TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A quick goal in the fourth minute by Deyna Castellanos set the tone for the Seminoles as No. 4-seed Florida State (12-6-1) earned a 5-0 win over Ole Miss (10-7-3) in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship on Friday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
Castellanos finished with two goals for her fifth multi-goal game of the season, increasing her total to 17 goals in 2017. The sophomore moved into a tie for fifth place in FSU single-season history, and is the first Seminole to score 17 goals in a season since Tiffany McCarty in 2012.
The shutout of Ole Miss extended FSU’s home postseason scoreless streak to 1010:02 as the Noles have recorded 12 straight shutouts at the Seminole Soccer Complex, dating back to Ole Miss in 2013. The shutout also extended Cassie Miller’s FSU career record to 47, moving her into a tie for third place in NCAA history with Lauren Clem from Northwestern (2014-17) and Virginia’s Chantal Jones (2007-11).
“I think for the start of the NCAA tourney we are pleased that we were able to come out with a good performance,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “We were solid from the beginning of the game till the end, and Ole Miss is a very good team. We were fortunate to finish some of the chances we had, and as the game went on the spaces became a little bit bigger for us and we were able to find some solid passes, some good runs and some good finishes. Ole Miss is a very well coached team and they have a lot of good players and we feel very fortunate to continue on in the tournament.”
Florida State jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the fourth minute as Clara Robbins sent a great cross into the six-yard box for Castellanos and the sophomore forward deflected the ball with the outside of her foot and into the goal for her 16th goal of the season.
Castellanos nearly added goals shortly after, but her shot from near the penalty spot in the fifth minute was wide of the goal and her corner kick attempt in the 15th minute needed to be punched away from the upper corner by Ole Miss goalkeeper Marnie Merritt to keep it out of the net.
The Venezuelan forward extended the Seminole lead to 2-0 in the 28th minute, dribbling through the Rebel defense and into the box, deftly maneuvering around the Ole Miss players to create space and slotting the ball into the net at 27:49.
The Florida State defense held Ole Miss without a shot until the 31st minute and handled all of its counterattack attempts. The Rebels’ scoring leaders CeCe Kizer and Channing Foster broke away after an FSU corner in the 19th minute, but the cross was blocked. Again, the duo combined for a scoring chance in the 39th minute, but Foster’s shot was saved by Miller.
The Noles almost closed out the first half with a goal, as Castellanos’ corner kick went toward the far post and Bella Dorosy’s header was on frame, but saved by Merritt. The rebound chance in front of the goal was left for FSU’s Taylor Hallmon, but her shot was saved as well.
As Ole Miss changed their shape in the second half to look for a goal, the Seminoles continued to put the pressure on. Junior Natalia Kuikka helped create a pair of chances in the 46th and 50th minutes on a free kick, as well as a cross to Dallas Dorosy in the box, but Ole Miss’ Merritt was able to secure possession each time.
Merritt made a great diving save for Ole Miss in the 64th minute after FSU Kaycie Tillman sent a cross for Dallas Dorosy near the penalty spot, but the keeper blocked it away to keep the match at 2-0.
Dallas did find the back of the net in the 70th minute, after Tillman and Adrienne Richardson moved the ball through the middle of the field before finding Dorosy on the right side to finish from eight yards out.
Tillman scored a goal of her own just six minutes later, slotting it into the open net after assists from Richardson and Megan Connolly.
Connolly narrowly missed scoring her fourth goal of the season in the 86th minute after being fouled just outside the penalty box. The junior took the free kick from 20 yards and bent it around the wall, but the ball bounced off the left post and back into play. The Noles attacked the play and freshman Anna Patten got to the ball first and tapped the ball over to Gabby Carle to convert into the open net for a 5-0 FSU lead.
For the match, the Noles outshot the Rebels, 19-7, including 12-2 in shots on goal. FSU had a total of eight corner kicks in the match, while Ole Miss had zero.
The Seminoles advance to the second round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship and will play against the winner of Arizona and TCU on Friday, November 17. The location is yet to be determined, as No. 1 overall seed Stanford will play its first round match on Saturday, November 11. If the Cardinal lose their match to Utah Valley, it is likely that next week’s game would be in Tallahassee. But if Stanford wins, they will host the second and third round matches in Palo Alto, Calif. on November 17 and 19.
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