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NCAA Soccer: Santa Clara continues postseason run, while FSU wins in PKs


The College Cup Final is locked in.

No. 11 Santa Clara will be taking on top-seeded Florida State for the title. It all comes after two semi-final games that saw the Broncos upset the Tar Heels followed by another dramatic win by the Seminoles. 

No. 11 Santa Clara vs No. 2 UNC: 

Goals by Izzy D’Aquila, Skylar Smith and Kelsey Turnbow helped propel the Broncos to the upset over No. 2 UNC by a score of 3-1. 

Kelsey Turnbow snapped the one-all tie on a Izzy D’Aquila set up.

That goal would give Santa Clara the 2-1 lead, before Skylar Smith would score unassisted in the 60th to give the team a 3-1 advantage.

It’s the Broncos’ third championship game appearance and their first since 2002. They last won the title in 2001.

No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 13 Virginia

This one was a defensive battle from start to finish, as the two teams finished regulation plus two overtime periods scoreless. Virginia did a good job putting the pressure on Florida State, but ultimately couldn’t find the back of the net.

The game would be decided in penalty kicks, where FSU goalkeeper Christina Roque proved to be a brick wall.

Gabby Carle finished it off, delivering a strike to the left side that fooled UVA keeper Laurel Ivory and propelled Florida State to the championship, having scored 3-0 on PKs.

The NCAA Tournament Final will be broadcast Monday at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.