Nov. 24, 2012
(San Diego, CA) - The 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer College Cup has been set with Florida State, North Carolina, Penn State and Stanford advancing out of Friday's Elite Eight matches. On Friday, November 30th, at USD's Torero Stadium, the first semifinal match will pit Penn State (20-3-2) vs. Florida State (20-3-0) in a 5:30 p.m. (PST) contest. The second semifinal match at 8:00 p.m. (PST) will have defending champion Stanford (21-1-1) taking on North Carolina (13-5-3).
Penn State earned a 1-0 victory against Duke on Friday to earn its fourth trip to the Women's College Cup and first appearance since 2005. Senior Christine Nairn scored the game-winner on a penalty kick in the 13th minute. Florida State advances to the College Cup for the second straight year and sixth time in school history. In Friday's 1-0 win over Notre Dame, Tiffany McCarty scored the winning goal in the 53rd minute of play.
Defending champion Stanford rallied past UCLA on Friday to advance to their fifth consecutive College Cup. Lo'eau LaBonta notched her first multi-goal game with the game-winner coming in the 69th minute. For the Cardinal to reach their fourth consecutive championship final, they'll need to beat North Carolina. The UNC Tar Heels reached the College Cup for the first time since 2009 with Friday's double overtime win at 3rd-ranked BYU.
The first national semifinal will be shown live on ESPN3.com and in tape delay on ESPNU Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2:30 p.m. ET. The second semifinal will begin at approximately 11 p.m. ET live on ESPNU. The national championship match will take place Sunday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. ET and will also be broadcast live on ESPNU.
Tickets are now on sale for $40, which includes admission to both semifinal matches (Nov. 30) and the national championship match (Dec. 2). Tickets can be purchased at www.usdtoreros.com. For more information, call (619) 260-7550.