UCLA wins shootout to reach NCAA title game

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 6, 2013 at 10:55 pm •  Published: December 6, 2013
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CARY, N.C. (AP) — Rosie White pushed UCLA into the NCAA Women's College Cup final, scoring the decisive penalty kick against Virginia after the teams tied 1-1 on Friday night.

The Bruins (21-1-3) won the tiebreaker 4-2 to advance to face Florida State (23-1-3) on Sunday in the championship game. The Seminoles beat Virginia Tech 3-2 in the first semifinal.

"I just give a lot of credit to the UCLA girls for really rising to the occasion," Bruins coach Amanda Cromwell said. "We've been through it. We've been tried and tested. I'm just really proud of the team right now."

Katelyn Rowland stopped two of Virginia's four attempts in the shootout.

The Bruins rallied to force overtime with Ally Courtnall's goal in the 85th minute. Makenzy Doniak scored in the 73rd minute for the Cavaliers (24-1-1), the tournament's overall No. 1 seed.

Each team converted its first two penalty kicks before Lauren Kaskie gave the Bruins a 3-2 advantage. Rowland then stopped a shot by Alexis Shaffer.

After Virginia's Jessie Ferrari saved a shot by Kodi Lavrusky, Rowland stopped a shot by Morgan Brian to set the stage for White's winning kick.

"Being the last one to take a PK, there was a lot of pressure on that one, obviously," White said. "But I was just trying not to overthink it and put it where I wanted to, and it worked out."

Ferrari, who had played in one game all season, replaced starting goalkeeper Morgan Stearns for the shootout.

"We've been practicing these all year," Virginia coach Steve Swanson said. "We have confidence in all of our goalies, but in that situation Jessie has proven to be very capable. We're confident in her. It's not something that we just made a decision on randomly. It's something we've been working on. We knew that if it got to that situation that we were going to do that."

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