CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Second-ranked Florida State (11-1-0, 4-0-0 ACC) scored three second half goals including two from redshirt sophomore Berglind Thorvaldsdottir as the Seminoles remained undefeated in the ACC with a 3-0 victory over Miami (2-9-1, 0-3-1 ACC) on Saturday evening inside Cobb Stadium.
“Our kids played pretty well for the most part,” Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian said. “I thought we were a little bit unlucky not to score in the first half. We didn’t give up a whole lot of chances tonight but we have to be a little better in front of the goal. Overall, to come down to Miami and win a game 3-0 is a very good road trip for us.”
After neither team found the back of the net through the first 45 minutes of play, Florida State broke the game open with three goals in the second half including two exactly two minutes apart as the Seminoles secured their 14th win in the last 15 meetings from their intra-state conference rival.
Isabella Schmid broke the scoreless draw in the 66th minute converting a free kick from about 22 yards out. Following a Miami foul deep in FSU’s attacking third, Schmid took the free kick and sent a bending shot into the upper left corner for her second goal of the season. Jamia Fields created the scoring chance as she was taken down from behind.
“It was a great free kick,” added Krikorian. “We were knocking on the door for a little while in the second half and sometimes it takes a special moment like that one from Bella. She scored it up and over the wall and into the corner. After that the game came a little easier for us; good possession, good movement, a couple of nice slip balls in and two nice finishes by Berglind.”
Thorvaldsdottir then broke the game open with two goals for her third multi-goal game of the season.
The Icelandic duo gave the Seminoles a two-goal advantage in the 68th minute when Dagny Brynjarsdottir slipped a pass to her country mate running down the left side of the pitch. With Miami keeper Emily Lillard converging on the play, Thorvaldsdottir made a nice move to evade the keeper before putting away a low liner for her first goal of the evening.
The Seminoles put the game out of reach in the 83rd minute when Thorvaldsdottir struck again this time off a double assist from Brynjarsdottir and Carson Pickett. Once again, Thorvaldsdottir used some fancy footwork to get around the Miami keeper before finishing the play off with her second goal of the evening and team leading ninth of the season.
The two assists from Brynjarsdottir were her first two of the season and her third career multi-assist game. Pickett added to her team leading assist total on Saturday night as she notched her 10th of the season.
The Seminole defense was once again up for the challenge as Kristin Grubka, Megan Campbell, Kirsten Crowley and Emma Koivisto limited Miami to just three shots in 90 minutes of action with zero shots going on goal.
Redshirt freshman keeper Cassie Miller played the entire match between the posts to earn her eighth shutout of the season.
“Overall, our defending has been pretty good,” said Krikorian. “Most importantly, we are limiting chances at our goal. I thought we were very strong in our defending throughout tonight’s game.”
Florida State is off to a 4-0-0 start in the ACC for the third time in school history and has now outscored its league opponents 12-0 through the first four matches to open the 2014 campaign.
Despite out shooting the Hurricanes 9-1 through the first 45 minutes of play, both teams went into the locker room scoreless. Brynjarsdottir led all players with three shots, while Cheyna Williams registered two.
The Seminoles first great look in the first half came in the 14th minute when Campbell looped a pass down the sideline. Williams ran in on the pass and dribbled across the field before drilling a ball off the crossbar from about 16 yards out.
In the 29th minute, a header by Brynjarsdottir off a corner kick from Marta Bakowska-Mathews was denied by a great diving effort from Lillard.
Miami was called for a handball deep in FSU’s attacking third with just under two minutes remaining in the first half. Bakowska-Mathews took the free kick and bent a pass into the box where Brynjarsdottir flicked a header high and out of bounds.
Florida State finished the match out shooting Miami 22-3, while the Seminoles also held the advantage in corner kicks at 10-5.
Florida State returns to the pitch on Thursday, Oct. 9 when the Seminoles host Syracuse in soccer’s annual Paint It Pink game. The Seminoles will wear special pink jerseys, which will later be auctioned off on line at Seminoles.com, for the contest. First kick is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. inside the Seminole Soccer Complex.
The match will air on ESPN3, while 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).