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Penn State tops Rutgers, advances to Cup final

CARY, N.C. — Penn State is headed to the NCAA Division I women’s soccer national championship match for the second time in school history after defeating Rutgers, 2-0 on Sunday.

Frannie Crouse scored the eventual game-winning goal for Penn State in the 24th minute, pouncing on an errant back-pass by a Rutgers defender. Crouse’s shot took a deflection before looping over Rutgers goalkeeper Casey Murphy.

Kaleigh Riehl sealed the game for Penn State with a goal in the 79th minute, 14 minutes after Mallory Weber hit the post for the Nittany Lions.

Rutgers only registered one shot in the match.

[GORDON: Is this finally the year Penn State will win it all?]

Penn State will play Duke in Sunday’s final (noon ET, ESPNU). Duke upset Florida State, 2-0 in Friday’s other semifinal. Duke and Penn State played to a scoreless draw early in the season, on August 28 in State College, Pa.

The Nittany Lions appeared in the College Cup final once previously, in 2012 when they lost to North Carolina, 4-1.

Friday was the third meeting of the season between Rutgers and Penn State. Rutgers won the first meeting in New Jersey in the regular season, but Penn State defeated the Scarlet Knights to win the Big Ten championship.

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