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Florida State Soccer wins the 2018 National Championship

The rubber match and the National Championship goes to Florida State.

The Seminoles won their second-ever National Championship on Sunday, defeating North Carolina, 1-0, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. Both teams were No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. The Tar Heels were ranked No. 3 overall entering the NCAA Tournament, while the Seminoles were ranked No. 5 overall.


“Pretty resilient group,” FSU Soccer coach Mark Krikorian said of the National Champions. “I think the kids rallied and fought. … Some times you just have to grind it out.”

The lone goal in the College Cup Final came via Dallas Dorosy in the 60th minute. Deyna Castellanos assisted on the goal. FSU goalie Caroline Jeffers finished with two saves on eight total shots by the Tar Heels. FSU finished with eight shots, including three shots on goal.

“We all just work so hard. My teammates don’t get enough credit for my goals. I just put it in, they do all the hard work for sure,” Dorosy said. “It was a little in front of me and I just dove with everything I had. I didn’t even know it went in at first, I looked and it was in the back of the net. I couldn’t believe it.”


Dorosy was named the 2018 Women’s College Cup Most Outstanding Offensive Player. She had three goals during the NCAA Tournament. FSU midfielder Jaelin Howell was named the 2018 Women’s College Cup Most Outstanding Defensive Player. Both were also members of the All-Tournament Team, along with FSU midfielder Natalia Kuikka, midfielder Gabby Carle, midfielder Malia Berkely, and Jeffers at goalkeeper. 

It marked the third meeting of the season between the two teams, who had split the prior two outings. The Tar Heels won, 1-0, in Tallahassee during the regular season, and the Seminoles won, 3-2, in the ACC Tournament in early November from the same site as today’s championship match.

Sunday’s victory marked FSU’s 10th victory against the Tar Heels, the most ever by one program against the winner’s of 21 National Championships.

The Seminoles now have two National Championships in four College Cup Final appearances. They won their first-ever National Championship by winning the 2014 College Cup Final. FSU becomes just the sixth program with two or more National Championships to their name, joining the Tar Heels (21), Notre Dame (3), Portland (2), USC (2) and Stanford (2). They are the only program to win a pair of National Championships in the past five years.

FSU finished the season with a record of 20-4-3. FSU went 7-0-1 over the final 35 days of the season, with wins over No. 9 Duke, No. 12 Virginia, No. 20 South Florida, No. 6 USC, No. 14 Penn State, No. 1 Stanford and No. 3 North Carolina, twice, in that span. That group includes each of the last three National Champions – the Trojans, the Nittany Lions and the Cardinal.

“We felt from the beginning that we had the talent to get here. With a little bit of perseverance, hard work and a commitment to play hard for each other, that we had a chance to do well on this stage,” Krikorian said. “I thought that by-and-large,  when those big moments came, our kids rallied.”

“This is a team, it is not individual work. We work so hard together,” Dorosy added. “We had some lows this season but we came through them. That is why we won today, because we work together.”

North Carolina finished 21-4-2 on the season.



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