By: Scott Moriak, Assistant Sports Information Director
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Not letting Friday’s loss to Florida affect them, the No. 2 Seminoles (5-1-0) played their possession style of soccer and limited the chances of St. John’s (3-3-0) as Florida State cruised to a 4-0 win at the Seminole Soccer Complex on Monday night.
“I thought we came out with a good focus,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “One of the things I warned the team about was that it is easy when you come out and you play against Florida in the big environment that it is easy to get excited to play in those games. But every game is meaningful. You have a team coming in here in St. John’s that came down last year and knocked Central Florida out of the NCAA Tournament on Central Florida’s turf.
“So we needed to show them the respect that they deserved and I thought our kids came out from the beginning, composed themselves into the game and created some decent chances to score some good goals.”
Florida State was active in the attacking third right from the start earning three corners in the first 14 minutes which led to the first goal of the night. Junior Cheyna Williams redirected a header attempt from senior Kristin Grubka across the goal line off a corner service from senior Marta Bakowska-Mathews. It was Williams’ second goal of the season.
“We talked about not getting into a funk after a loss and making sure we stay focused into the next game and not letting it affect us too much, and I think we did that pretty well,” said Williams.
The Seminoles continued to control the ball, suffocating the St. John’s attack and refusing to let the Red Storm put together anything offensively.
Dagny Brynjarsdottir extended Florida State’s lead to 2-0 with a header off a Carson Pickett corner in the 31st minute. The Icelandic native added her second goal of the night, and sixth goal of the season, on a one-timed shot in the box at 33:59 in the first half with assists from senior Jamia Fields and junior Isabella Schmid to extend the score to 3-0 going into the break. It was the fifth time in her career that Brynjarsdottir has scored two goals in a game.
“I have been scoring a lot of goals, but I missed two really good chances against Florida so I felt like I owed it to the team and to myself to finish my chances,” said Brynjarsdottir.
Coming out of halftime, the Seminoles continued to limit St. John’s to short possessions and missed opportunities and FSU’s combination of speed and execution proved too much for the Red Storm.
The only significant scoring chance for St. John’s came in the sixth minute when FSU allowed a corner kick which led to a header that sailed wide. That was the only shot that the Red Storm would attempt all night.
Florida State closed out the scoring in the 75th minute as Brynjarsdottir nearly had her first career hat trick as she was fouled in the box after a great cross from Pickett. Bakowska-Mathews put away the penalty kick to give FSU the 4-0 victory.
“Dagny is off to a great senior year,” added Krikorian. “She is putting herself into very dangerous positions. Fortunately, she is getting very good services and taking her chances very well.”
FSU finished with 21 shots and 10 corner kicks as Cassie Miller improved to 5-1-0 on the season. Diana Poulin took the loss for St. John’s and moved to 3-3-0.
The Seminoles next take to the pitch on Sunday, September 14 as they welcome Stetson to the Seminole Soccer Complex for a game at 1:00 p.m. Fans are encouraged to come out and support the Seminoles as the team will be signing autographs after the match.