Florida State reaches Women’s College Cup final
Jamia Fields led Florida State to the NCAA Women’s College Cup
final, scoring twice in the second half in the Seminoles’ 3-2
victory over Virginia Tech on Friday night.
Florida State (23-1-3) will face UCLA in the championship game
Sunday. UCLA beat Virginia 4-2 on penalty kicks after they tied
Fields gave Florida State a 2-1 lead in the 57th minute and
snapped a 2-2 tie in the 83rd minute to help the Seminoles (23-1-3)
reach the championship game for the second time in program
”It was one heck of a battle, and sometimes in this game you
have to have a little bit of luck,” Florida State coach Mark
Krikorian said. ”One of the words that defines our season is
`perseverance,’ and I think we showed that again today and were
able to find a way to win the game.”
Kristin Grubka also scored for Florida State.
Ashley Manning and Ashley Meier scored for the Hokies (19-5-3),
who lost for the third time this season to the Seminoles.
Fields scored the winning goal on a lofted shot from the right
flank from outside the box. Virginia Tech goalkeeper Dayle Colpitts
tracked the ball as it approached the net, leaping to try to save
it. The ball hit off the left post, deflected off Colpitts and
trickled across the goal line.
”I didn’t want it to go off post and hit her, but I’m always
going for the goal,” Fields said. ”I knew we had to get a goal to
win, so that’s what I did.”
Colpitts said she thought the ball was a cross, not a shot, when
it left Fields’ foot.
”It was obviously a tricky ball,” Colpitts said. ”It went off
my hand, off the post, off me, back in, off everything and back in.
It’s unfortunate, and I’m disappointed with it.”
Two shots by Jazmine Reeves bounced off the goal frame in the
second half for Virginia Tech.
Reeves hit the left post midway through the second half and
fired a shot off the crossbar with just more than a minute to
”You can’t get much closer than that, I guess,” Reeves said.
”I had a couple of chances, and I tried to put them away.
Unfortunately, I didn’t. It didn’t fall for us today, but that’s
all right. That’s how the game goes sometimes.”
Fields gave Florida State a 2-1 lead with her first goal.
Megan Campbell launched a long throw down the left sideline and
over the heads of Virginia Tech defenders. Dagny Brynjarsdottir ran
down the ball for Florida State and sent a cross through the box
from left to right. The pass arrived on time for Fields as she
streaked toward the goal, and she one-timed the ball into the
The Hokies tied it on Meier’s goal in the 79th minute. She took
a pass from Manning down the left flank and beat goalkeeper Kelsey
Wys with a left-footed shot.
Virginia Tech opened the scoring on Manning’s goal in the 32nd
minute. Florida State countered just before halftime on Grubka’s
diving header off Marta Bakowska-Mathews’ free kick.
”Getting to the final four wasn’t our goal,” Fields said. ”We
want to win the next game, and I’m glad we won today.”