By: Scott Moriak – Assistant Sports Information Director
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The fifth-ranked Florida State soccer team controlled the ball from start to finish as the Seminoles (9-1-0, 2-0-0 ACC) defeated Louisville (4-5-0, 1-1-0 ACC) by a score of 6-0 in their ACC home opener on Thursday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
Junior forward Cheyna Williams had the first multi-goal game of her FSU career with two goals in the first three minutes of the second half to break the game open after the Seminoles went into the locker room with a 1-0 lead.
The lone goal in the first 45 minutes came on a sharp, one-time shot from 20 yards by senior Megan Campbell at 16:18 off a pass from freshman Emma Koivisto.
“I thought that in the first half we created very good chances and weren’t quite sharp enough in the penalty box and only scored the one. But the one was a heck of a strike from distance by Megan,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “But I think as the season progresses, the quality in the box that you saw at the end is what we are going to need.”
Williams’s first goal came from a great assist by senior Jamia Fields as she powered through her defender to maintain possession and get a cross into the eight-yard box that was easily put away to give FSU a 2-0 lead. Just over a minute later, Williams fed junior Carson Pickett out wide on the left side and Pickett delivered a great ball into the box that Williams was able to put away through traffic in front of the keeper. Williams now has six goals in 2014.
The Seminoles continued to dominate possession and control the clock throughout the second half. Campbell’s dangerous throw-in proved itself again in the 54th minute as her throw into the box went off a Louisville defender before senior Marta Bakowska-Mathews was able to head it into the back of the net from eight yards out.
Redshirt sophomore Berglind Thorvaldsdottir scored for the sixth time in the last four games at 85:14, finishing a shot after a nice passing combo from Debbie Hahn and Morgan Kennedy to extend the FSU lead to 5-0. It was Thorvaldsdottir’s seventh goal of the season.
Freshman Ari Hudson scored the first goal of her career to close out the Seminole scoring at 6-0 in the 89th minute. Florida State executed several passes through the midfield before Thorvaldsdottir found freshman Haylie Grant at the top of the 18-yard box who sent it out for Hudson. Hudson collected the pass and dribbled in before ripping a shot past the goalkeeper from 16 yards.
“It is always nice to have the kids who may not have had as much of a chance to play come in and make a positive impact,” added Krikorian. “I think one of the things we’ve been preaching all along is that we have a great deal of quality depth and I thought that today you saw that.”
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Cassie Miller improved to 9-1-0 as the Cardinals were only able to muster one shot over the entire 90 minutes. Louisville’s Paige Brown took the loss and moved to 4-5-0.
The Seminoles next take to the pitch on Sunday, Sept. 28 as they welcome No. 2 Virginia (10-0-0, 2-0-0 ACC) to the Seminole Soccer Complex for a 4:00 p.m. first kick. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.