TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Nearly halfway to her seven-goal output from the entirety of the 2016 season that saw her earn NSCAA All-Region First Team and All-ACC Second Team honors, sophomore Deyna Castellanos produced the first hat trick of her Seminole career, scoring all three goals in a 3-0 victory by No. 15/4 Florida State (1-0-0) over UNC Greensboro (0-1-0) on Friday night.
It is the first hat trick by a Florida State soccer player since Marta Bakowska-Mathews on September 14, 2014 versus Stetson.
The win marked the 10th-straight season-opening victory for the Noles and extended the program’s home unbeaten streak to 34 matches. FSU is 33-0-1 at the Seminole Soccer Complex, dating back to 2014, outscoring its opponents 102-6 over that span.
“Overall, I think it was pretty good,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “Certainly, in the second half Greensboro created a couple of headaches for us. But fortunately, we were able to react and eliminate the chances in the end. Overall, for 90 minutes and playing an awful lot of players and getting a lot of looks from a lot of kids, it was pretty good.”
The Seminoles started out with a strong attack and nearly opened the scoring in the fifth minute as a cross by junior Megan Connolly found redshirt freshman Clara Robbins in the box for header that beat UNCG goalkeeper Chloe Buehler, but was kept off the line by a Spartan defender to keep the match square at 0-0.
Florida State did get on the board in the 13th minute as junior Olivia Bergau sent a long cross from the defensive back line up to freshman Emily Madril down the left side. She worked to send a ball in front of the net for Castellanos to put away for the first goal of the game.
Madril and Castellanos paired up six minutes later for goal number two on a similar play. The freshman midfielder was able to find Castellanos on a run through the box and played a great ball to her feet and the sophomore redirected it behind the keeper for the goal.
The Noles kept up the pressure in the first half, tallying nine corner kicks in the opening 45 minutes, and nearly made it 3-0 at the intermission when a Connolly corner in the 44th minute bounced around the box and found Dallas Dorosy near the penalty spot. The junior took a shot that bounced off the crossbar and was safely cleared.
UNCG got their best chance of the match early in the second half, as Quiqui Hita was able to take the ball down the right side before sending a cross into the six-yard box for a sprinting Heida Vidarsdottir toward the near post. The shot stayed wide of the post to keep the Spartans off the board.
Connolly continued to look for her first goal of the game, taking five shots in the first 20 minutes of the second half, four of which missed by an estimated 10 feet combined, including one just over the crossbar in the 56th minute.
A foul by UNCG on freshman Gloriana Villalobos about 35 yards from the goal in the 73rd minute set up a free kick by Robbins to junior Natalia Kuikka in the penalty box, who flicked a header over the goalkeeper but a team save by defender Emily Jensen kept the ball out of the net.
The Noles closed out the scoring in the 81st minute, as senior Emma Koivisto was taken down in the penalty box, allowing Castellanos to convert the PK for the 3-0 final score.
Castellanos nearly matched the school record of four goals in a game in the 87th minute, as her chip shot from 20 yards at the top of the box ricocheted off the crossbar and was cleared away.
For the game, the Noles outshot the Spartans 29-4, including 11-0 in shots on goal. FSU held a 12-2 advantage in corner kicks as well.
The Seminoles close out the weekend with a home match against South Alabama on Sunday, August 20 at 1:00 p.m. Live stats will be available on floridastatestats.com, and admission is free for all regular season home soccer matches at the Seminole Soccer Complex. There will be a postgame clinic following the match open to kids in grades 1-8. Please RSVP with Ty Osborne at firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
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