Duke seemed determined not to let Florida State score and send the game to penalty kicks. The Seminoles made the most of the high-pressure opportunity.
Cristina Roque had a save on Duke’s first penalty kick and the Seminoles made all five of their kicks in an NCAA Tournament quarterfinal. The Seminoles’ 5-3 decision in penalty kicks sends them to the College Cup, the Final Four of women’s soccer. Neither team scored in regulation or the sudden-victory overtime periods.
“I thought Duke had a wonderful game plan and their kids executed it to perfection,” FSU coach Mark Krikorian said. “It was clear that they were trying to minimize our opportunities at goal and they did a really good job at that. I thought our kids stayed disciplined throughout without giving much at our goal.”
Yujie Zhao hit FSU’s fifth kick into the back of the net to secure the win. Clara Robbins, Emily Madril, Gaabby Carle and Jaelin Howell also made penalty kicks.
Roque’s save on the first penalty kick attempt for Duke helped to build momentum for the Seminoles.
“That was a big save,” said Krikorian. “She guessed right and got to it and that was the difference. All of our shooters stepped up and finished their chances pretty well.”
The Seminoles are one of three ACC teams in the College Cup. FSU will play Virginia, a 1-0 winner over TCU, on Thursday in a national semifinal. North Carolina defeated Texas A&M, while Santa Clara knocked off Clemson.
The Seminoles won national titles in 2014 and ’18. This is their 11th College Cup appearance but the first since 2018.
The NCAA Tournament bracket can be viewed here.