1. Cardinal shows resiliency after 2-0 lead evaporates.
Goals by Kyra Carusa and Andi Sullivan gave the Cardinal the 2-0 lead after 25 minutes. The first goal in the 15th minute came when Carusa pounced on a bouncing ball UCLA keeper Teagan Micah failed to catch and volleyed it into the empty net. Brazilian-born freshman Catarina Macario then fed Sullivan a precise through ball that the U.S. international slotted home to make it 2-0.
Stanford pressed to put the game away early in the first half, but Micah made a point-blank save on Boissiere's shot in the 53rd minute to keep it at 2-0. It was soon 2-2 as the Bruins scored on a penalty kick by Jessie Fleming and then Delanie Sheehan's header at the far post in the 59th minute.
But Stanford regrouped and was rewarded when Boissiere scored on a curling shot from 23 years after another piece of magic from Macario, who laid the ball off for her teammate who had been sidelined for two and half years.
The Cardinal almost added a fourth goal, but Tegan McGrady was denied when she fired a blast from distance that smashed into the far post.
“The character of this team is very strong," said Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe. "We talked about determination and resiliency, and they fought back. Jaye scored a fantastic goal. It’s difficult to come back from a situation like this but these girls wouldn’t be denied.”
2. The youthful Bruins will be
No team has ever come back from two goals down in the College Cup -- indeed, no game in its 36-year history has produced two or more goals by both teams -- but UCLA did it in less than five minutes.
The Bruins had played overtime against Duke on Friday and ultimately didn't have enough to match Stanford's firepower, but they showed their fight to get back in a game that looked lost.
"Obviously, the game didn’t go the way we hoped," said UCLA coach Amanda Cromwell, "didn’t get a great start with going down two goals, but I can’t say enough about our team and the fight, determination to come back and tie it up. They fought until the end. We had some chances but in the end, I don’t think we had enough in the tank to really force the issue the way we normally do with our press. The difference is it was a hot day, big field."
The Bruins will be back. They started four sophomores -- Fleming, Micah, Kaiya McCullough and Anika Rodriguez -- and four freshmen -- Karina Rodriguez, Anika Rodriguez, Olivia Athens and Ashley Sanchez.
3. One-and-done at Orlando City Stadium.
Too bad more fans weren't on hand for the final at the new Orlando City Stadium. The announced crowd of 1,938, was the lowest since 1,625 fans watched the 1989 final between North Carolina and Colorado College in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Smallest Women's College Cup final crowds:
ATT. VENUE: MATCHUP (YEAR)
700 Orlando: North Carolina-George Mason (1983)
1,000 Orlando: North Carolina-UCF (1982)
1,000 Fairfax, VA: North Carolina-Colorado College (1986)
1,625 Raleigh, NC: North Carolina-Colorado College (1989)
1,938 Orlando: Stanford-UCLA (2017)
In 2018, the Women's College Cup will return to Cary, North Carolina, and then alternate between Cary's WakeMed Soccer Park and San Jose's MLS stadium through 2021. The good news: Both venues have a history of drawing good crowds.
Dec. 3 in Orlando, Florida
Stanford 3 UCLA 2. Goals: Carusa (Macario) 15, Sullivan (Macario, Haley) 26, Boissiere (Macario) 67; Fleming pen. 55, Sheehan (A.Rodriguez, Hernandez) 59.
Stanford -- Jahansouz, McGrady, Cook, Pickett, Boissiere, Davidson, DiBiasi, Sullivan, Macario, Carusa, Haley. Subs: Briede, Kuhlmann, Goad, Tran.
UCLA -- Micah, McCullough, K.Rodriguez, Cerda, Goralski, A.Rodriguez, Villacorta, Athens, Fleming, Mace, Sanchez. Subs: Matulich, Hernandez, Dunphy, Sheehan, Winter.