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Defending champ FSU loses to Duke in NCAA women's soccer semis

CARY, N.C. — Toni Payne had a goal and an assist, and Duke beat defending champion Florida State 2-0 Friday night to reach the national championship game of the Women's College Cup.

The Blue Devils play Penn State on Sunday. Penn State beat Rutgers 2-0 in the first semifinal.

Duke (14-5-5) is one win away from the first national title in program history after not qualifying for the NCAA tournament a year ago.

Kayla McCoy broke through in the 32nd minute in a first half otherwise dominated by the Seminoles (18-3-4). She took a feed from Payne just to the right of the goal and blasted the ball past goalkeeper Cassie Miller into the lower left corner of the net.

Payne added a goal on a breakaway with one second left in the game.

In the win by Penn State (21-3-2), Frannie Crouse scored in the 24th minute and Kaleigh Riehl scored in the 79th minute.

"Every time I turn around, it feels like there's another player scoring for us," Penn State coach Erica Walsh said. "You just never know where it's going to come from."

Crouse took advantage of a mistake by Rutgers (19-4-3) with a sliding right-footed goal on the first shot by either team. A Rutgers pass rolled into the top of the box. Crouse sprinted after it, then slid and shot, the topspin blast sailing just over goalkeeper Casey Murphy.

VOLLEYBALL: Ziva Recek and Carli Snyder had 16 kills each as Florida (24-6) beat FSU (25-8) 3-1 in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Gainesville. The Gators advanced to next week's Sweet 16 in Austin, Texas. … Defending national champion Tampa was eliminated in the semifinal of the NCAA Division II South Region, losing 3-2 to Florida Southern in West Palm Beach. The Spartans finish the season 27-6. Saint Leo (21-11) lost 3-2 to Palm Beach Atlantic in a late match.

Defending champ FSU loses to Duke in NCAA women's soccer semis 12/04/15 [Last modified: Friday, December 4, 2015 11:30pm]
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