CARY, N.C. — Rosie White pushed UCLA into the NCAA Women's College Cup final, scoring the decisive penalty kick against Virginia after the teams tied 1-1 on Friday night.
The Bruins (21-1-3) won the tiebreaker 4-2 to advance to face Florida State (23-1-3) on Sunday in the championship game. The Seminoles beat Virginia Tech 3-2 in the first semifinal.
Katelyn Rowland stopped two of Virginia's four attempts in the shootout.
The Bruins rallied to force overtime with Ally Courtnall's goal in the 85th minute. Makenzy Doniak scored in the 73rd minute for the Cavaliers (24-1-1), the tournament's overall No. 1 seed.
Each team converted its first two penalty kicks before Lauren Kaskie gave the Bruins a 3-2 advantage. Rowland then stopped a shot by Alexis Shaffer.
After Virginia's Jessie Ferrari saved a shot by Kodi Lavrusky, Rowland stopped a shot by Morgan Brian to set the stage for White's winning kick.
UCLA extended its unbeaten streak to 20 games en route to reaching the NCAA final for the fourth time overall and the first since 2005.Virginia appeared to be on its way to its first NCAA final when Doniak took advantage of a rare mistake by UCLA's top-ranked defense.
UCLA defender Abby Dahlkemper attempted to clear the ball by passing it back to Rowland, but Dahlkemper did not make solid contact on the ball with her foot. Doniak, who already was running toward the goal, kept sprinting and reached the ball before Rowland. She juked past Rowland with a dribble to the right and kicked the ball into the middle of the empty net.
UCLA tied it when Courtnall slipped behind part of Virginia's defense unmarked. Sarah Killian threaded a pass into the box to Courtnall, who ripped a ground-hugging shot past diving goalkeeper Morgan Stearns.
The Bruins dominated play after a first half that featured no shots on goal between the teams. UCLA generated the best scoring opportunities in the second half, one of which Stearns saved with a diving punch.
The same was true of the overtime periods, where the Bruins twice hit the post with shots as they peppered Stearns. Courtnall lofted a shot midway through the second overtime that hit the post, bounced off Stearns, and hit the post again.