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December 4, 2015
Penn State, Duke advance to final

CARY, N.C.--No. 6 Penn State reached the finals of the NCAA Women's College Cup for the second time, taking a 2-0 win over No. 9 Rutgers in the semifinals at WakeMed Soccer Park Friday night.

Sophomore Frannie Crouse (24th minute) and freshman Kaleigh Riehl (79th) scored for Penn State, which will play Duke or Florida State at noon Sunday, the match broadcast on ESPNU.

PSU (21-3-2), which reached the 2012 final, has outscored opponents, 19-0, in the tournament and improved its shutout streaks to seven games and 643 consecutive minutes with its 14th shutout of the season.

Crouse capitalized on a Rutgers (19-4-3) miscue, intercepting a back pass, and looping a deflected shot over Big Ten Conference goalkeeper of the year Casey Murphy for her 11th goal of the season and a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute.

The Nittany Lions blocked two shots in the 44th minute.

In the second half, the Nittany Lions tallied 10 shots. Murphy made three saves in the second half.

Nittany Lions senior Mallory Weber’s close-range shot hit the post and bounced back to Murphy in the 65th minute.

The swarming Nittany Lion defense did not allow a shot on goal until the 74th minute, when Britt Eckerstrom made her lone save. Five minutes later Penn State scored.

After a corner kick from Emily Ogle, a poor clearance set up Riehl to volley a left-footer for her first goal as a Nittany Lion, on her second career attempt.
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CARY, N.C.--Freshman Kayla McCoy (32nd minute) and junior Toni Payne (90th) scored to send 20th-ranked Duke to the NCAA Women’s Championship title game with a 2-0 victory over top-seeded Florida State Friday night.

The Blue Devils will play Penn State at 12 p.m. Sunday on ESPNU.

Duke stopped the Seminoles’ 10-game NCAA tournament shutout streak. Florida State, the reigning NCAA champion, last lost an NCAA tournament game in the 2013 title match against UCLA.

The Blue Devils, 3-0 in NCAA semifinals, will play their second NCAA Championship game under head coach Robbie Church. Duke lost to Stanford 1-0 in the 2011 title game. The Blue Devils completed their 14th shutout of the year and third of the tournament.

The Blue Devils escaped an early threat off a corner kick as sophomore EJ Proctor tipped a Cheyna Williams shot over the crossbar. Florida State had another chance in the 17th minute when Natalia Kuikka, open near the right post, had her shot cleared off the line by midfielder Ashton Miller.

The Seminoles dominated early. The Blue Devils, 8-0-1 when leading at the half this season, scored against the run of play. Payne made a run from the right sideline, drawing the defense, and finding McCoy, who took a touch and turned to fire a low, angled shot from the right side of the penalty area.

The goal broke the Seminoles’ tournament record of 931 shutout minutes over two seasons.

The Seminoles held an 8-3 advantage in shots in the first half. Payne hit the crossbar in the 52nd minute.

In the second half, Kaycie Tillman ran onto a through ball, junior defender Lizzy Raben recovering with a slide tackle.

Payne scored after a clearance, running from the center circle and firing from just inside the penalty area.
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