Florida State soccer team advances to NCAA title game with 1-0 win over Rutgers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jaelin Howell scored in the 71st minute and Florida State advanced to the Women’s College Cup national championship with a 1-0 triumph over Rutgers on Friday night.

The Seminoles will deal with the winner of Friday’s late semifinal in between BYU and protecting nationwide champ Santa Clara.

The top-ranked Seminoles beat Michigan 1-0 on a golden objective in overtime to reach the semifinals. Florida State won nationwide titles in 2014 and 2018 and is playing in its 12th College Cup.

Howell broke through with a rebound objective from close quarters off a corner kick.

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Florida State goalkeeper Cristina Roque made 4 conserves.

“We knew that Rutgers was going to be a great team and we had to stay patient throughout the course of the game, and I thought we did a good job of that,” Howell stated. “We were a little sloppy in the first half, but came out composed in the second half and we knew that things were going to open up if we played together and had patience. So when that goal came, I was just excited to contribute.”

Rutgers, the Big 10 regular-season champ, was making its very first College Cup look considering that 2015. The fifth-ranked Scarlet Knights advanced to the semifinals on charges after a 2-2 draw with Arkansas.

“We’ve had a great year. They were brilliant tonight, created chances, executed a game plan and worked hard as a team,” Rutgers coach Mike O’Neill stated. “We talk about being 28 strong, and we were 28 strong this evening and left nothing on the field. So disappointed in the result, but it’s been a historic year and I’m very, very proud.”

Florida State made it to last season’s College Cup last, which was played in Might after the coronavirus pandemic held off the 2020 season. Santa Clara won the title on charges after a 1-1 draw.


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