[WOMEN'S COLLEGE CUP: UCLA-Virginia]UCLA came back after going behind in the 73rd minute to tie the score at 1-1 with five minutes to play, hit the post twice in the second overtime and was rewarded with a 4-2 shootout win over Virginia to reach Sunday's Women's College Cup final against Florida State (TV: ESPNU, 3 p.m. ET).
(Highlights and reaction: UCLA.com.)
Virginia came into the game with the nation's best offense and the reputation for the quality of its attacking soccer, but UCLA outshot the Cavaliers, 16-9, marking the first time they had been outshot this season.
“They were everything we expected them to be," said Virginia coach Steve Swanson. "They are a good team that is solid at every position. It was a different game than our last three games, but I thought our team did extremely well. We were in a good position, with the lead late, but give them credit. They were able to tie it and pull it out in PKs. If we play this game 10 times, it will be just this close every time.”
Virginia that took the lead in the 73rd minute when Makenzy Doniak stole Abby Dahlkemper's back pass, dribbled around charging Katelyn Rowland and placed her shot into the vacated net for her 20th goal of the season that tied the Virginia single-season goal-scoring record, set last year by Caroline Miller.
But UCLA, which has given up eight goals all season, put Virginia under pressure and answered in the 85th minute when Sarah Killion threaded a ball to right back Ally Courtnall, who calmly set up her shot and slotted it under Virginia's freshman keeper, Morgan Stearns.
In the second extra session, Taylor Smith fired a shot off the base of the post and Courtnall's hopeful ball hit the woodwork, but neither team could score, so the game went to penalty kicks.
In the shootout, Rowland stopped shots by Alexis Shaffer and U.S. international Morgan Brian, and UCLA converted four of five shots to win, 4-2.
The victory was only the fourth in nine semifinals for UCLA, which is still looking for its first national title. The Bruins lost their three other finals, most recently in 2005.
Dec. 6 in Cary, N.C.
UCLA 1 Virginia 1.Goals: Courtnall (Killion) 85; Doniak 73.
Virginia --Stearns, Stith, Fisher, Menchel, Sonnett, Norbo, Brian, Steinlage, Colaprico, Douglas, Doniak. Subs: Fry, Shaffer, Ratcliffe, Morgan, Ferrari.
UCLA --Rowland, Dydasco, Dahlkemper, Oyster, Courtnall, Richmond, Lavrusky, Smith, Killion, Mewis, Jenkins. Subs: Alvarado, Kaskie, White, Stewart