College Showcase: Local booter headed to final four

The No. 1-ranked Virginia Cavaliers women’s soccer team scored a 2-1 victory over Michigan on Friday to earn a spot in the NCAA Women’s College Cup — the Final Four of women’s college soccer.
Matt DeYoung
Dec 3, 2013

The Cavaliers (24-1) reached the College Cup for the first time since 1991 and will face UCLA on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The other half of the bracket features Virginia Tech and Florida State. Virginia Tech handed Virginia its lone loss of the season in the second round of the ACC Tournament on Nov. 8.

Grand Haven native and former Spring Lake Laker Annie Steinlage helped the Cavaliers reach the final four. Steinlage, a senior midfielder, started all 25 games for Virginia. She has one goal and six assists on the season, including a game-winning goal in the Cavaliers’ overtime win against Florida State back on Oct. 27.

Michigan, an at-large team in the NCAA Tournament, advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Milwaukee, 4-0; Illinois State, 3-0; and Notre Dame, 1-0. The Wolverines (18-4-1) gave the top-ranked Cavaliers all they could handle in front of 1,882 fans at Virginia’s Klockner Stadium.

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