NEWTON, Mass. – First half goals by Cheyna Williams and Berglind Thorvaldsdottir paced fifth-ranked Florida State (8-1-0, 1-0-0 ACC) to a 2-0 victory over Boston College (7-3-0, 0-1-0) in the ACC opener for both schools Sunday afternoon inside the Newton Soccer Complex.
The Seminoles improved to 8-11-1 all-time in ACC openers including 3-4-1 when opening on the road. FSU secured its fourth straight victory over BC while capturing its third win in Newton and first since shutting out the Eagles 1-0 in 2010.
“Going on the road, playing two tough games with UConn and BC, we walk away feeling pretty good about getting two wins,” Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian said. “But we have some work in front of us. That was the first ACC game and there’s a lot left to play.”
Williams’ goal in the 18th minute proved to be the eventual game-winner, her second of the season, while Thorvaldsdottir found the back of the net for the fifth time in the last three games. The redshirt sophomore forward is one goal shy of tying her goal output from last year.
“It was nice that both of them were able to knock one in this afternoon,” added Krikorian. “Both were opportunistic, both were in the right place at the right time and I thought that both finished their chances pretty well. I think in the last three or four games that both of them have become much more dangerous.”
Florida State finished the match with a 14-4 shot advantage over Boston College as the Seminoles held the Eagles without a shot in the second half. FSU’s backline did an outstanding job of limiting BC to just one shot on goal while holding Stephanie McCaffrey, the Eagles’ leading scorer, with just one shot.
“I’m not sure that there are a whole lot of kids in the country that are as hard to deal with than McCaffrey,” said Krikorian. “She is a heck of a player. Boston College does a very good job of recognizing and highlighting her quality and giving her the ball. But our defensive line did a great job of limiting her chances this afternoon.”
Cassie Miller played all 90 minutes in goal and made one save earning her fifth shutout of the season.
Florida State registered the game’s first shot of the afternoon in the 10th minute when Williams came streaking in for a header following a cross by Jamia Fields but BC keeper Darien Dunham was there for the save.
The Seminoles got on the board less than eight minutes later when Dunham mishit a clear inside the 18-yard box. The pass was intercepted by Williams, who flicked the ball just beyond a charging Dunham, and into the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season and a 1-0 Florida State lead.
BC’s first shot of the half didn’t come until the 20th minute when Rosie DiMartino one-timed a cross from McCaffrey from just inside the 18-yard box but Miller was there for the save.
Three minutes later Isabella Schmid blasted a wicked bender from about 20 yards out that forced Dunham into a diving kick save to keep FSU’s lead at 1-0.
The Seminoles added to their lead right before the break in the 41st minute as Thorvaldsdottir one-timed a cross from the left side by Marta Bakowska-Mathews. The Icelandic native redirected the ball into the right corner for her sixth goal of the season and a two-goal Florida State advantage.
Florida State returns home for a pair of ACC matches as they host Louisville on Thursday, September 25 at 7 pm before welcoming Virginia to town on Sunday, September 28 with a 4 pm first kick. Seminole fans can always stay up-to-date with in-game progress through the official twitter page of the Seminole soccer team (@FSU_Soccer).