Florida State is the DI women’s soccer national champion for the second time in school history after topping North Carolina 1-0 in the 2018 College Cup Sunday afternoon.
Dallas Dorosy netted the only goal of the game in the 60th minute off a lead pass from Deyna Castellanos that Dorosy tipped past UNC goalie Samantha Leshnak for the 1-0 lead. It was Dorosy’s seventh goal of the year.
“I just threw my body in there with everything I had, and I didn’t even know it went in until I looked up,” Dorosy said when describing her game-winning goal.
Her performance also earned her “Most Outstanding Player on Offense” honors for the tournament, and she will graduate from Florida State this academic year as a national champion.
Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian praised the effort of his team, particularly that of his midfield and defense. Dorsoy, he said, create a opening for herself to score because her speed and her chemistry with Deyna Castellanos, who recorded the assist.
“She’s done great, I think I need to rename her Miss December now,” Krikorian said of Dorosy. “She’s humble, she’s a likable kid, she always shows up ready to go to work…To walk out of Florida State a national champion, they have to feel great about it.”
In a defensive affair, FSU narrowly edged UNC 3-2 in shots on goal. Seminoles goalie Caroline Jeffers recorded a championship game shutout with two saves in 90 minutes of action. North Carolina and Florida State each recorded eight total shots, though the Tar Heels drew four more corner kicks than the Seminoles, shots that could have created opportunity for the Tar Heels but ultimately chances that fell short.
“This game, as you can tell, was very competitive from beginning to end, and they went after it,” North Carolina head coach Anson Dorrance said after the game. “I’m very proud of our kids and the season we’ve had.”
The Tar Heels fell in an ACC championship rematch game, recording their second loss to Florida State this season. Six Seminole players and three North Carolina athletes earned All-Tournament honors.
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Sunday’s win in Cary, North Carolina marks FSU’s second national title since 2014. The Seminoles are now 2-2 all-time in the College Cup finals.