TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 6 Florida State soccer team (12-3-0, 6-1-0) took care of business against in-state rival Miami (4-7-2, 1-5-1) at home on Friday night. The Seminoles earned their seventh shutout of the season with the 3-0 win in the rain.
“I thought that, overall, our composure and patience with the ball was quite good,” FSU head coach Mark Krikorian said. “A lot of good build-up play, good attacking play. Maybe with a little bit better finishing, the game would have come easier to us.”
Florida State was led by a host of players on offense as the Noles got goals from three different players on three different assisters.
Yujie Zhao got things started for the Noles with her fifth goal of the season coming in the 10th minute. Her goal came off of a rebound on a Kristen McFarland shot.
The Seminoles kept taking shots as they got shots from Deyna Castellanos and Jenna Nighswonger in the 14th and 15th minute. Florida State finished the half with seven shots to Miami’s one taking their sixth lead into the half this season.
The Garnet and Gold are now 8-0 when scoring first this season and 6-0 when leading at halftime.
Florida State came out firing in the second half getting off seven shots in the first 20 minutes after having seven in all of the first half. The Seminoles 15th shot of the game then hit the back of the net. The goal came off of a Malia Berkely corner kick that was headed into the six-yard box by Jaelin Howell and then put away by Heather Payne. It was Payne’s second goal of the season and first since the first game of the year.
Five minutes later FSU extended their lead to 3-0 with Kristina Lynch’s second goal of the season coming off of an Abbey Newton assist.
The Seminoles held Miami to just three shots making it the seventh time this season that the Noles have held their opponent at five or fewer shots or fewer. This game was also the Noles fourth win by more than one goal this season and first ACC game decided by more than one goal.
“From a defending point of view, we really limited the opportunities at our goal and that’s certainly always the goal,” Krikorian said.
Florida State heads on the road next week to take on North Carolina on Thursday, October 24th and Wake Forest on Sunday, October 27th. Both games will be broadcast on the ACC Network.
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