TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Behind first half goals by Berglind Thorvaldsdottir and Marta Bakowska-Mathews, second-ranked Florida State (12-1-0, 5-0-0 ACC) rolled to a 2-0 victory over Syracuse (5-6-3, 2-3-0 ACC) Thursday night in front of a packed crowd of 1,767 inside the Seminole Soccer Complex in FSU’s annual Paint It Pink game.
“It was a great crowd again and it is nice to see everyone out here supporting – wearing their pink, showing their support and their affection for this most worthwhile cause,” Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian said. “Let’s hope that the fans continue to come out and let’s get them bidding on the different shirts that our kids have worn and let’s raise some money for this cause.”
Florida State continues to play well when donning the pink jerseys in support of breast cancer awareness moving to 7-0-0 all-time.
The Seminoles recorded their eighth straight victory Thursday night while posting their ninth shutout of the season and fifth in a row in as many ACC matches. Florida State extended its shutout streak to 507:05 – the third longest streak in school history.
Cassie Miller and the Seminole backline was once again up for the task limiting the Orange to just two shots on the evening. The first Syracuse shot of the game did not come until the 77th minute of action.
Bakowska-Mathews led all players with a goal and an assist for her fourth multi-point effort of the season, while Thorvaldsdottir broke the scoreless tie in the 26th minute connecting on her team leading 10th goal of the season and third game-winner.
Florida State opened the match forcing the offensive tempo early and was rewarded by winning a penalty kick in the fifth minute of play when Kristin Grubka was taken down inside the box during a Seminole corner kick.
But Syracuse keeper Courtney Brosnan was up for the early challenge making a nice diving save on Michaela Hahn’s shot attempt to keep the game scoreless.
“I thought we came out pretty well,” said Krikorian. “It was a pretty good start to the game, the first 25-30 minutes or so was probably as well as we’ve played all year. The team was pretty good – good spacing in the passing, good solid defending, good transition when we lost the ball to get the ball back quickly.
“So overall I thought the first half was pretty good. Our second half, we certainly lost rhythm, and part of that is credit to Syracuse coming out and playing a little bit harder and being more compact to make it difficult for us. Honestly, I think that maybe our kids lost their concentration a bit more than they needed to, or certainly more than we wanted them to, but overall a solid performance from our team tonight.”
The Seminoles were finally rewarded for their offensive pressure in the 26th minute when Thorvaldsdottir put away a header inside the right post to give the Seminoles a 1-0 lead. Megan Campbell began the scoring play feeding Bakowska-Mathews on the left side. The senior midfielder than sent a beautiful cross to Thorvaldsdottir, who headed the ball past a diving Brosnan for the goal from four yards out.
“We saw it last year, early on in the season that Berglind was putting up some pretty nice goals” said Krikorian. “And it seems that the tandem of Cheyna (Williams) and Berglind are pretty good to this point and [Berglind] is coming and giving us a lift. Dealing with Cheyna is pretty difficult [for opponents], so Berglind is taking advantage of some of the spaces that are opening up and is putting the ball in the back of the net for us.”
A nice passing combination between Bakowska-Mathews and Isabella Schmid led to Florida State’s second goal of the evening in the 36th minute. Bakowska-Mathews found Schmid on the right side as the German midfielder then brought the ball across the 18-yard box before threading the ball between Thorvaldsdottir and Bakowska-Mathews and a pair of Syracuse defenders. Bakowska-Mathews was on the receiving end of the pass, took one dribble to her left before slotting a low-liner inside the right post for her seventh goal of the season.
“With Marta’s finish, it was a class goal,” added Krikorian. “She just picked her spot and put it in nicely.”
That would be all the scoring Florida State would need Thursday night as the Seminoles outshot the Orange 24-2 for the match including a 15-0 margin in the first half.
Nine Seminoles finished with multiple shots as Jamia Fields led all players with four shots including three on net.
Brosnan finished the night with a career-high 11 saves as she played all 90 minutes between the posts for the Orange.
Florida State returns to the pitch on Sunday, Oct. 12 when the Seminoles take on No. 9 Virginia Tech at 1:00 p.m. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive Seminole Jell-O molds.
Live stats will be available for the match at Seminoles.com. As always, in-game updates will be posted on the official twitter page of the Seminole soccer team (@FSU_Soccer).
Fans are reminded to go online at Seminoles.com to bid on the jerseys worn by the Seminoles in Thursday night’s contest against Syracuse.