Stanford, Duke to meet for women's soccer title

Stanford's Chioma Ubogagu (rear) and Kristy Zurmuhlen celebrate after Ubogagu scored in a 3-0 victory over Florida State.



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.



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