A goal by Dallas Dorosy was the difference for FSU, winning their 2nd National Chmapionship in Women’s soccer. Their first was against another conference foe Virginia. This time, against 21-time champion North Carolina, the Seminoles proved that they cannot be overlooked.
Coming off a win over tournament favorite Stanford, Seminole head coach Mark Krikorian’s message was simple – “We didn’t come here to beat Stanford. We came here to win the National Championship”. North Carolina’s road to the final was not as simple – they beat Georgetown in double overtime. The Tarheels’ tired legs showed late, as FSU played keepaway for the last 30 minutes while suffering 12 fouls on the game.
The game was very close for the first half, as UNC was on the front foot for the first 20 minutes. But the Seminoles’ staunch defense kept the ‘Heels at bay. Both teams had a few dangerous runs, and UNC had a couple of great chances off set pieces that were cleared by the ‘Noles. Around the halfway mark, FSU brought on Dallas Dorosy and Megan Connolly, which brought needed energy to the ‘Noles offense.
But the Seminole gaffer wasn’t thoroughly pleased with his team’s performance, noting that FSU’s holdup play needed some work. The ‘Noles were chasing far too much and not allowing numbers to get forward.
The Seminoles came out with a renewed sense of energy. FSU got forward and held possession, picking and choosing their spots. Then, in the 60th minute, FSU solved the Tarheel defense. Star midfielder Deyna Castellanos found Dallas Dorosy, who trickled the ball in to the keeper’s right side. From that point on, FSU played keepaway from the UNC attack. UNC came at the Seminole defense time and again, but the each time, the staunch Seminole defense cleared the danger.
FSU made a few runs into the final third, but was content to keep possession and play deep, parking the bus in front of goal. UNC had a few good chances in the final 10 minutes, including a couple of shots on goal. But to every attack, every shot, Caroline Jeffers, the Seminole keeper, kept a clean sheet. In the final minutes, UNC earned a couple of dangerous free kicks near the box, but the ‘Noles denied the first. On the second, the Tarheels simply ran out of time to set up their set piece and were content to yield the game to the Seminoles.
Congratulations to the FSU Soccer Team – this university and all its fans couldn’t be more proud!