Florida State Women's Soccer - 2015 Year In Review

Florida State Women's Soccer - 2015 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Mark Krikorian, Head Coach
Mike Bristol, Assistant Coach
Armand Dikranian, Volunteer Assistant
Morinao Imaizumi, Assistant Coach
Nathan Minion, Director of Operations

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2015 Soccer


2015 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Olivia Bergau, 5-6, D-MF, Merritt Island

Megan Connolly, 5-8, MF, Cork, Ireland

Dallas Dorosy, 5-7, MF, Fort Lauderdale

Macayla Edwards, 5-7, D-MF, Palm Beach Gardens

Holly Fritz, 5-5, MF, Cape Coral

Elin Jensen, 5-7, F/MF, Reykjavik, Iceland

Natalia Kuikka, 5-6, D-MF, Kemi, Finland

Kaycie Tillman, 5-6, MF, Rowlett, TX


2015 Roster - By Name

L
T                                             PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
* 15 Olivia Bergau         D-MF    5-6   Fr        Merritt Island (Merritt Island)
*  1 Caroline Brockmeier   GK      5-10  Fr-R      Tallahassee (Chiles)
*  6 Megan Campbell        D       5-8   Sr-R **   Louth, Ireland (Institute of Technology Carlow)
*  3 Megan Connolly        MF      5-8   Fr        Cork, Ireland (Christ King Girls Secondary)
* 22 Kirsten Crowley       D-MF    5-5   Jr-R **   Panama City Beach (Arnold)
*  7 Dallas Dorosy         MF      5-7   Fr        Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
* 18 Macayla Edwards       D-MF    5-7   Fr        Palm Beach Gardens (Dwyer)
*  4 Holly Fritz           MF      5-5   Fr        Cape Coral (Mariner)
*  2 Haylie Grant          MF      5-6   So   *    Brentwood, CA (Heritage)
*  8 Michaela Hahn         MF      5-4   Sr   ***  Titusville (Titusville)
*  9 Ari Hudson            D-MF    5-4   So   *    Portland, OR (Jesuit)
*  5 Elin Jensen           F/MF    5-7   Fr        Reykjavik, Iceland (Menntaskolinn i Reykjavik)
* 23 Emma Koivisto         D-MF    5-6   So   *    Helsinki, Finland (Makelanrinne)
* 14 Natalia Kuikka        D-MF    5-6   Fr        Kemi, Finland (Kemin Lyseon Lukio)
* 38 Cassie Miller         GK      5-11  So-R *    Cave Creek, AZ (Cactus Shadows)
* 16 Carson Pickett        D-MF    5-8   Sr   ***  Fleming Island (Saint Johns Country Day)
* 11 Isabella Schmid       MF      5-6   Sr   ***  Wangen, Germany (Saint Ursula Schulen)
* 10 Berglind Thorvaldsdottir
                           F-MF    5-9   Jr-R **   Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland (Menntaskolinn i Kopavogi)
* 12 Kaycie Tillman        MF      5-6   Fr        Rowlett, TX (Bishop Lynch)
* 19 Cheyna Williams       F       5-9   Sr   *    Hampton, GA (Lovejoy/Vanderbilt)

2015 Roster - By Number

L
T                                             PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
*  1 Caroline Brockmeier   GK      5-10  Fr-R      Tallahassee (Chiles)
*  2 Haylie Grant          MF      5-6   So   *    Brentwood, CA (Heritage)
*  3 Megan Connolly        MF      5-8   Fr        Cork, Ireland (Christ King Girls Secondary)
*  4 Holly Fritz           MF      5-5   Fr        Cape Coral (Mariner)
*  5 Elin Jensen           F/MF    5-7   Fr        Reykjavik, Iceland (Menntaskolinn i Reykjavik)
*  6 Megan Campbell        D       5-8   Sr-R **   Louth, Ireland (Institute of Technology Carlow)
*  7 Dallas Dorosy         MF      5-7   Fr        Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
*  8 Michaela Hahn         MF      5-4   Sr   ***  Titusville (Titusville)
*  9 Ari Hudson            D-MF    5-4   So   *    Portland, OR (Jesuit)
* 10 Berglind Thorvaldsdottir
                           F-MF    5-9   Jr-R **   Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland (Menntaskolinn i Kopavogi)
* 11 Isabella Schmid       MF      5-6   Sr   ***  Wangen, Germany (Saint Ursula Schulen)
* 12 Kaycie Tillman        MF      5-6   Fr        Rowlett, TX (Bishop Lynch)
* 14 Natalia Kuikka        D-MF    5-6   Fr        Kemi, Finland (Kemin Lyseon Lukio)
* 15 Olivia Bergau         D-MF    5-6   Fr        Merritt Island (Merritt Island)
* 16 Carson Pickett        D-MF    5-8   Sr   ***  Fleming Island (Saint Johns Country Day)
* 18 Macayla Edwards       D-MF    5-7   Fr        Palm Beach Gardens (Dwyer)
* 19 Cheyna Williams       F       5-9   Sr   *    Hampton, GA (Lovejoy/Vanderbilt)
* 22 Kirsten Crowley       D-MF    5-5   Jr-R **   Panama City Beach (Arnold)
* 23 Emma Koivisto         D-MF    5-6   So   *    Helsinki, Finland (Makelanrinne)
* 38 Cassie Miller         GK      5-11  So-R *    Cave Creek, AZ (Cactus Shadows)

2015 All-Americans

Name                     Organization
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Megan Connolly           Nat Soccer Coaches Assoc of America - 1st Team All-American

All-Americans -  1

2015 Schedule and Results

DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
08/21
Ref
A
NEW MEXICO W 3-1
08/23
Ref
N
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Albuquerque, NM
W 1-0
08/28
Ref
H
SOUTHEASTERN LA W 3-0
08/30
Ref
A
FLORIDA L 2-3
09/04
Ref
H
TEXAS A&M W 3-1
09/10
Ref
H
CENTRAL FLORIDA W 4-0
09/13
Ref
H
GRAND CANYON W 3-0
09/17
Ref
A
UNC-GREENSBORO W 6-0
09/20
Ref
A
DUKE
2 OT
T 0-0
09/24
Ref
H
CLEMSON W 3-1
09/27
Ref
A
NOTRE DAME W 1-0
10/03
Ref
H
PITTSBURGH W 6-0
10/08
Ref
H
NORTH CAROLINA STATE W 4-0
10/11
Ref
H
NORTH CAROLINA W 1-0
10/17
Ref
A
LOUISVILLE W 3-1
10/22
Ref
A
VIRGINIA TECH
2 OT
T 0-0
10/25
Ref
A
VIRGINIA L 0-1
11/01
Ref
H
BOSTON COLLEGE
2 OT
T 2-2
11/06
Ref
N
NORTH CAROLINA
ACC, Cary, NC
W 2-1
11/08
Ref
N
VIRGINIA
2OT, 7-6 PK, Florida State wins, ACC Championship, Cary, NC
T 2-2
11/13
Ref
H
EVANSVILLE
NCAA
W 3-0
11/20
Ref
H
SOUTH ALABAMA
NCAA
W 5-0
11/22
Ref
H
AUBURN
Sweet 16, NCAA
W 2-0
11/27
Ref
H
TEXAS A&M
Elite 8, NCAA
W 5-0
12/04
Ref
N
DUKE
Final Four, College Cup, NCAA, Cary, NC
L 0-2
EOY Stats Ref

                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
------------------------------------------------
FSU RECORD IS   18- 3-4  12- 0-1   4- 2-2   2- 1-1


2015 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE RESULTS
 1  VIRGINIA              9- 1    19- 1-3
 2  FLORIDA STATE         6- 1-3  18- 2-4
 3t CLEMSON               7- 3    14- 4-2
 3t NORTH CAROLINA        7- 3    15- 5-1
 5  VIRGINIA TECH         6- 3-1  15- 3-3
 6t BOSTON COLLEGE        5- 3-2  11- 7-2
 6t NOTRE DAME            6- 4    14- 5-1
 8  DUKE                  4- 3-3  14- 6-5
 9  LOUISVILLE            4- 5-1   8- 8-2
10  PITTSBURGH            4- 6    10- 7-1
11  SYRACUSE              3- 7     7-11-1
12t MIAMI                 2- 8     5-12 
12t WAKE FOREST           2- 8     5-12-2
14  NORTH CAROLINA STATE  0-10     4-15 

2015 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT, Cary, NC
   Date                    Score                                    Comments
==========  ==================================================  ==================================
11/06/2015  (1)VIRGINIA 5, (4)CLEMSON 0                         Round 1
11/06/2015  (2)FLORIDA STATE 2, (3)NORTH CAROLINA 1             Round 1
11/08/2015  (2)FLORIDA STATE 2, (1)VIRGINIA 2                   Round 2, 2 OT, 7-6 PK, Florida State wins                  

2015 EOY Stats

Offensive Stats Name GP GS Min G A Pts Sh Sh% SOG SOG% YC RC GW PK ATT =============================================================================== Megan Connolly 22 21 1919 9 10 28 67 0.134 28 0.418 0 0 4 1 1 Cheyna Williams 25 25 1432 10 7 27 70 0.143 38 0.543 0 0 5 1 1 Elin Jensen 25 11 1301 7 5 19 32 0.219 13 0.406 1 0 1 0 0 Berglind Thorvaldsdottir 22 0 916 8 2 18 36 0.222 17 0.472 0 0 3 1 1 Natalia Kuikka 19 18 1444 6 5 17 40 0.150 19 0.475 0 0 0 0 0 Kaycie Tillman 25 25 1813 4 8 16 20 0.200 7 0.350 0 0 2 0 0 Isabella Schmid 20 19 1353 5 5 15 40 0.125 19 0.475 0 0 1 0 0 Michaela Hahn 25 25 2215 5 1 11 41 0.122 15 0.366 0 0 2 1 1 Carson Pickett 25 25 2285 1 9 11 40 0.025 14 0.350 0 0 0 1 1 Kirsten Crowley 24 24 2159 3 5 11 21 0.143 12 0.571 0 1 0 1 1 Megan Campbell 14 14 1173 1 6 8 13 0.077 4 0.308 1 0 0 1 1 Dallas Dorosy 21 5 830 3 1 7 9 0.333 5 0.556 0 0 0 0 0 Emma Koivisto 20 19 1735 0 2 2 8 0.000 3 0.375 1 0 0 0 0 Ari Hudson 11 1 212 1 0 2 3 0.333 1 0.333 0 0 0 0 0 Cassie Miller 25 25 2220 0 1 1 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0 0 0 0 Macayla Edwards 17 12 1222 0 1 1 0 0.000 0 0.000 1 0 0 0 0 Olivia Bergau 11 3 425 0 1 1 1 0.000 0 0.000 0 0 0 0 0 Holly Fritz 15 2 470 0 0 0 10 0.000 3 0.300 1 0 0 0 0 Haylie Grant 11 1 332 0 0 0 4 0.000 0 0.000 0 0 0 0 0 Caroline Brockmeier 7 0 110 0 0 0 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0 0 0 0 Team 1 2 0.000 1 0.000 ========================================================= FSU 24 2240 64 69 197 455 0.141 199 0.437 5 1 18 7 7 Opp 24 2240 15 7 37 196 0.077 66 0.337 18 0 3 6 7 Defensive Stats Name GP GS Minutes GA Avg Saves Pct W L T Sho Faced ============================================================================= Caroline Brockmeier 7 0 110:58 0 0.00 3 1.000 0 0 0 0 Cassie Miller 25 25 2219:02 15 0.61 48 0.762 18 3 4 8 Team 0:00 0.00 0.000 7 ======================================================= FSU 25 2330:00 15 0.58 51 0.773 18 3 4 15 0 Opp 25 2330:00 64 2.47 135 0.678 3 18 4 4

FLORIDA STATE 3, NEW MEXICO 1
08/21/2015, ALBUQUERUE, NM

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Earn Opening Day Victory.
No. 1 Florida State defeated New Mexico, 3-1, at the UNM Soccer Complex on August 21.

ALBUERQUE, NM – On a windy night in Albuquerque, N.M., No. 1 Florida State (1-0-0) opened the 2015 season with a 3-1 victory against New Mexico (0-1-0) on Friday night. The victory extends the school-record unbeaten streak to 22 games.

“Overall, going on the road and playing against a well-organized team, I think it was a good start for us,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “The first half there were a lot of areas we needed to clean up, but I thought the second half was better. Our spacing was better and we were connecting more passes. It was the first game of the year, we have a long way to go and there were a lot of positive signs in there.”

The Seminole starting lineup consisted of five freshmen – Megan Connolly, Holly Fritz, Kaycie Tillman, Natalia Kuikka and Macayla Edwards. The newcomers made an impact on the game right away as Kuikka got Florida State on the board with a goal in 12th minute. The midfielder from Finland shot home a centering pass from Cheyna Williams after she ran down a ball before it crossed the endline and sent it into the box for Kuikka.

Florida State extended its lead to 2-0 in the 29th minute as Carson Pickett fed a ball behind the UNM back line to Berglind Thorvaldsdottir who chipped it over the keeper from about 15 yards.

New Mexico ended Florida State’s consecutive scoreless streak at 683:07 with a goal by Claire Lynch at 53:04 in the second half. The play began on a shot by Lindsey Guice which was deflected away by FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller. However it went to the waiting foot of Claire Lynch who cut the lead to 2-1. The scoreless streak is the third longest in program history.

FSU wasted no time in getting back in the scoring column, as Megan Connolly’s shot was blocked and put away by Williams from three yards at 53:34 to push the Seminole lead back out to 3-1.

All eight freshmen saw playing time tonight and all players posted at least 10 minutes on the pitch.

“Our goal today was to come in here, compete and give ourselves a chance to win,” added Krikorian. “Also, to get all the young players in the game and give them some significant minutes, knowing that Friday-Sunday is a tough turnaround. I think we did that. A lot of players got some rest as well, which is what we’re looking for. Now we turn all of our focus to Southern Cal.”

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller              90  0   0  0  0                
MF   3 Megan Connolly             80  1   1  0  1                
MF   4 Holly Fritz                52  1   0  0  0                
MF   8 Michaela Hahn              90  2   1  0  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             36  0   0  0  0                
D   14 Natalia Kuikka             58  1   1  1  0                
D   16 Carson Pickett             90  3   2  0  1                
D   18 Macayla Edwards            90  0   0  0  0                
F   19 Cheyna Williams            48  2   2  1  1                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  0   0  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              90  1   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     2 Haylie Grant               10  0   0  0  0                
     5 Elin Jensen                42  2   0  0  0                
     7 Dallas Dorosy              38  1   1  0  0                
     9 Ari Hudson                 32  0   0  0  0                
    10 Berglind Thorvaldsdottir   42  2   1  1  0        1       
    15 Olivia Bergau              12  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 16   9  3  3        1       
       Opp                        90  5   5  1  1  1             

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               90:00  1    4  1       
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  1    4  1       
Opp                         90:00  3    6    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  11:05 FSU  Natalia Kuikka            Cheyna Williams           19 cut back to the six yard box, pass to 14 from 7 yards out               
  2.  28:41 FSU  Berglind Thorvaldsdottir  Carson Pickett            16 played through ball to 10 at left side of box, flicked far post         
  3.  53:04 Opp  Opponent                  Opponent                  4 shot from left side rebounded to 14 at point blank for tap in            
  4.  53:34 FSU  Cheyna Williams           Megan Connolly            3 shot saved rebound to 19 for goal at near post                           


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
2
1
3
NEW MEXICO
0
1
1

FLORIDA STATE 1, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 0
08/23/2015, Albuquerque, NM

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Earns 1-0 Win Over USC.
The No. 1 Seminoles closed out their opening road trip with a 1-0 victory over the Trojans on August 23.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - In a rematch of the 2007 National Championship game, No. 1 Florida State (2-0-0) and Southern Cal (1-1-0) showed that they are still among the best in college soccer as it took a goal in the 83rd minute to decide a winner on Sunday morning at the UNM Soccer Complex. The Seminoles earned a 1-0 victory over the Trojans as Isabella Schmid scored the game-winner, putting away a blocked shot from Cheyna Williams.

"We knew that coming here would be a battle - a mental battle and a physical battle," said head coach Mark Krikorian. "Southern Cal has continued and will continue to get better and they gave us all we could handle. I'm thrilled that we were able to find a goal late in the game and find a way to win."

With crosswinds that were gusting upwards of 30 mph, both teams had to fight the elements as well as each other to move the ball down the field. Florida State led USC 5-1 in shots and 2-0 in shots on goal in the first 45 minutes, but the match went to halftime tied at 0-0.

The Noles did have a few chances in the first half as redshirt junior Kristen Crowley won a ball on a slide tackle that went to the foot of freshman Natalia Kuikka. The Finland native dribbled down the left side and fired a shot in the 14th minute that sailed just high over the crossbar.

In the 17th minute, FSU was awarded a corner and after the service from Carson Pickett, senior midfielder Michaela Hahn ripped a shot that went high.

The first shots on goal came near the end of the half with Kuikka connecting on a shot following a corner in the 43rd minute that was caught by the USC's Sammy Jo Prudhomme. Pickett added a shot on goal a minute later that was stopped by the keeper.

Florida State had a scoring chance in the 55' minute as a USC foul on Kaycie Tillman resulted in a free kick deep in the Trojan end. Pickett's serve in the box found a teammate, but there was not an opening for a shot.

The Noles continued to battle for chances throughout the second half and finally were able to get on the scoreboard in the 83rd minute as a shot from Williams was saved by USC's Prudhomme, but deflected off the crossbar to a waiting Schmid at the far post. The senior midfielder collected the ball and put away the game-winner from five yards out. It marked the 28th consecutive game that Florida State has scored a goal, extending the school record.

"Cheyna did a great job of fighting her way through the box, and I pretty much only had to collect the ball and take the second ball," said Schmid. "So Cheyna did most of the work and I just had to finish it."

USC pressed for several offensive chances down the stretch, but were unable to take a shot as time expired. The Trojans ended with only two shots in the game and zero on goal.

"I think from a psychological point of view we feel good that we conceded a goal on Friday and came back 30 seconds later and scored, and today when the game was on the line we were able to find a goal at the end," added Krikorian. "Overall, I am quite pleased with that and we have to continue to work and get better."

In the final stats, the Seminoles led the Trojans 9-2 in shots, 4-0 in shots on goal and 5-2 in corners. Freshmen Elin Jensen and Holly Fritz also recorded shots for FSU.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller              90  0   0  0  0                
MF   3 Megan Connolly             90  0   0  0  0                
MF   8 Michaela Hahn              90  1   0  0  0                
MF  11 Isabella Schmid            56  1   1  1  0        1       
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             63  0   0  0  0                
D   14 Natalia Kuikka             86  2   1  0  0                
D   16 Carson Pickett             90  2   1  0  0                
D   18 Macayla Edwards            90  0   0  0  0                
F   19 Cheyna Williams            54  1   1  0  1                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  0   0  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              90  0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     4 Holly Fritz                18  1   0  0  0                
     5 Elin Jensen                38  1   0  0  0                
     7 Dallas Dorosy               9  0   0  0  0                
    10 Berglind Thorvaldsdottir   36  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                            9   4  1  1        1       

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               90:00  0    0  1      1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    0  1      1
Opp                         90:00  1    3    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  82:24 FSU  Isabella Schmid           Cheyna Williams           19 shot at near post saved, 11 gathered at far post and scored             


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
1
1
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
0
0
0

FLORIDA STATE 3, SOUTHEASTERN LA 0
08/28/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Defeats Southeastern Louisiana in Home Opener, 3-0.
No. 1 Florida State posted its second shutout of the season, blanking the Lions, 3-0, on Friday night.

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Enduring two separate lightning delays and a match that spanned nearly four hours of total time, No. 1 Florida State (3-0-0) posted a 3-0 shutout of Southeastern Louisiana (2-1-0) on August 28 at the Seminole Soccer Complex. There were 2,194 on hand to witness Friday’s season-opener, marking the fifth-highest home crowd in FSU history.

“It is a challenge to make sure they stay focused, especially when you don’t know exactly how long the delays are going to be,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “I think we answered some questions tonight, but certainly this is so early in the season that there are still an awful lot of questions and we’ll keep looking and evaluating and try to get better every day.”

The Seminoles scored faster than lightning in the first half, as freshman Kaycie Tillman gave the Noles a 1-0 lead with a strike from 10 yards out at 1:53 in the first half. Kirsten Crowley got the scoring play started by lifting a ball behind the SLU back line to Carson Pickett who served a great cross in to the box for Tillman.

Shortly after the Seminole goal, the match went under a lightning warning in the seventh minute as weather conditions quickly deteriorated and rain fell for nearly 45 minutes. The first lightning delay lasted for a total of 56 minutes.

The Noles and Lions returned to play another 13 minutes of soccer before inclement weather entered the area again, stopping play in the 20th minute for a total of 34 minutes as team retreated to the locker room to wait out the lightning.

Florida State came out firing after the second weather delay, tallying 10 of its 15 first-half shots in the final 25 minutes of action.

Natalia Kuikka pushed the Florida State lead to 2-0 in the 39th minute after taking possession of a loose ball near the top of the Southeastern box. The freshman turned and fired a shot that sailed by the SLU keeper and into the back of the net.

In the second half, Florida State continued to pressure the Southeastern defense as the Noles earned six corner kicks in the final 45 minutes. In the 56th minute, Megan Connolly’s corner was served through the box and found the head of junior Kirsten Crowley, who redirected it into the goal for FSU’s third score of the game. It was Crowley’s second multi-point game of her career, as the redshirt junior finished with three points on a goal and an assist.

Crowley posted a team-high five shots, as 13 different Seminoles recorded a shot on Friday night. FSU tallied 28 shots in the win. It is the 13th victory in a row for Florida State and the 24th game in a row for the Noles without a loss.

Through all of the delays, many fans stayed until the very end of the match, which came nearly four hours after the first kick.

“How can you beat these fans?” asked Krikorian, with a smile. “To walk out and see everyone supporting this team, it is fantastic. Brandon Lane and the marketing department did a great job of getting the word out and getting people here and we sure appreciate all the local support.”

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller              62  0   0  0  0                
MF   2 Haylie Grant               80  3   0  0  0                
MF   5 Elin Jensen                44  2   1  0  0                
MF   8 Michaela Hahn              45  0   0  0  0                
MF   9 Ari Hudson                 54  1   0  0  0                
D   11 Isabella Schmid            37  3   1  0  0                
F   12 Kaycie Tillman             20  1   1  1  0        1       
D   16 Carson Pickett             73  2   0  0  1                
D   18 Macayla Edwards            90  0   0  0  0                
F   19 Cheyna Williams            42  1   1  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  5   1  1  1                
       ---Substitutes---
     1 Caroline Brockmeier        28  0   0  0  0                
     3 Megan Connolly             70  3   1  0  1                
     4 Holly Fritz                58  2   1  0  0                
     7 Dallas Dorosy              55  1   0  0  0                
    10 Berglind Thorvaldsdottir   48  0   0  0  0                
    14 Natalia Kuikka             24  3   2  1  0                
    15 Olivia Bergau              12  0   0  0  0                
    23 Emma Koivisto              58  1   1  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 28  10  3  3        1       
       Opp                        90  4   0  0  0  1             

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               61:57  0    0  1       
Caroline Brockmeier         28:03  0    0          
Team                         0:00                 1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    0  1      1
Opp                         90:00  3    7    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.   1:53 FSU  Kaycie Tillman            Carson Pickett            shot from 10 yards on cross                                                
                                           Kirsten Crowley
  2.  38:20 FSU  Natalia Kuikka                                      shot from the top of the 18-yd box                                         
  3.  55:31 FSU  Kirsten Crowley           Megan Connolly            header from 8 yards off corner                                             


  1 2 Total
SOUTHEASTERN LA
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
2
1
3

FLORIDA 3, FLORIDA STATE 2
08/30/2015, GAINESVILLE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Fall On The Road At Florida.
No. 1 Florida State is unable to complete the rally and is defeated, 3-2, by No. 14/7 Florida on Sunday afternoon.

GAINESVILLE, FL - Despite two late goals by the Seminoles, three first-half scores by Florida proved to be too much of a mountain to climb as No. 1 Florida State (3-1-0) was defeated, 3-2, by No. 14/7 Florida (3-1-0) on Sunday afternoon. The loss snapped FSU's 24-game unbeaten streak, dating back to September 5, 2014.

"It was about character at that point," said head coach Mark Krikorian. "You are down 3-0 to a good team and there are a lot of different ways the game can go. You can pack in and be happy at 0-3, you can give up more goals, or you can fight back as we did.

"Honestly, I thought our fight and our competitive spirit in the second half was quite good. We created some chances and with a little bit of luck, maybe we could have had the third goal."

Florida opened the scoring in the 18th minute with a goal by Savannah Jordan. She put the ball away from six yards off an assist by Sarah Troccoli. Florida made it 2-0 less than three minutes later on a header goal by Troccoli off a Gator corner from Christen Westphal.

The Gators extended their lead to 3-0 in the 42nd minute with a penalty kick goal by Pamela Begic.

Florida State did have a couple offensive chances in the first half. Senior Isabella Schmid slipped a ball in to Kaycie Tillman in the 11th minute, but her shot was blocked away by Florida's goalkeeper Valerie Tysinger. Carson Pickett led the Noles with two shots in the first 45 minutes, but both sailed wide of the frame.

The three goals in the first half marked the first time Florida State allowed three goals in a game since October 3, 2013 when the Noles defeated Boston College, 4-3.

The second half was mostly quiet from both teams for the first 25 minutes. Michaela Hahn nearly got the Noles on the board as she ripped a shot from the top of the box in the 56th minute that went off the crossbar.

Florida State continued to battle and cut it to 3-1 in the 75th minute on a diving header by Kirsten Crowley. Much like her goal on August 28 against Southeastern Louisiana, freshman Megan Connolly served a corner kick to the redshirt junior defender who redirected the ball into the net.

Berglind Thorvaldsdottir scored the second Seminole goal five minutes later with a strike at 79:58 in the match. Pickett got the scoring chance started from the back line, feeding it up to freshman Elin Jensen who found Thorvalsdottir to make it a 3-2 game.

FSU narrowly missed a chance to score the equalizer in the 82nd minute on a shot from Jensen. The freshman midfielder collected a loose ball just outside UF's 18-yard box and fired a shot that barely sailed over the crossbar. It proved to be the best chance the Noles would get to tie the game as Florida limited FSU's possessions the rest of the wayfigh

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller              90  0   0  0  0                
MF   3 Megan Connolly             90  1   0  0  1                
MF   5 Elin Jensen                66  1   0  0  1                
MF   8 Michaela Hahn              90  2   0  0  0                
F   11 Isabella Schmid            64  0   0  0  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             78  1   1  0  0                
D   16 Carson Pickett             90  2   0  0  1                
D   18 Macayla Edwards            76  0   0  0  0                
F   19 Cheyna Williams            68  1   0  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  1   1  1  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              90  0   0  0  0  1             
       ---Substitutes---
     4 Holly Fritz                19  0   0  0  0                
     7 Dallas Dorosy              15  0   0  0  0                
     9 Ari Hudson                  4  0   0  0  0                
    10 Berglind Thorvaldsdottir   59  2   2  1  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 11   4  2  3  1             
       Opp                        90  8   4  3  3        1       

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               90:00  3    1    1     
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  3    1    1     
Opp                         90:00  2    2  1       
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  17:44 Opp  Opponent                  Opponent                  from 6 yards out                                                           
                                           Opponent
  2.  20:15 Opp  Opponent                  Opponent                  3 yards off the corner kick                                                
  3.  41:57 Opp  Opponent                                            Penalty kick                                                               
  4.  74:22 FSU  Kirsten Crowley           Megan Connolly            2 yards out off the corner kick                                            
  5.  79:58 FSU  Berglind Thorvaldsdottir  Carson Pickett            from 18 yards out                                                          
                                           Elin Jensen


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
2
2
FLORIDA
3
0
3

FLORIDA STATE 3, TEXAS A&M 1
09/04/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Three Second-Half Goals Lifts No. 5 FSU Over No. 3 Texas A&M.
The Seminoles defeated the Aggies, 3-1, on Friday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Battling back from a 1-0 halftime deficit, No. 5 Florida State (4-1-0) found the back of the net three times in the final 25 minutes of the match to post a 3-1 victory over No. 3 Texas A&M (4-1-0) in front of 2,090 fans at the Seminole Soccer Complex on Friday night.

"I really liked our attack and thought we had a lot of good chances," FSU head coach Mark Krikorian said. "Credit to their goalkeeper, she did quite well. Their defenders put themselves in spots to block shots, but I thought we got into some very dangerous spots a number of times. We scored three goals, which is pretty good against a top-three team in the country."

Florida State opened with several offensive chances in the first half, but could not convert them into goals. Carson Pickett had a shot in the second minute and Isabella Schmid ripped a ball in the eighth minute that were both saved by Texas A&M goalkeeper Taylor Saucier.

The Noles nearly scored in the 11th minute as Natalia Kuikka hit a ball from the top of the box that was blocked. Cheyna Williams collected the loose ball and her shot attempt sailed high over the crossbar.

Texas A&M took a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute on a chip shot goal by Emily Bates from 35 yards. On a high-arcing kick into the Seminole half of the field, FSU's Cassie Miller came out of the box to try and play the ball. Due to a miscommunication, Bates reached the ball first was able to lift a soft shot over Miller's head for the first goal of the game.

In the second half, Williams nearly found the equalizer for Florida State in the 47th minute as she showed some impressive ball skills by dribbling into the box and got around Saucier near the end line. Her shot was blocked by defender McKayla Paulson to keep the Aggies on top, 1-0.

Williams narrowly missed again in the 61st minute with a shot from the right side that beat TAMU keeper Saucier, but ricocheted off the crossbar and was cleared away.

The Noles finally squared the game at 1-1 in the 67th minute on a goal by Kuikka. The scoring chance was started on the second of two consecutive corners for Florida State. Megan Connolly's service found Kirsten Crowley who headed it toward the goal, but it was blocked. Kuikka found the rebound and put it in the back of the net for her third goal of the season.

Entering the game in the 68th minute, Berglind Thorvaldsdottir did not waste much time in giving Florida State the lead with a goal at 74:27. The redshirt junior forward put away a nice ball from just outside the six-yard box that was slipped in by Schmid to give the Noles a 2-1 lead.

Another corner kick, one of eight for FSU on the evening, set up the final score for Florida State. Carson Pickett played a corner short and when she received the ball back, she crossed it into the box to the far post for Connolly. The freshman from Ireland played it to her feet from her chest and put home the third Seminole goal of the game at 76:07.

"It was a dream to see that go in the back of the net," said Connolly. "It was a relief, more than anything, to see the three go up on the board and give us a two-goal cushion on them. It let us relax for a second and get our breath and get back to defending to focus on sealing out the game."

Connolly's three points on the night with a goal and an assist gives her a team-high six points on the season. Fellow freshman Kuikka also has six points on three goals, along with Thorvaldsdottir (three goals) and Crowley (two goals and two assists). Nine of the 12 goals this season by Florida State have had a freshman scorer or involved on the assist.

"I think our young kids are doing great," Krikorian added. "They have come in and established themselves in a very positive way and contributing in a very important fashion to the results of the team."

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller              90  0   0  0  0                
MF   3 Megan Connolly             90  3   3  1  1                
MF   8 Michaela Hahn              90  2   0  0  0                
F   11 Isabella Schmid            78  4   3  0  1                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             78  0   0  0  0                
MF  14 Natalia Kuikka             90  3   1  1  0                
D   16 Carson Pickett             90  2   1  0  1                
D   18 Macayla Edwards            90  0   0  0  0                
F   19 Cheyna Williams            52  4   0  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  1   0  0  1                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              90  0   0  0  1                
       ---Substitutes---
     5 Elin Jensen                23  1   1  0  0                
    10 Berglind Thorvaldsdottir   38  2   1  1  0        1       
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 22  10  3  5        1       
       Opp                        90  9   5  1  0  1             

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               90:00  1    4  1       
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  1    4  1       
Opp                         90:00  3    7    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  21:23 Opp  Opponent                                            chip shot over goalkeeper from 35 yards                                    
  2.  66:19 FSU  Natalia Kuikka            Kirsten Crowley           put away off of blocked header from 2 yards                                
                                           Megan Connolly
  3.  74:27 FSU  Berglind Thorvaldsdottir  Isabella Schmid           finish from seven yards                                                    
                                           Emma Koivisto
  4.  76:07 FSU  Megan Connolly            Carson Pickett            put away from 3 yards on cross pass                                        


  1 2 Total
TEXAS A&M
1
0
1
FLORIDA STATE
0
3
3

FLORIDA STATE 4, CENTRAL FLORIDA 0
09/10/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 3 Seminoles Shutout RV/No. 22 UCF.
No. 3 Florida State defeated RV/No. 22 UCF by a score of 4-0 on Thursday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The Florida State soccer program controlled nearly every aspect of Thursday's match against RV/No. 22 UCF (4-2-1) as the No. 3 Seminoles (5-1-0) posted a 4-0 victory over the Knights in front of 1,213 fans at the Seminole Soccer Complex. It marked the 14th straight victory at home for FSU and its third shutout of the season.

"I thought that today was a solid performance for 90 minutes," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "I thought that in the first half, we came out fairly strong and created some pretty good chances and their keeper made a couple of good saves. After halftime, we came out and the kids followed the script and it went pretty well for us."

The Seminoles had a great scoring chance in the sixth minute as freshman defender Macayla Edwards launched a deep ball down to Cheyna Williams at the top of the UCF box. Williams collected the ball and dribbled in and fired a shot from eight yards that beat the keeper but ricocheted off the post and was cleared away by a defender.

Florida State continued to pressure the Knights managing five shots and two corners in the first 25 minutes of action, including a save by UCF goalkeeper Vera Varis on a shot from Kirsten Crowley from inside the six-yard box.

The Seminoles got on the board in the 36th minute after a UCF foul set up a free kick opportunity for FSU. Senior midfielder Carson Pickett served the ball into the box and found the head of freshman Megan Connolly who redirected it into the goal for the first score of the game. It marked the second straight game that Connolly registered a goal and was Pickett's team-leading fifth assist of the season.

FSU not only went into halftime with a 1-0 lead on the scoreboard, but also a 10-1 lead in shots with zero shots on goal for UCF.

The Noles struck quickly to open the second half as the Edwards/Williams connection worked in almost identical fashion as the scoring chance in the first half, but this time Williams' shot was on frame and snuck under the keeper in the 47th minute to give FSU a 2-0 lead.

The game continued to be physical throughout the second half as UCF's Hannah DeBose (50:00) and Darbi Filliben (54:20) were issued yellow cards on fouls in their own defensive end.

A UCF foul just outside of their own 18-yard box in the 58th minute set up Florida State's third goal as Connolly's free kick skimmed off the bottom of the crossbar and into the net for a 3-0 Seminole advantage.

It was Connolly's second goal of the game and third of the season. It was the first multi-goal game for a Seminole since Cheyna Williams tallied both goals in a 2-0 win over Stanford in the semifinals of the 2014 College Cup.

"Getting the first goal gave me confidence and showed that I'm well able to score here," said Connolly. "We're not going to win a national championship with only three or four people, the whole team is important. Everyone has realized that and we are working so well together. I think this team is only going to get better."

A penalty kick goal by Isabella Schmid in the 70th minute capped the scoring in FSU's 4-0 victory over the Knights. Nineteen FSU players saw action on the pitch in Thursday's game, including redshirt freshman Caroline Brockmeier making her second appearance as a goalkeeper this season.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller              78  0   0  0  0                
MF   3 Megan Connolly             81  2   2  2  0        1       
MF   8 Michaela Hahn              90  4   2  0  0                
F   11 Isabella Schmid            78  2   1  1  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             65  0   0  0  0                
MF  14 Natalia Kuikka             68  2   1  0  0                
D   16 Carson Pickett             90  1   0  0  1                
D   18 Macayla Edwards            90  0   0  0  1                
F   19 Cheyna Williams            36  3   1  1  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  2   2  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              79  0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     1 Caroline Brockmeier        12  0   0  0  0                
     2 Haylie Grant                9  0   0  0  0                
     4 Holly Fritz                 6  0   0  0  0                
     5 Elin Jensen                29  0   0  0  0                
     7 Dallas Dorosy              12  0   0  0  0                
     9 Ari Hudson                 12  0   0  0  0                
    10 Berglind Thorvaldsdottir   54  2   1  0  0                
    15 Olivia Bergau              11  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 18  10  4  2        1       
       Opp                        90  5   1  0  0  2             

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               77:35  0    0  1       
Caroline Brockmeier         12:25  0    1          
Team                         0:00                 1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    1  1      1
Opp                         90:00  4    6    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  35:49 FSU  Megan Connolly            Carson Pickett            header from 9 yards off free kick                                          
  2.  46:15 FSU  Cheyna Williams           Macayla Edwards           shot from eight yards after long ball into the box                         
  3.  57:40 FSU  Megan Connolly                                      free kick from 18 yards                                                    
  4.  69:32 FSU  Isabella Schmid                                     penalty kick                                                               


  1 2 Total
CENTRAL FLORIDA
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
1
3
4

FLORIDA STATE 3, GRAND CANYON 0
09/13/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 3 Florida State Blanks Grand Canyon.
The Seminoles posted a 3-0 victory over the Antelopes on Sunday afternoon at the Seminole Soccer Complex.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - No. 3 Florida State (6-1-0) went on the attack early and often, recording 31 shots on its way to a 3-0 win over Grand Canyon (3-3-1) on Sunday afternoon. The Seminoles have won 15 straight home matches, dating back to September 8, 2014.

"We certainly created enough good opportunities throughout the course of the game, but I thought we could have done a little bit better in finishing," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "Credit to their goalkeeper, she stood strong and their whole defending was quite good. It took us a long while to break them down, but fortunately we were able to."

Senior forward Cheyna Williams tested GCU keeper Blakely Fraasch early with a shot that was saved just 40 seconds into the match. The Noles continued their early pressure and earned four corner kicks in the first 11 minutes, as well as shots from freshmen Dallas Dorosy and Kaycie Tillman but they were defended well by the Antelopes as the game remained tied at 0-0.

The Seminoles got on the board in the 20th minute on a goal by Williams from 12 yards out. Senior defender Megan Campbell got the play started and made a nice pass to Tillman, who found Williams on the run. Williams fired a shot on her first touch that went under the keeper and into the back of the net for the game's first goal.

Florida State made it 2-0 in the 75th minute as Michaela Hahn finished a strong offensive chance that was started by Williams. Williams had worked the ball near the end line and took a shot that was saved off the keeper's hands. Holly Fritz found the ball and shot a liner that was blocked by a GCU defender. The ball skipped out near the top of the box for Hahn who ripped it into the net for her first goal of the season and fifth of her career.

The Seminoles did not allow a shot until the 83rd minute when GCU's Brylee Hawkins took a shot from 20 yards that sailed high over the goal. The Lopes tallied just two shots for the entire game, with zero on goal. The shutout was the third home shutout of 2015 and the Seminoles have allowed just one goal over the last 818:04 of game time at the Seminole Soccer Complex.

"I think we've been good and solid in our defending up to this point in the season and we're going to continue to be," added Krikorian. "Today was a solid performance from the front line through the goalkeeper in terms of collective defending."

A foul by Grand Canyon on Tillman in the box led to the final score for Florida State on a penalty kick goal by Carson Pickett in the 89th minute. It was Pickett's first goal of the season and ninth of her career.

The second half saw Florida State record 21 shots, including 11 on goal, as Fraasch made nine saves in the final 45 minutes for Grand Canyon. In total, nine Seminoles registered a shot in the game, led by Williams with nine shots and eight shots on goal.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller              81  0   0  0  0                
F    5 Elin Jensen                79  2   1  0  0                
MF   6 Megan Campbell             74  5   2  0  1                
MF   7 Dallas Dorosy              71  2   0  0  0                
MF   8 Michaela Hahn              90  6   4  1  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             90  2   0  0  1                
D   15 Olivia Bergau              90  0   0  0  0                
D   16 Carson Pickett             77  2   2  1  0                
D   18 Macayla Edwards            90  0   0  0  0                
F   19 Cheyna Williams            58  9   8  1  0        1       
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  1   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     1 Caroline Brockmeier         9  0   0  0  0                
     2 Haylie Grant               19  0   0  0  0                
     4 Holly Fritz                42  2   1  0  0                
     9 Ari Hudson                 28  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 31  18  3  2        1       
       Opp                        90  2   0  0  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               80:44  0    0  1       
Caroline Brockmeier          9:16  0    0          
Team                         0:00                 1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    0  1      1
Opp                         90:00  3   15    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  19:06 FSU  Cheyna Williams           Kaycie Tillman            shot from 12 yards that goes under the keeper                              
                                           Megan Campbell
  2.  74:02 FSU  Michaela Hahn                                       shot from 15 yards on blocked shot                                         
  3.  88:05 FSU  Carson Pickett                                      penalty kick                                                               


  1 2 Total
GRAND CANYON
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
1
2
3

FLORIDA STATE 6, UNC-GREENSBORO 0
09/17/2015, GREENSBORO, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Krikorian Earns Win No. 200 At FSU.
Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian won his 200th game at FSU with a 6-0 victory at UNC Greensboro.

GREENSBORO, NC - In just his 11th season at the helm of the Florida State soccer program, head coach Mark Krikorian earned win No. 200 on Thursday night with a 6-0 victory at UNC Greensboro. The No. 2 Seminoles (7-1-0) registered four goals and two assists from freshmen against the Spartans (2-6-1) as they recorded their third straight shutout.

"It was a good, solid performance start to finish," said Krikorian. "Solid performances from a lot of players and nice to see some different kids get on the scoresheet. I thought we also did a good job of limiting chances at our goal."

The game was a back and forth battle early in the first half. The Seminoles had a few quality chances including a takeaway by freshman Elin Jensen in the 12th minute but her shot sailed over the goal.

Holly Fritz nearly had the game's first goal in the 22nd minute, lining a shot from the right side that was about to head under the crossbar but UNCG goalkeeper Chloe Buehler punched the ball away for an FSU corner.

UNC Greensboro had a quality scoring chance in the 32nd minute, lifting a ball behind the FSU defense to Chesney White who took a hard shot from 15 yards that saved by Cassie Miller to keep the game scoreless.

The Noles continued to pressure UNCG as the game neared halftime and opened the scoring with a goal by Michaela Hahn at 37:21. The senior midfielder received a pass from Kirsten Crowley near midfield and carried it into the offensive third. She ripped a shot from about 25 yards that went into the upper corner and gave Florida State a 1-0 lead.

Kaycie Tillman gave FSU a 2-0 advantage in the final minute of the half, finding the back of the net at 44:28 on the clock. Carson Pickett got the play started with a nice pass into Cheyna Williams at the top of the box. The senior forward dribbled to the end line and around a defender to create space for a cross. Her ball found Tillman at the top of the six-yard box and the freshman midfielder finished it into the back of the net.

The second half was all Florida State, as the Seminoles scored four goals and outshot the Spartans 10-1 over the final 45 minutes.

Freshman Dallas Dorosy made it 3-0 in the 69th minute with a header from 10 yards off a cross from Olivia Bergau. Fritz fed the ball down the right side and Bergau took it around the UNCG defender and played a great ball for Dorosy to redirect into the net for her first career goal.

Ari Hudson added to the scoreboard less than four minutes later, putting home a ball from about 15 yards at 72:23 after Jensen took a ball deep into the box and dropped it back to Hudson. It was Hudson's first goal of the season and second of the sophomore's career.

Jensen continued her offensive contributions, scoring the final two goals of the game for the Seminoles. The Reykjavik, Iceland, native scored on a shot from the top of the box at 79:49 off a long ball in by Pickett. She turned around the defender and placed a great shot to beat the keeper and make it 5-0 Florida State.

The freshman pushed it up to 6-0 with a goal in the 88th minute after she collected a loose ball about 25 yards out and fired a low shot that skipped past the goalkeeper for her second goal of the night.

"I am really happy that we came here and had a great performance - scoring six goals and we didn't concede any," said Jensen. "I am happy that I scored two, but it was just a great team performance tonight."

In all, four goals and two assists tonight were recorded by freshmen. Seven of the eight freshmen on the team have scored at least one point this season, with Megan Connolly leading the team with 10 points so far in 2015.

"We knew we had a talented group of young kids," added Krikorian. "They've continued to mature and develop into good players and will continue to help us."

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller              90  0   0  0  0                
MF   4 Holly Fritz                81  1   1  0  0                
MF   5 Elin Jensen                90  8   3  2  1                
F    7 Dallas Dorosy              79  2   2  1  0                
MF   8 Michaela Hahn              90  2   1  1  0        1       
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             72  1   1  1  0                
D   15 Olivia Bergau              90  0   0  0  1                
D   16 Carson Pickett             90  3   1  0  1                
D   18 Macayla Edwards            90  0   0  0  0                
F   19 Cheyna Williams            69  4   0  0  1                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  1   0  0  1                
       ---Substitutes---
     2 Haylie Grant               30  1   0  0  0                
     9 Ari Hudson                 30  1   1  1  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 24  10  6  5        1       
       Opp                        90  5   2  0  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               90:00  0    2  1      1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    2  1      1
Opp                         90:00  6    4    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  37:21 FSU  Michaela Hahn             Kirsten Crowley           shot from 30 yards out into top corner                                     
  2.  44:28 FSU  Kaycie Tillman            Cheyna Williams           cross to top of 6 yard box, tapped in                                      
  3.  68:33 FSU  Dallas Dorosy             Olivia Bergau             cross into box, header from 10 yards out                                   
  4.  72:23 FSU  Ari Hudson                Elin Jensen               rebound from 12 yards                                                      
  5.  79:49 FSU  Elin Jensen               Carson Pickett            long ball brought down, turned on two defenders, shot from 20 yards        
  6.  87:25 FSU  Elin Jensen                                         shot from 25 yards took bounce in box into side netting                    


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
2
4
6
UNC-GREENSBORO
0
0
0

FLORIDA STATE 0, DUKE 0
09/20/2015, DURHAM, NC, 2 OT

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 2 Florida State Earns a Draw at No. 22 Duke.
The Seminoles and Blue Devils battle to a 0-0 draw on Sunday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium. DURHAM, NC – Closing out the weekend with another shutout, No. 2 Florida State (7-1-1, 0-0-1 ACC) worked a scoreless draw with No. 22 Duke (6-2-2, 0-0-1 ACC) on Sunday afternoon to open ACC play for the 2015 season. The tie extends FSU’s unbeaten streak in ACC play to 12 games (10-0-2), dating back to the 2013 season.

“I thought that our performance, start to finish, was excellent,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “I told the kids that this may be the best performance we’ve had since I’ve been at Florida State with adjusting the game plan, following the game plan, hanging in there and giving us a chance. With a little bit more luck, we could have stolen the game.”

Duke had a strong scoring chance right away as Rebecca Quinn took a shot in the second minute that was blocked and the rebound went to Taylor Racioppi whose shot was saved by Cassie Miller.

Michaela Hahn took FSU’s first shot of the game in the 14th minute, but it went high of the goal.

The game went into halftime tied at 0-0, with Duke leading in shots 6-1 and corners 1-0.

The second half was full of action on both sides, but none of the offensive chances ended up in the back of the net. Duke’s Toni Payne took a shot in the 51st minute that was saved by Miller and FSU’s Holly Fritz ripped a shot in the 53rd minute that went wide of the goal.

Duke took 12 shots total in the second half, with only two on goal as many came from over 25 yards away from the goal. Florida State had a quality chance in the 86th minute, but Carson Pickett’s shot was wide of the goal.

In overtime, Elin Jensen nearly clinched the game in the 91st minute, but her shot rolled wide of the frame. Overall both teams posted two shots in the first overtime.

The final 10 minutes of the game saw decent scoring chances for both sides, but Miller and the FSU defense stopped a flurry of shots from Duke in the 102nd minute and Kaycie Tillman’s shot went high in the 108th minute for the Noles.

For the game, Duke outshot FSU 25-8 with six on goal versus one shot on goal for the Noles. The Blue Devils also led in corner kicks, 4-1.

The tie is the first draw for the Seminoles since a 1-1 draw at North Carolina on October 23, 2014. Overall, Florida State is 18-11-19 in overtimematches under Mark Krikorian.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller             110  0   0  0  0                
MF   5 Elin Jensen                95  1   0  0  0                
F    7 Dallas Dorosy              74  0   0  0  0                
MF   8 Michaela Hahn             110  1   0  0  0                
MF  11 Isabella Schmid            17  0   0  0  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman            110  1   0  0  0                
D   15 Olivia Bergau             110  0   0  0  0                
D   16 Carson Pickett            110  2   0  0  0                
D   18 Macayla Edwards           110  0   0  0  0  1             
F   19 Cheyna Williams           106  1   0  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley           110  1   1  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     2 Haylie Grant               93  0   0  0  0                
     4 Holly Fritz                48  1   0  0  0  1             
     9 Ari Hudson                  7  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                       110  8   1  0  0  2             
       Opp                       110 25   6  0  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller              110:00  0    6      1  1
                          =========================
FSU                        110:00  0    6      1  1
Opp                        110:00  0    1      1  1
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================


  1 2 OT O2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
0
0
0
DUKE
0
0
0
0
0

FLORIDA STATE 3, CLEMSON 1
09/24/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 3 Florida State Remains Unbeaten At Home.
The No. 3 Seminoles extend their home unbeaten streak to 16 games with a 3-1 victory over No. 7/6 Clemson.

TALLAHASSEE, FL – No. 3 Florida State (8-1-1, 1-0-1 ACC) continued to find success at the Seminole Soccer Complex and extended its home unbeaten streak to 16 games with a 3-1 victory on Friday night over No. 7/6 Clemson (7-1-1, 1-1-0 ACC). Freshman forward Megan Connolly led all scorers with four points, assisting on the first two goals of the night for FSU and scoring the final one for the Seminoles.

The conference win also marked the 13th-straight ACC match without a loss for the Seminoles as FSU has a record of 11-0-2 in ACC play, dating back to October 31, 2013. Clemson hadn’t allowed more than one goal in a game all season and hasn’t surrendered three goals in a match since October 6, 2013 in a 3-0 loss at Virginia.

“We limited their opportunities, but they are a Top 10 team,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “They are a very well-coached team, very organized and talented all over the place. We feel great coming out with a win tonight.”

Florida State got on the board early as freshman midfielder Kaycie Tillman scored at 1:52 to give the Seminoles a 1-0 advantage. The scoring chance started as Elin Jensen crossed a ball to Connolly at the top of the box. The Cork, Ireland native worked around the defender and took a shot that was steered into the left post by Clemson goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan. Tillman was quickly on top of the rebound and put it into the back of the net for the third goal of her career.

It was the quickest goal of the season for Florida State, narrowly edging out Tillman’s first goal of the season, which came 1:53 into the match against Southeastern Louisiana on August 28.

The Noles had another quality scoring chance in the 11th minute as Emma Koivisto took a shot from 20 yards that was blocked out to Michaela Hahn. Hahn’s follow-up strike ended up going just wide of the goal.

Clemson tied the game at 1-1 on an FSU own goal at 24:03. Shannon Horgan dribbled down the left side and served a cross into the box. The ball ended up going off an FSU defender and into the net to tie the game. The goal was the first allowed by FSU in 470:40 minutes of playing time, dating back to a goal by Texas A&M on September 4, 2015. The scoreless streak is the fifth longest in FSU history.

Clemson had a great opportunity in the 35th minute as Paige Reckert made a run down the middle of the field to get behind the FSU backline. Redshirt junior defender Kirsten Crowley made an excellent challenge and forced Reckert off the ball to allow FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller to take possession.

The half came to an end with minimal action, as only one shot was taken in the last 20:57 of the first period – a header by Clemson’s Jenna Weston. Florida State led 6-1 in shots and 5-4 in corners at the break.

Much like the first half, the Seminoles struck quickly to open the second half. Megan Campbell served a long ball in from midfield to Connolly near the top of the box. Connolly flicked the ball over Clemson backline to Cheyna Williams, who drove a shot under the keeper to give FSU a 2-1 lead at 46:42. It was Williams’ fourth goal of the season and Connolly’s second assist of the game and sixth of the season.

“I don’t think there’s a coach in the country that wouldn’t take being able to score in the first two minutes of each half,” Krikorian said. “I think that relaxes the team a little bit. We came into the half at 1-1, and knew it would take another goal (to win). Cheyna getting in behind and finishing took some of the pressure off and allowed us to be more comfortable with the ball.”

A flurry of offense for FSU in the 65th minute nearly ended up with a goal as the Noles were awarded a corner kick and Hahn’s ensuing shot went squarely off the crossbar. The ball bounced out to Connolly whose strike was saved by CU’s Sheridan.

The match was physical from the beginning, and Clemson was issued two yellow cards along with one for Florida State for the game. A foul in the box by Clemson’s Katie Sprouse in the 68th minute allowed the Seminoles to make it a 3-1 match on a penalty kick goal by Connolly.

Connolly ended with four points – one goal and two assists – and leads the team with 14 points on the season. In her last two matches for Florida State, including versus RV/No. 22 UCF, she has scored three goals and posted two assists. She also competed last week in Europe for the Republic of Ireland U19 team where she scored five goals in three games.

“I thought Megan Connolly might have been the best player on the field tonight,” added Krikorian. “She’s controlling the tempo of the game for us and being dangerous, creating opportunity after opportunity. I thought her quality was fantastic tonight.”

“I just go out and try to give my best the whole time and contribute to the team,” said Connolly. “I’m trying every game to keep improving and hopefully I can contribute more to the team. The talent (in the ACC) is second to none, so you have to bring your A-game the whole time. The whole team has to work together to win it, and you saw that here tonight.”

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller              90  0   0  0  0                
F    3 Megan Connolly             90  4   3  1  2                
MF   5 Elin Jensen                73  0   0  0  0                
D    6 Megan Campbell             90  0   0  0  1                
MF   8 Michaela Hahn              90  2   0  0  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             74  1   1  1  0                
MF  14 Natalia Kuikka             82  1   0  0  0                
D   16 Carson Pickett             90  1   0  0  0                
F   19 Cheyna Williams            54  2   2  1  0        1       
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  0   0  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              90  1   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     4 Holly Fritz                 9  0   0  0  0                
     7 Dallas Dorosy              15  0   0  0  0                
    10 Berglind Thorvaldsdottir   36  0   0  0  0                
    11 Isabella Schmid            17  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 12   6  3  3        1       
       Opp                        90  4   3  1  0  3             

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               90:00  1    2  1       
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  1    2  1       
Opp                         90:00  3    3    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.   1:52 FSU  Kaycie Tillman            Megan Connolly            put away rebound from goalie save                                          
  2.  24:03 Opp  Opponent                                            own goal                                                                   
  3.  46:42 FSU  Cheyna Williams           Megan Connolly            low kick under the keeper from 10 yards                                    
                                           Megan Campbell
  4.  67:39 FSU  Megan Connolly                                      penalty kick                                                               


  1 2 Total
CLEMSON
1
0
1
FLORIDA STATE
1
2
3

FLORIDA STATE 1, NOTRE DAME 0
09/27/2015, SOUTH BEND, IN

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 3 Seminoles Earn Road Shutout At No. 16/7 Notre Dame.
No. 3 Florida State secured a 1-0 victory at No. 16/7 Notre Dame on Sunday afternoon.

NOTRE DAME, IN - Extending its ACC unbeaten streak to 14 consecutive games, No. 3 Florida State (9-1-1, 2-0-1 ACC) earned a 1-0 shutout at No. 16/7 Notre Dame (8-2-1, 1-2-0 ACC) on Sunday afternoon at Alumni Stadium. It is the seventh shutout of the season for Florida State and second shutout of an ACC opponent.

"I thought our kids competed and played really hard," FSU head coach Mark Krikorian said. "Notre Dame is a very good team obviously, they just beat Virginia who was the No. 1 team in the country. We had a competitive game with Clemson on Thursday and flying out here and winning on the road is great for our program. We feel very good about it and will get ourselves ready for Pitt this weekend."

Notre Dame had a few decent chances in the early going as Kaleigh Naughton crossed a ball into the box in the 5th minute that nearly found a teammate but was headed away by Emma Koivisto.

In the 11th minute, ND's Anna Gilbertson made a move and served a ball deep into the box, but FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller came out and made a great catch to end the chance.

The Seminoles continued to work and break down the Notre Dame defense, earning a great scoring chance in the 23rd minute. Megan Campbell sent in a long throw-in and the ball bounced out to Michaela Hahn outside the box. Her shot toward the far post went just wide of the goal to keep the game scoreless.

Florida State got on the board with a goal from Elin Jensen at 34:35. Kaycie Tillman found Megan Connolly on a run as she got behind the ND backline and sent a cross into the six-yard box for Berglind Thorvaldsdottir. Thorvaldsdottir redirected it out to Jensen who easily put it away to give the Noles a 1-0 lead.

The Seminoles closed out the first half with a 5-4 lead in shots as they did not allow a shot on goal to the Irish.

Cheyna Williams nearly gave the Seminoles a 2-0 lead in the 53rd minute taking a pass from Connolly and striking ball from 15 yards that was deflected by ND goalkeeper Kaela Little into the right post and cleared away by the Irish.

Notre Dame earned its first shot on goal in the 62nd minute as a throw-in was headed toward Miller for an easy save. Seeing a counter-attack opportunity, Miller threw the ball out to Natalia Kuikka on the wing who took it into the box for a quick shot that ended up going wide of the goal.

The match got physical down the stretch as Notre Dame pushed to get the equalizer, with two Irish players earning yellow cards - Natalie Jacobs (73:03) and Brittany Von Rueden (85:36). The Florida State defense held them off to secure the 1-0 shutout on the road.

Sunday's game was another example of a strong second half performance out of the Seminoles. FSU has allowed just one goal after the first 45 minutes of a match this season, a score at 53:04 by New Mexico in the season-opener. The Noles have not surrendered a goal in the last 506:56 of second half play.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller              90  0   0  0  0                
MF   3 Megan Connolly             90  2   1  0  1                
F    5 Elin Jensen                83  1   1  1  0        1       
D    6 Megan Campbell             90  0   0  0  0                
MF   8 Michaela Hahn              90  1   0  0  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             90  0   0  0  0                
D   14 Natalia Kuikka             87  1   0  0  0                
MF  16 Carson Pickett             90  1   1  0  0                
F   19 Cheyna Williams            55  2   2  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  0   0  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              90  0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     7 Dallas Dorosy               3  0   0  0  0                
    10 Berglind Thorvaldsdottir   42  3   1  0  1                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 11   6  1  2        1       
       Opp                        90  7   1  0  0  2             

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               90:00  0    1  1      1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    1  1      1
Opp                         90:00  1    5    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  34:35 FSU  Elin Jensen               Megan Connolly            cross inside the goal box from 3, goal off deflection                      
                                           Berglind Thorvaldsdottir


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
1
0
1
NOTRE DAME
0
0
0

FLORIDA STATE 6, PITTSBURGH 0
10/03/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

The Streak Continues As No. 2 FSU Defeats Pitt.
The Seminoles have won 17 straight home matches and are unbeaten in their last 15 regular season ACC matches with a 6-0 victory over Pitt on October 3.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - With its eighth shutout of the season, No. 2 Florida State (10-1-1, 3-0-1 ACC) extended its home winning streak to 17 straight matches with a 6-0 victory over Pitt (9-2-1, 3-1-0 ACC) on Saturday afternoon. The win also marked the 15th consecutive regular season ACC match without a loss (13-0-2) for the Noles and 23rd overall against conference opponents (21-0-2) including postseason contests.

"Overall, we were pretty solid throughout the game," said FSU head coach mark Krikorian. "We gave up some good chances to them early in the game as our transition defending wasn't sharp enough. I thought in the second half we limited that a little more. Another good performance against a top level ACC team."

Pitt took the first shot of the game as Taylor Pryce, the reigning ACC Co-Offensive Player of the Week, took a solid shot on the right side from 20 yards in the sixth minute that was saved by FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller.

Cheyna Williams opened the scoring in the ninth minute, making a run down the right side as Kaycie Tillman gave her the ball about 25 yards out. Williams made a move and dribbled across the face of the defender to create space and took a shot from 10 yards that slipped inside the right post for a 1-0 Florida State lead.

The Panthers nearly tied it up a minute later as a shot from Jarena Harmon from 20 yards went just wide of the goal and nearly found the foot of Pryce who made an excellent run on the backside as the ball was approaching the end line.

Natalia Kuikka made it 2-0 FSU in the 34th minute after winning the ball following a Pitt goal kick near midfield and dribbling it down into the Seminole offensive end. She started along the left side and then forced her way into the middle of the field. Once she reached the top of the box, she changed directions to take a shot that beat Pitt goalkeeper Taylor Francis for FSU's second goal of the game.

The Noles extended the lead to 3-0 at 37:49 in the first half with a goal from Dallas Dorosy. Redshirt junior defender Kirsten Crowley started the scoring chance by finding Tillman on the right side who sent a cross through the box and past the keeper to the waiting Dorosy to put away from two yards out. It was Dorosy's second goal of the season.

FSU scored 55 seconds later on a goal by Berglind Thorvaldsdottir off a cross from Tillman. Again, Tillman found a seam down the right side and sent in a ball, connecting with Thorvaldsdottir at the top of the six-yard box. The redshirt junior's shot was blocked down by Pitt GK Francis, and Thorvaldsdottir easily scored on the rebound.

Florida State entered halftime with a 4-0 lead on the scoreboard, including three assists from Tillman. The three assists tied a school record for assists in the first half, matching Mami Yamaguchi's performance against Kennesaw State on November 16, 2007. The three assists for the game also tied a school record, a feat accomplished seven previous times, most recently against South Alabama in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament as Emma Koivisto and Megan Campbell each recorded three assists in the 5-0 victory.

The Noles controlled possession in the second half, allowing just one shot by Pitt, a strike from nearly 30 yards by Roosa Arvas that was easily saved by Miller.

Kuikka scored her second goal of the game in the 51st minute as a Pitt foul just outside the penalty box gave FSU a free kick opportunity. Freshman Megan Connolly served in a great ball that found the head of Kuikka, who finished it to give the Noles a 5-0 lead.

Thorvaldsdottir wrapped up the game with a goal at 89:52, heading home a ball from Dorosy on a great cross from the left side.

The Noles outshot Pitt 20-4 for the game and had a 7-2 advantage in corners. FSU has recorded eight shutouts this season, including three against ACC opponents (Duke, Notre Dame and Pitt). All three conference shutouts have come against teams either ranked or receiving votes in the NSCAA poll.

There were many excellent performances on Saturday afternoon as five different players earned multiple points for the game. Kuikka and Thorvaldsdottir each recorded four points with two goals each and the duo are tied with Williams for the team lead with five goals on the season. Tillman (three assists) and Dorosy (one goal and one assist) finished with three points for the game and Crowley earned two points on two assists.

Saturday's match was also part of FSU's annual Paint it Pink campaign to help raise awareness for breast cancer and raise funds for the Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. The Seminoles wore special pink jerseys which will be auctioned off at Seminoles.com and a $10 donation at the game gave fans a pink T-shirt.

"This is such a fantastic event, supporting a great cause," said Krikorian. "We're glad that the crowd came out to support it as well. It was nice to look around and see so much pink out here and everyone unified for a common cause.

"The little bit that we do here is important to us. We want to make it known that causes like this are important to us and we have mothers, sisters and daughters that have been challenged by this. I know our kids embrace the opportunity to support such a great cause."

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller              79  0   0  0  0                
MF   3 Megan Connolly             90  4   0  0  1                
F    5 Elin Jensen                46  1   0  0  0                
D    6 Megan Campbell             68  0   0  0  0                
MF   8 Michaela Hahn              71  1   0  0  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             77  1   0  0  3                
MF  14 Natalia Kuikka             72  3   2  2  0                
D   16 Carson Pickett             90  0   0  0  0                
F   19 Cheyna Williams            46  3   1  1  0        1       
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  0   0  0  2                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              73  0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     1 Caroline Brockmeier        11  0   0  0  0                
     2 Haylie Grant               19  0   0  0  0                
     4 Holly Fritz                18  1   0  0  0                
     7 Dallas Dorosy              37  1   1  1  1                
     9 Ari Hudson                 11  0   0  0  0                
    10 Berglind Thorvaldsdottir   51  5   4  2  0                
    15 Olivia Bergau              20  0   0  0  0                
    18 Macayla Edwards            22  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 20   8  6  7        1       
       Opp                        90  4   2  0  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               79:17  0    2  1       
Caroline Brockmeier         10:43  0    0          
Team                         0:00                 1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    2  1      1
Opp                         90:00  6    2    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.   8:14 FSU  Cheyna Williams           Kaycie Tillman            inside right post from 10 yards                                            
  2.  33:45 FSU  Natalia Kuikka                                      strike from 18 yards after dribbling ib from midfield                      
  3.  37:49 FSU  Dallas Dorosy             Kaycie Tillman            put away from 2 yards on cross from end line                               
                                           Kirsten Crowley
  4.  38:44 FSU  Berglind Thorvaldsdottir  Kaycie Tillman            initial shot saved and rebound put in net from 3 yards                     
  5.  50:55 FSU  Natalia Kuikka            Megan Connolly            header from 8 yards off free kick                                          
  6.  89:52 FSU  Berglind Thorvaldsdottir  Dallas Dorosy             header from 7 yards                                                        
                                           Kirsten Crowley


  1 2 Total
PITTSBURGH
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
4
2
6

FLORIDA STATE 4, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 0
10/08/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 2 Florida State Earns Ninth Shutout Of The Season.
The Seminoles recorded their third consecutive shutout and ninth of the year in a 4-0 win at home against NC State on Thursday night.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Winners of 18 straight home matches, which is tied for the second longest streak in school history, No. 2 Florida State (11-1-1, 4-0-1 ACC) recorded a 4-0 win over NC State (4-9-0, 0-4-0 ACC) on Thursday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex. It is the third shutout in a row for FSU, fourth against ACC opponents and ninth overall in 2015.

"After scoring a quick goal, I thought we continued to play well and create some very good chances," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "I think it is really important to stay aggressive, understanding that one goal may or may not be enough to hold up over the course of 90 minutes. NC State's defending and goalkeeper were quite good in keeping us off the board for a while in the first half and fortunately we were able to break through with a heck of a goal from Elin (Jensen)."

The Seminoles jumped on top of the Wolfpack right away as Michaela Hahn opened the scoring with a blast from 25 yards at 1:49. The play started as Natalia Kuikka found Carson Pickett down the left side and the senior defender passed it back into the middle of the field for Isabella Schmid. Schmid turned and passed to an open Hahn who struck the ball into the upper corner to give the Noles a 1-0 lead. It is the third game this season where the Seminoles have scored in the first two minutes of the match.

FSU nearly made it 2-0 in the 13th minute as Schmid made a great pass to flick the ball over the defender to Megan Connolly who ripped a shot on her first touch that ricocheted off the crossbar and over the goal.

In the 24th minute, Cheyna Williams received the ball out on the right side and slipped a great pass for Kuikka behind the defense, but the freshman couldn't quite make a play on the ball as NC State goalkeeper Sydney Wootten snatched it up.

The Noles broke through with their second goal of the match in the 35th minute on a score by Elin Jensen. Jensen made a great play near the end line to maintain possession and brought the ball back near the top of the box. Her cross was deflected by several NC State and FSU players and came back to her about 12 yards from the goal where freshman midfielder fired a shot that ended up in the back of the net. It was the fourth goal of the season for Jensen, and all have come in the last six games.

Florida State scored again at 41:47, stretching out the lead to 3-0 with a goal from Dallas Dorosy. Senior Megan Campbell sent the ball down the left side to Pickett who served an excellent ball into the box. Berglind Thorvaldsdottir looked like she would be able to make a play on the cross and drew the defenders to her, but she let the ball through to Dorosy on the back side who finished the play for her third goal of the season.

In the second half, FSU continued with the pressure, earning corner kicks and shots, but several were blocked or not on frame. Pickett sent in a great ball for Williams in the 59th minute, but her header went wide of the goal.

NC State had one of its best scoring chances in the 64th minute as Jenna Kalwa passed a ball near the top of the box for Caroline Gentry who made an impressive head pass to Jackie Stengel on the left side. Stengel got behind the FSU backline and took a shot from seven yards that FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller saved with her left foot as she went to the ground. Stengel collected the ball and took another shot from 12 yards on the left side that was saved by Miller and went over the end line for an NCSU corner.

On the corner, Kalwa sent in a quality ball but Miller again made a great play and jumped above the players to catch the ball before it could reach the heads of any NC State player and ended the threat.

Florida State scored its final goal following a rare play in the 67th minute. Williams started the sequence with a low shot from 20 yards on the right side of the field that was stopped by Wootten as she went to her knees. The rebound bounced out in front of her and FSU's Connolly and NC State's Alyson Brown each charged for the ball as Wootten got up and went after the ball.

Before Connolly could make a play, Brown intentionally kicked the ball back to her keeper Wootten who grabbed the ball with her hands, resulting in an indirect free kick for FSU from three yards out. Connolly and Schmid lined up for the kick as nearly the entire NC State team was on the end line in front of the goal. When the ref blew the whistle to resume play, Connolly lightly tapped the ball back and Schmid laced a shot up that went just under the crossbar and gave the Noles a 4-0 lead.

It was Schmid's third goal of the season and her first multi-point performance of 2015 as she ended with three points on a goal and an assist. Connolly's assist increased her team-high point total to 17 as she has recorded either a goal or an assist in nine of the 10 games she has played.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller              69  0   0  0  0                
F    3 Megan Connolly             69  4   0  0  1                
D    6 Megan Campbell             60  0   0  0  1                
MF   8 Michaela Hahn              71  1   1  1  0        1       
MF  11 Isabella Schmid            47  4   3  1  1                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             49  1   0  0  0                
MF  14 Natalia Kuikka             52  2   1  0  0                
D   16 Carson Pickett             75  2   1  0  2                
F   19 Cheyna Williams            49  5   2  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  0   0  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              45  1   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     1 Caroline Brockmeier        21  0   0  0  0                
     2 Haylie Grant               25  0   0  0  0                
     4 Holly Fritz                29  1   0  0  0                
     5 Elin Jensen                51  2   2  1  0                
     7 Dallas Dorosy              65  1   1  1  0                
     9 Ari Hudson                 15  1   0  0  0                
    10 Berglind Thorvaldsdottir   41  0   0  0  0                
    15 Olivia Bergau              23  1   0  0  0                
    18 Macayla Edwards            45  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 26  11  4  5        1       
       Opp                        90  5   3  0  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               68:43  0    2  1       
Caroline Brockmeier         21:17  0    1          
Team                         0:00                 1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    3  1      1
Opp                         90:00  4    7    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.   1:49 FSU  Michaela Hahn             Isabella Schmid           strike from 25 yards                                                       
                                           Carson Pickett
  2.  34:43 FSU  Elin Jensen                                         collected rebound from cross scored from 12 yards                          
  3.  41:47 FSU  Dallas Dorosy             Carson Pickett            put away from 8 yards off cross from left                                  
                                           Megan Campbell
  4.  67:04 FSU  Isabella Schmid           Megan Connolly            off free kick from 3 yards from NCS foul                                   


  1 2 Total
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
3
1
4

FLORIDA STATE 1, NORTH CAROLINA 0
10/11/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 2 Seminoles Shutout No. 1 North Carolina.
Florida State takes down top-ranked North Carolina, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon to extend its ACC unbeaten streak to 17 games.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - For the second time in program history, Florida State defeated the No. 1 team in the country, earning a 1-0 win over top-ranked North Carolina with a goal from Berglind Thorvaldsdottir in the 79th minute on Sunday afternoon at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The No. 2 Seminoles (12-1-1, 5-0-1 ACC) secured their 19th straight win at home and are unbeaten in their last 17 matches against ACC opponents, dating back to 2013.

The No. 1 Tar Heels fell to 11-2-1 on the season, 4-2-0 in conference play, and lost their second game in a row for just the eighth time in program history. Florida State has been a part of five of those back-to-back losses by UNC - Louisville and FSU (2015), Notre Dame and FSU (2013), Maryland and FSU (2011), Miami and FSU (2009) and FSU and Wake Forest (2000). Florida State also picked up its seventh win all-time over the Tar Heels. No other school has defeated UNC that many times.

"Overall, our performance was very solid," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "We limited the number of chances they had at our goal and I thought that in the first half we had some very good looks. To play a team of that quality and find a way to win, it is satisfying."

The match opened much like you would expect in a clash of two of the top teams in the country. Both teams made offensive pushes but each defense would shut down every opportunity. Despite an up-tempo, back-and-forth battle to start the game, neither team was able to take a shot until UNC's Jessie Scarpa kicked one on goal at 10:26 that was saved by FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller.

North Carolina continued to find openings over the next few minutes, with headers from Scarpa and Alex Kimball, but neither were on goal.

The Seminoles broke through the UNC defense in the 16th minute with a flurry of offensive action. Freshman Megan Connolly ripped a pair of shots that were blocked by a UNC defender and Cheyna Williams collected the rebound and her shot was blocked away for a corner. The ensuing corner from Carson Pickett was headed by Megan Campbell but couldn't get through the UNC backline as it was blocked as well.

FSU continued the offensive pressure, tallying several shots from Isabella Schmid, Michaela Hahn, Connolly and Williams. An FSU corner in the 31st minute from Connolly found Kirsten Crowley at the top of the six-yard box and her header went off the crossbar and Thorvaldsdottir's follow-up shot went just wide of the goal.

The UNC defense and goalkeeping was stout as starter Bryane Heaberlin was active in the penalty box, leaping and catching numerous corners and long throw-ins as the Tar Heels were able to stifle the offensive threat of Campbell's throw. The Noles closed out the first half with a 12-5 lead in shots and a 4-1 lead in corner kicks.

"We certainly hoped we'd be able to get some opportunities in and around the penalty box," said Krikorian. "At different times we were able to break their pressure and find players that were open and in good positions. Fortunately, we were able to find the game-winner in the second half."

The second half began much like the first, with each team threatening an offensive push and the opposing defenses collapsing to protect and take possession. North Carolina substituted Lindsey Harris in goal for Heaberlin for the final 45 minutes.

A yellow card to UNC's Katie Bowen at 57:54 gave the Noles a great scoring chance with a free kick from 20 yards out. Connolly's strike was saved by Harris on a diving stop and Natalia Kuikka was able to get a foot on the rebound, but her shot was also saved by the UNC keeper.

The Seminoles scored the eventual game-winner in the 79th minute with a goal from Thorvaldsdottir. A drop kick from FSU goalkeeper Miller bounced over the UNC backline and found the redshirt junior forward who struck a shot on her first touch into the left side of the net to give the Noles the decisive goal in a 1-0 victory.

"Cassie punted the ball and it got through and a lot of things ran through my mind," said Thorvaldsdottir. "'Should I chip it over, should I get closer?', but I guess I made the right choice. It felt so good. They are a physical team, but I think we matched them well and it was a good game. It felt really good to score the goal."

The goal was Thorvaldsdottir's six of the season, and Miller's assist was the first of her career and the first assist from an FSU goalkeeper since Kelsey Wys was involved on a goal by Thorvaldsdottir at Duke in a 2-1 win on September 15, 2013.

"We were solid today, starting from the top all the way to the back, I thought we played well," said Miller. "It was a team effort for sure."

North Carolina pressed to find the equalizer, earning a shot from Abby Elinsky and a corner by Alexa Newfield, but the Florida State defense held strong yet again as the Noles recorded their 10th shutout of the season. FSU has allowed just one goal - an own goal against Clemson - over the last 898:37 of the season, dating back to September 4.

"Cassie Miller continues to distinguish herself among the best goalkeepers in the country," added Krikorian. "It was a heck of a kick, and a well-timed run by Berglind and a class finish. You couldn't script it any better in that regard."

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller              90  0   0  0  1                
F    3 Megan Connolly             90  4   1  0  0                
D    6 Megan Campbell             90  1   0  0  0                
MF   8 Michaela Hahn              90  2   0  0  0                
MF  11 Isabella Schmid            68  1   0  0  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             90  0   0  0  0                
MF  14 Natalia Kuikka             90  1   1  0  0                
D   16 Carson Pickett             90  0   0  0  0                
F   19 Cheyna Williams            62  2   1  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  1   0  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              90  1   1  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     5 Elin Jensen                22  0   0  0  0                
    10 Berglind Thorvaldsdottir   28  2   1  1  0        1       
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 15   5  1  1        1       
       Opp                        90 10   2  0  0  1             

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               90:00  0    2  1      1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    2  1      1
Opp                         90:00  1    4    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  78:16 FSU  Berglind Thorvaldsdottir  Cassie Miller             shot from 15 yards off drop kick from GK Miller                            


  1 2 Total
NORTH CAROLINA
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
0
1
1

FLORIDA STATE 3, LOUISVILLE 1
10/17/2015, LOUISVILLE, KY

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 1 Seminoles Stay Unbeaten In ACC Play.
Florida State earned a 3-1 victory at Louisville on Saturday night.

LOUISVILLE, KY - Pushing its school record winning streak to 18 games, No. 1 Florida State (13-1-1, 6-0-1 ACC) recorded a 3-1 victory at Louisville (7-6-2, 3-3-1 ACC) on Saturday night. Three goals in the first 13 minutes paced the Florida State offense as the Seminoles won their sixth game in a row.

"There were times during the course of the game that I thought we played very well, but there were also times during the game that I thought our level dropped off significantly," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "We've been pretty consistent from start to finish in most of our games, but today I thought we were quite inconsistent. But anytime you go on the road in the ACC and can get three points, you have to feel good about that."

The Seminoles attacked from the opening kick, pressuring the Louisville defense with three corners in the opening five minutes, as well shots from Natalia Kuikka and Megan Campbell.

Florida State finally found the back of the net in the eighth minute on a goal from Megan Connolly, her fifth of the season. Campbell started the scoring chance with a long ball down the left side to Carson Pickett who created space in front of her defender to send in a quality ball to Connolly. The Irish forward shot it past the Louisville goalkeeper Taylor Bucklin to give the Noles a 1-0 lead.

Chenya Williams made it 2-0 Florida State in the 11th minute as she scored a loose ball in the box for her sixth goal of the season. Pickett chipped in a high cross to Connolly by the far post, but the Louisville defense was able to knock the ball away. Williams stepped in and was able to get a shot on the loose ball and put it into the back of the net.

FSU earned its fourth corner of the match in the 13th minute and Connolly's perfect service extended the FSU lead to 3-0 as she found fellow Irishwoman Campbell close to the near post and her header redirected the ball toward the far post and into the back of the net for a 3-0 Florida State lead.

The Cardinals had a great scoring chance in the 19th minute with a shot from Aubrey Baker that was saved by Cassie Miller. On the ensuing corner kick, UofL's Inger Katrine Bjerke took a shot that sailed over the goal.

Connolly nearly had her second goal of the game in the 26th minute as she received a cross from Pickett, but her header ricocheted off the crossbar and was cleared by the Louisville defense.

Florida State took a 3-0 lead into the half and also held a 9-2 advantage in shots and a 5-1 lead in corners.

In the second half, FSU played more deliberately and worked to extend the possession as Louisville increased its offensive pressure to get back in the game.

The Irish pair of Connolly and Campbell almost produced a goal in the 53rd minute, but Campbell's header bounced low and into the hands of the goalkeeper Bucklin.

There was only one shot in the game from either team from the 61st minute until 77:24 when Louisville got on the board with a goal from Jill Vetere. The Cardinals took a quick throw-in that bounced over Crowley and landed around the feet of Vetere and FSU GK Miller. The scramble for possession was won by Vetere as she put the ball in the net to cut the FSU lead to 3-1.

The goal by Louisville snapped an FSU consecutive scoreless streak of 503:39, dating back to an own goal against Clemson on September 24, which is the fifth longest streak in school history. Earlier this season, the Noles posted a stretch of 472:40 without allowing a goal from September 4 to 24.

Louisville continued to possess the ball in its offensive end for much of the remainder of regulation and Caroline Kimble's shot in the 84th minute went just high of the goal. Florida State was able to close out the victory and secure its 13th win of the season.

"I don't know if we've played better than we did in the first 15 minutes with very good movement, very good passing and good attacking to create good chances," said Krikorian. "Then Louisville came back into the game and I don't think we put in a full 90 minute performance today. We got stung there at the end with a goal, and quite honestly could have given up another goal."

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller              90  0   0  0  0                
F    3 Megan Connolly             74  3   2  1  1                
D    6 Megan Campbell             79  3   2  1  1                
MF   8 Michaela Hahn              90  2   0  0  0                
MF  11 Isabella Schmid            67  3   1  0  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             69  0   0  0  0                
MF  14 Natalia Kuikka             71  3   1  0  0                
D   16 Carson Pickett             90  0   0  0  1                
F   19 Cheyna Williams            48  1   1  1  0        1       
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  1   1  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              90  0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     4 Holly Fritz                10  0   0  0  0                
     5 Elin Jensen                40  0   0  0  0                
     7 Dallas Dorosy              29  0   0  0  0                
    10 Berglind Thorvaldsdottir   42  0   0  0  0                
    18 Macayla Edwards            11  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 16   8  3  3        1       
       Opp                        90  6   3  1  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               90:00  1    2  1       
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  1    2  1       
Opp                         90:00  3    5    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.   7:21 FSU  Megan Connolly            Megan Campbell            off a cross in front of the goal                                           
                                           Carson Pickett
  2.  10:53 FSU  Cheyna Williams                                     off a deflection                                                           
  3.  12:07 FSU  Megan Campbell            Megan Connolly            off a corner kick                                                          
  4.  77:24 Opp  Opponent                                            off a scramble in the box                                                  


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
3
0
3
LOUISVILLE
0
1
1

FLORIDA STATE 0, VIRGINIA TECH 0
10/22/2015, BLACKSBURG, VA, 2 OT

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 1 Seminoles Draw At No. 7 Virginia Tech.
Florida State extends its ACC unbeaten streak to 19 games with a 0-0 (2 OT) draw at Virginia Tech on Thursday night.

BLACKSBURG, VA – After 110 hard-fought minutes, No. 1 Florida State (13-1-2, 6-0-2 ACC) and No. 7 Virginia Tech (13-2-2, 5-2-1 ACC) finished in a 0-0 (2 OT) draw on October 22 at Thompson Field. It was the second overtime game for Florida State this season as the Noles earned a 0-0 (2 OT) draw at Duke on September 20.

The draw extended Florida State’s unbeaten streak in ACC play to 19 games (16-0-3) and improves the Noles’ all-time series record with the Hokies to 15-0-2.

“Virginia Tech is such a good team, front to back,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “They are organized, disciplined and they play hard. They are dangerous. That’s a good team that we just played.”

The first half was a tight battle between Florida State and Virginia Tech. The Seminoles held a 6-2 lead in shots and a 2-1 advantage in corners, but none were able to find the back of the net.

The best scoring chance for FSU came in the 13th minute as a foul by VT’s Jordan Coburn on Cheyna Williams in the box set up a penalty kick. FSU was unable to convert the PK as the shot bounced off the left post and away from the goal.

The Noles added some scoring chances later in the first half as Kaycie Tillman slipped in a ball for Williams who took a shot in the 22nd minute that was saved away by the VT goalkeeper Kaylyn Smith, but there were no FSU players able to play the rebound. Williams and Tillman paired up again in the 24th minute as Tillman received a nice pass from Williams but her shot sailed wide of the net.

Kirsten Crowley took a pair of shots in the 33rd and 36th minutes but couldn’t get them past VT’s Smith.

The match was physical for nearly the entire game and Virginia Tech ended up with three yellow cards. The first one was shown to Alia Abu El Hawa at 37:05 in the first half, while Kallie Peurifoy (53:31) and Morgan Conklin (69:27) earned theirs in the second half.

The second half saw Virginia Tech have several scoring chances as they outshot the Noles 7-3 in the second 45 minutes. VT’s Candace Cephers hit the crossbar with a shot at 55:30 and Murielle Tiernan’s shot at 71:19 sailed high.

The FSU defense stood tall during a trio of Virginia Tech corner kicks in the 72nd and 73rd minutes, limiting the Hokies to only one shot that went wide of the goal.

In the first overtime, VT outshot the Noles 3-2, including one that went off the crossbar by Alani Johnson at 93:25. Defensively, FSU’s Crowley made a great tackle to stop a Virginia Tech scoring chance in the 95th minute. The Noles nearly ended the game in the 99th minute as Megan Connolly found a seam in the box but was unable to control the ball on a leaping header attempt that went wide.

Shots by Carson Pickett and Michaela Hahn were the only shot attempts from either team in the second overtime but neither were on frame as the match ended in a 0-0 draw. The Noles narrowly outshot the Hokies 13-12, though only one VT shot was on goal while FSU had six shots on goal.

“It’s a small margin between putting the ball in the net and missing, and today we didn’t put the ball in the net,” added Krikorian. “We had a couple of good looks, they had a couple of good looks, but neither team was able to break the ice, and it ended up 0-0.

“Overall, I thought it was a good solid defensive performance. I would have liked to see a little more possession out of our group at times, or patience in the attack, but it isn’t easy to come here and play against such a good team and in front of a great crowd on a beautiful night. This is a tough road trip for us.”

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller             110  0   0  0  0                
MF   3 Megan Connolly            110  2   0  0  0                
F    5 Elin Jensen                94  0   0  0  0                
MF   7 Dallas Dorosy              99  0   0  0  0                
MF   8 Michaela Hahn             110  1   0  0  0                
D   11 Isabella Schmid           101  1   1  0  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman            104  1   0  0  0                
D   16 Carson Pickett            110  2   1  0  0                
D   18 Macayla Edwards           110  0   0  0  0                
F   19 Cheyna Williams            68  3   2  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley           110  3   2  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     4 Holly Fritz                22  0   0  0  0                
    10 Berglind Thorvaldsdottir   39  0   0  0  0                
    15 Olivia Bergau              20  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                       110 13   6  0  0                
       Opp                       110 12   1  0  0  3             

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller              110:00  0    1      1  1
                          =========================
FSU                        110:00  0    1      1  1
Opp                        110:00  0    6      1  1
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================


  1 2 OT O2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
0
0
0
VIRGINIA TECH
0
0
0
0
0

VIRGINIA 1, FLORIDA STATE 0
10/25/2015, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 1 FSU Falls At No. 2 Virginia.
The Seminoles lost their first conference match since 2013 in a 1-0 defeat on the road at Virginia.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – For the second time in 2015, Florida State played in a match between the two top teams in the country. Unlike the first game which saw then-No. 2 FSU upset North Carolina 1-0, the No. 1 Seminoles (13-2-2, 6-1-2 ACC) were defeated 1-0 on Sunday afternoon at No. 2 Virginia (13-1-1, 7-1-0 ACC).

The loss snapped FSU’s 19-game ACC unbeaten streak as the last time the Noles lost a conference match was on October 27, 2013 in a 1-0 overtime defeat at Virginia.

“Overall, our kids gave a pretty courageous effort,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “We just came off playing a very good team in Virginia Tech and our kids battled as hard as can be against a quality team. We knew coming in here that Virginia is a very good team and they were every bit as good as we’d expect them to be.”

Virginia took the lead in the 30th minute on an extended play that was started by UVA’s Veronica Latsko. Latsko made a run down the left side and shot a ball that went off the right post. Makenzy Doniak followed the play and her shot was blocked by FSU’s Kirsten Crowley who was on the end line, protecting the goal.

Crowley was issued a red card as the referee judged that she deliberately handled the ball and was ejected. Alexis Shaffer converted the resulting penalty kick to give Virginia a 1-0 lead. Crowley will also have to sit out of FSU’s next game against Boston College on November 1.

“If the referee got it right, then credit to him, he made the right choice,” said Krikorian. “If he got it wrong, then he ruined a good game. It’s as simple as that. If in fact it wasn’t a handball, it is too bad because there is another penalty that comes along with a red card in that you have to miss another game. In some ways, I hope it was a legitimate handball and red card as the penalty will fit the crime.”

Virginia used the man advantage to hold a 9-2 lead in shots in the first half, as Florida State managed scoring opportunities on a shot by Elin Jensen in the 10th minute and Megan Connolly in the 31st minute.

The Seminoles played the remainder of the match with only 10 players and battled to the very last whistle. Cheyna Williams gave FSU a chance in the 70th minute as Michaela Hahn found her behind the UVA back line, but Williams’ controlling touch as she entered the box was too far in front and allowed UVA goalkeeper Morgan Stearns to secure possession.

Berglind Thorvaldsdottir entered the game for Williams in the 71st minute and Williams re-entered in the 80th minute for defender Macayla Edwards as the Noles went with two forwards to try and find the equalizer.

The extra attacker sparked the Seminole offense as in the 81st and 82nd minute the Noles were able to earn two corner kicks, but did not register a shot.

Virginia made a counter-attack in the 84th minute and FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller made two impressive saves on shots by Latsko to keep the game at 1-0.

The Seminoles had their best chance to tie the match at 83:54 when Thorvaldsdottir sent a long cross to the far post. Jensen made a great run behind the UVA defense and was able to get a head on the ball about four yards away from the goal. Her redirection went just wide of the post and UVA hung on for the final six minutes to earn the 1-0 victory.

“For our kids to hang in there as long as we did down a player and keep the game at 0-1 and create a chance at the end that we were hoping and playing for, it was a great effort,” added Krikorian. “But you have to finish those chances because there won’t be many of them.”

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller              90  0   0  0  0                
MF   3 Megan Connolly             90  2   0  0  0                
F    5 Elin Jensen                90  2   0  0  0                
MF   7 Dallas Dorosy              89  0   0  0  0                
MF   8 Michaela Hahn              90  0   0  0  0                
D   11 Isabella Schmid            90  0   0  0  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             90  1   0  0  0                
D   16 Carson Pickett             90  0   0  0  0                
D   18 Macayla Edwards            80  0   0  0  0                
F   19 Cheyna Williams            59  0   0  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            29  0   0  0  0     1          
       ---Substitutes---
     2 Haylie Grant                2  0   0  0  0                
    10 Berglind Thorvaldsdottir   41  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90  5   0  0  0     1          
       Opp                        90 19   8  1  0        1       

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               90:00  1    7    1     
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  1    7    1     
Opp                         90:00  0    0  1      1
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  29:13 Opp  Opponent                                            penalty kick                                                               


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
0
VIRGINIA
1
0
1

FLORIDA STATE 2, BOSTON COLLEGE 2
11/01/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL, 2 OT

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 3 Seminoles Earn A Draw On Senior Day.
Florida State and Boston College battled to a 2-2 draw on Sunday to wrap up the 2015 regular season.

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Closing out the 2015 regular season, No. 3 Florida State (13-2-3, 6-1-3 ACC) and Boston College (11-6-2, 5-3-2 ACC) battled for 110 minutes to a 2-2 draw on Sunday afternoon at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The Seminoles extended their home unbeaten streak to 20 games with the draw and have not lost at home since September 5, 2014.

Florida State’s six seniors – Megan Campbell, Michaela Hahn, Carson Pickett, Isabella Schmid, Berglind Thorvaldsdottir and Cheyna Williams – were honored prior to the match as they have helped lead the Noles to a record of 80-9-7 during their time at FSU.

“We know that Boston College is a good team and opportunistic,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “When you give them opportunities, they are going to take advantage of them, so credit to them. We had a lot of good looks and a lot of good chances. We were a little off-balance at times, trying to rush things and people trying to do too much by themselves. Not good enough today.”

The first half was back and forth for most of the first 15 minutes as each team was trying to find holes in the opponent’s defense. FSU’s freshmen Natalia Kuikka and Megan Connolly each were able to get early shots as Kuikka’s strike in the 11th minute was blocked while Connolly took shots in the fifth and 22nd minute which were wide of the goal.

The Noles opened the scoring in the 25th minute as a shot from Kuikka was saved away by BC goalkeeper Alexis Bryant for a corner kick. Connolly’s corner found Kuikka inside the box and her shot was saved and kicked away for a team save by BC’s Hayley Dowd.

The ball went out to Kaycie Tillman who passed it back in to Elin Jensen who finished it in the back of the net to give the Noles a 1-0 lead. It was Jensen’s fifth goal of the season and the fifth assist for Tillman.

Boston College earned another team save in the 35th minute as Berglind Thorvaldsdottir’s strike was stopped by Madison Meehan on what was a great scoring opportunity for FSU.

The second half got off to a quick offensive start as Kuikka nearly headed in a goal at 46:06 that hit the left post.

Boston College tied the game at 1-1 in the 48th minute when Dowd intercepted a pass in the FSU defensive end and created a one-on-one opportunity with her and FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller. Dowd laced a ball and scored for the 12th time this season to square the game at 1-1.

The Noles continued to be aggressive as shots from Williams and Kuikka were saved by BC’s Bryant in the 49th and 54th minute, respectively. Kuikka again headed a ball off the post at 53:55 as she tried to redirect the ball following a corner kick from Pickett.

Florida State earned a trio of corners around the 64th minute as well as the 83rd minute, but were unable to take a shot in any of the opportunities. The Noles ended with a total of 15 corner.

Connolly gave FSU the lead in the 86th minute after Kuikka restarted play with a throw-in to the feet of Williams. The senior forward found the freshman near the center of the box and Connolly collected the ball and struck a solid kick for her sixth goal of the season.

Boston College found the equalizer less than a minute later as a defensive takedown in the box awarded the Eagles with a penalty kick. BC’s McKenzie Meehan converted the PK at 86:10 to make it 2-2 as the match went to overtime.

The first overtime was all Florida State as the Noles registered three shots, including one on goal by Williams in the 95th minute, but the match continued into the second overtime.

FSU earned four shots in the second overtime, but only Tillman’s strike in the 106th minute was on frame and was saved by BC’s Bryant. Boston College managed two shots and two corners in the final 10 minutes, but neither team was able to secure the golden goal and the match ended in a 2-2 draw.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller             110  0   0  0  0                
MF   3 Megan Connolly            110  5   1  1  0                
F    5 Elin Jensen                97  4   1  1  0                
MF   8 Michaela Hahn             110  1   0  0  0                
D   11 Isabella Schmid           110  0   0  0  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman            110  2   1  0  1                
MF  14 Natalia Kuikka            110  7   3  0  1                
D   16 Carson Pickett            110  1   1  0  0                
D   18 Macayla Edwards           110  0   0  0  0                
F   19 Cheyna Williams            74  5   2  0  1                
D   23 Emma Koivisto             110  0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     7 Dallas Dorosy              13  0   0  0  0                
    10 Berglind Thorvaldsdottir   36  1   1  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                       110 26  10  2  3                
       Opp                       110  8   4  2  0  1             

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller              110:00  2    2      1   
                          =========================
FSU                        110:00  2    2      1   
Opp                        110:00  2    8      1   
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  24:46 FSU  Elin Jensen               Kaycie Tillman            finish from 3 yards                                                        
  2.  47:20 Opp  Opponent                                            shot from 12 yards                                                         
  3.  85:16 FSU  Megan Connolly            Natalia Kuikka            shot from 12 yards                                                         
                                           Cheyna Williams
  4.  86:10 Opp  Opponent                                            penalty kick                                                               


  1 2 Total
BOSTON COLLEGE
0
2
2
FLORIDA STATE
1
1
2

FLORIDA STATE 2, NORTH CAROLINA 1
11/06/2015, ACC, Cary, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Advances To ACC Championship Game
The No. 4 Seminoles defeated No. 8 North Carolina, 2-1, to reach the 2015 ACC Championship Game.

CARY, NC - For the fourth time in the last five years, the Florida State soccer team will compete for the ACC Championship after the No. 4 Seminoles (14-2-3) secured a 2-1 victory over No. 8 North Carolina (14-4-1) on Friday night at the WakeMed Soccer Park. Senior forward Cheyna Williams scored both goals for the Seminoles as FSU increased its record to 9-1-1 in the ACC tournament since 2011.

The Seminoles will play in the ACC Championship Game for the third straight season and ninth time in program history. Florida State has won three of the last four ACC titles, securing victories in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

It is FSU's seventh straight match against UNC without a loss, as the Seminoles are 6-0-1 versus the Tar Heels, dating back to 2011. The victory is also FSU's eighth all-time against UNC, which is the most victories of any school against North Carolina.

The first half saw several scoring chances for both sides, as Florida State held a narrow lead in shots, 6-5, through the first 45 minutes. However, all six of the shots from the Noles were on frame, while UNC entered halftime with zero shots on goal.

The most important shot on goal for FSU came off the head of Williams in the 23rd minute to give the Seminoles a 1-0 lead. Isabella Schmid got the play started as she found Natalia Kuikka out wide on the left. Kuikka set up and sent a sharp cross into the middle of the box and Williams leaped over the scrum and redirected the ball into the net for her seventh goal of the season.

UNC threatened with a few shots that narrowly missed the goal throughout the first half. Jessie Scarpa battled for possession and had a one-on-one opportunity in the eighth minute, but her shot went high. Summer Green took a shot in the 15th minute from the top of the box that flew over the goal and Alex Kimball's blast in the 43rd minute just went above the crossbar.

"The spacing and possession play for much of the first half was pretty good, but I thought we left that space in front of our back line too open, too often," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "And Carolina has so many good players and so many good athletes that if you are not absorbing some of the pressure, then you are going to have problems. I thought at times they came at us in waves and were very dangerous."

North Carolina tied the game shortly after the second half got underway, with a free kick from Alexa Newfield in the 49th minute. An FSU foul just outside the penalty box gave the Tar Heels a free kick opportunity. Newfield drilled a shot that was deflected into the goal to make it 1-1.

It was the first time that FSU had given up a goal to a ranked team in the second half or over time in nearly a year. It had been 13 games and over 628 minutes of game time since the last goal allowed by FSU after halftime - a 90th minute score by No. 10 Notre Dame in the ACC semifinal on November 7, 2014.

Williams put the Noles on top in the 66th minute as she and Kuikka combined again for an FSU goal. A UNC passing error near midfield allowed Kuikka to earn possession and send a long ball to Williams who was making a run down the right side. The senior from Hampton, Ga., collected the pass and struck a shot from just inside the box that beat the UNC goalkeeper Lindsey Harris and gave the Noles a 2-1 lead.

It was Williams' first two-goal game since December 5, 2014 when she scored both goals of a 2-0 victory over Stanford in the semifinal of the College Cup. She has four multi-goal games in her career.

"I'd say it was a little different, because it is later in the season, and we were able to put the pieces together a little better," said Williams, on if this game was different than their earlier regular season matchup. "But they are still the same UNC team. They come out hard every time. It was definitely a battle."

North Carolina continued to pressure down the stretch, but quality saves from Cassie Miller and clearances from Michaela Hahn and Carson Pickett limited the UNC attack and preserved the lead. The Noles and Tar Heels ended the match tied with 15 shots apiece, while FSU recorded 11 shots on goal to UNC's four.

Florida State will take on No. 1 Virginia (16-1-1) for the second-straight year in ACC final, defeating the Cavaliers 1-0 in 2014. Virginia won the regular season matchup against the Noles, 1-0, earlier this season on October 25 as a PK by Alexis Shaffer in the 30th minute was the only goal scored in the game. Virginia defeated Clemson, 5-0, in the other semifinal earlier in the night.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller              90  0   0  0  0                
MF   3 Megan Connolly             90  4   4  0  0                
D    6 Megan Campbell             90  0   0  0  0                
MF   8 Michaela Hahn              90  1   1  0  0                
MF  11 Isabella Schmid            90  1   1  0  1                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             68  0   0  0  0                
MF  14 Natalia Kuikka             90  1   1  0  2                
D   16 Carson Pickett             90  2   1  0  0                
F   19 Cheyna Williams            56  4   3  2  0        1       
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  0   0  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              90  1   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     5 Elin Jensen                22  0   0  0  0  1             
    10 Berglind Thorvaldsdottir   34  1   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 15  11  2  3  1     1       
       Opp                        90 15   4  1  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               90:00  1    3  1       
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  1    3  1       
Opp                         90:00  2    9    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  22:37 FSU  Cheyna Williams           Isabella Schmid           header from 9 yards                                                        
                                           Natalia Kuikka
  2.  48:19 Opp  Opponent                                            free kick deflects into left side                                          
  3.  65:13 FSU  Cheyna Williams           Natalia Kuikka            strike from about 18 yards                                                 


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
1
1
2
NORTH CAROLINA
0
1
1

FLORIDA STATE 2, VIRGINIA 2
11/08/2015, 2OT, 7-6 PK, Florida State wins, ACC Championship, Cary, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Three In A Row! Florida State Wins 2015 ACC Championship.
The No. 4 Seminoles defeated No. 1 Virginia, 2-2 (7-6 PKs), on Sunday afternoon for their third straight conference title.

CARY, NC – Another game with Virginia, another match that is decided on one ball in the back of the net. After ending regulation tied at 2-2, along with a scoreless pair of 10 minute overtimes, the 2015 ACC Championship was decided on penalty kicks with No. 4 Florida State (14-2-4) triumphing over No. 1 Virginia (16-1-2) by a score of 7-6 in the shootout. Berglind Thorvaldsdottir’s PK conversion secured FSU’s fourth ACC Championship and third in row.

It was the sixth straight match against Virginia that was decided by one goal, dating back to 2013, with three 1-0 victories by the Seminoles and two 1-0 wins by the Cavaliers. It was also the first overtime match in the ACC final since 2011 when Florida State and Wake Forest played to a 1-1 draw and the Noles won the title on PKs, 3-1.

Florida State placed four players on the 2015 ACC All-Tournament Team – Cheyna Williams, Megan Connolly, Kirsten Crowley, and ACC Tournament MVP Natalia Kuikka.

“We looked at this as a very challenging weekend, it wasn’t just about today,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “We know Virginia is an excellent team and we saw that today. We came out here and battled hard. The goal was to compete and give ourselves a chance in the end, and I think we did that.

“Virginia is an excellent program. (Coach Swanson) and his staff do a great job with their kids and they are going to make a heck of a run in the NCAA Tournament. Who knows, maybe we’ll see these guys again.”

Virginia had two quality chances from Makenzy Doniak in the early going as she had a shot in the 7th minute that was saved by FSU’s Cassie Miller, as well as a chance in the 10th minute where she made a run down the left and received a pass from Courtney Petersen to create a one-on-one opportunity. Her shot from 10 yards out sailed wide of the goal to the right.

The Seminoles opened the scoring in the 12th minute as Natalia Kuikka picked up a loose ball after an FSU pass was redirected by Virginia’s Doniak. Kuikka dribbled toward the top of the box and fired a shot near the left post and into the back of the net to give the Seminoles a 1-0 lead. It was the sixth goal of the season for Kuikka.

Virginia tied the game in the 32nd minute following a corner opportunity. When the initial corner kick was blocked away, UVA’s Tina Iordanou collected the ball out wide on the left and sent in a cross to Betsy Brandon.

Brandon’s header went toward the right post, but was saved away by the head of Michaela Hahn. The ball remained in the six-yard box and was headed by Doniak up and into the crossbar. It came right back to Doniak who headed it down into a group of Seminoles and Cavaliers in front of the goal line. Doniak stabbed in with her foot and poked the ball across the line to tie the match at, 1-1.

After the first 45 minutes, the match remained tied at 1-1 as Virginia held an 8-5 lead in shots and FSU led 4-3 in corner kicks.

The Seminoles took back the lead in the 55th minute on a play that looked much like Virginia’s goal earlier in the game. Carson Pickett sent in a corner kick that found Kirsten Crowley on the far post. Crowley’s header was on frame, but was blocked away at the lost moment.

Megan Campbell got her head on the rebound, but it could not get through the UVA defense, but it bounced back out to Crowley who kicked it home to give the Noles a 2-1 lead.

Virginia continued to battle and found the equalizer in the 67th minute off the foot of Doniak. Megan Cox had the ball out on the right and kicked it in to Veronica Latsko at the top of the box. Latsko slipped it to Doniak who kicked it past Miller to tie the game at 2-2.

After two scoreless 10 minute overtimes, the match would be determined on penalty kicks. Each team sent five players up for the kicks, and if the shootout remained tied, it moves to a sudden victory format.

Florida State sent Carson Pickett, Megan Connolly, Michaela Hahn, Megan Campbell and captain Kirsten Crowley out for the penalties and all five converted their shots. Virginia’s quintet of Kristen McNabb, Kalli Torres, Alexis Shaffer, Emily Sonnett and Makenzy Doniak also were perfect on their penalty kick attempts.

In the sudden victory portion, UVA’s Betsy Brandon and Cheyna Williams each scored on their attempt in the sixth round. Opening round seven, UVA’s Meghan Cox lined up a shot to the left that was stopped by FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller, setting the stage for Berglind Thorvaldsdottir. The redshirt junior from Iceland struck a great ball into the back of the net to win the shootout and secure the ACC Championship.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller             110  0   0  0  0                
MF   3 Megan Connolly            110  1   0  0  0           1   1
D    6 Megan Campbell            110  2   0  0  0           1   1
MF   8 Michaela Hahn             110  1   1  0  0           1   1
MF  11 Isabella Schmid           104  1   0  0  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             89  0   0  0  0                
MF  14 Natalia Kuikka            110  1   1  1  0                
D   16 Carson Pickett            110  1   0  0  0           1   1
F   19 Cheyna Williams            76  1   0  0  0           1   1
D   22 Kirsten Crowley           110  2   2  1  0           1   1
D   23 Emma Koivisto             110  0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     5 Elin Jensen                21  0   0  0  0                
     7 Dallas Dorosy               6  1   0  0  0                
    10 Berglind Thorvaldsdottir   34  0   0  0  0           1   1
                          =======================================
11     FSU                       110 11   4  2  0           7   7
       Opp                       110 17   6  2  2           6   7

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller              110:00  2    4      1   
                          =========================
FSU                        110:00  2    4      1   
Opp                        110:00  2    2      1   
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  11:33 FSU  Natalia Kuikka                                      shot from 18 yards off turnover                                            
  2.  31:55 Opp  Opponent                                            header around the goal                                                     
  3.  54:26 FSU  Kirsten Crowley                                     shot after rebound                                                         
  4.  66:02 Opp  Opponent                  Opponent                  tapped from center of the box, shot from 10 yards                          
                                           Opponent

Penalty Kicks
Opponent                    Good
Carson Pickett              Good
Opponent                    Good
Megan Connolly              Good
Opponent                    Good
Michaela Hahn               Good
Opponent                    Good
Megan Campbell              Good
Opponent                    Good
Kirsten Crowley             Good
Opponent                    Good
Cheyna Williams             Good
Opponent                    No Good
Berglind Thorvaldsdottir    Good


  1 2 OT O2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
1
1
0
0
2
VIRGINIA
1
1
0
0
2

FLORIDA STATE 3, EVANSVILLE 0
11/13/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL, NCAA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 2 Florida State Shuts Out Evansville.
The Seminoles earned a 3-0 victory over the Purple Aces in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship on Friday night.

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Opening the 2015 postseason much like they ended in 2014, No. 2 Florida State (15-2-4) recorded a 3-0 shutout of Evansville (6-11-3) on Friday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship. It is the seventh consecutive shutout for the Noles in the NCAA postseason and they have not allowed a goal since the 2013 College Cup.

Berglind Thorvaldsdottir scored two goals for her first multi-goal game in the NCAA tournament and the seventh of her career. Fellow Iceland native Elin Jensen assisted on both Thorvaldsdottir goals to increase her season total to four.

“Evansville did great, didn’t they?” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “They came in here and followed their game plan and battled and competed and gave us everything we could handle. I think that group certainly has earned even more respect than we had for them – and we had a whole lot of respect for them coming in the door. Very well coached team, their kids are very disciplined and I think they represented their school and their conference in a fantastic way.”

The Noles put Evansville under pressure from the first whistle, but the defense of the Purple Aces made it difficult for FSU to find quality scoring chances early on as many shots were blocked or went wide of the goal.

Megan Connolly’s first shot of the game nearly became the first goal of the game as her strike from the top of the penalty box in the 15th minute deflected off an Evansville defender and ricocheted off the post and into the hands of UE goalkeeper Whitney Biggs.

Biggs made a great save less than two minutes later as Kirsten Crowley’s header from a Connolly corner kick was sharply directed on frame, but Biggs was properly positioned for the save and kept the game scoreless.

Connolly did find the back of the net in the 31st minute to open the scoring on a free kick from 25 yards. The freshman from Ireland was fouled by Evansville’s Jordin Campbell outside the box to set up the direct kick and Connolly served a ball over the wall and into the net to give FSU a 1-0 lead.

It was Connolly’s seventh goal of the season as she leads the team with 24 points, along with 10 assists.

UE goalkeeper Biggs continued to make some nice plays to hold the FSU offense at bay. In the 40th minute, Michaela Hahn lined a shot from 20 yards that was caught for a save. Just over a minute later, FSU’s Natalia Kuikka was open on the left side and Dallas Dorosy passed a great ball to the freshman who put a great foot to the shot, but again Biggs read the play and made another save.

Thorvaldsdottir scored the second FSU goal near the end of the first half, and would have earned an assist on it, if that were statistically possible. Thorvaldsdottir collected the ball on the left side outside the penalty box and found Jensen all alone out wide on the right.

Jensen took the ball down to the end line and served a ball back into the box for Thorvaldsdottir who continued with the play. The redshirt junior forward fought into position and stuck the ball into the net at 42:05 as the Noles took a 2-0 lead into the intermission.

Florida State had numerous chances in the second half, tallying 20 total shots in the final 45 minutes, struggled to put many on frame. UE’s Biggs continued to make impressive saves for the Aces, earning seven stops in the second half and 11 total for the game.

Evansville had its best scoring chance in the 63rd minute, earning a penalty kick after FSU committed a foul in the box. Emily Richardson took the kick and placed a low shot to the left that went off the post and was cleared away by the FSU defense.

It was the first shot of the game for the Aces and Evansville ended the game with three shots and one on goal. Florida State finished with a season-high 34 shots, along with 14 on goal. Senior Isabella Schmid led all players with six shots, including three on goal.

The Noles put a pair of shots off the crossbar in the 72nd minute as Kuikka sent a long ball that sailed over the keeper, but off the bar and back into the box. Connolly attacked with a header, which also cleared the keeper but knocked off the crossbar and away from the net. Thorvaldsdottir got a foot on the loose ball, but her shot went high.

The final FSU score came in the final minute of the match as Jensen and Thorvaldsdottir paired up again for a Seminole goal. Jensen worked through the Evansville defense on the right and created enough space to send a cross into Thorsvaldsdottir for a header goal at 89:55.

“The best part of playing with Elin is that we can speak Icelandic to each other and telling her stuff like where I am, and where to put it and that helps,” said Thorvaldsdottir. “I just tell her where I’m going and to put it on the air or on the ground.”

“When you score goals, you gain confidence and in our ACC games you saw Cheyna knock in two and now you have Berglind knocking in two,” added Krikorian. “Our two strikers have scored four big goals in the last week or so that will help us as we continue to advance in the tournament.”

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller              90  0   0  0  0                
MF   3 Megan Connolly             90  5   1  1  0        1       
D    6 Megan Campbell             90  1   0  0  0                
MF   8 Michaela Hahn              90  4   1  0  0                
MF  11 Isabella Schmid            75  6   3  0  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             59  3   0  0  0                
MF  14 Natalia Kuikka             90  4   2  0  0                
D   16 Carson Pickett             90  2   1  0  0                
F   19 Cheyna Williams            42  1   0  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  1   1  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              90  1   1  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     5 Elin Jensen                31  1   1  0  2                
     7 Dallas Dorosy              15  0   0  0  0                
    10 Berglind Thorvaldsdottir   48  5   3  2  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 34  14  3  2        1       
       Opp                        90  3   1  0  0  1             

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               90:00  0    1  1      1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    1  1      1
Opp                         90:00  3   11    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  30:33 FSU  Megan Connolly                                      free kick from 25 yards                                                    
  2.  42:05 FSU  Berglind Thorvaldsdottir  Elin Jensen               finish from three yards                                                    
  3.  89:55 FSU  Berglind Thorvaldsdottir  Elin Jensen               header from five yards                                                     


  1 2 Total
EVANSVILLE
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
2
1
3

FLORIDA STATE 5, SOUTH ALABAMA 0
11/20/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL, NCAA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Blank South Alabama.
No. 2 Florida State scores five first-half goals and records a 5-0 shutout of the Jaguars on Friday afternoon.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - After defeating South Alabama by a pair of 5-0 scores in the first round of the 2013 and 2014 NCAA Women's Soccer Championships, No. 2 Florida State (16-2-4) matched that score in the first 36 minutes on Friday afternoon on its way to another 5-0 victory over the Jaguars (18-3-2) in 2015.

The win extends FSU's home unbeaten streak to 22 games and is the eighth straight shutout by Florida State in the NCAA tournament, matching North Carolina (2003-04) for the longest postseason shutout streak in NCAA history.

Senior Isabella Schmid scored a career-high two goals and added an assist, while fellow senior Cheyna Williams added a goal of her own and helped on two others. Freshman Megan Connolly and senior Michaela Hahn each tallied a goal apiece.

"I thought that through the course of the game, there were a lot of pieces that were coming together pretty well," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "Our spacing was quite good and the other thing that is often times overlooked is the quality of the defending. I thought we brought some very good pressure into the game, limiting their opportunities at our goal."

The scoring started in the second minute as Natalia Kuikka was taken down in the box by South Alabama, giving the Noles a penalty kick. Connolly converted the PK for her eighth goal of the season.

Williams made it 2-0 at 4:44 after Schmid slipped a ball past two USA defenders near the top of the box to the senior forward. Williams turned and slotted the ball in to the right side of the net to extend the FSU lead on her ninth goal of 2015.

Less than three minutes later, Schmid made it 3-0 Florida State after Megan Campbell tossed a long throw-in from the left side into the box for Williams. The forward from Hampton, Ga., found Schmid near the penalty spot and she knocked it home.

Williams and Schmid combined again in the 11th minute as Williams collected a loose ball on the right side of the box and sent a perfect cross for Schmid's second goal of the game to make it 4-0 Seminoles. The pair of goals from Schmid set a career high for the Wangen, Germany native. She has scored five goals in 2015 and 10 in her career at Florida State.

Hahn pushed the advantage to 5-0 in the 36th minute, striking a solid ball from 20 yards out for her fourth goal of the season. Freshman Elin Jensen started the scoring chance down the left side and sent a long ball back up from near the end line to Hahn for the goal.

There were a couple of quality scoring chances for the Noles in the second half, but the finishes were just off frame. Emma Koivisto made an excellent play to get around a defender on the right side and tapped the ball through to Williams but her shot in the 53rd minute went high. Carson Pickett worked into a solid position near the left corner of the penalty box in the 57th minute but her shot went just left of the goal.

The best scoring chance for USA came in the 73rd minute against FSU goalkeeper Caroline Brockmeier. South Alabama's Chelsea Followwell flicked a pass over the FSU backline to speedy forward Charde Hannah at the top of the penalty box. Charde collected the ball and took a shot from 15 yards that was stopped by Brockmeier as she came off her line to stop the chance.

It was the only save for either Brockmeier or starting goalkeeper Cassie Miller on the afternoon. It also marked the 13th shutout for Florida State in 2015 and the sixth combined clean sheet for Brockmeier and Miller.

"[Caroline] is doing great," added Krikorian. "To be honest with you, I do not know a whole lot about goalkeeping, so I tend to stay away from it. I have one guy that's pretty darn good with it, Mike Bristol. He is training these goalkeepers every day and he is quite comfortable with both of them.

Obviously Brock stepped into the game, she had to make the big save to keep a clean sheet, and she did so. I am happy for her, happy for our group that we were able to maintain the shutout. It's nice to see if needed she is going to perform at the level we need."

The Seminoles will next face Auburn (16-5-1) in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on November 22 at 1:00 p.m.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller              69  0   0  0  0                
MF   3 Megan Connolly             54  4   2  1  0        1       
D    6 Megan Campbell             71  0   0  0  1                
MF   8 Michaela Hahn              66  2   1  1  1                
MF  11 Isabella Schmid            40  6   3  2  1                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             40  1   0  0  0                
MF  14 Natalia Kuikka             49  0   0  0  0                
D   16 Carson Pickett             90  3   1  0  0                
F   19 Cheyna Williams            33  3   2  1  2                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  0   0  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              90  1   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     1 Caroline Brockmeier        21  0   0  0  0                
     2 Haylie Grant               36  0   0  0  0                
     4 Holly Fritz                43  0   0  0  0                
     5 Elin Jensen                30  0   0  0  1                
     7 Dallas Dorosy              50  0   0  0  0                
     9 Ari Hudson                 13  0   0  0  0                
    10 Berglind Thorvaldsdottir   57  5   2  0  0                
    15 Olivia Bergau              29  0   0  0  0                
    18 Macayla Edwards            19  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 25  11  5  6        1       
       Opp                        90  3   1  0  0  1             

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               68:35  0    0  1       
Caroline Brockmeier         21:25  0    1          
Team                         0:00  0    0         1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    1  1      1
Opp                         90:00  5    6    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.   1:56 FSU  Megan Connolly                                      penalty kick                                                               
  2.   4:44 FSU  Cheyna Williams           Isabella Schmid           finish from 10 yards                                                       
                                           Michaela Hahn
  3.   7:16 FSU  Isabella Schmid           Cheyna Williams           put away from 8 yards                                                      
                                           Megan Campbell
  4.  10:20 FSU  Isabella Schmid           Cheyna Williams           finish from 6 yards                                                        
  5.  35:29 FSU  Michaela Hahn             Elin Jensen               strike from 20 yards                                                       


  1 2 Total
SOUTH ALABAMA
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
5
0
5

FLORIDA STATE 2, AUBURN 0
11/22/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL, Sweet 16, NCAA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 2 FSU Makes 11th Straight NCAA Quarterfinal Appearance.
The Seminoles defeat No. 19 Auburn 2-0 on Sunday afternoon at the Seminole Soccer Complex.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Earning its ninth-consecutive shutout in NCAA Tournament play, No. 2 Florida State (17-2-4) took down No. 19 Auburn (16-6-1) by a score of 2-0 on Sunday afternoon to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2015 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. It marks the 11th straight season that the Seminoles will play in the NCAA quarterfinals, the longest active streak in the country.

The nine straight postseason shutouts sets an NCAA record, breaking North Carolina's stretch of eight clean sheets in 2003-04. That Tar Heel team still holds the record for consecutive scoreless minutes with 829:21, while FSU has not allowed a goal in 810:00, dating back to an overtime goal against UCLA in the 2013 National Championship Game.

The Noles secured goals from Kaycie Tillman in the 25th minute and an Auburn own goal at 27:44 to earn the victory. The win extended FSU's home unbeaten streak to 23 games.

"Obviously, we're pleased to continue to advance into this next round of the NCAA Tournament," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "Certainly, we take our hats off to Auburn. They provided every bit as much of a challenge as we expected and came in here and battled and fought and competed in a great way. Fortunately for us, we were able to create a couple of opportunities that led to goals and young Kaycie Tillman knocking in that first one and [Natalia Kuikka] helped create the second one. We're quite pleased to continue on."

The Noles nearly got on the board in the 10th minute when Isabella Schmid slipped a ball through to Natalia Kuikka at the top of the box. The freshman from Finland ripped a shot to the left that beat the Auburn keeper, but ricocheted off the post and was cleared away by the Tiger defense.

FSU continued to control possession and got on the board in the 25th minute. Megan Campbell sent back in an Auburn clear attempt with a chest pass to Kuikka, who took the ball down to the end line on the left. Kuikka turned and crossed a ball into the six-yard box for Tillman and her initial shot was stopped by Auburn goalkeeper Sarah Le Beau, but Tillman stayed with the play and put the rebound into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

Kuikka would not be credited with a statistical assist on the Seminoles' second goal, but the midfielder helped make it 2-0 in the 28th minute. Much like the first goal of the game, Kuikka crossed in a ball from low on the left, this time directed for Cheyna Williams, but it went over her head. Auburn's Courtney Schell, in an attempt to clear the ball away and over the goal, mishit the ball directly into the net for an own goal.

Auburn had a solid chance in the 37th minute to score a goal as Kristen Dodson flicked a ball over to Casie Ramsier who worked in behind the FSU backline. FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller went out to challenge the play but was unable to secure possession. Ramsier was able to get a foot on the loose ball, but her shot went wide.

In the second half, Auburn earned a pair of corner kicks in the 54th minute on a sustained offensive possession. Dodson took a shot that was blocked away for the second corner, but FSU defended the service and ended the threat.

Michaela Hahn took a solid shot at 57:10, collecting a ball at the top of the box and firing at the left post. AU goalkeeper Le Beau tracked the ball perfectly for a save.

Megan Connolly had a couple of quality chances in the 60th and 71st minute, but each were saved by Le Beau. At 59:26, Carson Pickett sent a long pass from the left to the far post for Tillman, and the freshman positioned for a shot, but dropped it off for Connolly. Connolly's shot went directly into the hands of the Auburn GK.

At 70:59, Connolly was on the end of another impressive combination pass as Kuikka sent a pass into the box for Berglind Thorvaldsdottir, who dropped it back for Connolly. The Irish midfielder drilled a low line shot that needed a diving save from Le Beau to keep it out of the back of the net.

Auburn continued to pressure down to the final minute with Casie Ramsier creating a scoring chance in the 87th minute that was blocked away by Kirsten Crowley. The Tigers earned a free kick in the 89th minute after an FSU foul just outside the penalty box, but Brooke Ramsier's shot on the free kick was deflected wide for a corner. The Tigers quickly set up for the corner but it was cleared away by Tillman to secure the win.

FSU outshot Auburn, 22-9, and held a 10-1 advantage in shots on goal. Redshirt sophomore GK Cassie Miller earned her eighth shutout of the season and 27th of her young career as the Seminoles blanked their opponent for the 14th time in 2015.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller              90  0   0  0  0                
MF   3 Megan Connolly             90  5   3  0  0                
D    6 Megan Campbell             90  0   0  0  0                
MF   8 Michaela Hahn              90  1   1  0  0                
MF  11 Isabella Schmid            64  1   0  0  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             67  2   2  1  0        1       
MF  14 Natalia Kuikka             78  3   0  0  1                
D   16 Carson Pickett             90  1   0  0  0                
F   19 Cheyna Williams            60  4   2  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  1   1  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              90  0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     5 Elin Jensen                35  0   0  0  0                
     7 Dallas Dorosy              26  0   0  0  0                
    10 Berglind Thorvaldsdottir   30  4   0  0  0                
       Team                        0  0   1  1  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 22  10  2  1        1       
       Opp                        90  9   1  0  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               90:00  0    1  1      1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    1  1      1
Opp                         90:00  2    8    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  24:06 FSU  Kaycie Tillman            Natalia Kuikka            put away off rebound from 2 yards                                          
  2.  27:44 FSU   Team                                               own goal                                                                   


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AUBURN
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
2
0
2

FLORIDA STATE 5, TEXAS A&M 0
11/27/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL, Elite 8, NCAA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Five In A Row! The Seminoles Head Back To The College Cup.
Defending champion No. 2 Florida State returns to the NCAA semifinals for the fifth consecutive season.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - One of the most consistent soccer programs in recent history, No. 2 Florida State (18-2-4) defeated No. 21 Texas A&M (17-7-2) by a score of 5-0 to reach the 2015 NCAA Women's College Cup on Friday afternoon. The Seminoles are among the final four teams competing for a national championship for the fifth season in a row and the ninth time in school history.

Florida State scored twice in the first half and added three second-half goals in the shutout of the Aggies. The clean sheet for the Seminoles extended their scoreless streak to an NCAA-record 900 minutes, as FSU has not allowed a goal in its last 10 NCAA postseason games. The Noles surpassed North Carolina's streak from 2003-04 of 829:31 minutes without surrendering a goal in NCAA tournament.

Overall, 10 Florida State players recorded a goal or an assist on the afternoon, led by two goals from Elin Jensen and three assists from Kaycie Tillman. Tillman is the ninth Seminole to register three assists in a game and the first one to accomplish the feat twice in her career. The freshman from Rowlett, Texas also posted three assists in FSU's 6-0 win over Pitt on October 3.

"It's clear to me that our group has a very good focus and high level of concentration," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "We have an awful lot of talented players that have bought in to whatever game plan it is we come up with. I thought our group was very good, very sharp in defending the attack. Certainly, Texas A&M is an outstanding program and for us to be able to go out and win a game like we did today against such a good program is great for us"

Florida State dominated possession from the beginning, using space to create chances and an aggressive defense to limit Texas A&M. Carson Pickett nearly got the Noles on the board in the 15th minute as Megan Connolly poked a pass to Pickett outside the penalty box and the senior defender blasted a shot that beat the TAMU goalkeeper but bounced off the right post.

The Noles continued the pressure and broke into the scoring column in the 19th minute on a great goal from Connolly. Natalia Kuikka started the play with a run down the left side. The freshman midfielder passed ahead to Cheyna Williams, who deftly tapped the ball back to a waiting Connolly who struck it into the net for a 1-0 lead.

Michaela Hahn made it 2-0 at 34:59 on her fifth goal of the season. Emma Koivisto took the ball out left and centered the ball to Tillman, who found Hahn at the top of the box. Hahn one-timed a low shot that found the back of the net and extended the FSU lead.

Florida State came out of halftime with the same level of determination and aggression and didn't waste much time putting another goal on the board as Cheyna Williams posted her 10th goal of the season in the 52nd minute. Tillman sent a ball through the box for Isabella Schmid, who made a diving pass into Williams at the top of the six-yard box. The senior forward turned on her defender and tapped the ball into the open net.

The Icelandic duo of Berglind Thorvaldsdottir and Jensen were responsible for FSU's fourth goal at 68:50. Connolly started the sequence with a low shot onto TAMU keeper Rice, but she could not hold onto the ball, allowing Thorvaldsdottir to attack the rebound. The redshirt junior fought for possession and tapped it out to Jensen to strike home for her sixth goal of the season.

Jensen was also on the end of the final scoring chance for Florida State at 74:38, following a corner kick from Connolly. The freshman's service into the box found Megan Campbell, whose header went out to the right for Tillman. The freshman midfielder found her classmate in the middle of the box and Jensen drove it into the net to make it 5-0 Florida State. It was the second two-goal game of Jensen's career, matching the scoring output from September 17 at UNC Greensboro.

For the game, Florida State held a 21-3 advantage in shots and led 8-0 in shots on goal. The combined shutout for Cassie Miller and Caroline Brockmeier was the 15th of the season for the Seminoles.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller              82  0   0  0  0                
MF   3 Megan Connolly             81  5   3  1  0        1       
D    6 Megan Campbell             81  1   0  0  1  1             
MF   8 Michaela Hahn              82  1   1  1  0                
MF  11 Isabella Schmid            60  1   0  0  1                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             75  1   0  0  3                
MF  14 Natalia Kuikka             47  0   0  0  1                
D   16 Carson Pickett             90  5   0  0  0                
F   19 Cheyna Williams            44  3   2  1  1                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  0   0  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              90  0   0  0  1                
       ---Substitutes---
     1 Caroline Brockmeier         8  0   0  0  0                
     2 Haylie Grant                9  0   0  0  0                
     4 Holly Fritz                15  0   0  0  0                
     5 Elin Jensen                37  3   2  2  0                
     7 Dallas Dorosy              30  0   0  0  0                
     9 Ari Hudson                  6  0   0  0  0                
    10 Berglind Thorvaldsdottir   46  1   0  0  1                
    15 Olivia Bergau               8  0   0  0  0                
    18 Macayla Edwards             9  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 21   8  5  9  1     1       
       Opp                        90  3   0  0  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               82:11  0    0  1       
Caroline Brockmeier          7:49  0    0          
Team                         0:00                 1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    0  1      1
Opp                         90:00  5    3    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  18:15 FSU  Megan Connolly            Cheyna Williams           strike from 20 yards                                                       
                                           Natalia Kuikka
  2.  34:59 FSU  Michaela Hahn             Kaycie Tillman            finish from 15 yards                                                       
                                           Emma Koivisto
  3.  51:31 FSU  Cheyna Williams           Kaycie Tillman            simple finish from three yards                                             
                                           Isabella Schmid
  4.  68:50 FSU  Elin Jensen               Berglind Thorvaldsdottir  put away off rebound from 8 yards                                          
  5.  74:38 FSU  Elin Jensen               Kaycie Tillman            strike from 5 yards                                                        
                                           Megan Campbell


  1 2 Total
TEXAS A&M
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
2
3
5

DUKE 2, FLORIDA STATE 0
12/04/2015, Final Four, College Cup, NCAA, Cary, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Fall To Duke At 2015 College Cup.
Duke defeated Florida State, 2-0, in the NCAA semifinals on Friday night.

By Tim Linafelt, Seminoles.com Senior Writer

CARY, NC - As they walked together following Florida State's 2-0 defeat to Duke in Friday's College Cup Semifinal, Cheyna Williams, FSU's top scorer and a senior, had a message for Megan Connolly, who as a freshman emerged as one of the team's best players and earned ACC midfielder of the year honors.

"I told her when we were walking up here to remember how it feels," Williams said, fighting back tears. "Because you've got three years to make it happen."

It won't be long before Florida State's underclassmen, dynamic freshman class included, get to work on what promises to be a bright future.

And it won't be long before FSU's six seniors move past the disappointment of Friday's result and look back on careers that helped the program to unprecedented heights.

For now, though, the knowledge that their quest for back-to-back national titles ended so tantalizingly close is hard to swallow.

"It stings a little bit," FSU coach Mark Krikorian said. "Because you come into this with the intent and hope to play on Sunday and we won't.

"I thought for much of the game we played quite well, but today we lost to a team that played better than we did."

Indeed, the Seminoles (18-3-4) finished with more shots, shots on goal and corner kicks than the Blue Devils (14-5-5), who they played to a 0-0 tie earlier this season.

Duke just finished ahead in the stat that matters.

The Blue Devils brought FSU's NCAA tournament-record shutout streak to an in the 32nd minute, when forward Toni Payne raced down the right side, drew in four FSU defenders and then slipped the ball through to Kayla McCoy.

One-on-one with FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller, McCoy sent a strike into the bottom left corner that sent the pro-Duke crowd of 11,676 into a frenzy.

It was the first goal the Seminoles allowed in more than 900 minutes of NCAA tournament play.

"We had good numbers in good places," Krikorian said. "We just couldn't make a play."

The goal totally changed the complexion of the match. Duke had already employed a conservative, counter attack-heavy gameplan and, once they had a lead, the Blue Devils sat back and absorbed the full brunt of FSU's attack for nearly an hour of game time.

Despite several chances early, FSU rarely threatened to score in the second half.

"I did think that we had enough good looks that maybe we could've scored a goal," Krikorian said. "If we score one, I think the second one would come. But you have to be lethal, especially when your chances are limited."

With FSU pressing for an equalizer, the Blue Devils had several chances in transition and notched one more goal with one second left on the clock.

Duke, which earned upset victories at Florida and Stanford on the way to the College Cup, will play Penn State Sunday at noon for the national championship.

"It's a tough pill to swallow because obviously we wanted to come out and play in the final game," Williams said. "But I've had a great two years. I learned more than I ever thought I could. More than imaginable."

Williams transferred to FSU from Vanderbilt two years ago and is part of a five-member senior class that Krikorian said might rank as the best he's ever had.

Florida State's seniors depart having reached the College Cup in every year of their careers, and they have a hardware collection that boasts rings from one national championship and three ACC titles.

And while the Seminoles have a promising group of underclassmen returning - freshmen accounted for 29 of the team's 64 goals this season - replacing the likes of Williams, defenders Carson Pickett and Megan Campbell and midfielders Isabella Schmid and Michaela Hahn will be no small task.

"They're certainly going to be missed for much more than just their performance on the field," Krikorian said. "They bring a lot to the locker room. They're outstanding students and outstanding citizens in the community."

That said, Krikorian will be glad to give it a try.

Although the Seminoles must replace two defenders, captain Kirsten Crowley and goalkeeper Miller both return. As do Connolly and her fellow freshmen.

"Obviously it's tough now," Connolly said. "But I'll try to use that to spur me on next year."

That would be a familiar experience for the Seminoles.

Two years ago, in Cary no less, FSU fell to UCLA in the national title game.

For Pickett, then a sophomore, the disappointment left a lasting impression.

"I remember it like it was yesterday," she said. "We all dropped to our knees the same exact way."

But out of that disappointment grew the resolve that led to the national championship a year later.

As she looked around the locker room Friday, Pickett saw teammates that felt the same way she did two years ago.

And, as her collegiate career draws to a close, she's confident that FSU's returning players will remember that feeling and use it to move forward.

"It's definitely motivated us," Pickett said. "And this freshman class is amazing and they're going to do great things."

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller              90  0   0  0  0                
MF   3 Megan Connolly             90  3   0  0  0                
D    6 Megan Campbell             90  0   0  0  0                
MF   8 Michaela Hahn              90  0   0  0  0                
MF  11 Isabella Schmid            90  5   1  0  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             50  0   0  0  0                
MF  14 Natalia Kuikka             90  2   1  0  0                
D   16 Carson Pickett             90  0   0  0  0                
F   19 Cheyna Williams            73  5   3  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  0   0  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              90  0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     5 Elin Jensen                23  0   0  0  0                
    10 Berglind Thorvaldsdottir   34  1   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 16   5  0  0                
       Opp                        90  8   3  2  1  1     1       

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               90:00  2    1    1     
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  2    1    1     
Opp                         90:00  0    5  1      1
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  31:47 Opp  Opponent                  Opponent                  ball from 10 to 12 - 12 finish from right side six yards away              
  2.  89:59 Opp  Opponent                                            breakaway from 45 yards out - finish from 16 yards to left side            


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
0
DUKE
1
1
2