NCAA D1 Women’s Soccer Cup held in Cary

The event took place at WakeMed Soccer Park.

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M. Toppin, Staff Writer

The Women’s College Cup is an annual single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of NCAA Division 1 women’s collegiate soccer. This year’s games were played locally at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary.

 

Thursday, May 13th UVA (University of Virginia) faced off against FSU (Florida State University) in the Semi-Finals of the NCAA tournament. It was a no-score game and after having played double-overtime the teams went to a PK shootout. FSU secured the win, getting their first 3 goals behind the net, resulting in a 3-0 win in pk’s.

 

Directly after that, UNC (University of Chapel Hill) played against SCU (Santa Clara University). It was a relatively high scoring game, as Santa Clara was able to get 3 goals in behind the net and UNC had fallen short only finishing 1 shot.

 

Florida State (No. 1) and Santa Clara (No.11) went head to head in the finals on Monday, May 17th for the College Cup Title. It was a very close game, with the game ending in a 1-1 tie. The game went into double overtime and finished in pk’s. FSU was 0-0-2 in pk wins throughout the tournament, they went into this pk shootout with the determination for the title.

 

The penalty kick shootout setup in the Finals:

 

Julie Doyle (SCU) – Make

Clara Robbins (FSU) – Miss

Sally Menti (SCU) – Make

Emily Madril (FSU) – Miss

Kelsey Turnbow (SCU) – Make

Gabby Carle (FSU) – Make

Izzy D’Aquila (SCU) – Make

 

FSU missed their first two pk’s, as the ball bounced off the right hand post both times.

On the other side, SCU was able to secure all 4 of their pk’s into the back of the net to finish out the game with a 4-1 win.

 

Santa Clara went home with the College Cup Title, getting their second national championship in program history and their first in 19 years.

“The adversity that we’ve overcome and especially in Santa Clara County, is absolutely incredible. What I can say about our team is that we are resilient and we fought so hard to get to this position, and we’ve gotten better every single game during this tournament,” Kelsey Turnbow, SCU Senior player.