SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The No. 6 Florida State soccer team (9-2-0) defeated Syracuse (2-6-2) 1-0 in New York on Sunday afternoon.
“Syracuse had a very good game plan and they executed it very well,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “They made us rush and we missed too many passes and didn’t finish our chances. If that is going to be the case it is going to be hard to score goals. We will go back and keep working at and hopefully, we will get a little bit better.”
The Seminoles squeezed the Orange in Syracuse, possessing the ball for 70 percent of the game. Florida State recorded just one goal, but that was all they needed to come out of Syracuse with a win.
Deyna Castellanos recorded her team-leading seventh goal of the season in the 75th minute to give her 43 in her career, one shy of moving into a tie for second place at FSU. The goal came on an assist from Yujie Zhao, her third of 2019.
Florida State had control the whole game as they maintained possession for 70 percent of the game. The Noles outshot the Orange 23-2 with all eight corner kicks in the game.
In the first half, the Seminoles had 11 shots with five of those on goal. Jaelin Howell led the Seminoles’ first-half charge with four shots, two on goal. Malia Berkely was not far behind with three shots of her own and two on goal.
Brooke Bollinger made her third start of the season and fourth appearance. She has not allowed a goal in all 281 minutes she has played in 2019 and for 390 minutes dating back to last season. She recorded two saves this afternoon to tie her season-high that she had against Villanova.
Florida State is back at home next Saturday against Pitt at 1 pm on the ACC Network. The match will be the Seminoles annual Paint-it Pink match.
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