TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fifth-ranked Florida State (6-1-0) received a hat trick from Marta Bakowska-Mathews and the Seminoles posted their fourth shutout of the season as FSU rolled to a 7-0 victory over Stetson (1-6-1) on Sunday afternoon inside the Seminole Soccer Complex.
“We had to come out and have good concentration from start to finish,” Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian said. “And I thought for the most part we did that today.
“Stetson came in here and battled very hard; credit to them, they gave a very good effort. Our kids did what they had to do, scoring a couple goals reasonably early and then playing good, solid defense through the course of the match.”
Bakowska-Mathews scored the first two goals of the game in the seventh and 15th minute before completing the hat trick with her third goal of the afternoon in 56th minute to give the Seminoles a 4-0 advantage. The senior midfielder set career-highs for points (6) and goals (3) in the game and became the first Seminole to register a hat trick since Tiffany McCarty scored three times at Clemson on September 22, 2011.
“It feels very good, it’s my first-ever hat trick,” added Bakowska-Mathews. “I’m just glad that I could do that for my team this afternoon. The crosses that came in were good balls and it was my job to finish them.”
“I was happy for Marta,” added Krikorian. “We know that Marta has very good quality with the ball and in and around the goal. She can score a lot of goals in a lot of different ways and she proved that today.”
Jamia Fields and Kacy Scarpa finished with two assists apiece, while Cheyna Williams recorded her first multi-point game as a Seminole with a goal and an assist in the win. For Fields, it marked her fifth career two-assist game and first in 2014. The assists for Scarpa were the first of her career and first points as a Seminole.
Berglind Thorvaldsdottir scored a pair of goals, one in each half, for her third career multi-goal performance.
The seven goals by Florida State were the most in a game since matching that total in a 7-0 victory over Clemson at home on October 4, 2012.
FSU outshot Stetson 28-2 in the match as the Hatters were held without a shot until the 77th minute when Brianne Boldrin put a shot on frame but it was easily handled by Seminole keeper Cassie Miller, who picked up her fourth shutout of the year.
Dating back to the first half of Monday’s night match against St. John’s, the Seminole defense went a span of 160:09 without allowing a shot from their opponent.
“Defending starts with the highest player on the field and goes right through the goal keeper,” said Krikorian. “We have done a good job defending and when we minimize opportunities at our goal, we will be successful. Overall, we are very pleased with our team defending.”
The Seminoles wasted little time cracking the scoreboard on Sunday afternoon as Bakowska-Mathews scored the first of her three goals in the seventh minute. Nickolette Driesse began the scoring play sending a long pass that Williams caught up to right before the end line. The junior forward quickly changed her direction sending a pass back towards the top of the box where Bakowska-Mathews ran in on and one-timed a low liner inside the left post to give FSU an early 1-0 lead. Driesse and Williams were credited with an assist on the play.
Bakowska-Mathews made it 2-0 in the 15th minute putting away a header on a lofted pass from Fields after the senior from Alta Loma, Calif., made a nice move to beat a Hatter defender along the end line.
Florida State closed out the scoring in the first half on Thorvaldsdottir’s first goal of the afternoon in the 27th minute. The Icelandic native ran in on a pass from Fields, one-timing a shot from 12 yards out on the right side of the pitch into the left side of the net. Scarpa was also credited with an assist.
Bakowska-Mathews completed the hat trick in the 56th minute knocking in her own rebound from about 10 yards out. Williams sent a pass back into the box from the end line on the right side right to Bakowska-Mathews, who one-timed a shot off a Stetson defender. The rebound caromed right to the English native as she bent her second shot past a diving Hatters keeper for the goal and 4-0 Florida State lead.
The Seminoles scored 24 seconds apart in the 72nd minute to widen the margin to 6-0. Williams beat Stetson keeper Karlie Hightower on a shot inside the near post from 12 yards out after a nice feed from Carson Pickett.
On the ensuing kickoff and after a Stetson goalkeeper change that saw Ashley Ingolia come into the match, the Seminoles quickly gained possession of the ball when Isabella Schmid made a long run down the middle of the field before finishing off the play with a low lining shot inside the right corner from 16 yards for her first goal of the season.
Thorvaldsdottir closed out the scoring in the match with her second goal of the afternoon in the 80th minute. Scarpa and Ari Hudson played a give and go from the right side of the pitch with Hudson feeding a pass back to Scarpa, who lofted a high arching cross inside the six-yard box. Thorvaldsdottir out jumped the competition for the ball connecting on a header that bounced once before skipping over the goal line for the score.
Florida State will hit the road this week wrapping up non-conference action in Storrs on Thursday, September 18 when they face Connecticut at 7:00 p.m. The Seminoles will then open ACC play on Sunday, September 21 at Boston College in match slated to start at 1:00 p.m.