TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A little luck, a lot of fight and an outstanding header by Kaycie Tillman in the 98th minute gave No. 9 Florida State (11-2-2, 5-1-2 ACC) a 1-0 victory in overtime over No. 4 Duke (11-3-2. 6-1-1 ACC) on Thursday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
The Seminoles are now unbeaten in their last 31 matches at home, dating back to September 8, 2014. Florida State has outscored its opponents 94-6 over that span.
“I think that our kids fought hard and we competed today,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “We dug in and got after it the best that we could. I think that Duke created some very good chances and Cassie Miller came up big for us a few times today. By and large, I thought that we competed very well.
“Sometimes in this game, you need a bit of luck. And today, we had a bit of luck with us. We’ve certainly played other teams at other times that the luck has been on the other side of the ledger, but today we needed a little luck and we got a little bit of luck. It was a heck of a goal to win the game, I’ll say that.”
The Seminoles put Duke under pressure and maintained possession in their offensive third for most of the opening 15 minutes. Sophomore Megan Connolly took the first shot of the game from the left side of the penalty box in the fourth minute, but it was blocked away by the Blue Devil defense.
Connolly cross into the six-yard box in the seventh minute was one of FSU’s best scoring chance in the first half, but Tillman was not able to get a direct shot on the ball and her shot went into the hands of DU goalkeeper EJ Proctor.
Duke earned its first shot of the match in the 21st minute on a strike from Toni Payne on the left that was blocked away. The Blue Devils took the final seven shots of the half, controlling much of the ball as the match approached halftime.
Coming out of intermission, Kuikka made a great defensive stop in the 55th minute to eliminate a counterattack opportunity from Duke as Christina Gibbons sent a ball in to Toni Payne behind the FSU defense, but the sophomore was able to kick the ball away to safety.
Connolly made an impressive team save in the 61st minute as the sophomore stood inside the far post on a corner attempt from Duke’s Ashton Miller. Miller’s service found Stevens near the penalty spot and her header beat FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller, but Connolly was able to clear it off the line to keep the game at 0-0.
The Noles are 11-9-5 all-time against Duke, most recently meeting in the 2015 NCAA National Semifinal, where the Blue Devils earned a 2-0 victory.
Florida State is 64-1-3 in its last 68 home matches, dating back to 2011. The only loss during that span was to Florida on September 5, 2014 (2-1). The Noles are currently on a 30-match unbeaten streak at the Seminole Soccer Complex, holding a record of 29-0-1 and outscoring their opponents, 93-6.
The Seminoles will wrap up their home regular season schedule with a match against Louisville on Sunday at 1 p.m. Prior to the match, redshirt senior defender Kirsten Crowley and graduate student goalkeeper Amanda Kopale will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony.
The matches against Duke and Louisville will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra and live stats will be available on Seminoles.com. Admission is free for all home regular season games at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
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