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

1-1.

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

history.

”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

play.

”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

net.

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.”