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Stanford Advances to College Cup Final with 3-0 Win Over FSU

The Stanford women's soccer team is returning to the College Cup final for a third straight year following a 3-0 win over Florida State.

Head coach Paul Ratcliffe and the top-ranked Cardinal said they expected to receive a stiffer challenge from the Seminoles than the last time the two teams met -- a 5-0 Stanford win in last year's tournament -- and they got it. Surging Florida State (18-7-1), which won its first ACC title as the sixth seed, controlled the action and had two scoring chances early on. It was the Cardinal (24-0-1) who struck first.

Freshman Chioma Ubogagu opened the scoring in the 22nd minute with her 10th goal of the season on a counter attack off an FSU corner. It didn't take the Cardinal long to strike again. Two minutes later, Lindsay Taylor delivered a perfect ball to Ubogagu, who beat her defender down the left sideline. Ubogagu sent the ball to the middle, where Kristy Zurmuhlen was waiting and buried it in the back of the net.

Emily Oliver, who earned her 11th shutout, helped preserve the lead with a pair of big saves early in the second half. On the first, the sophomore goalkeeper jumped to deflect a rocket off a free kick harmlessly over the cross bar. On the second, she dove to punch a rebound off a corner kick wide of the net. Alina Garciamendez put Stanford ahead 3-0 with her first goal of the season in the 64th minute.

The Cardinal will play the winner of tonight's other semifinal between Wake Forest and Duke.