UCLA wins NCAA women's soccer title in overtime

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 8, 2013 at 5:53 pm •  Published: December 8, 2013
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CARY, N.C. (AP) — Kodi Lavrusky gave UCLA its first NCAA women's soccer title Sunday, scoring in the 97th minute to lift the Bruins past Florida State 1-0 in overtime in cold and rainy conditions.

"The whole game we knew we had it in us," Lavrusky said. "Once we got to that first overtime, we knew our chances were coming. We just had to finish one."

Making a run from the back, Megan Oyster brought the ball down the left side of the field before crossing over to the middle. She slipped a pass in front of the goal to Lavrusky, who left-footed the ball into the bottom right corner of the net past diving goalkeeper Kelsey Wys.

It was the first title game decided in overtime since 2002.

"Honestly, I just took my chances," Oyster said. "I knew we were going to get one eventually. I just stayed composed, and it was probably the best pass of my life. I've never done that before. I guess it was a good time to do that."

UCLA was winless in three previous appearances in the championship game, all since 2000.

The Bruins (22-1-3) finished the season with a 21-game unbeaten streak. They had 15 shutouts during that span, including five of six matches in the NCAA tournament.

UCLA beat the past two national champions on its way to the crown, a record 110th NCAA team championship for the school. The Bruins won their last three games against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference, which placed six teams in the quarterfinal round and three in the College Cup.

"I think if you look back, it might be one of the best runs ever," first-year UCLA coach Amanda Cromwell said. "It really might be. This team is phenomenal. The amount of talent we have, and what we brought forth throughout that run was the mentality and the resolve. I think the toughness of those games brought us to this point. I knew these girls were destined to win it."

Wys made seven saves for Florida State (23-2-3), which had its nine-game winning streak snapped. The Seminoles were making their third consecutive appearance in the College Cup.

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