CARY, N.C. – The No. 5 Florida State soccer team (15-5-0, 8-2-0) fell No. 1 Virginia (16-0-3, 6-0-3) 2-1 in overtime of the ACC Tournament semifinal. It was their second overtime loss to the Cavaliers this season.
“It was two pretty good teams out there playing and competing,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “Virginia made the extra play to win the game and congratulations to them. We will get to back to Tallahassee and get some rest.”
“They are a very well-coached team and have a lot of very good players,” said Krikorian. “Against good teams, it is going to come down to that special moment and they had two and we had one.”
The first half was a defensive battle as the Noles and Cavaliers exchanged three total shots and went into the half tied 0-0. Virginia got an early look in the eighth minute by Meghan McCool as she had an open shot on goal but Caroline Jeffers came up with her only save of the first half.
The Noles got off two shots but could not get one on goal. The Seminoles best look of the first half came on one of their four corner kicks as Deyna Castellanos served one up to Jaelin Howell, who’s header would go just high.
Not much was going for the first 20 minutes of the second half until the 67th minute when Virginia got three straight corners. The first one was cleared behind the net and the second one was deflected out of the end line on a blocked shot. Virginia finally converted on their third straight corner. Alexa Spaanstra served in the corner and it was put away but Zoe Morse on a header.
Florida State tied up the match in the 82nd minute on Kristen McFarland’s fifth goal of the season. Castellanos fired a corner in from the left side to Howell at the top of the 18-yard box. Howell headed it towards goal as McFarland bodied it into the net right past the UVA keeper to tie the match at one.
“I thought tying it up was a good sign of being resilient,” said Krikorian. “During the course of the game there were a lot of really good moments for us but we were not dangerous enough. We are going to have to become a little more lethal when we around the box.”
Castellanos would get a free-kick from inside the box with 17 seconds on the clock but would kick it high of the net sending the game to overtime. It would be the second overtime game against No. 1 Virginia in 2019.
In the 97th minute, Rebecca Jarrett of Virginia ended the game with a golden goal on an assist from Alexa Spaanstra after a save from Jeffers.
Florida State will now learn who they play in the NCAA Tournament this Monday during the NCAA selection show at 4:30 pm.
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