Preview: 2019 Women's College Cup semifinals

The star-studded field includes one of the greatest college players in history, Stanford's Catarina Macario, only a junior, and eight players called into next week's U.S. national team camp.

Women's College Cup:
Venue: Avaya Stadium, San Jose, Calif.
Semifinals: North Carolina-Washington State (7 pm. ET), Stanford-UCLA (9:30 pm ET).
Television: ESPNU.

North Carolina

Dominant in semifinals. Carolina has won 21 NCAA championships and finished second four times in 28 previous trips to the College Cup. That makes its record in the semifinals 25-3, including a 1-0 double overtime victory over Georgetown a year ago in Cary.

Stars. All three goalscorers in the 3-2 win over USC in the quarterfinals -- junior Emily Fox, sophomore Brianna Pinto and freshman Macie Bell -- were called up by the U.S. national team for the ID camp that begins Monday in Florida ... Fox suffered an ACL knee injury in the USC win and will miss the College Cup and ID camp ... Englishwoman Alessia Russo, Fox and Pinto were MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalists.

Washington State

Road warriors. Washington State heads to the College Cup for the first time after defeating Memphis (1-0), No. 3 Virginia (3-2), West Virginia (3-0), and No. 5 South Carolina (1-0). Only the win over Memphis came in Pullman.

Makamae Gomera-Stevens scored the game-winner against Memphis and West Virginia while assisting on the opening goal against Virginia ... Morgan Weaver scored a career-best 13th and 14th goal against West Virginia, running her career total to 42, second most in WSU history ... MacKenzie Frimpong-Ellertson, daughter of 2007 U.S. Women's World Cup player Tina Ellertson, made the 2019 Pac-12 All-Freshman team.


In its backyard. The top-ranked Cardinal, the Pac-12 champion, has won its last 17 matches to book its 10th appearance at the College Cup, played this year in its backyard at Avaya Stadium. It has a 72-7 goal difference and 13 shutouts and surrendered only 26 shots on goal during the current winning streak.

Stars. Junior Catarina Macario leads the nation's top offense (4.26 goals per game) with 32 goals (the most by a player since 2015) and 23 assists for 87 points ... Sophia Smith, Madison Haley and Macario have combined for 158 points, which is more than 326 of 335 Division I teams ... Naomi Girma, Kiki Pickett, Haley and and Smith were called into the U.S. ID camp.

On a roll. The Bruins' 4-0 win at defending champion Florida State in the quarterfinals was their third consecutive shutout win in the NCAA Tournament, where they have outscored their opponents, 15-1. Since dropping their first two Pac-12 games, the Bruins have won 12 of their last 13 games, including nine in a row. The only loss: 1-0 to Stanford.

Stars. Canadian Jessie Fleming, a two-time World Cup player and Olympic bronze-medalist is a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy ... In just under three years, Ashley Sanchez, who has also gotten a national team call-up, has already broken the UCLA school record for career assists, notching 41 to break Iris Mora’s previous record of 38 ...  Freshman Mia Fishel leads UCLA in goals with 14, points with 31 and game-winning goals with six.
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