TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In a game that was dominated from the opening minutes the Seminoles went on to take down the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 5-0 on the opening night of the season. Florida State improved to 15-1 on opening day under head coach Mark Krikorian and 9-0 at home on opening day.
The 5-0 win was tied for the largest first game win under Krikorian. Florida State was highlighted by performances from Yujie Zhao, Cristina Roque and Emily Madril, who made her first appearance in a game in over two seasons.
“I thought we did a great job in front of goal. We attacked in a lot of different ways, from a lot of different angles, a lot of people involved in the attack and scored some really nice goals,” said Krikorian. “It’s not typical when you’re playing, especially in an opening game, to have the quality in front of the goal we displayed today. I thought our finishing was quite good.”
The Seminole defense was stellar against the Irish allowing only two shots and one on goal that was saved by freshman goalkeeper Roque.
It didn’t take long before the Seminoles lit up the scoreboard as they scored their opening goal in the 20th minute. Zhao scored her first of two goals in the opener on an assist from Malia Berkely. Zhao fired one from the top of the 18-yard box showing her leg strength and giving the Noles the lead.
18 minutes later and in the 38th minute Madril gave the Noles a 2-0 lead. She dribbled down the right side of the field uncontested before cutting to the middle of the box and firing one on the ground into the bottom left corner. It was her second career goal and first since October 5th of 2017.
“How about that kid?” Krikorian said of Madril’s return to action. “I thought she played like a pro tonight out here orchestrating the backline, her and Malia (Berkely), dominating the game in regard to good positioning, good build-up play.”
It only took 13 minutes into the second half for Florida State to find the back of the net once again as Zhao scored her second goal of the night on assists from Kristen McFarland and Clara Robbins. Roque booted one to center field on a goal kick and after a few quick passes, Zhao launched one from deep over the Notre Dame keeper’s head to give FSU a 3-0 lead.
The Seminoles piled on in the 68th minutes with Jenna Nighswonger’s first goal of the season and then Jody Brown got in on the action as well getting her first career goal in the Garnet and Gold in the 79th minute to secure the 5-0 Florida State Victory.
Florida State is back on the pitch in Tallahassee this Sunday at 1 pm against Louisville. The Game will be streamed live on the ACC Network.
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