UVa Women's Soccer Season Ends 4-2 on PK's in College Cup
Virginia finishes the season with a record of 24-2
The top-seed and #1 ranked Virginia women's soccer team lost 4-2 on penalty kicks against UCLA in the national semifinals Friday in Cary, North Carolina.
UVa was playing in the College Cup for just the second time in school history.
The Cavaliers have never advanced to the national championship game.
The Wahoos came into the game as the #1 goal-scoring team in the nation, while the Bruins are the top-defensive team.
Head coach Steve Swanson says, "It was a different game from the last three games, we knew that was going to be the case. I thought our team did extremely well. We were in a position right where we wanted to be at the end. Give them credit, they came back and got a goal, and pulled it out in PK's."
Virginia got on the board with a Makenzy Doniak goal in the 75th minute, but UCLA tied it up with just five minutes remaining in the match.
The teams played two scoreless overtimes before deciding the game on penalty kicks.
Freshman goalkeeper Jessie Ferrari made one save for Virginia in the shootout.
Junior Morgan Brian and freshman Alexis Shaffer both had their shots turned away.
"I thought Jessie did great to save one of them," says Brian "We've been practicing them all year, and making them in practice, and then you step up there, and it's the national semifinal, and I think she made a nice save. It is a lot of pressure, but in the end, obviously I'd like to have it back."
UVa finishes the season with a record of 24-2.
"This team was all in," says Doniak. "We lost today, we didn't get the result we wanted, but this season has been more than any of us could have imagined. We're so close as a team, and this loss does not make our season a failure at all."
UCLA will play Florida State for the national title on Sunday in Cary, North Carolina.
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