PITTSBURGH – The No. 2 Florida State soccer team controlled the ball throughout the entire game as FSU (14-1-0, 7-0-0 ACC) defeated Pitt (6-9-0, 2-5-0 ACC) by a score of 3-0 on Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.
The Seminoles scored one goal in the first half on a header by Dagny Brynjarsdottir, and added two more in the second – a header by Cheyna Williams and a goal by Kacy Scarpa – as FSU outshot Pitt 31-0 on the afternoon.
“Overall, I thought it was a good strong performance from start to finish,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “I thought we created some pretty good opportunities and certainly limited their chances at our goal, which is always the hope going into the game. I thought our kids showed great character and poise and we feel pretty good about going on the road and getting three points.”
Florida State put pressure on the Pitt defense from the first kick and was finally able to get on the board in the 27th minute as Brynjarsdottir put away a chip pass from Marta Bakowska-Mathews on a header right in front of the goal.
The scoring opportunity started by a great cross from Carson Pickett onto the foot of Brynjarsdottir. The Iceland native ripped a shot toward the far post and Pitt’s goalkeeper Taylor Francis made a full diving block to keep the game scoreless.
On the ensuing corner, a shot from Isabella Schmid was blocked away again by Francis out to Bakowska-Mathews near the endline. A nice cross back to Brynjarsdottir got FSU its first goal of the game.
The Seminoles recorded a season-high 17 shots in the first half, including 12 on goal, but Francis made several impressive stops and had 11 saves after the first 45 minutes.
The second half went much like the first, with Florida State possessing the ball in the offensive third for much of the final 45 minutes. Throughout the entire game, the Pitt defense would frequently pull all 10 field players back within 35 yards of their own goal to attempt to limit the Seminole scoring chances.
Williams extended the lead to 2-0 in the 57th minute after Jamia Fields corralled a loose ball off of a blocked shot from Brynjarsdottir and dribbled down the right side. Fields delivered a nice cross to the far post for an unmarked Williams who easily put the ball in the back of the net for her seventh goal of the season.
The final goal for Florida State came off the foot of Scarpa in 76th minute to give the Seminoles a 3-0 lead. The scoring chance began as Williams made a run down the left side and made a great cross into the six yard box that Scarpa was able to convert while in traffic.
It was Scarpa’s first career goal as the Lakeland, Fla., native has played in 18 career games with three shots and two career assists.
“I thought we did a really good job staying composed and working off of how the other team was playing,” said Scarpa. “It took an adjustment on our part but we stuck to the game plan and did what the coaches told us. I just got rewarded for being in the right place at the right time so I was excited.”
The Seminoles next take to the pitch on Thursday, Oct. 23 as they travel to North Carolina for a road trip against UNC at 7 p.m. Florida State will play in its final road game of the regular season at 1 p.m. on Oct. 26 at NC State.