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Robbins’ goal lifts FSU past Virginia for ACC title

Florida State avenged an emotional tie to Virginia from just 10 days ago. And the Seminoles get to bring a trophy back to Tallahassee.

Clara Robbins scored on a rocket from 30-35 yards out, high to the left post over the Virginia keeper for the only goal of the game as No. 2 FSU knocked off the No. 1 Cavaliers 1-0 in the ACC championship game on Sunday in Cary, N.C.

“Just took the opportunity when we can win the ball in their half,” Robbins said. “I was fortunate to get the goal.”

The Seminoles have won back-to-back ACC titles and their eighth league championship (2011, ‘13, ‘14, ‘15, ‘16, ‘18 and ‘20).

“It was the kind of game that I expected,” FSU coach Mark Krikorian said. “Virginia is a great team. they are quite capable of competing for the national championship. … The kids followed the game plan pretty well. Overall, I would say it was a good team performance on a bigger stage and getting ready for us to prepare for the NCAA Tournament.”

Robbins scored her sixth goal and FSU (16-1-2) held off a flurry of shots late from Virginia, which peppered keeper Cristina Roque with challenges in the final minutes. Roque had three saves in the match.

“She came up big-time for us,” Robbins said. “We’re very confident in Cristina.”

Robbins was named the ACC Tournament MVP for the second straight year and she was joined by Roque, Maria Alagoa, Emily Madril and Lauren Flynn on the All-Tournament Team.

This was the ninth shutout in 19 games for the Seminoles.

A crowd of 1,250 watched the match, including a group from the Triangle Noles club.

FSU next awaits word on its seeding, likely No. 1 overall, as well as who it will host in the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA.com will have a live stream of the selection show on Monday at 4:30 p.m.