CARY, N.C. – A new national champion will be crowned on Monday in Cary when the top-seeded Florida State Seminoles (13-0-2) face off with 11th-seeded Santa Clara (10-1) in the finals of the 2020 Women’s College Cup inside WakeMed Soccer Park.
This will be just the second meeting between the Seminoles and the Broncos. The first time the two teams met was in 2001 when Santa Clara won 4-1.
Florida State heads into the national championship having advanced in PK shootouts in their last two games of the NCAA Tournament. FSU is unbeaten on the season with a 13-0-2 record. Both ties resulted in FSU advancing on PKs, 5-3 against Duke and 3-0 against Virginia.
Freshman goalkeeper Cristina Roque has shown up big for the Seminoles during the NCAA Tournament. She has allowed only one goal in the first four games of the NCAA Tournament and has recorded three saves in shootouts. Roque saved Duke’s first attempt helping the Seminoles advance 5-3. Against Virginia, Roque shined on the brightest stage of her career earning two saves against the Cavaliers as the Noles advanced 3-0 on PKs.
The trip to the season’s final game marks the fifth trip for the Garnet and Gold to the national championship. FSU made its first appearance in the national title in 2007 and was crowned national champions in 2014 and 2018. This national championship game marks the third for the Seminoles at WakeMed Soccer Park. Florida State is 1-1 on this field during the national championship with the win coming in the 2018 national championship.
With a win, Florida State looks to become the fourth program to win at least three NCAA soccer championships, joining North Carolina (21), Notre Dame (3) and Stanford (3).
The finals of the 2020 Women’s College Cup will air live on ESPN2 at 5:30 pm. Links for the broadcast and live stats are available on the soccer schedule page on Seminoles.com.
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