RALEIGH, N.C. – Behind three first half goals, second-ranked Florida State (15-1-1, 8-0-1 ACC) rolled to its 14th straight victory over NC State (2-13-2, 0-9-0 ACC) with a 4-0 victory over the Wolfpack on Sunday afternoon on Dail Soccer Field.
“I thought our play was good and solid from start to finish,” Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian said. “It was nice to come out and score an early goal to gain the momentum right away. Our kids managed the game well with good attacking and defending throughout the match.”
Dagny Brynjarsdottir notched a pair of goals, her second multi-goal game of the season and sixth of her career, and Hikaru Murakami registered two assists for her first career multi-assist game in the win as the Seminoles extended their current unbeaten streak to 12 games (11-0-1).
With the win on Sunday, Florida State kept pace with North Carolina, who defeated Miami 3-0, atop the ACC standings with 25 points. Both teams have one regular season game remaining to determine who earns the No. 1 seed in the ACC Women’s Soccer Championship, November 7 & 9 in Greensboro, N.C. at the UNCG Soccer Complex.
Cheyna Williams and Emma Koivisto scored FSU’s first two goals of the afternoon in pacing the Seminoles to victory. Williams’ goal in the second minute of play went as the eventual game-winner, her third of the season.
Florida State struck early and never looked as Williams found the back of the net less than two minutes into the match for her eighth goal of the season. The junior forward took a pass from Murakami, turned quickly to her left and made one dribble forward before blasting a shot into the upper left corner from 25 yards out.
The Seminoles pushed their lead to 2-0 in the 23rd minute on a nice sliding finish from close range by Koivisto. The goal was created off a Megan Campbell throw-in as her long pass found the head of Grubka, who flicked the ball behind her as Koivisto timed her run perfectly into the box with a sliding finish for her second goal of the season.
Florida State took a 3-0 lead into the locker room thanks to the combination of Iceland’s finest. Berglind Thorvaldsdottir sent a pass forward to Brynjarsdottir, who lofted the ball over a Wolfpack defender and right to her own foot one-timing a blast under the crossbar from inside the 18-yard box for her team leading 11th goal of the season.
NC State’s lone shot in the first half came off the foot of Alexa Allen as she tried to catch Cassie Miller off her line with a long distance shot following a Florida State turnover. But Miller was there for the save to keep the Wolfpack off the scoreboard.
Brynjarsdottir notched her second goal of the match in the 63rd minute thanks to some nice passing by Murakami and Michaela Hahn to create the scoring chance for the native from Iceland. Following a NC State foul, Campbell sent the free kick inside the goal box where it was played out by the Wolfpack but right to Hahn. The junior midfielder slipped a pass to her left to Murakami, who dribbled the ball down toward the end line before passing across the goal box to a wide open Brynjarsdottir for the score.
Florida State finished the match with a 19-4 shot advantage on the Wolfpack as 13 of FSU’s 19 shots went on goal.
Miller played all 90 minutes in goal for the Seminoles to earn her 11th shutout of the season. The redshirt freshman keeper finished with three saves on the afternoon.
The Seminoles will return home to wrap-up their regular season schedule as they host Duke on Halloween, Friday, October 31, at 7 pm. It will be Senior Night at the field as Florida State will honor its six-member graduating class before the start of the match.
Fans are also encouraged to dress-up in their favorite Halloween costume for the match and then Trick-or-Treat inside the Soccer Complex as candy will be handed out before the match.
The match will air live on ESPN3. 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).