The 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer National Championship will move down to Boca Raton, Florida after the four quarterfinals were played on Friday and Saturday.
Defending champions and number one seed UCLA were ousted by #2 Virginia 2-1, who will play Texas A&M, who beat Penn State 2-1.
The other semifinal will be played between Florida State, who beat South Carolina 5-0, and Stanford, who defeated Florida on penalties.
Let’s review the major talking points of each game and preview the College Cup, which take place in Boca Raton on December 5-7.
#1 UCLA’s 44-game unbeaten streak came to an end as they were defeated at home by #2 Virginia at home. The Cavaliers reached the College Cup for the second year in a row.
Virginia got off the mark in the 33rd minute through Emily Sonnett. When Makenzy Doniak’s shot was blocked, Sonnett followed up and fired the rebound past Bruins goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland. The goal was the first conceded by UCLA in 969 minutes.
Virginia extended their lead in the second half when Morgan Brian controlled the rebound off a teammate’s shot and buried in the rebound from the top of the box.
Caprice Dydasco cut the lead in half just three minutes later when her shot from an improbably angle went in off the far post.
The 74th minute stroke proved to be the last goal of the game as the Cavaliers defense bunkered down and held on for their first away win in the National Championship since 2009.
#1 Texas A&M beat #2 Penn State Saturday night by two goals to one to secure their passage to their first-ever College Cup.
The Aggies had Allie Bailey to thank as she scored a goal either side of a Penn State goal to lift her team past the Nittany Lions.
Bailey notched her first goal of the night in the fifth minute as she slid in to divert a cross past Penn State goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom.
Texas A&M surrendered the lead in the 53rd minute when Salina Williford rifled in a shot to the upper corner from outside the box, but the Aggies would regain the lead just five minutes later.
Following a scramble in the six yard box, Bailey was able to get a toe on the ball, which went in following a slight deflection off a defender.
For the remaining 32 minutes, the Nittany Lions did all they could to find another equalizer, but Aggies goalkeeper Jordan Day made several outstanding saves to keep Texas A&M ahead and lead her team into their first-ever College Cup.
#1 Florida State beat #3 South Carolina convincingly in Tallahassee to book their ticket for the short trip to Boca Raton.
Berglind Thorvaldsdottir’s opener was followed by braces from Jamia Fields and Cheyna Williams to secure Florida State’s fourth consecutive trip to the College Cup.
Thorvaldsdottir got the Seminoles on the board in the 32nd minute when finished a scramble inside the box before Fields doubled their lead when she shot across goal past a helpless Gamecocks goalkeeper.
Fields scored her second of the game with a shot from distance in the 55th minute. Within six minutes, Florida State would score twice to put the finishing touches on a convincing victory.
Dagny Brynjarsdottir dribbled the ball to the end line before cutting back for Williams to slot away to make it 4-0.
Brynjarsdottir played provider again as she headed a free kick across the face of goal for Williams to turn into the back of the net to send the Seminoles on their way to another chance at securing their first-ever National Championship title.
#1 Stanford beat #2 Florida in a thriller to move on to the College Cup for the sixth time in seven years.
Stanford didn’t waste any time going ahead, with Taylor Uhl’s first-time finish put the Cardinal ahead in the fourth minute.
An own-goal leveled the game for the Gators when a Stanford defender headed into their own net six minutes later.
Stanford’s Kendall Romine put the Cardinal back in front when she headed away a corner kick. Florida equalized quickly again when Havana Solaun diverted a corner passed Stanford goalkeeper Jane Campbell.
Campbell proved to be the hero in the penalty shootout as she saved twice and scored the decisive spot kick to send Stanford through to the next round.
We are sure to see some heartbreak and despair coupled with joy and celebration this Friday as the semifinals are played at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida to kick off the College Cup.
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