The FSU Women’s Soccer Team concluded a stellar season as national champions, beating No.3 Virginia 1-0 in Sunday’s championship game in Boca Raton. Florida State, ranked second overall in the tournament, walked away victorious a year after they lost to UCLA in the finals.
The Seminoles stormed through the playoffs, most recently beating Stanford 2-0 to advance to the championship game. Virginia is a familiar foe, as FSU faces them each year as part of conference play. The Seminoles won both games against Virginia in the regular season.
After the victory over Stanford, head coach Mark Krikorian said, “We know that we have a great competition in front of us in Virginia.”
The game quickly turned into a gritty battle between two teams looking for their first title. Between both teams, only two shots on goal were registered in the entire game.
It wasn’t until the 83rd minute that midfielder Jamia Fields broke the scoreless tie with a quick shot from the top of the box. Forward Cheyna Williams intercepted a mishit goal kick from Virignia goalkeeper Morgan Stearns and advanced into the attacking third. She dumped the ball off to Fields, who cut across the center of the field, dodging several defenders. With several players between her and the goal, Fields let loose a hard shot on the ground, catching Stearns off guard.
FSU would go on to survive a few close shots from Virginia over the final minutes, securing their championship victory.
The players were pretty relaxed entering the game, citing the team’s collective experience. “It helps having a lot of experienced girls and having them come to the College Cup having played in a final,” said Williams. “It takes a little of the edge off.”
Now, they can relax and celebrate their efforts. The title win is especially satisfying for seniors Dagny Brynjarsdottir, Megan Campbell, Kristin Grubka and Jamia Fields, all of whom are leaders on the team. All four are professional prospects.
Cheyna Williams and Carson Pickett will return as seniors next year to hopefully lead the Seminoles back to the College Cup.
by MATT SIMONS / sports editor