Top 20 Moments: #6 – Noles secure a berth in their second national finals
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Women’s Soccer program turns 20 in 2014! In conjunction with celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Seminole soccer team is counting down the top 20 moments over the last 19 seasons.
Join the Seminoles throughout the fall on Seminoles.com and through their social media outlets on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as the program takes a look back in history to honor this monumentally occasion by unveiling the top 20 moments.
The countdown continues this week at No. 6 as Florida State secured its second appearance in the national finals at the 2013 College Cup in Cary, N.C.
Florida State defeats Virginia Tech, Earns Berth in National Finals
A two-goal effort by Jamia Fields, the first multi-goal performance of her career, catapulted Florida State to the national championship game for the second time in school history as the Seminoles defeated Virginia Tech 3-2 in the semifinals of the 2013 College Cup in Cary, N.C.
The win was the third of the season against the Hokies as the Seminoles defeated Virginia Tech 2-1 during the regular season in Blacksburg, 1-0 in the ACC Championship finals and then again in the College Cup.
Fields broke a 2-2 tie in the 83rd minute when she blasted a shot from the right side of the pitch from about 22 yards out that caromed off the far post, then off the back of Virginia Tech goalkeeper Dayle Colpitts and into the back of the net to give FSU the lead for good.
The Seminoles celebrate after a goal scored by Jamia Fields.
The Hokies would not go quietly as a header by Jazmine Reeves clanked off the crossbar with just a minute and five seconds left in regulation. The ball remained in the box for what seemed like an eternity before the Seminoles were finally rewarded with a goal kick that sealed the victory.
Fields’ first goal of the match gave Florida State its first lead in the 57th minute as the junior midfielder one-timed a shot inside the right post following a double passing combination from Megan Campbell and Dagny Brynjarsdottir.
The scoring play started when Campbell sent a long throw-in into FSU’s attacking third, behind the Hokie defense and right to a streaking Brynjarsdottir. The Icelandic native dribbled to the end line before sending a beautiful low-lining cross to a streaking Fields, who one-timed her shot inside the right post for the goal.
Trailing by a goal late in the first half, the Seminoles found the equalizer right before the half following a Virginia Tech foul. On the restart, Marta Bakowska-Mathews sent a bending cross toward the near post where Kristin Grubka timed her run beautifully with a diving header that found the inside of the left post.
Florida State outshot Virginia Tech 9-8 for the match, while the Hokies held the advantage in corner kicks at 4-2. Both keepers finished with two saves.
The 2013 Florida State College Cup squad.
The Seminoles would go on to meet UCLA in the national finals two days later falling to the Bruins 1-0 in overtime in cold and rainy conditions. It marked the first title game decided in overtime since 2002.
The goal came off the foot of the Bruins’ Kodi Lavrusky, who snuck a left-footed ball past a diving Kelsey Wys and into the bottom right corner of the net for the game-winner.
UCLA outshot Florida State 18-5 for the match. Wys finished with seven saves.
Fields was honored as the Most Outstanding Player on Offense following the conclusion of the 2013 Women’s College Cup. The Alta Loma, Calif., native was also named to the College Cup All-Tournament Team and was joined on the team by Grubka and Wys. Fields was the lone player to score more than one goal in the 2013 College Cup.