NEWTON, Mass. – Facing its sixth team this year that entered the match without a loss, No. 7 Florida State (8-2-1, 1-2-0 ACC) could not find the late equalizer on Sunday and lost by a score of 2-1 on the road at RV Boston College (10-0-0, 2-0-0 ACC). All three goals were scored in the second half, including a penalty kick conversion for both teams.
It was difficult for either squad to create scoring chances in the first half as the match entered intermission tied at 0-0. The Eagles earned three corner kicks in the first eight minutes of the game, but did not get a shot from any of the opportunities.
The first shot for the Noles came in the 10th minute as a free kick was played to Natalia Kuikka at the top of the box and her shot was wide of the net.
Deyna Castellanos had a pair of shots in the 18th and 20th minute, but the first long-range attempt was high, while her second from 15 yards was saved by BC GK Alexis Bryant.
A crazy situation in front of the Seminole goal in the 30th minute resulted in a pair of shots from Boston College. As the Eagles worked the ball up the field, FSU’s Kuikka kicked it back to GK Brooke Bollinger, however she thought it was off a BC player and she dove on the ball at the penalty spot, resulting in an indirect free kick for BC. Instead of setting up its offense, Boston College decided to quickly restart, playing the ball to Jenna Bike, but her shot was immediately saved by Bollinger who was right in front of her and Bike’s follow-up shot on the rebound was wide of the net.
Bollinger came up with another great save in the 40th minute, as Sam Coffey sent a ball through to Carly Leipzig and the forward’s shot was secured by the redshirt freshman.
The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the 51st minute as Bike drew a penalty kick as she was taken down in the box on a counterattack. Gaby Carreiro converted the PK for her third goal of the season.
Florida State nearly equalized a few minutes later as a foul to Castellanos just outside of the box allowed the junior to take a free kick in the 53th minute that bent around the wall and required a diving save by Bryant to keep it out of the net.
The Seminoles tied the match at 1-1 in the 74th minute with a penalty kick of their own. Gloriana Villalobos was fouled in the box on the right by Kayla Duran inside the box on the right, allowing Castellanos to convert from the spot for her fourth goal of the year and 30th of her career, which ranks sixth-most in FSU history.
BC quickly took the lead back as a long ball by Emily Langenderfer for Bike was collected at the top of the box at 74:10 and slotted into the net for her first goal of the year.
Jaelin Howell worked down the right side in the 85th minute and sent a great cross in toward the six-yard box for Kristen McFarland, but the redshirt sophomore’s shot was stopped on a diving save by Bryant.
In the 90th minute, Boston College was called for a handball near the top of their penalty box and FSU quickly restarted, sending the ball into Anna Patten for an open chance from 15 yards on the right. BC’s Bryant made another impressive save with her foot to seal the victory for the Eagles.
Florida State will continue ACC play this coming week with a match at Notre Dame (5-5-0, 1-1-0 ACC) on Thursday, September 27 at 5:30 p.m. The game was moved from its original September 28 date in order to allow Notre Dame and NC State to reschedule their game that was postponed due to Hurricane Florence earlier this month. The match will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra and a link for live stats will be available on the soccer schedule page on Seminoles.com.
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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