Top 20 Moments: #1 – 2014 National Champions
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 20 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 concludes with the No. 1 moment during its 20th Anniversary celebration on the final day of 2014. Checking in as the top moment … Florida State winning its first national title in 2014!
Florida State Downs Virginia 1-0 to Claim Program’s First National Title
The quest is complete…the Florida State women’s soccer team are national champions!
Senior Jamia Fields broke a scoreless tie in the 83rd minute and the second-ranked Seminoles (24-1-1) survived a late flurry of action from the fourth-ranked Cavaliers (23-3-0) as Florida State captured its first national championship in program history with a 1-0 victory over Virginia Sunday afternoon in the finals of the 2014 Women’s College Cup inside FAU Stadium.
Cheyna Williams found Fields, who dribbled across the 18-yard box before sending a low-lining left-footed shot from just outside the box past a diving Morgan Stearns and inside the right post for the game’s only goal. Williams, who was credited with an assist on the play, was named the College Cup’s Most Outstanding Player on Offense. The junior forward finished FSU’s postseason run with 13 points on six goals and one assist.
Jamia Fields celebrates after scoring the eventual game-winner in the 83rd minute to give FSU a 1-0 lead.
The goal for Fields was her third of the 2014 NCAA Tournament as seven of her 14 career goals as a Seminole came in 22 career postseason matches.
The Cavaliers refused to go quietly after the goal by Fields as UVa pushed for the equalizer in the final seven minutes. Following their last corner kick of the match, Danielle Colaprico sent a ball into the box that was played out to Morgan Reuther, who blasted a shot from 25 yards that sailed just high. Then with a minute and four seconds left, the final UVa chance came off the head of Veronica Latsko that went high and out of play.
For the sixth time in as many games in the NCAA Tournament, the Seminoles did not allow a goal. On Sunday, Florida State’s defense was even better as they didn’t even allow the Cavaliers to register a shot on frame. FSU joined the 2003 North Carolina Tar Heels as the only two schools to go through six games of the NCAA Tournament without allowing a goal.
FSU’s Path to the Title
First Round: FSU d. South Alabama, 5-0
Second Round: FSU d. Northeastern, 3-0
Third Round: FSU d. UCF, 1-0
Quarterfinal Round: FSU d. South Carolina, 5-0
Semifinal Round: FSU d. Stanford, 2-0
Final Round: FSU d. Virginia, 1-0
The Seminoles outscored the competition 17-0 in the NCAA Tournament en route to their first national championship.
And for the third time in 2014, Florida State was able to hold the nation’s best scoring team without a goal. All three of Virginia’s losses on the year came at the hands of the Seminoles and all three times by identical 1-0 scores. Over the last 87 games UVa has played, the Cavaliers have been shut out five times with all five shutouts coming at the hands of Florida State. It also marked FSU’s sixth win over Virginia in the last eight meetings.
The win for Florida State gives the Seminoles their first national championship in their third trip to the finals. The Garnet and Gold became the 10th different team to capture a women’s national title as three of the last four women’s champions have been first time winners (Stanford 2011, UCLA 2013 and Florida State 2014). Florida State is just the second team from the Atlantic Coast Conference to claim a national title.
FSU head coach Mark Krikorian also made history following the win becoming just the second coach to win a national title at two different divisions in NCAA history as the 10-year head coach previously won back-to-back Division II championships with Franklin Pierce in 1994 and 1995. He joined Brian McManus who led UC San Diego to national titles at both the Division II and Division III levels. Krikorian became the first coach to perform the feat at two different schools.
Florida State outshot Virginia 8-7 for the match, while also holding the edge in corners at 7-6. Fields led all players on the afternoon with three shots, while Makenzy Doniak paced the Cavaliers with two shots in 69 minutes of action.
Six Seminoles landed on the College Cup All-Tournament Team as Fields and Williams were joined by Dagny Brynjarsdottir, Kristin Grubka, Cassie Miller and Isabella Schmid.
With the win, Florida State ended the 2014 season with 10 straight wins and a school-record 21-game (20-0-1) unbeaten streak.