CARY — Legendary basketball coach Lefty Driesell once said it was hard to beat a team three times in a season.
Apparently he didn't know soccer.
Jamia Fields scored two goals, including the game-winner with 7:28 remaining, to send Florida State over Virginia Tech 3-2 in the semifinals of the NCAA women's soccer tournament.
It was the third victory this season over the Hokies (19-5-3) for the Seminoles (23-1-3), who will play for the title at 3 p.m. Sunday against Virginia or UCLA. Those teams played in the late game Friday at WakeMed Soccer Park.
Fields, a junior midfielder, launched a high shot from 30 yards that kept sailing at the far post and just eluded Virginia Tech goalkeeper Dayle Colpitts at the 82:32 mark. Fields had given FSU a 2-1 lead when she buried a cross from Dagny Brynjarsdottir, who ran down a long throw-in by Megan Campbell early in the second half.
The Hokies pulled even with just over 12 minutes remaining when Ashley Manning, who also had the first goal for Virginia Tech, interchanged nicely with Ashley Meier on a fast break. Meier's left-footed shot bent just inside the left post for her ninth goal.
Fields, who tallied her fourth and fifth goals of the season, said she was aiming for the far post on her game-winner.
“I just knew we had to get one,” she said. “I didn't want it to go off post and back in. We practice that a lot, far post shots.”
“It was obviously a tricky ball,” Colpitts said. “It was off my hand, off the post, off my back, off everything and in.”
“Sometimes in this game you have to have a little bit of luck,” said Florida State coach Mark Krikorian, whose team's perseverance has delivered 17 goals after the 80-minute mark this season. “Find a way to win the game. It's not always pretty.”
Virginia Tech had one more chance to equalize when Jazmine Reeves got free in the penalty area for a shot, but her side volley in the final minute hit the crossbar and bounced away. She had earlier hit the left post with a shot with the score 2-2.
“They both hit the post,” Reeves said. “You can't get much closer than that, I guess.”
“The effort was there,” Virginia Tech coach Chugger Adair said. “We were a bit unlucky. We hit the post twice ... and give up an unfortunate goal at the end there.”
FSU outshot Virginia Tech 9-8 in a surprisingly wide-open game, with each goalkeeper, Colpitts and Kelsey Wys for the Seminoles, making two saves.
Notes: Florida State is 14-0-1 all-time against Virginia Tech. The Seminoles also beat the Hokies at WakeMed in the ACC tournament final.
Earlier Friday, UNC's Crystal Dunn, FSU's Kassey Kallman, Virginia's Morgan Brian and Makenzy Doniak, Virginia Tech's Jazmine Reeves and UCLA's Abby Dahlkemper were named first-team All-America by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
UCLA's Katelyn Rowland and FSU's Dagny Brynjarsdottir made the second team, and UVa's Danielle Colaprico, UCLA's Darian Jenkins, and Wake Forest's Aubrey Bledsoe made the third team.