Stanford women beat UCLA 4-1 in NCAA semifinal

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sophia Smith scored three goals and Stanford advanced to the NCAA Women's College Cup championship with a 4-1 victory over UCLA on Friday night.

The Cardinal (23-1-0) will face North Carolina in Sunday's title game at Avaya Stadium. The Tar Heels beat Washington State 2-1 in the first semifinal.

Stanford, the Pac-12 Conference champion, has won 18 straight heading into the championship. The top-seeded Cardinal were making their 10th appearance in the College Cup.

Second-seeded UCLA (18-5-1) had won nine straight going into the semifinal, with the Bruins' last loss coming to Stanford.

Chloe Castaneda gave UCLA the early lead with a goal in the seventh minute.

But the Cardinal answered with three goals in the opening half, including a pair from Smith and another from Carly Malatskey.

Smith completed the hat trick with a goal in the 52nd minute.

Stanford, ranked No. 1, has won two national championships. Second-ranked North Carolina has won 22.

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