Florida State Beats BYU in PKs for 3rd National Title

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SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Yujie Zhao rocketed location the game-winning punishment footwear and Florida State edged BYU 4-3 successful PKs connected Monday to triumph its 3rd women’s nationalist title successful programme past and 2nd successful the past 4 years.

“I had religion that we were going to triumph successful the PKs,” Zhao said. “I was super, ace happy.”

Sophomore goalkeeper Cristina Roque made 2 saves during punishment kicks for the Seminoles, who, ironically, mislaid past year’s nationalist title crippled successful PKs.

“It feels rather bully to beryllium sitting connected this broadside of it,” Florida State manager Mark Krikorian said. “Last year, I thought that we were rather bully and had immoderate unfinished concern that we needed to address.”

Olivia Smith, Kristina Lynch BYU’s Olivia Smith (2) battles for the shot against Florida State’s Kristina Lynch (4) during the 2nd fractional of the NCAA College Cup women’s shot last successful Santa Clara, Calif., connected Dec. 6, 2021. (Tony Avelar/AP Photo)

Added Roque: “Last year, it conscionable didn’t spell our mode and everyone was down maine then, and I knew immoderate happened this year, they were going to beryllium down me. I’m not going to lie, it does consciousness amended here.”

In the first-ever gathering betwixt the schools, No. 13 BYU and top-ranked Florida State traded chances done 90 minutes of regularisation time, but neither squad could interruption through.

The Cougars created a unsafe accidental disconnected a country footwear aboriginal successful the archetypal overtime, but Roque came up with 1 of her 4 saves.

Florida State had the champion accidental of the 2nd overtime erstwhile Jenna Nighswonger bent a changeable from conscionable extracurricular the box, but BYU goalkeeper Cassidy Smith smothered it for 1 of her 2 saves.

“I’m truly arrogant of our players and our team,” BYU manager Jennifer Rockwood said. “I thought we battled hard. We were truly adjacent a fewer times.”

The Cougars, playing successful their first-ever College Cup, outshot Florida State 10-8 done regularisation and the 2 overtime periods. The Seminoles were playing successful their 12th College Cup and sixth nationalist title game.

“I thought that BYU gave america everything that we could grip and I’m highly arrogant of our group,” Krikorian said.

The Cougars appeared to instrumentality an aboriginal pb successful the eighth infinitesimal erstwhile Cameron Tucker broke down Seminoles’ defence and recovered the backmost of the net, but the play was ruled offside.

“I didn’t cognize that it was offside until I saw the ref clasp her emblem up,” Tucker recalled. “It was a large play and I privation I wouldn’t person been offside.”

BYU’s All-American midfielder Mikayla Colohan was carried disconnected the tract with an evident ankle wounded pursuing a collision successful the 32nd infinitesimal with Florida State’s Jaelin Howell, who was assessed a yellowish card.

But Colohan, who led BYU with 18 goals and 15 assists this season, was capable to instrumentality successful the 2nd fractional and picked up a yellowish paper of her ain successful the 79th minute.

“I didn’t cognize if I’d beryllium capable to instrumentality but I stood up and I decidedly didn’t privation to spell retired that way,” she said. “Luckily, my limb felt good and I was capable to decorativeness retired the game.”

By Ben Ross

The Associated Press

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