Dec. 6, 2013
CARY, N.C. - Friday's first national semifinal at the 2013 Women's College Cup had everything one could ask for and more as the packed crowd inside WakeMed Park was treated to a very entertaining game by two of the nation's very best.
In the end, it was Florida State's (23-1-3) Jamia Fields that provided the game-winning heroics scoring the goal of the match in the 83rd minute to break a 2-2 tie. The junior midfielder blasted a shot from the right side of the pitch from about 22 yards out that caromed off the far post, then off the back of Virginia Tech goalkeeper Dayle Colpitts and into the net to give the Seminoles a 3-2 advantage.
The goal by Fields in the 83rd minute marked the 17th time this year that Florida State has scored a goal after the 80th minute including the 14th time that a goal has either tied the match or resulted in a game-winner.
The Hokies (19-5-3) would not go quietly as a header by Jazmine Reeves clanked off the crossbar with just a minute and five seconds left in regulation. The ball hung around in the box for a couple seconds before the Seminoles were rewarded a goal kick that sealed the victory.
With the win, Florida State advances to the national championship game on Sunday, December 8 where the Seminoles will face the winner of the second national semifinal that features UCLA and Virginia. It marks FSU's second trip to the national finals and first since 2007.
Fields found a great time to register her first career multi-goal game as the Alta Loma, Calif., native gave the Noles their first lead of the match in the 57th minute breaking a 1-1 tie with her first goal of the match.
The scoring play started when Megan Campbell sent a long throw-in into FSU's attacking third, behind the Hokie defense and right to Dagny Brynjarsdottir, who timed her run perfectly to get to the ball. The Icelandic native dribbled to the end line before sending a beautiful low-lining cross to a streaking Fields, who one-timed her shot inside the right post for the goal.
A defensive miscue by the Seminoles almost led to the equalizer in the 67th minute as the ball went right to Reeves. The senior forward made a strong dribble down the middle of the field before sending a low lining shot from about 18 yards out that went past a diving Kelsey Wys and off the far post. The ball took a friendly bounce off the post going right back to Wys, who rolled over and secured the ball ending the threat.
The Hokies would tie the match in the 79th minute on goal by Ashley Meier. The score came off a counter following a hard run by Isabella Schmid down the middle of the field. Taylor Antolino made a nice play to steal the ball from Schmid to amount an attack for the Hokies. Ashley Manning received the ball from Antolino before finding Meier running down the left side of the pitch. Meier then slotted a low-lining shot inside the near post to even the match at 2-2.
After a scoreless 31 minutes of play, Virginia Tech opened the scoring in the first semifinal when Manning sent a low liner past a diving Wys and inside the left post for her fifth goal of the season in the 32nd minute.
The Seminoles were able to tie the match at one right before the half taking advantage of a free kick opportunity deep inside FSU's attacking third following a Hokie foul. On the restart, Marta Bakowska-Mathews sent a beautiful bending cross toward the near post where Kristin Grubka timed her run beautifully with a diving header that found the inside of the left post for her fourth goal of the season.
Florida State outshot Virginia Tech 9-8 for the match, while the Hokies held the advantage in corner kicks at 4-2. Both keepers finished with two saves.
Berglind Thorvaldsdottir led the Seminoles with three shots on Friday night, while Fields, Brynjarsdottir and Grubka all finished with two shots each. Meier paced the Hokies with a team-high three shots in defeat.
The 2013 women's soccer national championship game will be played on Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 p.m. with the match to air live on ESPNU.
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Jamia Fields tallied her first career multi-goal game in the national semifinal scoring Florida State's second and third goal against Virginia Tech including the game-winner in the 83rd minute.
With Fields' goal in the 83rd minute, Florida State has now scored a goal after the 80th minute 17 times this year including 14 goals that have either tied the match or resulted in the game-winner.
The Seminoles allowed more than one goal in a game for just the second time this year as the Hokies found the back of the net twice Friday night. The only other game FSU has allowed more than one goal was against Boston College on October 3 in a 4-3 Seminole victory.
Florida State's victory over Virginia Tech marked its third victory of the season against the Hokies marking the first time in school history that FSU has defeated a team three times in a single-season. The Seminoles faced Virginia three times in 2011falling to the Cavaliers 4-3 in overtime during the regular season in Charlottesville, then defeating UVa 2-1 in the ACC Tournament semifinals in Cary and finally 3-0 in the NCAA Quarterfinals in Tallahassee.
Making its third trip to the College Cup hosted by WakeMed Park in Cary, Florida State secured its first-ever victory in a national semifinal played in Cary with a 3-2 win over Virginia Tech. On the two previous occasions, the Seminoles played Connecticut in 2003 (L, 0-2) and Notre Dame in 2006 (L, 1-2). FSU improved to 10-8-4 all-time in 13 trips to Cary.
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