The stage is set: No. 1 seed Stanford vs. No. 1 seed South Carolina; No. 1 seed Duke vs. No. 2 seed UCLA. Those are this year’s NCAA Women’s Soccer College Cup matchups after four of the top-seeded teams survived four rounds of tournament games. They outscored their opponents by a combined margin of 13-1 in the quarterfinal round, so there were more than a few candidates for our weekly “Best goals of the week” roundup.
Here are the best goals from Week 14 of women’s soccer action.
Stanford continued its dominant run through the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship with a 4-0 win against Penn State. The Cardinal scored four goals in 25 minutes to advance to the College Cup. You can watch all four goals below.
Four goals by @StanfordWSoccer in one highlight? Yup.
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) November 25, 2017
Lindsey Lane – South Carolina
The Gamecocks advanced to their first-ever College Cup with a 2-0 win over Florida in the quarterfinals. South Carolina senior Lindsey Lane made her last shot at the Gamecocks’ Stone Stadium count – a goal from the top of the box.
Her last shot at Stone Stadium…
That’s how you make an exit! pic.twitter.com/e4YltMvRge
— Gamecock W. Soccer (@GamecockWSoccer) November 25, 2017
Hailie Mace – UCLA
Hailie Mace increased her season goal total to 15 after scoring twice in UCLA’s 3-1 win over Princeton in the quarterfinals. Her first goal was a beautiful header in the box that bounced past Princeton’s keeper and she outran the Tigers’ defense for the Bruins’ final goal.
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) November 26, 2017
Ella Stevens – Duke
Duke clinched a spot in the College Cup after tearing through its first four opponents without surrendering a goal. The Blue Devils have a 15-0 scoring advantage in this year’s Women’s Soccer Championship, including this brilliant backheel flick from Ella Stevens in Duke’s 4-0 win over Baylor.
— NCAA Soccer (@NCAASoccer) November 24, 2017
Lauren Piercy – Baylor
Baylor advanced to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship quarterfinals for the first time after a 3-2 win in overtime against Notre Dame. Lauren Piercy scored the first goal of the game after she made a nice run into the box, gathered the ball with one touch and finished over the keeper with her left foot.
— Baylor Soccer (@BaylorFutbol) November 20, 2017
Abby Givens – Princeton
Princeton advanced to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship quarterfinals after defeating No. 1 seed North Carolina 2-1 in overtime. Abby Givens scored the game-winner after winning a foot race against UNC’s back line. You can watch the goal below beginning at the 1:25 mark.
Thanksgiving edition of #IvyTop5
— Ivy League Network (@IvyLeagueNet) November 22, 2017