Florida State vs. Virginia. It's become one of the all-time great rivalries in women's soccer. In 2014, the Seminoles won all three meetings by 1-0, the third one to claim their first national title.
The Cavaliers won 1-0 two weeks ago in Charlottesville to take over the No. 1 spot in the Soccer America Top 25, but No. 3 FSU won the ACC title again Sunday with a shootout victory after the final
ended 2-2. Both teams should be top seeds in the NCAA Tournament so another College Cup meeting is possible.
“We looked at this as a very challenging weekend, it wasn’t just
about today,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian
. “We know Virginia is an excellent team and we saw that today. We came out here and battled hard.
The goal was to compete and give ourselves a chance in the end, and I think we did that.
The Seminoles opened the scoring in the 12th minute on ACC Tournament MVP Natalia Kuikka
's sixth goal of the season. Virginia tied the game in the 32nd minute following a corner opportunity that ended with Makenzy Doniak
converting on her third attempt.
The Seminoles took back the lead in the 55th minute on a play similar to Virginia’s goal, Kirsten Crowley
converting on FSU's third bite at the apple. But Virginia equalized in the 67th minute on Doniak's second goal of the game.
12 straight successful spot kicks, UVA’s Meghan Cox
had her shot stopped by FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller,
, the redshirt junior from Iceland, scored to win the ACC Championship for Florida State.