@ACCWSoccer College Cup ACCtion: Florida State Advances to Final

@ACCWSoccer College Cup ACCtion: Florida State Advances to Final

Friday December 6, 2013

 

Florida State Advances to 2013 Women's College Cup Final

 

FSU to Play in National Championship Game

CARY, N.C. - Friday's first national semifinal at the 2013 Women's College Cup had everything one could ask for and more as the packed crowd inside WakeMed Park was treated to a very entertaining game by two of the nation's very best.

In the end, it was Florida State's (23-1-3) Jamia Fields that provided the game-winning heroics scoring the goal of the match in the 83rd minute to break a 2-2 tie. The junior midfielder blasted a shot from the right side of the pitch from about 22 yards out that caromed off the far post, then off the back of Virginia Tech goalkeeper Dayle Colpitts and into the net to give the Seminoles a 3-2 advantage.

The goal by Fields in the 83rd minute marked the 17th time this year that Florida State has scored a goal after the 80th minute including the 14th time that a goal has either tied the match or resulted in a game-winner.

The Hokies (19-5-3) would not go quietly as a header by Jazmine Reeves clanked off the crossbar with just a minute and five seconds left in regulation. The ball hung around in the box for a couple seconds before the Seminoles were rewarded a goal kick that sealed the victory.

With the win, Florida State advances to the national championship game on Sunday, December 8 where the Seminoles will face the winner of the second national semifinal that features UCLA and Virginia. It marks FSU's second trip to the national finals and first since 2007.

Fields found a great time to register her first career multi-goal game as the Alta Loma, Calif., native gave the Noles their first lead of the match in the 57th minute breaking a 1-1 tie with her first goal of the match.

The scoring play started when Megan Campbell sent a long throw-in into FSU's attacking third, behind the Hokie defense and right to Dagny Brynjarsdottir, who timed her run perfectly to get to the ball. The Icelandic native dribbled to the end line before sending a beautiful low-lining cross to a streaking Fields, who one-timed her shot inside the right post for the goal.

A defensive miscue by the Seminoles almost led to the equalizer in the 67th minute as the ball went right to Reeves. The senior forward made a strong dribble down the middle of the field before sending a low lining shot from about 18 yards out that went past a diving Kelsey Wys and off the far post. The ball took a friendly bounce off the post going right back to Wys, who rolled over and secured the ball ending the threat.

The Hokies would tie the match in the 79th minute on goal by Ashley Meier. The score came off a counter following a hard run by Isabella Schmid down the middle of the field. Taylor Antolino made a nice play to steal the ball from Schmid to amount an attack for the Hokies. Ashley Manning received the ball from Antolino before finding Meier running down the left side of the pitch. Meier then slotted a low-lining shot inside the near post to even the match at 2-2.

After a scoreless 31 minutes of play, Virginia Tech opened the scoring in the first semifinal when Manning sent a low liner past a diving Wys and inside the left post for her fifth goal of the season in the 32nd minute.

The Seminoles were able to tie the match at one right before the half taking advantage of a free kick opportunity deep inside FSU's attacking third following a Hokie foul. On the restart, Marta Bakowska-Mathews sent a beautiful bending cross toward the near post where Kristin Grubka timed her run beautifully with a diving header that found the inside of the left post for her fourth goal of the season.

Florida State outshot Virginia Tech 9-8 for the match, while the Hokies held the advantage in corner kicks at 4-2. Both keepers finished with two saves.

Berglind Thorvaldsdottir led the Seminoles with three shots on Friday night, while Fields, Brynjarsdottir and Grubka all finished with two shots each. Meier paced the Hokies with a team-high three shots in defeat.

The 2013 women's soccer national championship game will be played on Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 p.m. with the match to air live on ESPNU.

 

Cavaliers Fall to UCLA in Penalty Kicks in NCAA Semifinals

CARY, N.C. - The Virginia women's soccer team had its record-breaking 2013 season come to an end Friday night in the NCAA College Cup semifinals, falling in penalty kicks to UCLA following a 1-1 draw. The Cavaliers end the season at 24-1-1, setting a record for wins in a season, while the Bruins (21-1-3) advance to meet Florida State in Sunday's national championship game.

"I want to congratulate UCLA on advancing to the final," said head coach Steve Swanson. "They were everything we expected them to be. They are a good team that is solid at every position. It was a different game than our last three games, but I thought our team did extremely well. We were in a good position, with the lead late, but give them credit. They were able to tie it and pull it out in PKs. If we play this game 10 times, it will be just this close every time."

The first half saw few early chances for either side. The best opportunity came in the 15th minute as a scramble in front of the UCLA goal resulted in a shot from junior midfielder Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.) over the bar. The teams traded opportunities for the remainder of the half, but neither side could put a shot on frame and the contest went into intermission scoreless.

The Cavaliers took the lead in the 73rd minute of play. Sophomore forward Makenzy Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.) stole loose ball in the UCLA defensive end to set up the chance. She beat the keeper to the ball, dribbled around her and placed a shot into the vacated net for her 20th goal of the season. The goal tied the Virginia single-season goal-scoring record, set last year by Caroline Miller.

The Bruins answered in the 85th minute to draw even. Sarah Killion threaded a ball to Ally Courtnall, who slotted home her second goal of the season to tie the game for UCLA. The game remained tied and headed to overtime.

The teams traded chances in the extra periods, with the Cavaliers having the better of play in the first extra session and the Bruins having good chances in the second session. Neither team was able to convert those opportunities and the game ended in a 1-1 draw, with a penalty kick shootout needed to determine who advanced to the final.

Both teams converted their first two kicks, with junior midfielder Danielle Colaprico (Freehold, N.J.) and sophomore defender Emily Sonnett (Marietta, Ga.) making kicks for Virginia and Sam Mewis and Killion scoring for UCLA. After Lauren Kaskie made UCLA's third attempt, Bruin keeper Katelyn Rowland saved first-year midfielder Alexis Shaffer's (Cary, N.C.) kick to give UCLA the edge. To open the fourth round, redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Jessie Ferrari (Fairfax, Va.), who went in goal for Virginia in the shootout, saved Kodi Lavrusky's shot, but Rowland followed with another save, this time on Brian's kick. Rosie White made UCLA's fifth attempt to clinch the shootout and give the Bruins a trip to the final.

Overall, UCLA outshot Virginia 16-9, marking the first time the Cavaliers had been outshot this season. The Bruins also had an 8-4 corner kick edge. First-year goalkeeper Morgan Stearns (San Antonio, Texas) made two saves for the Cavaliers over the 110 minutes, while Rowland made one save for the Bruins.

Virginia, who reached the College Cup for the first time in 22 seasons, also set school records with 78 goals, 80 assists, 236 points and 16 shutouts this season.