LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Florida State (2-2-0) earned their second consecutive loss in California as they fell 3-2 to No. 5 USC (4-0-0) in overtime.
The Seminoles fell behind early after a USC goal just 34 seconds into the game. Florida State had the ball on the kickoff before turning it over leading to a USC fast break and their first goal of the afternoon.
“I don’t think we came out well either day this week,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “Against UCLA they imposed themselves early in the game and today we let up a goal in the first minute of the game on our own kickoff. That is something I need to look at and we need to fix. We can’t be giving up goals on our kickoff in the first minute of the game. I thought we responded really well. At the end of the day, USC is a really good team and they are going to win a lot of games. They were better than us today.”
USC threatened just a minute later before redshirt senior Caroline Jeffers jumped on the ball to stop the USC run. The Noles then began to maintain possession as sophomore Yujie Zhao got shots off in the fourth and sixth minute.
Florida State got on the board in the 11th minute after freshman Jenna Nighswonger, a California native, got her first career goal off an assist by senior Deyna Castellanos.
Seven minutes later USC took back the lead after Tara McKeown earned her second goal of the match. After that, the two teams exchanged possessions with not much happening before halftime.
USC had some early chances in the second half but Jeffers earned a diving save in the 49th minute and Castellanos broke up a one-on-one in the 56th minute.
Four minutes after that Castellanos hit the equalizer from way outside as she fired a rocket into the top left corner of the net for her second goal of the season.
The two teams continued to exchange possessions as regulation came to an end and the game headed to overtime. Florida State came into the game with a 1-0-0 record in overtime after defeating Wisconsin at home a week ago.
Things would not end the same as the Trojans would get the game-winning goal in the 98th minute of the first overtime.
“If you don’t come to play 90 minutes or more against a good team you are probably not going to win,” said Krikorian. “No matter who it is that you play, your opponent deserves your best effort. We have great upside and we are going to get better but we still have a way to go.”
Florida State is back home for a pair of matches against Florida (September 6) and Samford (September 8) next weekend at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Both games will be broadcasted on the ACC Network Extra.
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