Starting lineups as expected. Rainy and cold. Hopefully the weather doesn’t turn this one into a mess.
1′ – Not a minute in and Pickett coughs it up in a dangerous position that lets UCLA break into space before a deflected shot from Richmond is saved.
2′ – Hahn’s coughed it up a few times already in the first few minutes. Going to be a long day for FSU if they keep turning it over in midfield.
5′ – Fields chops Dydasco down late. I suspect that may have been a yellow if were further along in the match.
7′ – UCLA midfielders pressing much higher up the pitch than they did for most of the Virginia game.
9′ – Great, potentially goal saving tackle form Dahlkemper to prod it away from Pickett after she had been put through by a great diagonal Fields pass.
18′ – Brynjarsdottir sends Mewis flying with a late challenge. Just a warning. Ref is being very lenient.
20′ – Tiffany McCarty mention. Washington Spirit fans throw something at the TV.
20′ – Another in-game interview. Kudos to Cromwell for doing this, it’s really quite silly.
22′ – Rowland badly misjudges Campbell’s intentions off a free kick and gets caught way off her line, but the shot goes mercifully wide for the junior.
22′ – Stewart and White on for Jenkins and Lavrusky. Neither rookie has been all that noticeable early.
28′ – Florida State wins their first corner kick of the game…and promptly wastes it by bending it over the goal line. They cannot waste their set piece opportunities since they’re getting worked in the possession battle.
28′ – Grubka gets caught in possession by Mewis and responds by blatantly tripping the UCLA midfielder. Yellow card. Bruins probably going to have the green light to run at her early and often now.
30′ – A Killion free kick bounces backwards and unmarked Smith who hammers the bar.
38′ – Courtnall continuing to bomb forward on the right flank, but Campbell doing well when she’s able to force her wide.
44′ – Campbell gets faked out by Smith on the right flank and looses it at the endline. Cross freezes everyone, including Rosie White at the far post. Wys parries a long-range bomb from Dydasco. Campbell’s clearance is weak and to Smith who sidesteps her tackle and looks to have Wys dead to rights but somehow hits the post. FSU finally clears but are definitely rocking late.
HT – Nobody can argue against UCLA being the dominant side, but are they going to regret those missed opportunities? FSU having problems defending wide and conceding possession far too cheaply.
47′ – Schmid tries to dive in to cut out a Richmond ball but misses, letting Jenkins drive endline and fire in a shot. It gets under Wys but is into the side-netting.
57′ – Smith horse collars Campbell rather blatantly, much to the Irish international’s chagrin.
59′ – Jenkins dispossesses Schmid and is allowed space towards the endline to bend one back to the edge of the area. Richmond gets a clean strike, but it’s not with a lot of pace and right to Wys.
63′ – Subs. Schmid moves into midfield with Crowley now at full-back with Hahn going out. FSU’s clearly got to do something to kickstart the attack.
65′ – FSU gets caught in transition, allowing Lavrusky to dribble tight through the heart of midfield. Smith shuttles to White out wide, cross is mishit by Kallman,bounces around inside the six, Lavrusky can’t get a foot on it despite Wys not being able to pounce at first attempt.
67′ – Campbell finally gets a chance for a long throw, it’s headed away. Bakowska-Mathews’ follow-up is blocked.
75′ – Lots of space opening up into midfield, lets UCLA drive forward, with Mewis sliding a shot just wide.
76′ – Almost a disaster for FSU, as Wys comes for the corner in a crowd and doesn’t get anywhere near it, leaving an open goal for UCLA. White can’t get any clean contact on it though, and the danger passes.
83′ – Despite there being a lot of tired legs out there, it seems like Ally Courtnall’s only gaining strength, bursting forward to win the ball and make runs into the final third.
84′ – It’s Rowland’s turn to wade into a gaggle of players for a corner. She doesn’t get there either, and FSU probably creates more danger than at any other time today. Rowland recovers to snatch it out of the air though.
87′ – Long throw from Campbell is headed by Grubka, but Oyster heads behind. Hearts in mouth time.
89′ – Florida State offense with a little more possession and attack lately…though it still isn’t that much.
END OF NORMAL TIME – Last minute free kick into the box doesn’t come to anything, with Mewis getting whacked for good measure.
91′ – Extra time for the first time in a final in ages. Please, no penalties.
96′ – Wys misjudges another corner kick, coming out and not getting hands to it. The bounce is fortunate, and UCLA’s follow-up shot is blocked.
97′ – GOAL – UCLA – Lavrusky – UCLA ARE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS! Oyster is given space to make a blazing run into the final third and plays a magnificent bisecting pass that takes out the FSU defense. Kodi Lavrusky slides it just under Wys to win it! Amazing run and pass and great run from Lavrusky to get open.
FT – Can’t say it wasn’t deserved in the end. Bruins end up beating Stanford, North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida State when all was said and done. Hard to argue that wasn’t a run for the ages. Oh, and they have ten starters returning next year.