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KENNESAW, Ga. - Mollie Pathman scored two second-half goals and Duke beat Wake Forest 4-1 on Friday night to advance to the women's College Cup final.
Reserve forward Molly Lester and Kaitlyn Kerr also scored for the Blue Devils (22-3-1), who will face top-ranked Stanford in Sunday's title game.
Rachel Nuzzolese converted a free kick for Wake Forest (18-4-4), which hadn't allowed more than two goals in a game all season long.
Nuzzolese's second-half goal got the Demon Deacons within one, but Duke responded two minutes later, taking advantage of a favorable call.
Riley Ridgik was penalized while marking Kerr in the penalty box. Television replays indicated Ridgik was making a play on the ball before both players went down about 18 yards in front of the goal.
Pathman's penalty kick - the first attempted by Duke all season, and the first allowed all season by Wake - gave the Blue Devils a 3-1 lead.
Kerr, a sophomore midfielder, became Duke's leading scorer in NCAA action when she sealed the victory with her sixth tournament goal. She has five goals in the tournament this season.
Duke and Wake Forest faced off for the third time this season. Duke won 2-0 at Wake Forest on Oct. 20, but fell 2-1 to the Demon Deacons in the ACC Tournament on Nov. 4.
KENNESAW, Ga. (seminoles.com) - Florida State's run to the College Cup came to a close Friday evening in Kennesaw as top-ranked Stanford defeated the Seminoles 3-0 in front of a crowd of over 9,000 in the first semifinal of the 2011 NCAA Tournament at the KSU Soccer Complex.
The Cardinal (24-0-1) scored two goals in a span of two and a half minutes in the first half to grab a lead they would never relinquish, while adding a third goal in the 64th minute to run their unbeaten streak to a nation's best 25 games.
Three different Stanford players found the back of the net Friday night including the game-winner by Chioma Ubogagu in the 22nd minute. Kristy Zurmuhlen and Alina Garciamendez also scored as the Cardinal advances to the national championship game for the third year in a row and will face the winner on Duke/Wake Forest on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.
The Seminoles were shut out for the first time since a 3-0 setback at the hands of Maryland back on October 13 in Tallahassee. The loss snapped FSU's season-best 10-game unbeaten streak as the Seminoles finished the year at 18-7-1.
Florida State finished the game outshooting Stanford 12-9 including an 8-3 advantage in the second half. Senior Janice Cayman led all Seminoles with three shots including two on goal - both coming in the second half. Tori Huster, Tiana Brockway and Toni Pressley each registered two shots apiece.