UCLA wins the 2022 DI women's soccer championship
UCLA wins the 2022 Women's College Cup final in 2OT
A comeback story, a career-defining goal, tears flowing on both sidelines and a euphoric release as the clock struck zero. The 2022 Women's College Cup final was an all-time classic in every sense of the word, as the UCLA Bruins won their first national title since 2013 and coach Margueritte Aozasa became the first rookie coach in NCAA women's soccer to win it all.
SUPERPAGE: Click or tap here to relive the national championship game, moment by moment
Eighty minutes in and with a two-goal lead, the UNC-branded champions' t-shirts were surely being unboxed and rolled to the field. UCLA pulled a goal back to make things interesting, but it seemed too little, too late. As the clock ticked under 30 seconds, Chapel Hill was readying itself for yet another national championship rally.
Then Reilyn Turner turned the drama all the way up. She headed a corner kick into the roof of the net amid a mass of bodies stuffed on the goal line. Overtime followed and both teams continued to attack rather than play for a penalty kick shootout. Minutes before the winner, the Bruins were just inches from third when a header was cleared off the line by desperate UNC defense.
Finally, the moment that will be replayed for years every December when the College Cup comes back around. A shot saved by Emmie Allen and an onrushing Maricarmen Reyes, who pivoted and shot in one motion, beating Allen and sending the traveling UCLA fans into bedlam. Reyes fell to the ground in elation, mobbed by her teammates. When she emerged from the pile, she had lost a few tears but gained a lifelong memory.
🚨 UCLA TAKES THE LEAD IN OVERTIME 🚨— NCAA Soccer (@NCAASoccer) December 6, 2022
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It's the first time a team came back from down two goals to win the national championship. It was just the second time the Bruins had even seen a two-score deficit this season. And the third goal was scored by the final kick of Reyes' collegiate career.
For the Tar Heels, the championship drought will continue for an 11th year. After the first-round heartbreak of last season, this year's run to the final was nearly complete. Nearly, but not quite. The national title evaded Anson Dorrance and the Tar Heels yet again, who have now lost their last three College Cup final appearances.
For the near-10,000 fans in attendance at WakeMed Soccer Park, they know it will be hard for any future College Cup to top the drama of the 2022 final. UCLA will fly back to the west coast with their program's second national title which was won in a way we may never see again.
🏆 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐 𝐍𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐀𝐋 𝐂𝐇𝐀𝐌𝐏𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐒 🏆#GoBruins pic.twitter.com/0GyOAisz4s— UCLA Women's Soccer (@UCLAWSoccer) December 6, 2022
North Carolina and UCLA win in semifinals to advance to national title game
The semifinal round of the 2022 DI women's soccer tournament was contested Friday evening.
In the first semifinal, North Carolina beat defending champion Florida State to advance to Monday's championship game. The night cap featured a conclusive 3-0 victory by UCLA over Alabama:
Friday's final scores:
- No. 2 North Carolina 3, No. 1 Florida State 2
- No. 1 UCLA 3, No. 1 Alabama 0
Monday's championship game between the Tar Heels and Bruins will take place at 6 p.m. ET and air live on ESPNU.
2022 DI women's soccer semifinals set
The 2022 DI women's soccer tournament continued with quarterfinal games on Saturday as the remaining three matchups set up the semifinal matchups.
- No. 2 North Carolina 2, No. 1 Notre Dame 0
- No. 1 Florida State 1, No. 3 Arkansas 0
- No. 1 UCLA 2, No. 3 Virginia 1 (OT)
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The first quarterfinal game took place on Friday. Here's how that one played out:
Next up, it'll be Florida State vs. North Carolina and Alabama vs. UCLA in the national semifinals.
The DI women's soccer quarterfinals continue Saturday
The 2022 DI women's soccer championship tournament began with quarterfinal action on Friday as Alabama clinched its first berth in the College Cup with a 3-2 OT win over Duke. Click or tap below for live stats.
The 2022 DI women's soccer championship tournament continues with quarterfinal action on Saturday, Nov. 26. See the schedule below:
All times Eastern
- No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 3 Arkansas | 5 p.m.
- No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 North Carolina | 6 p.m.
- No. 1 UCLA vs. No. 3 Virginia | 9 p.m.
DI women's soccer third round concludes Sunday
The DI women's soccer championship third round has concluded after a lone match on Saturday and seven more on Sunday.
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Saturday's final score:
- No. 1 Alabama 3, UC Irvine 1
- No. 1 Florida St. 3, No. 4 Pittsburgh 0
- No. 3 Virginia 3, No. 2 Penn St. 2
- No. 3 Arkansas 3, Memphis 3 (3-2 PKs)
- No. 2 Duke 2, No. 3 South Carolina 1
- No. 1 Notre Dame 2, No. 5 TCU 0
- No. 1 UCLA 2, No. 4 Northwestern 0
Here are the quarterfinal matchups (all times ET):
Schedules, results for the 2nd round
The DI women's soccer championship second round continued Friday with 14 games on tap.
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Here are Friday's results (all times in ET):
- No. 4 Pittsburgh 2, No. 5 Georgetown 1
- No. 3 Virginia 3, Xavier 1
- No. 5 TCU 1, No. 4 Michigan State vs. (South Bend, IN)| 3 p.m.
- UC Irvine 1, Brown 1 (F/PK)
- No. 3 South Carolina 3, No. 6 Harvard 2
- No. 2 Penn State 4, No. 7 West Virginia 0
- Memphis 4, No. 7 Mississippi State 0
- No. 1 Florida State 4, No. 8 LSU 1
- No. 1 Notre Dame 4, No. 8 Santa Clara 0
- No. 2 Duke 1, No. 7 Texas 0
- No. 1 Alabama 2, No. 8 Portland 1
- No. 4 Northwestern 2, Vanderbilt 1
- No. 3 Arkansas 5, No. 6 Ohio State 2
- No. 1 UCLA 1, UCF 1 (F/PK)
Here are the final scores from Thursday. Click or tap on a game to be taken to scoring and statistics.
The third round begins Saturday with one game on the schedule (all times ET):
First round of the DI women's soccer tournament concluded Sunday
The first round of the DI women's soccer tournament wrapped up on Sunday with the final three matches. Here are the final scores from the day:
- UCF 1, No. 8 NC State 1 (F/PK)
- No. 2 Penn State 4, Quinnipiac 1
- No. 7 West Virginia 2, Virginia Tech 0
The second round of the 2022 DI women's soccer tournament starts on Thursday, Nov. 17 with two matchups and the remaining 14 on Friday. All matches can be streamed on ESPN+.
Here is the second-round schedule (all times ET):
Thursday, November 17
- No. 3 Stanford vs. No. 6 BYU (Chapel Hill, NC)| 2 p.m.
- No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 8 Georgia (Chapel Hill, NC)| 5 p.m.
Friday, November 18
- No. 4 Pittsburgh vs. No. 5 Georgetown (Tallahassee, FL)| 2 p.m.
- No. 4 Michigan State vs. No. 5 TCU (South Bend, IN)| 2 p.m.
- No. 3 Virginia vs. Xavier (University Park, PA)| 2 p.m.
- Brown vs. UC Irvine (Tuscaloosa, AL)| 4 p.m.
- No. 3 South Carolina vs. No. 6 Harvard (Durham, NC)| 4 p.m.
- No. 2 Penn State vs. No. 7 West Virginia (University Park, PA)| 4:30 p.m.
- No. 7 Mississippi State vs. Memphis (Fayetteville, AR)| 5 p.m.
- No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 8 LSU (Tallahassee, FL)| 5:30 p.m.
- No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 8 Santa Clara (South Bend, IL)| 6 p.m.
- No. 2 Duke vs. No. 7 Texas (Durham, NC)| 6:30 p.m.
- No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 8 Portland (Tuscaloosa, AL)| 7 p.m.
- No. 4 Northwestern vs. Vanderbilt (Los Angeles, CA)| 7 p.m.
- No. 3 Arkansas vs. No. 6 Ohio State (Fayetteville, AR)| 7:30 p.m.
- No. 1 UCLA vs. UCF (Los Angeles, CA)| 10 p.m.
Three seeded teams upset on Saturday
The first round of the 2022 DI women's soccer tournament continued on Saturday with 14 matchups.
Here are all the final scores from the day:
- No. 5 Georgetown 1, Hofstra 0
- No. 4 Northwestern 3, SIUE 0
- No. 1 Notre Dame 5, Omaha 0
- Memphis 1, No. 2 Saint Louis 0
- No. 8 Santa Clara 1, California 0 (F/2OT)
- UC Irvine 2, No. 4 Southern Cal 0
- No. 6 Harvard 2, New Hampshire 0
- Brown 1, No. 5 Rutgers 0
- No. 3 South Carolina 2, Wake Forest 0
- No. 3 Virginia 4, Fairleigh Dickinson 0
- No. 2 Duke 4, Radford 0
- No. 2 North Carolina 5, Old Dominion 0
- No. 4 Pitt 1, Buffalo 0
- No. 8 Portland 3, Arizona State 0
The first round will conclude on Sunday with three games. Here's the schedule (all times ET):
- No. 8 NC State vs. UCF | noon | Stream on ESPN +
- No. 2 Penn State vs. Quinnipiac | 1 p.m. | Stream on ESPN+
- No. 7 West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech | 1 p.m. | Stream on ESPN+
First round scores for the 2022 NCAA tournament
The NCAA women's soccer tournament began Friday with 15 matches, featuring three of the four No. 1 seeds.
The first round takes place across three days, Friday through Sunday, with all games available to stream on ESPN+. See the full bracket here.
Below are the first round results from Friday as well as the remaining first-round schedule. All times listed are ET.
Friday, Nov. 11
Vanderbilt 1, No. 5 Clemson 0
No. 7 Mississippi State 2, New Mexico State 1
No. 1 Florida State 3, Florida Gulf Coast 0
No. 7 Georgia 2, Samford 0
No. 4 Michigan State 3, Milwaukee 2 (F/2OT)
No. 6 Ohio State 1, Bucknell 0 (F/2OT)
Xavier 4, No. 6 Tennessee 1 (F/2OT)
No. 7 Texas 3, Texas A&M 1
No. 8 LSU 3, Lamar 1
No. 1 Alabama 9, Jackson State 0
No. 3 Arkansas 6, Missouri State 0
No. 6 BYU 3, Utah Valley 0
No. 5 TCU 3, UTSA 1
No. 1 UCLA 4, Northern Arizona 1
No. 3 Stanford 6, San Jose State 0
Saturday, Nov. 12
Hofstra at No. 5 Georgetown | 1 p.m. | Stream on ESPN+
SIUE at No. 4 Northwestern | 2 p.m. | Stream on ESPN+
Omaha at No. 1 Notre Dame | 2 p.m. | Stream on ESPN+
Memphis at No. 2 Saint Louis | 2 p.m. | Stream on ESPN+
California at No. 8 Santa Clara | 4 p.m. | Stream on ESPN+
UC Irvine at No. 4 Southern Cal | 4 p.m. | Stream on ESPN+
New Hampshire at No. 6 Harvard | 5 p.m. | Stream on ESPN+
Brown at No. 5 Rutgers | 6 p.m. | Stream on ESPN+
Wake Forest at No. 3 South Carolina | 6 p.m. | Stream on ESPN+
Fairleigh Dickinson at No. 3 Virginia | 6 p.m. | Stream on ESPN+
Radford at No. 2 Duke | 7 p.m. | Stream on ESPN+
Old Dominion at No. 2 North Carolina | 7 p.m. | Stream on ESPN+
Buffalo at No. 4 Pitt | 7 p.m. | Stream on ESPN+
Arizona State at No. 8 Portland | 10 p.m. | Stream on ESPN+
Sunday, Nov. 13
UCF at No. 8 NC State | Noon | Stream on ESPN+
Quinnipiac at No. 2 Penn State | 1 p.m. | Stream on ESPN+
Virginia Tech at No. 7 West Virginia | 1 p.m. | Stream on ESPN+
NCAA Division I women's soccer committee announces 2022 championship field
INDIANAPOLIS — The field of 64 teams, which will compete for the 41st NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship, was announced this afternoon by the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Committee.
Thirty-one conferences were granted automatic bids for the 2022 championship, while the remaining 33 teams were selected at-large. The top 32 teams are seeded, and conference teams cannot play each other in the first or second rounds. When pairing teams, the committee follows geographic proximity parameters.
MORE: Click or tap here for the complete DI women's soccer championship field release
The four No. 1 seeds include two teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference, with Florida State, the league’s automatic qualifier, being joined by Notre Dame. Alabama and UCLA round out the top seeds.
Three teams are advancing to the Division I Women’s Soccer Championship for the first time: New Mexico State, Omaha, and Pittsburgh.
First round action will be played November 11-13, while the second/third rounds will be held November 18 and 20, with the quarterfinals on November 25 or 26.
BRACKET: Click or tap here for the complete 2022 DI women's soccer bracket
This 41st annual NCAA Women’s College Cup will be played Dec. 2 and 5 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, with the University of North Carolina and Town of Cary, serving as hosts. The first national semifinal will be played and broadcast live on ESPNU at 6 p.m. Eastern time Friday, Dec. 2, followed by the second semifinal beginning at approximately 8:30 p.m. Eastern time live on ESPNU. The national championship match will take place at 6 p.m. Eastern time Monday, Dec. 5 and will also broadcast live on ESPNU.
DI women's soccer championship history
|2021||Florida State (22-1-2)||0-0 (2ot, pk)||BYU||Santa Clara, Calif.|
|2020||Santa Clara (10-1-1)||1-1 (2ot, pk)||Florida State||Cary, N.C.|
|2019||Stanford (24-1-0)||0-0 (2ot, pk)||North Carolina||San Jose, Calif.|
|2018||Florida State (20-4-3)||1-0||North Carolina||Cary, N.C.|
|2017||Stanford (23-1-0)||3-2||UCLA||Orlando, Fla.|
|2016||Southern California (19-4-2)||3-1||West Virginia||San Jose, Calif.|
|2015||Penn State (22-3-2)||1-0||Duke||Cary, N.C.|
|2014||Florida State (23-1-1)||1-0||Virginia||Boca Raton, Fla.|
|2013||UCLA (22-1-3)||1-0 (OT)||Florida State||Cary, N.C.|
|2012||North Carolina (15-5-3)||4-1||Penn State||San Diego, Calif.|
|2011||Stanford (25-0-1)||1-0||Duke||Kennesaw, Ga.|
|2010||Notre Dame (21-2-2)||1-0||Stanford||Cary, N.C.|
|2009||North Carolina (23-3-1)||1-0||Stanford||Texas A&M|
|2008||North Carolina (25-1-2)||2-1||Notre Dame||Cary, N.C.|
|2007||Southern California (20-3-2)||2-0||Florida State||Texas A&M|
|2006||North Carolina (27-1)||2-1||Notre Dame||Cary, N.C.|
|2005||Portland (23-0-2)||4-0||UCLA||Texas A&M|
|2004||*Notre Dame (25-1-1)||1-1 (2 ot, pk)||UCLA||Cary, N.C.|
|2003||North Carolina (27-0)||6-0||Connecticut||Cary, N.C.|
|2002||Portland (20-4-2)||2-1 (2 ot)||Santa Clara||Austin, Texas|
|2001||Santa Clara (23-2)||1-0||North Carolina||SMU|
|2000||North Carolina (21-3)||2-1||UCLA||San Jose State|
|1999||North Carolina (24-2)||2-0||Notre Dame||San Jose State|
|1998||Florida (26-1)||1-0||North Carolina||UNC Greensboro|
|1997||North Carolina (27-0-1)||2-0||Connecticut||UNC Greensboro|
|1996||North Carolina (25-1)||1-0 (2 ot)||Notre Dame||Santa Clara|
|1995||Notre Dame (21-2-2)||1-0 (3 ot)||Portland||North Carolina|
|1994||North Carolina (25-1-1)||5-0||Notre Dame||Portland|
|1993||North Carolina (23-0)||6-0||George Mason||North Carolina|
|1992||North Carolina (25-0)||9-1||Duke||North Carolina|
|1991||North Carolina (25-0)||3-1||Wisconsin||North Carolina|
|1990||North Carolina (24-0)||6-0||Connecticut||North Carolina|
|1989||North Carolina (24-0-1)||2-0||Colorado College||North Carolina State|
|1988||North Carolina (18-0-3)||4-1||North Carolina State||North Carolina|
|1987||North Carolina (23-0-1)||1-0||Massachusetts||Massachusetts|
|1986||North Carolina (24-0-1)||2-0||Colorado College||George Mason|
|1985||George Mason (18-2-1)||2-0||North Carolina||George Mason|
|1984||North Carolina (24-0-1)||2-0||Connecticut||North Carolina|
|1983||North Carolina (19-1)||4-0||George Mason||UCF|
|1982||North Carolina (19-2)||2-0||UCF||UCF|
*Declared champion on the basis of penalty kicks.
How to watch the 2022 DI women's soccer selection show
The 2022 DI women's soccer selection show is Monday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. ET on NCAA.com. We'll have the official bracket for the 2022 DI women's soccer championship shortly after. This will be the sport's 41st year of crowning an NCAA champion. Here's how to watch the selection show.
When: Monday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. ET
Where: Live here on NCAA.com
The 2022 championship field will consist of 64 teams with the tournament running from Nov. 11 through Dec. 5. The College Cup, consisting of the national semifinals and finals will be held in Cary, North Carolina.