The NCAA women’s soccer playoffs are coming to an end with just the last four teams standing after a somewhat predictable quarter final round. Stanford defeated Florida 5-0, Notre Dame and Ohio State both shut out their opponents, Oklahoma State and Georgetown, respectively, by a score of 2-0. Boston College closed the up the round with a 1-0 win over Washington.
For Stanford, it looks as though they got by Florida with ease, especially in the second half. The first goal came in the 31st minute after Christen Press ran down a long ball from Alina Garciamendez. Press then crossed the ball into the the penalty box where Mariah Nogueira finished it with a header. That was it for the first half, and then came four goals that crushed Florida’s dreams of a Final Four appearance. Ten minutes into the second half, Taylor Lindsey headed a cross from Camille Levin into the goal. Four minutes later, Annie Case assisted Press’ goal. In the 77th minute Teresa Noyola added a goal with a shot from the top of the penalty box. Marjani Hing-Glover finished it out with five minutes left in regulation. Stanford will go on to play Boston College in the semi final.
Boston’s Hannah Cerrone scored the lone goal against Washington in overtime. The strong winds turned her cross into a shot past Washington keeper Jorde LaFontaine-Kussman with 4 minutes left in the first period of overtime, sending her team into the Final Four.
Ohio State scored a goal in each half to get past Georgetown and into the semi finals. In the 21st minute, Lauren Granberg was tripped up inside the penalty box. A penalty kick was awarded to them, and Lauren Beachy shot the kick to the inside of the right post to make it 1-0. In the 53rd minute, Tiffany Cameron took the ball from the left wing, dribbled it inside the box, and chipped a shot over Georgetown goalie Jackie DesJardin to finish out the scoring.
Notre Dame freshman Elizabeth Tucker scored both goals on Friday for the Fighting Irish. The first one came after Lauren Fowlkes sent her a cross to finish in the 63rd minute. Then with 20 seconds left in the match, Melissa Henderson played in a ball to the six yard box where Tucker sent the ball home. This will be Notre Dame’s fifth consecutive College Cup appearance.
The semi final games between Stanford and Boston College, and Notre Dame and Ohio State will be in Cary, north Carolina. Both games will be televised live on ESPNU and ESPN2 on Friday, Dec. 3. The games will be at 4pm ET, and 6:30 pm ET, but it is not yet decided which one will be at which time.
As always, you can check the bracket for updates on the matches.