WINSTON-SALAM, N.C. – The No. 5 Florida State soccer team (13-4-0, 7-2-0) wrapped up their road trip in North Carolina with a 2-1 win over Wake Forest (6-7-4, 1-5-3). The win secured that the Seminoles will host the first round of the ACC tournament at home on Sunday, November 3.
“Going on the road and coming up here to play Carolina on Thursday and Wake Forest today is a tough order of business,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “For our kids to go down a goal but bounce back to equalize and then find the game-winner is a good sign of the character of the group. We will now get back home and finish our regular season at home on Thursday against Duke.”
The Seminoles had their second fewest shots this season with just six but that did not matter as the Garnet and Gold were very efficient. The Seminoles had three of six shots on goal, resulting in two goals for the Seminoles.
Wake Forest opened the game with some early pressure resulting in a quick first-half goal. Just over five minutes into the game the Demon Deacons took the ball from the Seminoles and broke free getting a shot on goal that resulted in a Caroline Jeffers diving save. Ryanne Brown of Wake got the rebound and passed it off to Giovanna DeMarco for the first goal of the game.
After a few opportunities by the Seminoles, they finally got on the board in the 30th minute. Kristen McFarland hit the equalizer on assists from Kirsten Pavlisko and Jenna Nighswonger. The Noles went right through the middle as McFarland chipped it over the Wake goalkeeper.
The goal puts McFarland fourth on the team in goals with four after converting her first since the game against Boston College (Sept. 19). It was Pavlisko’s first assist of the season and Nighswonger’s fourth.
Florida State finished with just two shots in the first half for the second straight game. A tie for the second-fewest in a half this season.
The Seminoles broke the tie in the 62nd minute on a penalty kick. The Garnet and Gold were pressuring the Demon Deacons in the 18-yard box before Carla Robbins was fouled, leading to a Deyna Castellanos penalty kick. Castellanos converted her second penalty kick of the season to give the Noles a 2-1 lead. The goal was her ninth of the season and the 45th of her career. She has moved into solo second place in all-time goals at Florida State.
Wake Forest had one of their best chances in the 73rd minute on a run by Mia Albery down the left side of the field. She got off a shot across the net but Caroline Jeffers made a diving save, one of three saves on the day.
Wake got another great look in the 87th minute on a free-kick. Madison Hammond got the ball as Jeffers dove for it and fired one at goal knocking it off of the post as the Seminoles would retain possession and hold on for their 13th win of the season, seventh in the ACC.
The Seminoles wrap up the regular season on Thursday, October 31 against Duke at 8 pm. The game will be senior night for Deyna Castellanos and Caroline Jeffers.
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