Florida State won its second national championship when it beat North Carolina, 1-0, in Sunday's Women's College Cup final
before a crowd of 12,512 fans at WakeMed Soccer Park -- the second largest crowd ever to watch a women's final.
Dallas Dorosy continued her late-season heroics, coming off the bench to score the lone goal for the Seminoles, who completed a run of four straight wins over recent national champions, what head coach Mark Krikorian dubbed a “murderers’ row.” They beat 2016 champion USC in the third round, 2015 champion Penn State in the quarterfinals, 2017 champion Stanford in the semifinals and now Carolina, which won its 21st national title in 2012 and had the support on Sunday of most the crowd, which included legendary UNC men's basketball coach Roy Williams.
“We worked so hard for this,” Dorosy said. “To go through adversity – we had some lows in the season and we worked through it – I think it makes it that much more valuable.
Like in the semifinals against Stanford when she assisted on the second goal in the 2-0 FSU win, Deyna Castellanos delivered the pass to set up Dorosy, who met the Venezuelan star's low cross with a sliding finish in the 60th minute.
“Me and Deyna, we made eye-contact,” Dorosy said. “And just, with everything I had, I threw my body in there. I didn’t even know it went in until I looked up.”
Five of Dorosy's seven goals came in the last seven games.
She earned the nickname "Miss November" from her teammates after she scored two goals and assisted on the game-winning goal in the ACC final against Carolina in Cary and also scored the equalizer against USF in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and USC in the third round.
“I did rename her Miss December now,” said Krikorian. “I asked her, and she’s good with it.”
Dec. 2 in Cary, N.C.
Florida State 1 North Carolina 0. Goals: Dorosy (Castellanos) 60.
Florida State -- Jeffers, Pavlisko, Kuikka, Carle, Berkely, Howell, Villalobos, Tillman, Zhao, Castellanos, McFarland. Subs: Connolly, Patten, Dorosy, Bergau.
North Carolina -- Leshnak, Fox, Ashley, Wubben-Moy, Bingham, Otto, Pinto, Bailey, Schultz, Andrzejewski, Kimball. Subs: Spruill, Mucherera, Kingman, Dorwart, Jones, Goff.