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Florida State reaches College Cup for fourth straight year
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Second-ranked Florida State (22-1-1) is headed back to the College Cup after defeating No. 18 South Carolina (14-6-5) 5-0 on Friday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship inside the Seminole Soccer Complex.
Berglind Thorvaldsdottir broke a scoreless match in the 32nd minute, while Jamia Fields and Cheyna Williams added two goals apiece as the five-goal margin on Friday marked the largest margin of victory for the Seminoles in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament in school history.
The Seminole defense once again rose up to the challenge in posting their fourth consecutive postseason shutout and 17th shutout of the season to tie a school record. Florida State has now allowed just one goal in the last eight games, a span covering 720 minutes.
A crowd of 1,758 was on hand Friday afternoon to watch Florida State advance to the College Cup for the fourth year in a row and eighth time in school history. With Friday’s victory, the Seminoles are tied for the fifth most College Cup appearances nationally and become just the seventh school in NCAA history to reach the national semifinals at least four years in a row.
LOS ANGELES - The fourth-ranked Virginia women's soccer team advanced to the NCAA Women's College Cup for the second consecutive year by upsetting top-ranked and reigning national champion UCLA 2-1 Friday night at Drake Stadium. The Cavaliers (22-2) advance to next week's national semifinals, while the Bruins (21-1-2) had their 44-game unbeaten streak and their 27-game home unbeaten streaks snapped.
Virginia will play either Texas A&M or Penn State in a national semifinal on Dec. 5 in Boca Raton, Fla. The semifinals will be 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU. The national championship game will be Dec. 7 at 1 p.m., also on ESPNU.
Junior Emily Sonnett (Marietta, Ga.) and senior Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.) scored for the Cavaliers, who became the only team to score multiple goals on UCLA this season.
"We felt we could win the game, but we knew it would take a monumental effort and we got that tonight," said head coach Steve Swanson. "I thought our defense was fantastic, as we bent but didn't break. We limited their chances and took advantage of the ones we created. You are not going to beat this team by scoring one goal, they are just too good, so scoring two tonight was crucial. Our whole team was fantastic and we needed to be to beat the best. That is a team that is absolutely loaded with talent who are great people too. It is tough that one of us has to go out at this stage. I am just so proud of how our kids performed in a difficult environment after a long trip."