Notre Dame defeated Florida State 2-1 in the NCAA women's soccer semifinals Friday, ending the Seminoles' season one game short of the championship game for the third time in four years.
Notre Dame (25-0-1) faces North Carolina on Sunday for the title. The Irish scored twice in the final 10 minutes of the first half and held off a fierce attack (eight shots) in the second.
Florida State (18-4-4) recorded its first-ever College Cup goal 61/2 minutes into the second half. Senior India Trotter deked a defender in front of the right post and beat goalkeeper Lauren Karas inside the left post.
"The first half I felt that Notre Dame was more in control of the game, the second half I thought our group was," Seminoles coach Mark Krikorian said. "Very hard fought, and credit goes to Notre Dame for protecting the lead."
NORTH CAROLINA 2, UCLA 0: Casey Nogueira scored in the 84th minute to break a scoreless tie and help the Tar Heels make the NCAA championship game for a record 21st time. UNC (26-1) tacked on an insurance goal two minutes later.
MEN MUST WAIT: The men's soccer semifinals were postponed to today because of snow and ice in St. Louis. UCLA faces Virginia and Wake Forest takes on California-Santa Barbara.
SPARTANS HONORED: Tampa's Shelby Kuni and Malana Winskas were named first-team All-Americans on the Daktronics Division II team. UT's Kara Rasmussen is on the second team.
Volleyball: UF wins
GAINESVILLE - Junior Amber McCray had a match-high 22 kills as No. 9 seed Florida advanced to the volleyball region semifinals for the 15th time in the past 16 seasons with a 3-1 win against Arizona State.
Florida (30-2) plays host to No. 8 seed Minnesota in the round of 16 on Friday.
"It's taken great performances in the past to make it out of this round and tonight was no different," UF coach Mary Wise said.
SWIMMING: UF freshman Roland Rudolf took first place in the men's 200-meter backstroke in 2 minutes, 2.27 seconds at the U.S. Open in West Lafayette, Ind.