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Florida State Women’s Soccer College Cup Look Ahead

The stage is set, FSU Women’s soccer is heading to the College Cup for the first time since 2015.

Recap of Previous Games: 

In their first round matchup against Loyola Chicago, the Seminoles edged the Ramblers in a tightly fought game. Anna Patten scored the only goal from 18 yards out.

In the second game against USF, the Seminoles made improvements. In this scrappy game, the Seminoles allowed the Bulls to take an early 1-0 lead. However, the Seminoles responded with three unanswered goals from Dallas Dorsey, Yujie Zhao, and Gloriana Villalobos.  The Seminoles won the game 3-1.

In the Sweet 16, the Seminoles took on the USC Trojans. The game didn’t start as planned as once again the Seminoles were not able to get on the board first. In the 63rd minute, Dallas Dorsey pulls through and scores the equalizer yet again. At the end of regulation and two periods of extra time neither team was able to get it done. The game then went into a shootout. The Trojans and the Seminoles went goal for goal. Finally, Caroline Jaffers made a great save and Yujie Zhao hit the game-winning shootout goal. The game ended 1-1 (5-4) with the Seminoles moving onto the Elite 8.

In the Elite 8, the Seminoles went on to defeat Penn State 1-0 this past Friday to advance to the Final Four. Deyna Castellanos scored the go-ahead goal in the 53rd minute in front of the sold-out crowd to advance the Seminoles to the College Cup.

College Cup:

On Friday, November 30th Florida State will be taking on the Stanford Cardinal in Cary, North Carolina. Florida State isn’t new to the College Cup as they won the tournament in 2014. They have also made it to the College Cup nine times in the past fifteen years. This will be their 10th appearance in program history. What to expect against Stanford? I’m going to predict that this game will be a nail-biter and could potentially go into extra time. Stanford’s soccer team hasn’t lost a game since August 25th, 2017. This is the fifth-longest streak in NCAA history and currently the longest active streak. If the Seminoles want to win they are going to have to bring their A game.

 


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