TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Winners of its third-consecutive ACC match, No. 21 Florida State improved to 3-1-0 in conference and 8-2-0 overall with a 1-0 win over NC State (8-3-1, 1-2-1 ACC) on Friday night in front of 1,959 fans at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
The Seminoles now have an all-time record of 18-3-2 with NC State, and have won 17 consecutive matches against the Wolfpack, dating back to 2001. FSU has not allowed a goal in the series in the last 684:00 of match time, since a goal on October 17, 2010.
The shutout marks redshirt senior Cassie Miller’s 44th shutout of her career, moving her into a tie for seventh all-time in NCAA history, alongside Boston College’s Jill Mastroianni (2008-11), West Virginia’s Kerri Butler (2007-10) and Rutgers’ Erin Guthrie (2006-09). Miller is now one shutout away from tying Kelsey Wys’ school-record total of 45, set from 2010-13.
“I think it was vital to get three points tonight,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “At this stage of the season, everyone is fighting for points. I think in the first half, we played quite well. But in the second half, NC State came out and took it to us and took over a lot of the game. Overall, we competed very favorably in the first half, but in the second half, I don’t think we were sharp enough.
“The Tallahassee community came out and supported our kids very well, and hopefully they were treated to a good and entertaining game of soccer between two quality teams. We sure do appreciate these folks coming out and cheering us on to victory as they did today.”
The Seminoles opened the match with significant offensive pressure and created several scoring chances in the first 15 minutes. Sophomore Deyna Castellanos recorded the first shot of the match in the third minute, but it was high of the goal.
Castellanos nearly got on the end of a Kaycie Tillman pass near the penalty spot in the eighth minute, but it was too far in front of the Venezuelan forward. Freshman Emily Madril sent a long ball down the right side for junior Dallas Dorosy in the 13th minute, but after crossing over her opponent to create space, her shot from 15 yards was just wide of the net.
Castellanos helped spark the game’s only goal, slipping a ball into the box for Dorosy who took a shot that was saved away by NC State’s Sydney Wootten. Junior Kaycie Tillman was in position to collect the rebound and finish the play for her first goal of the season.
NC State worked into some solid offensive chances later in the first half, but FSU’s Gabby Carle had an impressive tackle on the left side to stop a counterattack in the 23rd minute and Taylor Hallmon caught up and challenged NCSU’s Kristina Schuster on a breakaway to force her shot to go wide of the goal in the 29th minute.
The Noles had a great scoring chance near the end of the half as a long ball by Natalia Kuikka from the backline found Castellanos at the top of the penalty box in the 40th minute. The sophomore was able to head the ball over to Adrienne Richardson on the right, but NC State’s Wootten made a nice save on Richardson’s shot to keep the game at 1-0 heading into intermission.
The second half started off slowly from both teams, as no shots were taken in the first 17 minutes of the period. NC State was given a free kick from 25 yards in the 60th minute, but after playing the ball out the right, Cailyn Boch was ruled to be offside on a cross into the six-yard box.
Castellanos worked through the midfield in the 62nd minute and took a shot from 20 yards on the right that just skipped over the crossbar in what ended up being the only shot for the Noles in the second half. Florida State was able to get a pair of corners in the 71st minute, but could not create shots off of either opportunity.
NC State had its only shot on goal in the 77th minute as Ella Bonner’s shot from the right side was caught by Miller. The Wolfpack had a quality chance to equalize the match in the 87th minute, as a free kick from 35 yards bounced in the box and was headed by Bonner, but the shot was deflected and easily secured by Miller to end the threat and preserve the win.
Overall for the match, FSU outshot NC State 10-6, including a 6-1 advantage in shots on goal. The Noles and Wolfpack tied with two corner kicks apiece.
The Seminoles remain at home and will continue ACC play with a match against Boston College (8-4-0, 2-1-0 ACC) on Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. The match will be FSU Soccer’s annual Paint It Pink game, where the team will wear special pink jerseys to help promote breast cancer awareness. The game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra and live stats will be available on Seminoles.com. Admission is free for all home regular season matches at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
Follow Florida State soccer on Twitter (@FSUSoccer), Instagram (@nolesoccer) and like our Facebook page (Facebook.com/FSUSoccer) to keep up to date with everything about Seminole soccer.