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2014 Division I Women’s Soccer

For Florida State, the fourth time was a charm

Three times, Florida State’s senior class made its way to the NCAA tournament’s final four. Three times, they failed to return to Tallahassee as national champions, their disappointment reaching its nadir after a 1-0 overtime loss to UCLA in the 2013 championship match. For those seniors who had come so close to earning the program’s first national title in each year of their college careers, something was missing.  

“We knew last year in the UCLA game that we weren’t explosive enough,” Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian said after the game. “That was something we needed to address.”

Thanks to Vanderbilt transfer Cheyna Williams, they did.

Williams finished second on the team in goals this season, assisted on Florida State’s lone goal in its championship clinching win over Virginia on Dec. 7 and was named the tournament’s most outstanding offensive player.

While Williams made major contributions, she was merely the missing piece on a championship team built upon a sturdy defense. The Seminoles won all but two games this season thanks, in large part, to a stifling back line that shut opponents out in 19 of 26 games – the third-best rate in the nation – and surrendered no goals through six NCAA tournament games. Only one other team, North Carolina in 2003, had ever accomplished that feat. 

“Our defense is great,” redshirt freshman goalkeeper Cassie Miller, who logged more minutes than any other player in the nation this year and finished second nationally in goals against average, said after the game. “They’re the ones who make me look good.” 

The Results

CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State 1, Virginia 0

SEMIFINALS
Florida State 2, Stanford 0
Virginia 3, Texas A&M 1

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Cheyna Williams, Florida State
Jamia Fields, Florida State
Dagny Brynjarsdottir, Florida State
Kristin Grubka, Florida State
Cassie Miller, Florida State
Isabella Schmid, Florida State
Makenzy Doniak, Virginia
Danielle Colaprico, Virginia
Morgan Brian, Virginia
Emily Sonnett, Virginia
Kelley Monogue, Texas A&M

MOST OUSTANDING OFFENSIVE PLAYER
Cheyna Williams, Florida State

MOST OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER
Emily Sonnett, Virginia

ELITE 89 HONOREE
Kacy Scarpa, Florida State

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