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FAU Stadium to host NCAA women’s soccer showdown

The Women’s College Cup — NCAA soccer’s version of the Final Four — is being held this weekend in Boca Raton at FAU Stadium. For the fourth year in a row, Florida State is one of the four finalists and is vying for its first national title.

The No. 1-seeded Seminoles (22-1-1) play No.1 seed Stanford (20-1-3) in a semifinal Friday at 7:30p.m. Stanford is in the last four for the sixth time in seven seasons. Second-seeded Virginia (22-2) plays Texas A&M (22-2-2) in the 5p.m. semifinal. The championship match is Sunday at 1p.m.

Florida State is led by Icelandic midfielder Dagny Brynjarsdottir, the ACC Offensive Player of the Year, who had 16 goals and six assists in 21 games. The Seminoles also boast the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, senior Kristin Grubka. FSU allowed just nine goals in 24 games this season. Brynjarsdottir and Grubka are among the 16 semifinalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy, soccer’s Heisman Trophy.

So far, the Seminoles have not been scored upon this postseason. They beat South Alabama 5-0, Northeastern 3-0, UCF 1-0 and South Carolina 5-0. Stanford beat Florida on penalties.

“Stanford is talented, well-coached, organized, has national team players all over its roster, great history and tradition, and we know Friday night is going to be a battle for us,” FSU coach Mark Krikorian told seminoles.com.

“But we have experienced players who have played on the big stage against top-quality opponents. The more you do something, the more comfortable you get with it. So we’re not going to be deer in the headlights. We know what is expected of us and will be ready for the media and crowds.”

Virginia upset defending champion and No.1 seed UCLA in the quarterfinal, breaking the Bruins’ 44-match win streak with a 2-1 victory. The Cavaliers are in the College Cup for the second year in a row.

For ticket information, call 866-FAU-OWLS.

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