KENNESAW, Ga. — Stanford had the perfect answer for Florida State’s aggressive game plan: Chioma Ubogagu.
The speedy Ubogagu scored on a fast break and also had an assist Friday to lead the top-ranked Cardinal to a 3-0 win over Florida State in the NCAA women’s semifinals.
Kristy Zurmuhlen and Alina Garciamendez also scored for Stanford (23-0-1), which advanced to the championship game for the third consecutive year, where it will face Duke. The Cardinal dropped the previous two title games 1-0.
Florida State (18-7-1) controlled the action for much of the first 20-plus minutes, but Stanford grabbed control with an impressive stretch midway through the first half.
“The first 20 minutes, it was a difficult game for us,” Cardinal coach Paul Ratcliffe said. “We had to weather a few storms.”
In the other semifinal, Mollie Pathman scored two second-half goals and Duke beat Wake Forest 4-1 to advance to the final.
Reserve forward Molly Lester and Kaitlyn Kerr also scored for the Blue Devils (22-3-1), who will face top-ranked Stanford in Sunday’s title game.
Rachel Nuzzolese converted a free kick for Wake Forest (18-4-4), which split two Atlantic Coast Conference games against Duke earlier in the season.
The Blue Devils and Cardinal are seeking their first national title in women’s soccer.