TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Second-ranked Florida State (20-1-1) posted its second straight postseason shutout blanking Northeastern (15-5-3) 3-0 in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship Friday evening inside the Seminole Soccer Complex.
The Seminoles secured a spot in the ‘Round of 16’ for the 10th year in a row and will face UCF (18-4-0) on Sunday, November 23 at 1:00 p.m.
“It was a very good game tonight,” Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian. “Northeastern came in and battled us very hard and I thought our kids were resilient, played well, created some decent chances, and of course finished three.
“We’re thrilled to be moving on, preparing for the next round, but a lot of credit goes to the quality that Northeastern brought. I thought their kids were committed to playing together and working together. Tracy (Leone) and her staff did a great job of preparing them and they represented themselves in a wonderful fashion.”
Three different Florida State players scored on Friday night led by redshirt sophomore Kirsten Crowley who tallied a career-high three points on a goal and an assist. Cheyna Williams notched the game’s first goal, the eventual game-winner, in the 18th minute, while Dagny Brynjarsdottir capped the scoring with her team leading 16th goal of the season in the second half.
The Noles took the early lead when Williams tracked down a long pass down the field from Crowley. The junior forward out raced a pair of Huskie defenders to the ball and then dribbled across the field before blasting a shot into the upper right corner of the net from 10 yards out to give FSU a 1-0 lead.
“Cheyna was a handful tonight, she has been, and she’s really been coming on strong as the season has continued,” added Krikorian. “We all know and appreciate all of the different qualities she brings to the game and fortunately when she turned the corner she hit the ball good and solid, got in on the frame and it was a quality finish.”
“That early goal helped us settle in a little,” said Williams. “We talk a lot about patience in their half of the field, so once we break the pressure it’s nice for us to be able to settle down and not feel so much pressure to score, but still enough to put them under a lot of pressure.”
Florida State broke open its one-goal lead in the second half scoring two goals in a span of one minute and 21 seconds to take a commanding 3-0 lead.
Following a Northeastern foul just beyond midfield, Megan Campbell sent the free kick just inside the 18-yard box to Crowley. The Seminole defender collected the ball, turned and whipped a shot past a diving Paige Burnett for her first goal of the season in the 54th minute. Campbell was credited with an assist on the play, her fourth of the NCAA Tournament and eighth in the last six matches.
“It was really good,” said Crowley on scoring her first goal of the season. “I’ve been getting hungrier for a goal. For this game, I was just focused on doing my job up in front of the goal and to not get so antsy, so I think that helped tonight.”
A superb double passing combination from Jamia Fields and Isabella Schmid led to the third and final goal of the evening. Fields made a nice play down near the end line to keep the ball from going out of bounds. She then slipped a pass to a wide open Schmid, who sent a cross just outside the 6-yard box. Brynjarsdottir timed her run perfectly with a sliding redirect that pushed the ball into the back of the net for the goal and a 3-0 Florida State advantage.
The Seminoles outshot the Huskies 16-4 for the match, while holding the advantage in corners at 7-2. Brynjarsdottir led all players with five shots on the evening including four shots on goal.
Four different Northeastern players recorded a shot as three of their shots were placed on net, all saved by Cassie Miller, who played all 90 minutes between the posts to garner her 15th shutout of the season.
With the win, Florida State extended its current unbeaten streak to 17 games (16-0-1) tying the school record set in 2013. The Seminoles also secured their 15th straight victory at home in NCAA Tournament play while improving to 33-1-0 all-time during the postseason inside the Seminole Soccer Complex.
Tickets for Sunday’s third round match against UCF can be purchased over the phone at 888-FSU-NOLE, in person at the Seminole Ticket Office located in Building C of the University Center and online at Seminoles.com. Tickets will also go on-sale at the Seminole Soccer Complex beginning at 12:00 p.m., on Sunday.
One Day Ticket Prices
$7 – Adults
$3 – Children (3-18), Students & Senior citizens 50+
$1 – Children (2 and under)
Free – The 100 FSU students with a valid ID (Friday at 5 pm ONLY)