Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
UCLA runs the table on ACC giants
by Paul Kennedy, December 8th, 2013 6:25PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  college women

MOST COMMENTED

[WOMEN'S COLLEGE CUP: Final]  There's no doubting who's the best team in women's soccer. In its ninth trip to the Women's College Cup, UCLA finally won the national championship. It took a golden goal from sophomore Kodi Lavrusky to beat top-ranked Florida State, 1-0, and complete a run that included a 1-0 overtime win on the road over defending champion North Carolina in the quarterfinals and a shootout win over Virginia -- the ACC regular-season champion dubbed the FC Barcelona of women's soccer -- in the semifinals.

UCLA dominated the final with an 18-5 edge in shots, but it looked like luck would elude the Bruins as Taylor Smith hit the woodwork twice in the first half and they had a shot cleared off the line in overtime.

But in the 97th minute UCLA finally broke through right down the middle of the excellent Seminole defense that featured All-American Kassey Kallman and Irish international Megan Campbell. Defender Megan Oyster moved into the attack and fed Lavrusky, who broke clear and fired a shot from her left side past FSU keeper Kelsey Wys.

The Bruins felt snubbed after all four No. 1 regional seeds went to ACC teams. But they finished with wins over three of them in the NCAA Tournament to capture the title.

UCLA came into the College Cup with the nation's best defense, anchored by goalie Katelyn Rowland and defender Abby Dahlkemper, both All-Americans, but it was the Bruin attack that separated the ladies from Westwood from the the rest of the field.

The speed of Ally Courtnall -- daughter of former NHL star Russ Courtnall and actress Paris Vaughan -- and Smith was too much for UCLA's vaulted ACC rivals to handle. And in midfield, UCLA got great work from Sam Mewis and Sarah Killion, both 2012 U.S. Under-20 World Cup champions. Up front, the Bruins featured Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Darian Jenkins and Lavrusky, which finished with seven goals after winning a starting job late in the season.

UCLA was so deep it had two 2012 Olympians -- Chelsea Stewart (Canada) and Rosie White (New Zealand) -- come off the bench.

The win gave UCLA the title in the first year under new coach Amanda Cromwell, who arrived in the offseason after B.J. Snow left to coach the U.S. under-17 national team.

Cromwell, who came from UCF, had little time to acquaint herself with her new players, but that will be different next season.

With 10 of 11 starters -- everyone but Jenna Richmond -- and Lauren Kaskie and White off the bench all returning, there should be no doubt about who will be No. 1 when the 2014 season starts.

Note: The title was the 110th NCAA crown in UCLA sports history -- the most of any school. Women's soccer was the 20th sport to win a national championship. Four of those titles are owned by men's soccer (1985, 1990, 1997 and 2002).



Dec. 8 in Cary, N.C.
UCLA 1 Florida State 0 (OT). Goal: Lavrusky (Oyster) 97.
UCLA -- Rowland, Dydasco, Dahlkemper, Oyster, Courtnall, Richmond, Lavrusky, Smith, Killion, Mewis, Jenkins. Subs: Kaskie, White, Stewart
Florida State -- Wys, Campbell, Kallman, Grubka, Schmid, Driesse, Fields, Brynjarsdottir, Hahn, Pickett, Thorvaldsdottir. Subs: Bakowska-Mathews, Crowley.
Att.: 8,806.


1 comment
  1. Clayton Berling
    commented on: December 8, 2013 at 9:29 p.m.
    This was a game that should be viewed by everyone who downplays a 0-0 soccer score (at the end of regulation time). It was dynamic from start to finish, with beautiful soccer skills on display by both teams, sharp passes and expert trapping. Much as I wanted a team from the West to prevail, both teams exemplified the best in soccer, and not just women's soccer. It was almost unfortunate that a winner had to be declared. Congratulations to both schools for their defensive and aggressive show. Thanks for the experience.


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Laura Bassett    
"I couldn't breathe, my heart was out of my chest, and I wanted the ground to ...
MLS: This weekend ...    
The Seattle Sounders ended their three-game losing streak when they beat MLS Supporters' Shield leader D.C. ...
Three takeaways from USA-Guatemala    
The USA tuned up for the Gold Cup with a 4-0 win over Guatemala Friday night ...
Scouting Report: USA and Japan go for a third time    
The first rematch of a final in Women's World Cup history is set for Sunday when ...
USA-Guatemala International Friendly Player Ratings    
Four years ago, the USA completed its Gold Cup preparations by beating Guatemala, 6-0, in San ...
What They're Saying: Abby Wambach    
"It's nerve-wracking. It's brutal. And I'm not saying this because I'm sitting on the bench and ...
Women's World Cup watch parties set for Sunday    
U.S. Soccer will host a viewing party for Sunday's Women's World Cup final between the USA ...
Olivia the parrot picks Japan over USA    
Olivia, a 10-year-old African gray parrot, is predicting Japan over the USA in the Women's World ...
ICYMI | MLS: Report: New DP procedures formulated    
Allocation money could become even more valuable under new policies adopted by MLS. One of the ...
Reader's Note: Watch for Special July 4th Edition    
Soccer America will publish Soccer America Daily on Saturday as it previews Sunday's Women's World Cup ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives