COLUMBIA, S.C. – No. 1 Florida State (0-0-1) played to a scoreless draw after 90 minutes of action at No. 12 South Carolina (0-0-1).
Florida State is unbeaten in its last 14 season openers and junior goalkeeper Cristina Roque remains unbeaten in her career with a record of 27-0-7.
Jenna Nighswonger got things started for the Noles with two early shots, one in the ninth minute and one in the 10th minute that led to the first of seven corners for FSU. The first half would remain scoreless, and Nighswonger had another good look at the net in the 45th minute from just outside the box but it would go just wide right.
Florida State outshot South Carolina 8-3 in the first half with three shots on goal.
The Seminoles would take 10 more shots with three more on goal in the second half but could not get one in the back of the net. After a Gamecock corner kick, the Seminoles got in transition in the 59th minute and once again Nighswonger would get off a shot, one of her eight on the night, and it would clank off of the crossbar.
Florida State threatened again in the 62nd minute with a service into the box from Ran Iwai that resulted in a collision between Onyi Echegini and the South Carolina goalkeeper, resulting in South Carolina’s possession.
In the 78th minute, Roque snagged the ball over the heads of South Carolina attackers on a serve in from the right side, helping to secure the 20th shutout of her career.
Florida State finished the game with an 18-7 shot advantage and with a 6-3 shots on goal advantage. The Noles possessed the ball for 71 percent of the game.
The Seminoles take on Georgia on Sunday at 1 PM. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.
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