Jaye Boissiere scored from distance midway through the second half Sunday as Stanford won the College Cup championship for the second time with a 3-2 victory over UCLA at Orlando City Stadium. The Cardinal (24-1-0) had squandered a two-goal lead after halftime, but Boissiere recorded her ninth goal of the year and extended Stanford’s winning streak to 22 matches.
“I’m really short, so goalies really can’t see me, especially if you have tall defenders and tall forwards in front of you,” the 5-foot-2 sophomore midfielder said. “So I knew that the goalie probably didn’t have a great look at where I was coming from.”
Senior Andi Sullivan — a U.S. national team midfielder from Lorton, Va., who is almost certain to join the Washington Spirit in 2018 — scored in the first half. The Spirit, which has been angling for the three-time first-team all-American for more than a year, owns the No. 1 pick in the NWSL draft Jan. 18 in Philadelphia.
UCLA (19-3-3) had not lost since Oct. 26 — against Stanford.
>> On the men’s side, the College Cup pairings are set for this weekend at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa.:
5 Akron (18-3-2) vs. 9 Stanford (17-2-2), 6 p.m.
2 Indiana (17-0-6) vs. 3 North Carolina (17-3-1), 8:45 p.m.
Both are available on ESPNU, WatchESPN and ESPN3. The final is Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2, WatchESPN and ESPN3.
These are familiar names in the College Cup: Stanford is the two-time defending champion, while Akron won in 2010, North Carolina in 2011 and Indiana in 2012.
The final four will move to warmer environs next year: Santa Barbara, Calif., which will also host in 2020. Cary, N.C., will get the competition in 2019 and ’21.
>> Lower-division champions:
Division II men: Charleston (W.Va.), coached by Dan Stratford, an Englishman who played for D.C. United in 2008.
Division II women: Central Missouri, first national trophy.
Division III men: Messiah (Pa.), 11th title since 2000.
Division III women: Williams (Mass.), second crown in three years.