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NCAA D1 Women’s Soccer College Cup Guide
The 2018 National Championship is Sunday at Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC
The 2018 College Cup will take place at Sahlen's Stadium, home of the North Carolina Courage. (Photo credit: Andy Mead/isiphotos.com)
The 2018 College Cup will take place at Sahlen's Stadium, home of the North Carolina Courage. (Photo credit: Andy Mead/isiphotos.com)

Stanford, Florida State, Georgetown and North Carolina punched their tickets to the 2018 Women’s College Cup. The Final Four action kicked off on Friday, November 30 at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina — home of the North Carolina Courage — In the first semifinal match-up, North Carolina defeated Georgetown 1-0 with a double-overtime goal by Julia Ashley. Florida State then shutout Stanford 2-0 with goals from Gabby Carle and Malia Berkeley. The Tar Heels will face the Seminoles in the national championship on Sunday, December 2 at 1 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

All four teams advancing to the College Cup have been here before. Stanford, for the eighth time in 11 years, will be playing in the Final Four. The Cardinal punched their ticket with a 2-0 victory over Tennessee in the NCAA quarterfinal. The Cardinal had a 45-game unbeaten streak before Florida State knocked them out from a back-to-back championship appearence on Friday night.

Florida State blanked Penn State 1-0 last Friday to advance to the College Cup for the 10th time in school history, however this will be their first time back since 2015. It was sophomore Gabby Carle who turned up for the Seminoles in the semifinal, scoring first for her side and being the first player to score against Stanford in this year’s tournament. Malia Berkeley then doubled the lead for Florida State not long after. Florida State will meet North Carolina for the third time this season. The Seminoles beat the Tar Heels 3-2 for the ACC Championship on November 4.

For the second time in three years, Georgetown returned to the College Cup. The Hoyas topped Baylor 3-0 in the NCAA quarterfinal to advance on and improve their undefeated record to 21-0-3. The Hoyas fell in double-overtime to the Tar Heels on Friday night.

The North Carolina Tar Heels defeated the UCLA Bruins in penalty kicks to advance on to the College Cup. The Tar Heels and Bruins played to a 2-2 tie after 110 minutes of regulation and then the Tar Heels won in the shootout, 4-2. This will be the Tar Heels 28th appearance at the College Cup, their last appearance was in 2016. The Tar Heels will appear in their 25th NCAA national championship thanks to a double-overtime goal from senior Julia Ashley.

By The Numbers

 

Florida State (19-4-3)

 

Deyna Castellanos (junior): 10 goals, 6 assists

Yujie Zhao (freshman): 7 goals, 5 assists

Dallas Dorosy (sophomore): 6 goals, 2 assists

Brooke Bollinger (redshirt freshman): 38 saves, 9 goals against, 10 shutouts

 


North Carolina  (21-3-2)

 

Brianna Pinto (freshman): 6 goals, 8 assists

Julia Ashley (senior): 6 goals, 10 assists

Alessia Russo (sophomore): 6 goals, 4 assists

Samantha Leshnak (senior): 34 saves, 7 goals against, 7 shutouts

 


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