MADISON, Wisc. – For the third game in a row to start the 2018 season, the Seminole defense recorded a clean sheet as No. 6 Florida State (3-0-0) posted a 3-0 win on the road at Wisconsin (1-1-0) on Thursday night at the McClimon Soccer Complex. The three FSU goals came from three different players as Yujie Zhao, Dallas Dorosy and Deyna Castellanos each recorded a goal on the night.
“We knew coming out here that Wisconsin was going to present a different style of play and make it very difficult for us to establish much rhythm in the way we want to play,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “Credit to them. They are a hard team to play against. They are very organized, very well coached and very disciplined. It took our best effort to leave here with a win.”
Wisconsin put the pressure on early, with a pair of corner kicks in the first 12 minutes, but only managed one shot on a header by Maia Cella that went high.
The Noles opened the scoring in the 19th minute as Jaelin Howell picked up a loose ball in the midfield and dribbled up the middle before sending a pass to Kristen McFarland near the top of the box on the left. She found Yujie Zhao near the penalty spot and the freshman slotted her shot over the outstretched leg of Wisconsin goalkeeper Jordyn Bloomer for her second goal of the season.
The first substitutes for the Seminoles came in the 25th minute as Deyna Castellanos and Dallas Dorosy entered and made an immediate impact in the match. Castellanos took a shot at 25:24 that was wide of the net, and Dorosy made it 2-0 Seminoles in the 27th minute after Gabby Carle sent in a cross from the right and the senior lined a shot under the keeper for her first goal of the season.
Wisconsin threatened near the end of first half with a free kick from near midfield that was sent into the six-yard box. FSU goalkeeper Brooke Bollinger jumped and punched the ball away and eventually dove on the loose ball in front of the net.
The Badgers best offensive chance of the game came in the 64th minute as Cella slipped a ball through the middle for Jordan McNeese, but her shot from 15 yards was wide of the goal.
The Seminoles closed out the scoring in the 74th minute as Dorosy slid around the Wisconsin defenders on the end line before finding Castellanos in the middle of the penalty box for an easy score and the 3-0 win. The goal was Castellanos’ first of the season and 27th of her career, moving her into a tie for ninth all-time in Florida State with Berglind Thorvaldsdottir (2012-15) as the Venezuela native is just three games into her junior season.
For the game, the Seminoles held a 6-4 advantage in shots, while Wisconsin had four corner kicks to FSU’s three.
The Seminoles return home for a seven-match homestand beginning on Sunday, August 24 at 12:00 p.m. against Middle Tennessee (2-1-0). Live stats will be available on the soccer schedule page on Seminoles.com and admission is free for all regular season home games at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
Throughout 2018-19, the Seminoles will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of women’s intercollegiate athletics at Florida State and there are many events and reunions planned for all women’s sports. Head to www.seminoles.com/50th/ for more information that will be updated throughout the year.
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