, that would be the final "day" for Toledo and the Argonauts as they lost in the second round to in-state rival Tampa University 2-0, which brought an end to Toledo's career as an Argonaut.
"I am very sad about what happened," Toledo said. "I think the way we played we could have beaten them, but we were not organized enough. It really sucks that we are not going to get a chance to repeat what we did last year when we made the quarterfinals."
However, there is nothing to Toledo to hang her head about as she finishes her career with four-straight trips to the national tournament, three All-Gulf South Conference first team selections and fifth in scoring in Argonaut history.
Toledo will now look to continue her soccer career as she enters her professional career. However, Toledo says there is nothing like playing college soccer and she will miss the friendships she has made with the players on the team.
"I am going to be able to play semi-pro," Toledo said. "I might go play in Iceland or Greenland, but when you play on the next level you don't get to know your teammates as well as you do when you play in college.
"There is just more friendships built, and that's neat. That is the thing I am going to remember for sure. "