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Seminoles edge Hokies to reach Women’s College Cup final

December 6th, 2013 8:26 pm by Associated Press

Seminoles edge Hokies to reach Women’s College Cup final

Florida State's Nickolette Driesse, left, battles Virginia Tech's Katie Yensen for the ball during the second half of their Women's College Cup semifinal Friday in Cary, N.C. (AP Photo)

CARY, N.C. — Jamia Fields led the Florida State soccer team 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 for the championship on Sunday. UCLA beat Virginia 4-2 on penalty kicks after they tied 1-1 in the second semifinal.

Fields gave the Seminoles 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.

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.

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 the Seminoles 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.

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