Florida State, UCLA to play for title
CARY, N.C. -- Jamia Fields led Florida State to the NCAA Women's College Cup final, scoring twice in the second half in the Seminoles' 3-2 victory over Virginia Tech on Friday night.
Florida State (23-1-3) will face UCLA in the championship game Sunday. UCLA beat Virginia 4-2 on penalty kicks after they tied 1-1.
Fields gave Florida State a 2-1 lead in the 57th minute and snapped a 2-2 tie in the 83rd minute to help the Seminoles (23-1-3) reach the championship game for the second time in program history.
"It was one heck of a battle, and sometimes in this game you have to have a little bit of luck," Florida State coach Mark Krikorian said. "One of the words that defines our season is 'perseverance,' and I think we showed that again today and were able to find a way to win the game."
Kristin Grubka also scored for Florida State.
Ashley Manning and Ashley Meier scored for the Hokies (19-5-3), who lost for the third time this season to the Seminoles.
Fields scored the winning goal on a lofted shot from the right flank from outside the box. Virginia Tech goalkeeper Dayle Colpitts tracked the ball as it approached the net, leaping to try to save it. The ball hit off the left post, deflected off Colpitts and trickled across the goal line.
"I didn't want it to go off post and hit her, but I'm always going for the goal," Fields said. "I knew we had to get a goal to win, so that's what I did."
Colpitts said she thought the ball was a cross, not a shot, when it left Fields' foot.
"It was obviously a tricky ball," Colpitts said. "It went off my hand, off the post, off me, back in, off everything and back in. It's unfortunate, and I'm disappointed with it."
Two shots by Jazmine Reeves bounced off the goal frame in the second half for Virginia Tech.
Reeves hit the left post midway through the second half and fired a shot off the crossbar with just more than a minute to play.
"You can't get much closer than that, I guess," Reeves said. "I had a couple of chances, and I tried to put them away. Unfortunately, I didn't. It didn't fall for us today, but that's all right. That's how the game goes sometimes."
Fields gave Florida State a 2-1 lead with her first goal.
Megan Campbell launched a long throw down the left sideline and over the heads of Virginia Tech defenders. Dagny Brynjarsdottir ran down the ball for Florida State and sent a cross through the box from left to right. The pass arrived on time for Fields as she streaked toward the goal, and she one-timed the ball into the net.
The Hokies tied it on Meier's goal in the 79th minute. She took a pass from Manning down the left flank and beat goalkeeper Kelsey Wys with a left-footed shot.
Virginia Tech opened the scoring on Manning's goal in the 32nd minute. Florida State countered just before halftime on Grubka's diving header off Marta Bakowska-Mathews' free kick.
"Getting to the final four wasn't our goal," Fields said. "We want to win the next game, and I'm glad we won today."
UCLA 1, Virginia 1 (UCLA wins 4-2 on penalties)
Rosie White pushed UCLA into the NCAA Women's College Cup final, scoring the decisive penalty kick against Virginia after the teams tied 1-1.
The Bruins (21-1-3) won the tiebreaker 4-2 to advance to face Florida State (23-1-3) on Sunday in the championship game. The Seminoles beat Virginia Tech 3-2 in the first semifinal.
Katelyn Rowland stopped two of Virginia's four attempts in the shootout.
The Bruins rallied to force overtime with Ally Courtnall's goal in the 85th minute. Makenzy Doniak scored in the 73rd minute for the Cavaliers (24-1-1), the tournament's overall No. 1 seed.
Each team converted its first two penalty kicks before Lauren Kaskie gave the Bruins a 3-2 advantage. Rowland then stopped a shot by Alexis Shaffer.
After Virginia's Jessie Ferrari saved a shot by Kodi Lavrusky, Rowland stopped a shot by Morgan Brian to set the stage for White's winning kick.
UCLA extended its unbeaten streak to 20 games en route to reaching the NCAA final for the fourth time overall and the first since 2005.
Virginia appeared to be on its way to its first NCAA final when Doniak took advantage of a rare mistake by UCLA's top-ranked defense.
UCLA defender Abby Dahlkemper attempted to clear the ball by passing it back to Rowland, but Dahlkemper did not make solid contact on the ball with her foot. Doniak, who already was running toward the goal, kept sprinting and reached the ball before Rowland. She juked past Rowland with a dribble to the right and kicked the ball into the middle of the empty net.
UCLA tied it when Courtnall slipped behind part of Virginia's defense unmarked. Sarah Killian threaded a pass into the box to Courtnall, who ripped a ground-hugging shot past diving goalkeeper Morgan Stearns.
The Bruins dominated play after a first half that featured no shots on goal between the teams. UCLA generated the best scoring opportunities in the second half, one of which Stearns saved with a diving punch.
The same was true of the overtime periods, where the Bruins twice hit the post with shots as they peppered Stearns. Courtnall lofted a shot midway through the second overtime that hit the post, bounced off Stearns, and hit the post again.