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Roque makes clutch stops as FSU advances to title game

Cristina Roque was clutch in a shootout again.

Florida State’s freshman goalkeeper had two monumental stops and the Seminoles drilled their three penalty kicks en route to a victory on Thursday night in the College Cup semifinal. The teams played through regulation and two overtime periods (110 minutes) scoreless before the Seminoles won the shootout 3-0.

“She sure doesn’t play like a freshman, does she?” FSU coach Mark Krikorian said. “I thought she had another good performance. I thought that when we needed her to stand tall and have those big moments she sure did. She did quite well with the penalties also but a couple big saves through the course of play and showed confidence and was reassuring to her teammates.”

Virginia rocketed the first kick over the crossbar and then Roque had diving saves on the second and third kicks.

Clara Robbins, Emily Madrill and Gabby Carle made penalty kicks to secure a spot in the national championship. FSU will play the North Carolina-Santa Clara winner on Monday at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2. 

In the NCAA quarterfinals on Sunday, FSU and Duke were also scoreless through 110 minutes before Roque came up with a stop on the Blue Devils’ first penalty kick to help secure the win.

“I think it’s just my team behind me,” Roque said. “I can be confident with them. And no matter what, they’re there for me, and I’m able to be there for them when I need to be.”

FSU has won national championships in 2014 and ’18. On Monday, they will be looking for a third ring.

The Seminoles celebrate after a third penalty kick went in, sealing the victory over Virginia. (photo by Larry Novey / FSU athletics)