Santa Clara defeats Florida State to win national women’s soccer title – NBC Bay Area
Izzy D’Aquila took a chance and Santa Clara won the NCAA College Cup championship in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw with Florida State on Monday.
Two of Florida State’s penalty attempts hit the post, opening the door for 11th seed Santa Clara, who last won a national title in 2001.
Seeded Florida State Jenna Nighswonger in the 63rd minute, but Kelsey Turnbow equalized with a goal for Santa Clara in the 84th minute. The Broncos won 4-1 on penalties.
It was the third game in a row to go to a shootout for the seeded Seminoles, who won national titles in 2014 and 2018. They beat Virginia on penalties after a goalless draw in the semifinals.
Santa Clara advanced to the title game with a 3-1 semi-final victory over second-seeded North Carolina.
The Broncos were making their first trip to the College Cup since 2004. The Broncos won the NCAA title in 2001 with a 1-0 victory over North Carolina.
Turnbow’s 30th-minute shot for the Broncos was deflected by goaltender Cristina Roque as light rain fell.
Nighswonger finally broke through in the 63rd minute with an explosion from outside the box then hit the far post and peeked into the goal. It was his fifth goal of the season.
Turnbow scored the equalizer in the 84th minute when a defender slipped and gave him an opening for the goal, his 10th of the season.
It was the sixth time the national championship game had gone into overtime. Only twice has the title game gone to penalties.
This season has been particularly difficult for the Broncos due to the coronavirus restrictions in Santa Clara.
The Seminoles secured a berth in the NCAA tournament last fall, when they won the CCA tournament title.
Former US national team players Aly Wagner and Brandi Chastain, who both played for Santa Clara, were among the fans in the crowd in Cary. Chastain’s husband is Jerry Smith, coach of the Broncos.