PALO ALTO, Calif. – Another multi-goal performance by Deyna Castellanos, another postseason win for the Seminoles as No. 4 seed Florida State (13-6-1) posted a 2-0 shutout over Arizona (11-5-4) on Friday night at Laird Q. Cagan Field in the second round of 2017 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship on the campus of Stanford University.
The Noles advance to play in a third round match on Sunday, November 19 at 4:00 p.m. ET, and will play the winner of No. 1 seed Stanford and Auburn, who are playing later tonight.
Castellanos now has 19 goals on the season, moving into second place in FSU single-season history. The sophomore forward trails only Mami Yamaguchi’s 24 goals scored during 2007 on her way to winning the MAC Hermann Trophy, given to the nation’s top player in college soccer.
The shutout moves redshirt senior Cassie Miller back into a tie for third place in NCAA history with her 48th career shutout. She is tied with Northwestern’s current goalkeeper Lauren Clem, and the Wildcats play in their NCAA second round match later tonight against UCLA.
“Overall, I think we had a good game, start to finish,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “We knew that Arizona was going to be a highly competitive team and they sure proved that they were today. I have a lot of respect for their coach and their team and for the quality they brought to the game. I’m proud of our players for the effort they put in and we are thrilled to be moving on and playing whoever it is that we play next.”
Arizona started out fast, taking a pair of long-range shots from outside the penalty box in the second minute, but FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller was able to easily save both strikes.
The first quality scoring chance for the Seminoles came in the 10th minute when Deyna Castellanos sent a ball from midfield behind the Arizona backline for Dallas Dorosy. The junior got on the end of it, but her shot was just wide of the far post.
Castellanos slipped a ball into Gloriana Villalobos in the 23rd minute, but a diving save by Arizona goalkeeper Lainey Burdett kept the match scoreless.
The Wildcats had a dangerous chance in the 29th minute as Kennedy Kieneker bounced a low cross into the six-yard box from the right, but FSU’s Emma Koivisto was able to clear it away.
Florida State held the majority of possession in the first half and were able to take a 1-0 lead into the intermission on a goal by Castellanos at 43:35. Villalobos sent a ball out to the right for Kaycie Tillman, who crossed it near the penalty spot for Castellanos. The sophomore forward collected it with the outside of her foot and tapped it into the goal for her 18th goal of the season.
Castellanos got the second half started with a shot that was wide in the 49th minute, but the game then turned into a midfield battle as there were only two total shots in the first 30 minutes of the second half.
Arizona had a quality scoring chance in the 69th minute as Kieneker slipped a through ball for Charlotte Brascia in the penalty box, but Miller was able to jump on it to end the threat.
The Wildcats continued to look for the equalizer in the 74th and 75th minute, but Kelcey Cavarra’s shot was high and Jill Aguilera’s shot rolled off the far post.
The Noles extended their lead in the 79th minute as a ball into Villalobos bounced up and was ruled a handball off an Arizona defender just outside the penalty box. Castellanos stepped to the ball and buried the free kick inside the far post for her 19th goal of the year to make it a 2-0 match.
The best chance for Arizona down the stretch came in the 83rd minute as a Seminole foul awarded the Wildcats with a free kick from 25 yards out on the right, but the cross was secured by Miller.
For the match, FSU outshot Arizona 12-10, including 7-2 in shots on goal. The Noles had the only two corner kicks in the game.
A livestream of Sunday’s match will be broadcast on Stanford’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/StanfordAthletics), while live stats will be available through NCAA.com. Tickets are available now at GoStanford.com – reserved seats are $15, and general admission seats are $10 for adults and $8 for students, youth and seniors. Call 1-800-STANFORD for more information.
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