SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Playing without its top two scorers, Deyna Castellanos and Kristen McFarland, No. 2 Florida State (9-2-2, 3-1-2 ACC) battled for 110 minutes before coming away with a 1-1 draw on the road at Syracuse (7-5-3, 0-4-2 ACC) on Sunday afternoon.
It marked the third overtime match of the season for the Seminoles as FSU defeated Troy, 1-0, on September 11 and played to a rain-shortened 1-1 draw against Virginia on September 25.
The Noles are unbeaten in their last nine overtime matches, posting a record of 2-0-7, dating back to the start of the 2014 season.
“Credit to Syracuse, they came out and were organized and got the early goal to put the pressure on us,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “We knew that this trip, coming up to Boston College and Syracuse, was going to be the hardest road trip of the season. Between the quality of our opponents, the travel, the exams and other schoolwork for our kids, we knew the time away was going to be a challenge.
“I was hopeful that we’d be able to take away three points after losing at Boston College, but we weren’t good enough. We certainly created enough opportunities, and credit to their goalkeeper as well for making some very good point-blank saves. When you are in front of the goal and you have that moment, you have to put the ball in the back of the net and today we weren’t lethal. Now we walk away with a point and go back and regroup for the next game.”
Syracuse broke out to a quick 1-0 lead in the opening minute of the match as Alex Lamontagne scored her first goal of the season at 0:59 to give the Orange a 1-0 lead. She worked her way to the left corner of the 18-yard box and lofted a shot that went over FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller and into the upper right corner of the net.
Kaycie Tillman nearly tied the match in the 14th minute as her header from Elin Jensen skipped off the crossbar from eight yards out.
The Noles would level the game in the 24th minute on a goal from Jensen on the right side. Megan Connolly worked to get the ball at the top of the penalty box before sending a pass out to the right for Jensen to strike home from 15 yards.
Jensen and Tillman combined for another solid scoring chance as Jensen slipped a pass through the SU backline to a charging Tillman along the right, but her centering pass for Connolly was intercepted by a diving catch from Syracuse goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan.
The Seminoles controlled the majority of possession in the second half, outshooting the Orange 14-5 and earning a total of five corners, but could not find their second goal of the game.
Tillman’s shot in the 58th minute from the right side was redirected by a Syracuse defender popped up over the goal for a corner kick, but the Noles were unable to get another shot on the chance.
Syracuse’s best opportunity in the second half came on a counterattack in the 61st minute as Lamontagne broke away in the midfield, creating a two vs. one chance with teammate Sydney Brackett. Lamontagne sent a pass out to the left for Brackett, but her shot from 15 yards was wide of the net.
The Noles hit the crossbar twice in a matter of seconds in the 78th minute as Heidi Kollanen entered the match prior to an FSU corner. Stationed in front of the goalkeeper, Kollanen hit Natalia Kuikka’s service with her body up into the underside of the crossbar before the ball was punched away by Brosnan. As FSU maintained possession, the ball worked around to Malia Berkely and her shot from 20 yards struck squarely off the face of the bar before being cleared by the Orange defense.
There was not much action in the first overtime as neither team took a shot until Kollanen’s header in the 97th minute that was saved by SU’s Brosnan.
Syracuse did earn a dangerous chance as the first overtime came to a close, drawing a foul 25 yards out at the top of the box with 10 seconds left. Taylor Bennett’s shot went well high as both teams regrouped for the second overtime period.
The final 10 minutes was dominated by Florida State as the Noles outshot the Orange 6-0 in the period and earned a pair of corner kicks. SU’s Brosnan made a pair of outstanding saves in the 105th minute as Tillman took a shot from within the six-yard box that was stopped, and the rebound out to Taylor Hallmon was deflected away on a diving save as well.
Overall, the Seminoles outshot the Orange 27-9, including 16-4 in shots on goal. FSU earned nine corners for the match, while Syracuse managed just one.
Florida State will wrap up its current four-game road trip next weekend as the Noles head to Raleigh, N.C., for a match against NC State on October 15 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are available at gopack.com and the match will be streamed live on the ACC Network Extra. Live stats will also be available on Seminoles.com.
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