Women's College Cup: 'Miss November' becomes 'Miss December' to lead Florida State to title

Photo: Larry Novey/Florida State Sports Information Department

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.
Att.: 12,512.

5 comments about "Women's College Cup: 'Miss November' becomes 'Miss December' to lead Florida State to title".
  1. frank schoon, December 3, 2018 at 10:31 a.m.

    Florida State deserved to win for a couple of reasons.As I have watched some of their games this season,  I noticed the individuality on the ball of the girls, which is so unlike all the other women's college teams.  The coach although I'm not sure but there is no other way to see it than Kirkorian likes to see this expressed by his players;and definitely has his staff on work on it. It is refreshing to watch as compared to the meat and potatoes style of play which represents or characterizes American soccer from NC.  NC represents everything that we need to change in American soccer, hard work and athleticism as being the predominant quality of our soccer although it will remain, currently,a successful recipe; unfortunately, this uninspiring recipe will not improve our style of soccer.
    I would recommend those who have young aspiring girls to watch Florida State play for it is enjoyable and they can learn new moves that are not displayed watching other women teams.
    Stanford has copied NC's type of game, and they are successful but it is boring to watch...lots of Athleticism and Hard Work....And this is why I"m glad Fl.St beat them as well.
    Granted NC took Fl.St. out of their game a bit, which is fine, and not vice versa ,which says already that Fl.St. plays a superior type of soccer.....

  2. frank schoon, December 3, 2018 at 10:38 a.m.

    One of the reasons many teams have problems playing Fl.St. is due to their centerbacks ,who are technically good,  able to take the ball up to midfield and beyond. This is no different than when we had the Beckenbauer libero moving up.
    I also noticed Florida midplayers stay compact together around midfield, a la Cruyff's Barcelona of the early 90's. 
    Tactically as a result of the centerback moving up with the ball it creates numerical superiority which forces the opponent having to choose to either pick up the centerback and leave his own men. This causes  the outside back or one of the midfielders to be wide open...
    Their right outside back is also a good 1v1 player, who can create 2v1 situations, once she beats her opponent, as result creates more space around the opponent's goal. 
    This is why I recommend that coaches employ centerbacks who are former midfield attacker, a la Beckenbauer types, and outside backs as former wingers, a la Ajax style, to play in the back. This gives the backline more options especially around midfield. 
    The only thing I would like to see is more deeper penetration by Fl.St. left wing and as well on their right flank which forces the opponent further back and thereby reduce even more their back support for their midfielders.
    Krikorian by his statements, although not directly, shows me he likes the dutch philosophy of the game

  3. Christopher Osmond, December 3, 2018 at 11:12 a.m.

    As I've written in this space before, NC Women's Soccer (NCWS) relies on a deep recruiting class and unlimited substitution rules to wear down their opponents via continuous substitutions.  If the NCAA would play FIFA rules, then NCWS would never make the finals based on how they approach the game.

    Even in last post by one of the bloggers noticed how tired the Georgetown girls were in the overtime period where they lost in the semis to NCWS, where NCWS basically walked in the winning goal. 

    Funny, it is this substitution strategy that helps legacy coaches to win that makes so many of the Women's teams unbearable to watch:  Hustle and bustle around the field with very few string of connected passes.  And, this is why so many of the coaches have a stake in not changing the rules to FIFA rules that would allow playing the game correctly.  Let's not forget that our U-17 girls jsut got smoked in this last World Cup that was completed.  

    Unfortunately, nothing is going ot change anytime soon with regards to college soccer.

  4. frank schoon replied, December 3, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.

    Chritopher, the reason that 'substitutions", 'hard work" and 'athleticism' works as I've stated is because soccer is played at low level whereby these qualities become an overriding factor. Until players get much, much, much, better technically and tactically then this talk of too much substitution all falls by the wayside. The only effect will be to the team that does the subbing for it can only change the pattern or flow to the game by bringing in different players.
    As far as concerned , by allowing the subbing coaches will be forced to improve their players to deal with it.
    For example, if a team plays ball possession soccer, playing smart, not allow passes that create 50/50 balls, hospital balls, fighting, than it really doesn't matter how athletic the opponents are...But bad passes as you so often see, stupid mistakes,not thinking, etc, all makes it easier for those who play with foam on the mouth to exist..

  5. stewart hayes, December 4, 2018 at 8:30 p.m.

    Only a fool of a coach would not play by the rules and take any advantage they give you.  While some might not like unlimited substitution the 12-18th players I can guarantee are much happier.  Perhaps FIFA should liberalize substitution for the sake of the players.  How many who graduate this year have played their last compeititive game?  I guess some coaches would prefer to see them sitting on the bench but not me.  I also would ike to see greater technical skill and possession but these college games are played at a very high pace and pressure.  Coaches such as Dorrance would possess the ball and win if they could.  The fact that they cannot tells you what you should know.  The teams even at the highest NCAA DI levels do not have the player depth to keep possession and win.  UNC back Julia Ashley was UNC's leading scorer with 22 points as a defender.  How about that for getting players forward!  I am inclined to see the positives and not the negatives.  A lot of women are playing and playing at a very high level.  The college game attracks women from all over the world as well.  These things are good for the game.   

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