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Florida State and North Carolina Are College Cup Bound – Atlantic Coast Conference

GREENSBORO ( – No. 1 seeds Florida State and North Carolina are headed back to the NCAA Women’s College Cup. The Seminoles defeated Penn State, 1-0, to stamp its ticket to the national semifinals, while the Tar Heels tied No. 2 seed UCLA, 2-2, before a 4-2 ledger in penalty kicks to advance. 

The NCAA Women’s College Cup is set for Friday and Sunday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park. Tar Heels meet No. 1 seed Georgetown in the first semifinal at 5 p.m., while the Seminoles play fellow No. 1 seed Stanford in the second semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on ESPNU. The title game is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. and will also air on ESPNU. 

The Tar Heels are making their 28th appearance in the NCAA College Cup, and the Seminoles their 10th. The ACC is represented in the College Cup for the 36th time in the 37-year history of the event, and for the 14th straight year. 


No. 1 Florida State 1, Penn State 0 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (– For the 10th time in school history, and the first time since 2015, the Seminoles are heading to the 2018 NCAA Women’s College Cup as No. 5 Florida State (18-4-3) posted a 1-0 shutout against No. 14 Penn State (18-6-1) in front of 2,209 fans on Friday afternoon at the Seminole Soccer Complex.

It was a tale of two halves in Tallahassee, but Deyna Castellanos’ goal in the 53rd minute was the difference after the Seminoles fought back into the game after Penn State outshot the Noles 6-2 in the opening 45 minutes and held significant possession.

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No. 1 North Carolina 2, No. 2 UCLA 2 (UNC, 4-2 Pks)

CARY, N.C. ( –  Senior goalkeeper Samantha Leshnak equaled a career high with six saves and then went on to save two more shots in a penalty kick shootout as the third-ranked University of North Carolina women’s soccer team advanced to the 2018 NCAA College Cup, downing fourth-ranked UCLA 4-2 in penalty kicks after the teams tied 2-2 through 110 minutes of regulation and overtime.


The NCAA quarterfinal game was played before an overflow crowd of 904 fans at WakeMed Soccer Park’s Koka Booth Stadium.


North Carolina is now 20-3-2 on the season and will advance to play second-ranked and undefeated Georgetown next Friday at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in the 2018 NCAA College Cup semifinals.  All four of the #1 seeds have advanced to the College Cup with UNC meeting Georgetown at 5 p.m. Friday and defending national champion Stanford playing Florida State at 7:30 p.m. Friday in national semifinal meetings.  UCLA saw its season end with a record of 17-3-2.


Goals by Julia Ashley in the third minute and Dorian Bailey in the 53rd minute put the Tar Heels up 2-0 in the match before UCLA’s Hallie Mace scored a pair of goals just 53 seconds apart to tie the game at 2-2 with 32:57 left in regulation.

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