2019 NCAA D1 Championship: Quarterfinal Highlights

On Black Friday, Stanford, UCLA, North Carolina, and Washington State punched their golden tickets to this year’s College Cup.  Stanford and UCLA cruised to victories over BYU and Florida State, respectively, while North Carolina survived a 3:2 back-and-forth match over USC, and Washington State needed a golden goal to vanquish South Carolina.

Thus, Friday’s (December 6th) College Cup semifinal match-ups will be:

  • North Carolina vs. Washington State – 7:00 p.m. EST
  • Stanford vs. UCLA – 9:30 p.m. EST

Both matches will be televised live on ESPNU, as will the Championship match, which is scheduled for Sunday, December 8th, at 8:30 p.m. EST.

Read on for brief recaps and video highlights of all the quarterfinal goals…

For previous recaps and highlights, see:

UCLA 4, Florida State 0

UCLA came to Tallahassee ready to play, needing just 8 minutes to get on the board against host and defending national champions, Florida State.

Red shirt senior Chloe Castaneda had a first half brace for UCLA, while USA youth international Mia Fishel (2018 U-17 WWC, eligible for 2020 U-20 WWC) scored a goal in each half.  (UCLA recap)

Stanford 5, BYU 1

In the opening five minutes of the match, BYU pressed Stanford’s defense, getting off two shots, but after that, it was more-or-less all Stanford, with Catarina Macario scoring twice, at the 17′ and 30′ marks.

Two quick goals in the final five minutes of the first half gave Stanford a dominating 4-nil half-time lead.  The first of these goals was scored by Kiara “Kiki” Pickett, who is one of the collegiate players called up for the USWNT’s upcoming ID camp.  Sam Tran added the fourth goal.

In the second half, BYU conceded an own goal, while Danika Serassio scored via a direct free kick to give the Cougars a consolation goal.  (Stanford recap)

North Carolina 3, Southern California 2

In this back-and-forth match, USC scored first, in the 17th minute, via sophomore Penelope Hocking, who netted her 18th goal of the season.

In the 39th minute, UNC’s Emily Fox, who was just called up for the USWNT’s upcoming ID camp, took matters into her own feet, making a long dribble into the box and unleashing a deceptive grounder into the back of the net.

The match remained even at 1:1 for 25 minutes, until another ID camp call-up, Brianna Pinto headed in the go-ahead goal for UNC, off a long cross from the right flank by Bridgette Andrzejewski.

But, USC would answer less than seven minutes later, when Natalie Jacobs knocked in the equalizer during a scramble in the box, after Hocking’s initial shot rebounded off the crossbar.

With about 22 minutes left in the match, UNC would retake the lead for good, off a long Lotte Wubben-Moy free kick that was headed in by 5’11” freshman defender Maycee Bell, who was also called into the USWNT’s December ID camp.

Both Pinto and Bell are age-eligible for next year’s U-20 WWC.

Emily Fox left the match in the second half due to an injury involving her left leg.  It’s unclear if Fox will be available for the College Cup and/or the upcoming USWNT ID camp.  Update (03-Dec-2019):  Looks like Fox tore her ACL (again).

(UNC recap, USC recap)

South Carolina 0, Washington State 1  (a.e.t.)

The Washington State Cougars continued their dream run in this year’s tournament by knocking off the #2 seed in their region, South Carolina, on a golden goal from sophomore centerback Mykiaa Minniss, five minutes into extra time.  Minniss volleyed the game-winner off a defender’s mis-clearance of a corner kick.  (WSU recap)

The golden goal:

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