Stanford Soccer Back In NCAA Final
Stanford 3, Florida State 0
Courtesy of Stanford Athletics.
KENNESAW, Ga. - Stanford is back in the College Cup final.
Freshman Chioma Ubogagu scored one goal and set up another with a three-minute span to spark the Cardinal to a 3-0 semifinal victory over Florida State on Friday and lead the team into the NCAA final for the third consecutive season.
Stanford (24-0-1), aiming for its first national title, will play the winner of the later semifinal between Duke and Wake Forest, on Sunday at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. local).
After Ubogagu's goal in the 22nd minute, Kristy Zurmuhlen followed in the 24th and central defender Alina Garciamendez scored her first goal of the season, on a header in the 64th.
Ubogagu scored her 10th goal of the season after Florida State pushed forward on a corner kick only to have it headed strongly upfield by Stanford's Mariah Nogueira.
The ball went straight to Ubogagu, who pushed alongside Teresa Noyola on a two-on-one breakaway. Noyola centered the ball across the top of the penalty area to Ubogagu, who cut right, forcing a scrambling defender to slip to the ground. That gave Ubogagu the opening to cut left and unleash a shot that deflected off goalkeeper Kelsey Wys' left left and between her legs into the goal.
Shortly after, Stanford's Lindsay Taylor sent a ball down the left sideline that found Ubogagu on the run again. Nearly at the end line, the freshman pushed the ball to the top of the six-yard box where Zurmuhlen met it with a sliding stab for a 2-0 lead.
Florida State (18-7-1) had several chances, but Stanford goalkeeper Emily Oliver was up to the task, making a series of impressive saves among her total of six. The national leader in goals-against average (0.24) would earn her 11th shutout of the season and Stanford earned its 17th as a team.
The Cardinal iced the victory moments after Madeleine Thompson entered the match. After a Stanford corner kick was cleared out, she sent a long ball to Garciamendez, who, despite sandwiched between two defenders, headed the ball over Wys and under the crossbar.
The goal total was the most for Stanford in seven College Cup matches all-time.
Also, the assist for Noyola gave her 100 points for her career and left her within one of a pair of Stanford records, for assists in a career (Noyola has 40) and in a season (15). Christen Press holds both marks.