Women’s College Cup Final: West Virginia meets USC

Women’s College Cup final is set as West Virginia meets USC in Sunday’s final in San Jose.

West Virginia, the top team for much of  the NCAA women’s soccer season, defeated 21-time national champions North Carolina to advance to Sunday’s championship match.

The Lady Mountaineers will meet USC after the Trojans edged out Georgetown in the other semifinal match-up, 1-0.

USC’s lone goal against Georgetown came in the 60th minute when Katie Johnson fired home just inside the 18-yard box.

The Trojans have won the NCAA Women’s College Cup final just once in the school’s history. Doing so in 2007.

West Virginia won by the same 1-0 scoreline as the Lady Mountaineers took down the Tar Heels. Michaela Abam’s goal in the 74th minute was the difference.

The two sides played an evenly matched game until the Lady Mountaineers’ player broke the deadlock with a deft turn and strike.

Experts and fans of the women’s College Cup final will wonder if North Carolina’s Anson Dorrance’s dynasty is officially over. The Tar Heels have not won the women’s College Cup final since 2012. The gap between Dorrance’s North Carolina teams seems to have narrowed in recent years.

Speaking after the semifinal, West Virginia coach Nikki Izzo-Brown spoke about her team’s journey to the women’s College Cup final.

“I even think last year, when we [lost] in that Elite Eight game at Penn State, I think some of us got a little bit nervous and a little unsettled,” Izzo-Brown said.

“I think experience, obviously Buchanan and Ashley bring so much at the highest stages, so we can feed off of them as our captains and our leaders.

“The leadership is a piece, that potentially, we didn’t have last year or the years before.”

West Virginia will make its NCAA College Cup final debut on Sunday when the side takes on USC. The championship game will kick-off at 6pm eastern time.

 

Drew Farmer
I am a freelance journalist and author currently living in Manchester, England. Originally from the USA, I have written about sports and travel for years.I have written for Hopeless Football Romantic magazine, The Football Pink magazine, World Soccer Talk, Sports Collectors Daily, Forza Italian Football and many more. My debut book Soccer Travels was released in spring 2016, and details travelling to soccer matches around the globe. It can be purchased on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.