Florida State Women's Soccer - 2016 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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2016 Soccer

Haylie Grant, Cassie Miller, Kirsten Crowley, Emma Koivisto, Ari Hudson

2016 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Briana Alston, 5-10, D, Ashburn, VA

Malia Berkely, 5-8, D-MF, Liberty Township, OH

Deyna Castellanos, 5-7, F, Maracay, Venezuela

Taylor Hallmon, 5-9, D, Panama City

Heidi Kollanen, 5-4, F, Tampere, Finland

Kristen McFarland, 5-10, F, Powell, OH

Doriana Moul, 5-2, MF, San Diego, CA

Julia Phillips, 5-6, MF, Ashburn, VA

Clara Robbins, 5-7, D, Stafford, VA

Yo Tachibana, 5-2, MF, Nisshin, Japan


2016 Roster - By Name

L
T                                             PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
* 16 Briana Alston         D       5-10  Fr        Ashburn, VA (Stone Bridge)
* 15 Olivia Bergau         D-MF    5-6   So   *    Merritt Island (Merritt Island)
* 17 Malia Berkely         D-MF    5-8   Fr        Liberty Township, OH (Stephen T. Badin)
* 10 Deyna Castellanos     F       5-7   Fr        Maracay, Venezuela (U.E.P. Moral y Luces)
*  3 Megan Connolly        MF      5-8   So   *    Cork, Ireland (Christ King Girls Secondary)
* 22 Kirsten Crowley       D-MF    5-5   Sr-R ***  Panama City Beach (Arnold)
*  7 Dallas Dorosy         MF      5-7   So   *    Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
* 18 Macayla Edwards       D-MF    5-7   So   *    Palm Beach Gardens (Dwyer)
*  4 Holly Fritz           MF      5-5   So   *    Cape Coral (Mariner)
*  2 Haylie Grant          MF      5-6   Jr   **   Brentwood, CA (Heritage)
* 13 Taylor Hallmon        D       5-9   Fr        Panama City (Mosley)
*  9 Ari Hudson            D-MF    5-4   Jr   **   Portland, OR (Jesuit)
*  5 Elin Jensen           F-MF    5-7   So   *    Reykjavik, Iceland (Menntaskolinn i Reykjavik)
* 23 Emma Koivisto         D-MF    5-6   Jr   **   Helsinki, Finland (Makelanrinne)
*  8 Heidi Kollanen        F       5-4   Fr        Tampere, Finland (Sammon Keskuslukio)
*  1 Amanda Kopale         GK      5-7   Sr-R      Cape Coral (Ida S. Baker/Nova Southeastern)
* 14 Natalia Kuikka        D-MF    5-6   So   *    Kemi, Finland (Kemin Lyseon Lukio)
* 20 Kristen McFarland     F       5-10  Fr        Powell, OH (Olentangy Liberty)
* 38 Cassie Miller         GK      5-11  Jr-R **   Cave Creek, AZ (Cactus Shadows)
* 19 Doriana Moul          MF      5-2   Fr        San Diego, CA (Del Norte)
* 11 Julia Phillips        MF      5-6   Fr        Ashburn, VA (Stone Bridge)
  26 Clara Robbins         D       5-7   Fr        Stafford, VA (Colonial Forge)
*  6 Yo Tachibana          MF      5-2   Fr        Nisshin, Japan (Tomioka)
* 12 Kaycie Tillman        MF      5-6   So   *    Rowlett, TX (Bishop Lynch)

2016 Roster - By Number

L
T                                             PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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*  1 Amanda Kopale         GK      5-7   Sr-R      Cape Coral (Ida S. Baker/Nova Southeastern)
*  2 Haylie Grant          MF      5-6   Jr   **   Brentwood, CA (Heritage)
*  3 Megan Connolly        MF      5-8   So   *    Cork, Ireland (Christ King Girls Secondary)
*  4 Holly Fritz           MF      5-5   So   *    Cape Coral (Mariner)
*  5 Elin Jensen           F-MF    5-7   So   *    Reykjavik, Iceland (Menntaskolinn i Reykjavik)
*  6 Yo Tachibana          MF      5-2   Fr        Nisshin, Japan (Tomioka)
*  7 Dallas Dorosy         MF      5-7   So   *    Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
*  8 Heidi Kollanen        F       5-4   Fr        Tampere, Finland (Sammon Keskuslukio)
*  9 Ari Hudson            D-MF    5-4   Jr   **   Portland, OR (Jesuit)
* 10 Deyna Castellanos     F       5-7   Fr        Maracay, Venezuela (U.E.P. Moral y Luces)
* 11 Julia Phillips        MF      5-6   Fr        Ashburn, VA (Stone Bridge)
* 12 Kaycie Tillman        MF      5-6   So   *    Rowlett, TX (Bishop Lynch)
* 13 Taylor Hallmon        D       5-9   Fr        Panama City (Mosley)
* 14 Natalia Kuikka        D-MF    5-6   So   *    Kemi, Finland (Kemin Lyseon Lukio)
* 15 Olivia Bergau         D-MF    5-6   So   *    Merritt Island (Merritt Island)
* 16 Briana Alston         D       5-10  Fr        Ashburn, VA (Stone Bridge)
* 17 Malia Berkely         D-MF    5-8   Fr        Liberty Township, OH (Stephen T. Badin)
* 18 Macayla Edwards       D-MF    5-7   So   *    Palm Beach Gardens (Dwyer)
* 19 Doriana Moul          MF      5-2   Fr        San Diego, CA (Del Norte)
* 20 Kristen McFarland     F       5-10  Fr        Powell, OH (Olentangy Liberty)
* 22 Kirsten Crowley       D-MF    5-5   Sr-R ***  Panama City Beach (Arnold)
* 23 Emma Koivisto         D-MF    5-6   Jr   **   Helsinki, Finland (Makelanrinne)
  26 Clara Robbins         D       5-7   Fr        Stafford, VA (Colonial Forge)
* 38 Cassie Miller         GK      5-11  Jr-R **   Cave Creek, AZ (Cactus Shadows)

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Trio Earn NSCAA All-American Honors.
Cassie Miller, Kirsten Crowley and Natalia Kuikka were named 2016 NSCAA All-Americans.

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Anchoring a Florida State defense that allowed just nine goals for the entire 2016 season, goalkeeper Cassie Miller and centerbacks Kirsten Crowley and Natalia Kuikka were each named All-Americans by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as the NSCAA announced its awards on Friday.

Miller was selected as a First Team All-American, while Crowley earned a spot on the Second Team and Kuikka was chosen as a Third Team All-American. It marks the first NSCAA All-American honor for all three student-athletes.

Florida State tied with Stanford, West Virginia and South Carolina with three NSCAA All-Americans each, while Georgetown, BYU, UConn, USC and Florida were the only other schools to have receive multiple All-American honors.

“We felt all along that the group of our two centerbacks and our goalkeeper were among the best in the country,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “For Kirsten, Cassie and Natu to be recognized as All-American players, it is a great credit to their quality of play throughout the course of the season and all of their hard work.”

Miller received All-ACC Second Team honors for the third consecutive season in 2016 as the redshirt junior led the conference, and finished fifth nationally, in both shutouts (13) and goals-against average (0.398). Her 0.866 save percentage ranked No. 18 overall in the NCAA, and third in the ACC, including key penalty kick saves in a victory over No. 4 Duke in the regular season and versus No. 6 Duke and No. 10 UNC in the ACC Tournament as the Noles captured their fourth conference crown in a row. Miller is the second FSU goalkeeper to be named an All-American, joining Kelsey Wys who was selected to the third team in 2012.

Crowley was outstanding as the Seminole captain and led FSU both on and off the field as the redshirt senior wrapped up her amazing career in the Garnet and Gold as a four-time ACC Champion and reached the College Cup three times. She was named the ACC Player of the Week on September 13 and earned a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week on October 25 as she helped the Noles to shutout victories over No. 17 UConn, Troy, No. 4 Duke and Louisville. She earned All-ACC First Team honors in 2016 and was also named to the ACC All-Tournament Team.

Kuikka seamlessly transitioned into the defensive backline for her sophomore season after playing out wide as a midfielder as a freshman in 2015. Her physical skill and competitiveness allowed her to shutdown opponents’ attacks, while her technical abilities allowed her to help build and get involved in the Seminole offense. Kuikka tied a school record with three assists in FSU’s win over Samford on November 12 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. She was named to the All-ACC Second Team and earned ACC Tournament MVP honors for the second season in a row as FSU shutout No. 9 Clemson and No. 10 North Carolina to win the ACC title for the fourth consecutive year.

Florida State placed three student-athletes on the NSCAA All-American teams for the sixth time in school history, joining 2014, 2012, 2011, 2008 and 2006. The 2008 squad is the only Seminole team to receive four NSCAA All-American honors.


2016 All-Americans

Name                     Organization
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Kirsten Crowley          Nat Soccer Coaches Assoc of America - 2nd Team All-American

Natalia Kuikka           Nat Soccer Coaches Assoc of America - 3rd Team All-American

Cassie Miller            Nat Soccer Coaches Assoc of America - 1st Team All-American

All-Americans -  3

2016 Schedule and Results

DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
08/19
Ref
A
TEXAS A&M W 1-0
08/25
Ref
A
VANDERBILT W 3-0
08/28
Ref
A
MIDDLE TENNESSEE ST W 3-0
09/05
Ref
A
SOUTH ALABAMA L 0-1
09/08
Ref
H
CONNECTICUT W 3-0
09/11
Ref
H
TROY
OT
W 1-0
09/15
Ref
H
MERCER W 2-0
09/18
Ref
H
MIAMI W 1-0
09/22
Ref
H
WAKE FOREST W 3-0
09/25
Ref
H
VIRGINIA
OT, game called at 99:06 because of rain and lightning.
T 1-1
10/01
Ref
A
PITTSBURGH W 2-0
10/06
Ref
A
BOSTON COLLEGE L 1-2
10/09
Ref
A
SYRACUSE
2 OT
T 1-1
10/15
Ref
A
NORTH CAROLINA STATE W 1-0
10/20
Ref
H
DUKE
OT
W 1-0
10/23
Ref
H
LOUISVILLE W 1-0
10/27
Ref
A
NORTH CAROLINA L 0-1
10/30
Ref
A
DUKE
2 OT, 3-2 PK, FSU advances, ACC
T 1-1
11/04
Ref
N
CLEMSON
ACC, Daniel Island, SC
W 1-0
11/06
Ref
N
NORTH CAROLINA
2 OT, 4-3 PK, FSU Wins, ACC Championship, Daniel Island, SC
T 0-0
11/12
Ref
H
SAMFORD
NCAA
W 4-0
11/18
Ref
N
UTAH
NCAA, Los Angeles, Ca
L 1-2
EOY Stats Ref

                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
------------------------------------------------
FSU RECORD IS   14- 4-4   8- 0-1   5- 3-2   1- 1-1


2016 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE RESULTS
 1t NOTRE DAME            7- 1-2  13- 3-5
 1t CLEMSON               7- 1-2  14- 4-4
 3  DUKE                  7- 2-1  15- 5-3
 4t FLORIDA STATE         6- 2-2  14- 4-4
 4t NORTH CAROLINA        6- 2-2  17- 4-4
 4t VIRGINIA              6- 2-2  15- 5-2
 7  MIAMI                 5- 5    10- 8-1
 8  NORTH CAROLINA STATE  4- 5-1  11- 9-2
 9  VIRGINIA TECH         3- 4-3  11- 5-3
10  LOUISVILLE            2- 5-3   7- 7-4
11  BOSTON COLLEGE        3- 7    11- 7-1
12  WAKE FOREST           2- 8    10- 8 
13  SYRACUSE              1- 7-2   8- 8-3
14  PITTSBURGH            1- 9     2-15-1

2016 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT, South Bend, In
   Date                    Score                                    Comments
==========  ==================================================  ==================================
10/30/2016  (1)NOTRE DAME 1, (8)NORTH CAROLINA STATE 0          Round 1
10/30/2016  (4)NORTH CAROLINA 3, (5)VIRGINIA 0                  Round 1
10/30/2016  (3)DUKE 1, (6)FLORIDA STATE 1                       Round 1, 2 OT, 3-2 PK, FSU Advances                        
10/30/2016  (2)CLEMSON 1, (7)MIAMI 1                            Round 1, 2 OT, 5-4 PK, Clemson advances                    
11/04/2016  (4)NORTH CAROLINA 2, (1)NOTRE DAME 1                Round 2
11/04/2016  (6)FLORIDA STATE 1, (2)CLEMSON 0                    Round 2
11/06/2016  (6)FLORIDA STATE 0, (4)NORTH CAROLINA 0             Round 3, 2 OT, 4-3 PK, FSU Wins                            

2016 EOY Stats

Offensive Stats Name GP GS Min G A Pts Sh Sh% SOG SOG% YC RC GW PK ATT =============================================================================== Megan Connolly 22 22 1928 7 4 18 49 0.143 18 0.367 0 0 5 2 2 Deyna Castellanos 13 13 944 7 0 14 51 0.137 23 0.451 1 0 3 0 1 Kristen McFarland 20 13 1295 5 3 13 27 0.185 14 0.519 0 0 2 0 0 Kaycie Tillman 22 21 1751 3 5 11 30 0.100 15 0.500 0 0 2 0 0 Macayla Edwards 22 17 1472 2 3 7 29 0.069 6 0.207 0 0 0 0 0 Kirsten Crowley 22 22 2057 1 4 6 15 0.067 10 0.667 0 0 1 2 2 Natalia Kuikka 19 19 1781 0 5 5 15 0.000 10 0.667 0 0 0 2 2 Dallas Dorosy 20 12 1151 2 1 5 18 0.111 12 0.667 0 0 0 0 0 Olivia Bergau 22 18 1509 0 4 4 5 0.000 2 0.400 0 0 0 0 0 Malia Berkely 22 22 1869 1 2 4 27 0.037 11 0.407 1 0 1 0 1 Elin Jensen 9 2 479 1 2 4 9 0.111 6 0.667 0 0 0 0 0 Haylie Grant 16 3 369 1 2 4 3 0.333 1 0.333 0 0 0 1 1 Heidi Kollanen 17 9 690 1 1 3 18 0.056 8 0.444 0 0 0 0 0 Emma Koivisto 19 19 1732 0 2 2 6 0.000 1 0.167 1 0 0 0 0 Taylor Hallmon 21 5 921 1 0 2 7 0.143 6 0.857 3 0 0 0 0 Cassie Miller 22 22 2033 0 0 0 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0 0 0 0 Holly Fritz 9 0 161 0 0 0 6 0.000 3 0.500 0 0 0 0 0 Briana Alston 7 1 143 0 0 0 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0 0 0 0 Doriana Moul 9 2 244 0 0 0 3 0.000 1 0.333 0 0 0 0 0 Amanda Kopale 2 0 24 0 0 0 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0 0 0 0 Yo Tachibana 4 0 68 0 0 0 1 0.000 0 0.000 0 0 0 0 0 Ari Hudson 2 0 27 0 0 0 1 0.000 0 0.000 0 0 0 0 0 Julia Phillips 2 0 23 0 0 0 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0 0 0 0 ========================================================= FSU 22 2057 32 38 102 320 0.100 147 0.459 6 0 14 7 9 Opp 22 2057 9 7 25 165 0.055 69 0.418 10 0 4 4 9 Defensive Stats Name GP GS Minutes GA Avg Saves Pct W L T Sho Faced ============================================================================= Amanda Kopale 2 0 24:10 0 0.00 0 0.000 0 0 0 0 Cassie Miller 22 22 2032:51 9 0.40 58 0.866 14 4 4 13 Team 0:00 0 0.00 2 1.000 2 ======================================================= FSU 22 2057:01 9 0.39 60 0.870 14 4 4 15 0 Opp 22 2057:01 32 1.40 115 0.782 4 14 4 3

FLORIDA STATE 1, TEXAS A&M 0
08/19/2016, COLLEGE STATION, TX

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 1 FSU Earns 1-0 Road Victory At No. 8 Texas A&M.

The Seminoles strike first in the second minute and shutout the Aggies at Ellis Field on Friday night.

COLLEGE STATION, TX - Kicking off the season on a high note, the No. 1 Florida State soccer team (1-0-0) earned a hard-fought win on the road, defeating No. 8 Texas A&M (0-1-0) by a score of 1-0 on Friday night at Ellis Field in front of 2,291 fans. A goal from freshman Deyna Castellanos in the second minute proved to be the game-winner in the top-10 matchup of non-conference foes.

The victory extended Florida State's winning streak on opening day to nine matches, outscoring its opponents by a combined score of 23-3, dating back to 2008. Overall, the Seminoles are 16-5-1 in season openers, with a mark of 7-4-0 outside of Tallahassee.

"I think it is a really good win for us," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "We know coming in here and playing Texas A&M that it is going to be as good of an environment as there is in college soccer. I think it is great for our players to play in this type of situation. We scored an early one, which certainly helps, and we'll feel good walking out of here with a win, because that's a very good Texas A&M team."

Florida State started the match with eight underclassmen - three freshmen and five sophomores - and it didn't take long for one of the many newcomers to make an immediate impact for the Garnet and Gold.

Castellanos found a spot at the top of the box and Emma Koivisto passed her a great ball from the right side. The freshman forward collected the ball on her first touch, played the ball to herself up and over the defender, creating space to finish the ball from 12 yards out for the first goal of her career.

"I am so excited because we won this game and it was so important because it was the first one," said Castellanos. "We did great and I am so happy for that. Emma gave me a great ball and with that one goal, we won the game."

Both sides traded shots throughout the first half, but neither team had a quality offensive chance until the 42nd minute when Texas A&M slipped Brittany Crabtree all alone behind the FSU backline, but her shot rolled to the left of the far post.

At the end of the first 45 minutes, FSU led TAMU in shots, 6-4, and both squads earned one corner apiece in the first half.

To start the second half, Castellanos took a shot from the right side that was wide of the post and went into the side of the net. Freshman Heidi Kollanen produced two solid opportunities at the Texas A&M goal, but couldn't find the back of the net. In the 58th minute after an FSU corner, Kollanen dribbled into the box from the left but her shot was blocked. In the 62nd minute, Kollanen was all alone at the penalty spot after Elin Jensen went up the right side, slipped it into Castellanos, who crossed it to Kollanen, but her shot went directly into the waiting arms of Texas A&M goalkeeper Danielle Rice.

The Aggies continued to battle for the equalizer, getting a pair of shots from Haley Pounds in the 79th and 80th minute, but both attempts were saved by FSU's Miller. Texas A&M earned a total of five corner kicks in the second half, but each scoring chance was driven away by the FSU defense as the Noles secured the 1-0 victory on the road.

"I'm happy with our overall performance," added Krikorian. "It wasn't beautiful. There were times that I thought we looked very young, which we are, and very immature and inexperienced. But there were other times where there were some pretty good moments. What I'm sure of is, like every year, we are going to be a lot better by the end of the season than we are right now and these kids are committed to fight hard for each other."

 
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  2   0  0  0                
MF   8 Heidi Kollanen             58  2   1  0  0                
F   10 Deyna Castellanos          51  2   1  1  0        1       
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             78  1   0  0  0                
D   14 Natalia Kuikka             90  0   0  0  0                
D   15 Olivia Bergau              90  0   0  0  0                
MF  17 Malia Berkely              90  1   0  0  0                
MF  18 Macayla Edwards            78  1   0  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  0   0  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              90  1   0  0  1                
       ---Substitutes---
     5 Elin Jensen                43  0   0  0  0                
    13 Taylor Hallmon             12  0   0  0  0  1             
    20 Kristen McFarland          39  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 10   2  1  1  1     1       
       Opp                        90 11   4  0  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               90:00  0    4  1      1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    4  1      1
Opp                         90:00  1    1    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.   1:32 FSU  Deyna Castellanos         Emma Koivisto             played the ball up and over the defender and finished from 12 yards out    


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

FLORIDA STATE 3, VANDERBILT 0
08/25/2016, NASHVILLE, TN

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 1 Florida State Shuts Out Vanderbilt, 3-0.

The Seminoles scored three times in the first half to cruise to the 3-0 road victory on Thursday night.

NASHVILLE, TN - Posting a shutout for the second-straight game to open the 2016 season, No. 1 Florida State improved to 2-0-0 with a 3-0 victory at Vanderbilt (1-2-0) on Thursday night. The Noles scored three goals in the first half on their way the non-conference win on the road.

"I thought it was a good, solid performance," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "I know Darren Ambrose, the coach of Vanderbilt, very well, and he is an outstanding coach and as he builds his program, they are going to get better and better.

"His kids fought hard and gave us all we could handle, but fortunately we were opportunistic enough to score a few goals and earn ourselves a shutout today. It was a good win on the road."

There was not much action in the opening 20 minutes as Vanderbilt played in a very defensive posture and it was difficult for the Noles to find an opening as both teams often traded possessions with no quality looks at the goal.

FSU finally broke through and got on the scoreboard in the 23rd minute after Heidi Kollanen threaded a ball through four defenders to Deyna Castellanos near the top of the penalty box. The freshman forward took a touch to create space and, for the second consecutive game, scored the first goal of the match for Florida State.

Redshirt senior Kirsten Crowley nearly headed in the second goal of the game for the Noles in the 39th minute off an FSU corner, but was only chested away on the goal line by VU's Kacy Scarpa.

Florida State did make it 2-0 less than a minute later when Macayla Edwards slipped the ball to Kaycie Tillman on the right and her shot beat Vanderbilt goalkeeper Kaitlyn Fahrner, but went off the right post. The ball ricocheted back toward the penalty spot and Megan Connolly made a sliding follow-up for her first goal of the season.

Haylie Grant entered the match in the 42nd minute and didn't waste her time getting involved in the action. The Seminoles earned a corner in the 44th minute after Natalia Kuikka sent a long ball to Dallas Dorosy on the left that she played off a defender. Taylor Hallmon sent in the corner to Crowley and her header went to the feet of Edwards inside the six-yard box. Edwards tapped it away from the defenders and into space to allow Grant to score the first goal of her career.

"I'm excited that I was able to go in and help the team and contribute to our win tonight," said Grant. "It is always good to get a shutout on the road and I thought we played well as a whole group."

In the second half, no goals ended up the back of either net, but there were several quality chances for both sides. The best scoring opportunity for Vandy came in the 59th minute as Jacqueline Welch took the ball away from the FSU backline and took a shot from 20 yards that was deflected away for a corner.

Connolly and Crowley nearly connected in the 79th minute on a free kick from about 30 yards, but Crowley's header was saved by Fahrner. The VU goalkeeper made a great diving save in the 81st minute on a redirection from Dorosy to keep the match at 3-0. Elin Jensen started the chance and took a shot from outside that was blocked, but Dorosy was able get a side of her foot on the ball and send it toward the top right corner of the goal before it was punched away for a corner.

The Seminoles took eight corners throughout the match and outshot Vanderbilt 19-3 overall. The Commodores made seven saves on the 10 FSU shots on goal, while VU did not register a shot on goal in the game.

The youth of Florida State had opportunity to play on Thursday as four freshmen started and 15 total underclassmen played in the game. In all, 19 FSU players saw action in Thursday's match at Vanderbilt, with 15 Noles playing at least 25 minutes on the pitch.

"We know through the course of the season that it is going to take the full team to get the most out of our group that we can," added Krikorian. "I thought that the young kids that went in did a very good job and have earned themselves an opportunity to get more playing time now."

 
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             82  3   2  1  0                
MF   8 Heidi Kollanen             60  2   0  0  1                
F   10 Deyna Castellanos          51  3   2  1  0        1       
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             64  0   0  0  1                
D   14 Natalia Kuikka             90  0   0  0  0                
D   15 Olivia Bergau              90  0   0  0  0                
MF  17 Malia Berkely              54  1   0  0  0                
F   20 Kristen McFarland          34  0   0  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  3   2  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              77  0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     2 Haylie Grant                8  1   1  1  0                
     4 Holly Fritz                10  0   0  0  0                
     5 Elin Jensen                40  1   1  0  0                
     7 Dallas Dorosy              58  3   2  0  0                
    13 Taylor Hallmon             16  0   0  0  0                
    16 Briana Alston              13  0   0  0  0                
    18 Macayla Edwards            37  2   0  0  2                
    19 Doriana Moul               26  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 19  10  3  4        1       
       Opp                        90  3   0  0  0                

 
       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  3    7    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  22:46 FSU  Deyna Castellanos         Heidi Kollanen            1v1 vs. Golie stuck past GK                                                
  2.  38:34 FSU  Megan Connolly            Macayla Edwards           ball off right post, shot in left back corner                              
                                           Kaycie Tillman
  3.  44:01 FSU  Haylie Grant              Macayla Edwards                                                                                      


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

FLORIDA STATE 3, MIDDLE TENNESSEE ST 0
08/28/2016, MURFREESBORO, TN

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 1 Seminoles Blank Middle Tennessee, 3-0.
Florida State scored three first-half goals on its way to the shutout win on the road.

MURFREESBORO, TN - In a match that spanned nearly four hours, No. 1 Florida State (3-0-0) kept its undefeated and unblemished season intact with a 3-0 victory at Middle Tennessee (2-1-0) on Sunday afternoon. A lightning delay caused the match to be put on hold for two hours and 27 minutes during the halftime intermission before playing the final 45 minutes.

"It was kind of a disjointed game," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "I thought in the first half, we came out and established a good tempo, played pretty well and scored the three goals. In the second half, I never really felt like there was a lot of excitement in the game. It was just going out and playing the hand. I think Middle Tennessee came out and played us hard and gave us a good, hard battle."

Florida State got out to a quick 1-0 lead in the fifth minute as Megan Connolly scored her second goal of the season. The sophomore midfielder received the ball near the penalty spot from Dallas Dorosy after she made a nice run to the right end line. It marked the 11th goal of Connolly's career.

Deyna Castellanos extended the Seminole lead to 2-0 in the 28th minute, slotting a shot from 15 yards into the back of the net for her third goal of the season. Kirsten Crowley got the scoring chance started, finding Emma Koivisto in a seam down the right side and Koivisto passed a perfect cross into the box.

Freshman Kristen McFarland replaced Castellanos at forward following the goal, and scored one of her own less than three minutes later, beating the keeper on a shot from six yards out on the right side. Sophomore Kaycie Tillman received the ball at the top of the box and made a nice move to draw the defenders to her, freeing McFarland to make the scoring run for the first goal of her career, making it 3-0 FSU.

The Noles dominated possession throughout the half, outshooting the Blue Raiders 15-0 in the first 45 minutes and holding a 9-0 advantage in shots on goal as they went to the locker room.

However, Florida State would remain in the locker room for over two hours as a lightning delay and thunderstorm entered the area until 6:21 pm ET.

In the second half, the Noles continued to maintain possession to work scoring chances and didn't allow a shot to Middle Tennessee until the 59th minute.

MT's goalkeeper Sydney Chalcraft made several solid saves to keep the match at 3-0 in the second half. Elin Jensen got on the end of a ball on the left side and her shot from eight yards out in the 67th minute was stopped on a diving save by Chalcraft. She made another stop in the 68th minute on a header by Crowley.

For the entire match, FSU held a 23-2 advantage in shots and 13-2 in shots on goal. The Noles were able to earn seven corner kicks in the game and only conceded one.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller              83  0   0  0  0                
F    3 Megan Connolly             75  2   2  1  0        1       
MF   7 Dallas Dorosy              66  1   1  0  1                
MF   8 Heidi Kollanen             43  2   1  0  0                
F   10 Deyna Castellanos          52  6   3  1  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             51  2   0  0  1                
D   14 Natalia Kuikka             90  1   1  0  0                
D   15 Olivia Bergau              90  0   0  0  0                
MF  17 Malia Berkely              54  2   0  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  3   1  0  1                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              83  0   0  0  1                
       ---Substitutes---
     1 Amanda Kopale               7  0   0  0  0                
     2 Haylie Grant                7  0   0  0  0                
     4 Holly Fritz                21  0   0  0  0                
     5 Elin Jensen                38  1   1  0  0                
     6 Yo Tachibana               14  0   0  0  0                
     9 Ari Hudson                  7  0   0  0  0                
    11 Julia Phillips              7  0   0  0  0                
    13 Taylor Hallmon             24  1   1  0  0                
    16 Briana Alston               7  0   0  0  0                
    18 Macayla Edwards            36  0   0  0  0                
    19 Doriana Moul               27  1   1  0  0                
    20 Kristen McFarland          17  1   1  1  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 23  13  3  4        1       
       Opp                        90  2   2  0  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               83:12  0    2  1       
Amanda Kopale                6:48  0    0          
Team                         0:00                 1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    2  1      1
Opp                         90:00  3   10    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.   4:54 FSU  Megan Connolly            Dallas Dorosy             crossed and hit in from top of box                                         
  2.  28:00 FSU  Deyna Castellanos         Kirsten Crowley           crossed to the top of the box                                              
                                           Emma Koivisto
  3.  30:47 FSU  Kristen McFarland         Kaycie Tillman            passed in the box to the side                                              


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
3
0
3
MIDDLE TENNESSEE ST
0
0
0

SOUTH ALABAMA 1, FLORIDA STATE 0
09/05/2016, MOBILE, AL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Fall At South Alabama.
No. 1 Florida State cannot overcome a first-half goal and is shutout, 1-0, on the road on Monday night.

MOBILE, AL – Adding to its four-game road trip to open a season, No. 1 Florida State (3-1-0) is shutout on the road, falling to South Alabama (3-2-1) by a score of 1-0 on Monday night. It is the highest amount of road games to start a season in school history. South Alabama, who received votes in the 2016 preseason polls, scored the only goal of the match in the 25th minute and held on for the 1-0 victory.

The Seminoles are 14-3-3 in their last 20 true road games, dating back to the start of the 2014 season, with the only other defeats coming in one goal matches in 2015 at Florida (3-2) and Virginia (1-0).

“All the credit goes to South Alabama,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “They came out with a great game plan, executed it and made us have to make decisions throughout the course of the game. Unfortunately, we made too many bad decisions. It is a young group we have and hopefully we can learn from it and be better for the next game. We know it is a quick turnaround as we get ready to play on Thursday night against Connecticut, who is another good team.

“Again, credit to South Alabama. (Head Coach) Graham (Winkworth) and his staff do a great job. The kids executed the game plan very well and today the team that executed better won.”

The Noles controlled most off the possession in the first half, but struggled to find the final pass or take a shot from within 15 yards. Megan Connolly led all players with four shots in the opening 45 minutes, with three blocked and one wide of the net.

Malia Berkely had a quality chance in the seventh minute, as her shot from 20 yards was saved and punched away USA goalkeeper Justice Stanford. Stanford made another save in the 24th minute, diving to stop a rebound shot by Elin Jensen after a blocked shot from Connolly.

South Alabama quickly countered and found a seam in the FSU defense to score the only goal of the match 30 seconds later. Danielle Henley slipped a through ball down the right side to Charde Hannah 25 yards from the goal and her first touch allowed her to beat FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller and gather the ball to tap into the net for her second goal of the season.

The Jaguar goal was the first goal allowed by the Seminoles in 2016 as Florida State posted shutout victories in its first three matches of the season. It snapped a scoreless streak of 294:23, marking the third longest scoreless streak to start a season, trailing the 2009 (349:18) and 2010 (343:23) teams.

In the second half, South Alabama played a very defensive shape, dropping all 11 players within 25 yards of their own goal for the majority of the final 45 minutes. The Noles continued to work to find shots, outshooting the Jaguars 18-1 in the second half, but all six that were on frame were stopped by Stanford.

Deyna Castellanos nearly had the equalizer in the 61st minute from the right side, but her narrow angle shot was stopped on a diving save. Heidi Kollanen was able to head a cross from Emma Koivisto in the 71st minute, but it went directly to Stanford for a save.

Overall, the Noles held a 28-5 advantage in shots, 8-3 with shots on goal and 9-4 in corners, but trailed 1-0 in goals for their first loss of the season.

 
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  8   1  0  0                
MF   5 Elin Jensen                56  1   1  0  0                
F    8 Heidi Kollanen             53  2   1  0  0                
F   10 Deyna Castellanos          79  2   1  0  0  1             
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             79  1   0  0  0                
D   14 Natalia Kuikka             90  1   1  0  0                
D   15 Olivia Bergau              64  0   0  0  0                
MF  17 Malia Berkely              69  6   3  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  0   0  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              90  1   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     7 Dallas Dorosy              37  1   0  0  0                
    13 Taylor Hallmon             26  0   0  0  0                
    18 Macayla Edwards            56  4   0  0  0                
    19 Doriana Moul               11  0   0  0  0                
    20 Kristen McFarland          11  1   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 28   8  0  0  1             
       Opp                        90  5   3  1  1        1       

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               90:00  1    2    1     
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  1    2    1     
Opp                         90:00  0    8  1      1
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  24:23 Opp  Opponent                  Opponent                  through ball to 11, past GK                                                


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

FLORIDA STATE 3, CONNECTICUT 0
09/08/2016, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 1 Noles Shutout No. 17 UConn
Florida State extends its home unbeaten streak to 25 matches with a 3-0 victory on Thursday night.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - For the 25th consecutive time, No. 1 Florida State (4-1-0) closed out a match at the Seminole Soccer Complex without a loss, earning a 3-0 shutout of No. 17 UConn (5-2-0) on Thursday night in front of 1,458 fans. The streak sits as the second-longest home unbeaten streak in school history, trailing the stretch of 37 matches that was set during the 2011 to 2014 seasons.

"Coming out and having a good, solid, strong performance was the most important thing, and I thought we did that," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "We came out and established a nice tempo in the attack with three goals from a variety of different ways, which was nice and created a lot of different opportunities.

"It feels great to be home and great to have that crowd out here cheering our group on. We're pretty good on the road, but we are really good at home and we love the crowd and the excitement. We have a beautiful field and a beautiful night and it is nice to be here."

Kaycie Tillman got the Noles on the board as the match neared the halftime whistle, slotting home a shot from eight yards at 43:39. Elin Jensen posted her first assist of the season, finding Tillman near the penalty spot on a pass from the left side, allowing the sophomore to give FSU a 1-0 lead on her first goal of the season.

Overall in the first half, the Seminoles maintained pressure on the Huskies, outshooting UConn 8-2 in the opening 45 minutes and earning seven corners. Heidi Kollanen had a nice scoring opportunity with chip pass in the 16th minute that bounced over UConn goalkeeper Emily Armstrong, but as the Noles scrambled to the ball, they were ruled offside.

In the 20th minute, Natalia Kuikka took the ball down the left, sending a pass to Kollanen near the penalty box. The freshman forward flicked the ball behind her to Deyna Castellanos at the penalty spot, but her controlling touch off her knee bounced up and accidentally hit her hand, giving the ball to UConn.

In the second half, both teams worked for possession and there were not many scoring opportunities with only two shots taken in the first 20 minutes after halftime.

Macayla Edwards stopped the drought with the first goal of her career in the 66th minute, firing a strike from the top of the penalty box on an assist from Tillman on the right side. As Tillman developed the play, both Castellanos and Megan Connolly made aggressive runs, drawing the defenders away, allowing Edwards to make it 2-0 FSU.

The Noles quickly added another goal in the 69th minute, as Castellanos recorded her fourth goal of the season. Edwards sent a long ball from midfield to Jensen on the left side and the sophomore midfielder played the ball nicely off the side of her foot to control and press toward the goal. Castellanos worked her way open at the top of the 18, and received the ball with two defenders and the goalkeeper approaching. The freshman stepped on the ball, changed direction, allowing the opponents to slide past and free up space to easily shoot the ball into the net for a 3-0 Seminole lead.

The Huskies continued to fight through the final 20 minutes of the match, but stellar defensive plays from the Noles protected the clean sheet. Shortly after FSU's third goal, UConn's Rachel Hill found space on the left side by herself before Kirsten Crowley closed the gap and had a nice slide tackle to take the ball off her and end the threat.

Crowley again saved a scoring chance in the 75th minute as Stephanie Ribeiro and Hill were on a counterattack and the redshirt senior defender elected to leave Hill, attack the passing lane and dove to intercept the through ball attempt.

Hill and Ribeiro combined for a late scoring opportunity in the 86th minute as Hill's pass from the left found Ribeiro near the penalty spot. Her controlling touch enabled her to spin around her defender but her shot was blocked by the outstretched leg of FSU freshman Taylor Hallmon. Hill later added a shot from outside the box that was saved by Cassie Miller in the 87th minute, the only shot on goal by UConn for the game.

The Noles finished with a 13-6 advantage in shots, 6-1 in shots on goal and 8-2 in corners. It is the second win over a ranked team this season and the 18th since the start of the 2014 season.

 
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  0                
MF   7 Dallas Dorosy              35  0   0  0  0                
F    8 Heidi Kollanen             65  0   0  0  0                
F   10 Deyna Castellanos          50  4   2  1  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             67  2   1  1  1        1       
D   14 Natalia Kuikka             90  1   0  0  0                
D   15 Olivia Bergau              37  0   0  0  0                
MF  17 Malia Berkely              90  1   1  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  2   1  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              76  0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     2 Haylie Grant               18  0   0  0  0                
     4 Holly Fritz                 8  0   0  0  0                
     5 Elin Jensen                39  0   0  0  2                
    13 Taylor Hallmon             67  0   0  0  0                
    18 Macayla Edwards            49  1   1  1  1                
    19 Doriana Moul               23  0   0  0  0                
    20 Kristen McFarland          29  1   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 13   6  3  4        1       
       Opp                        90  6   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  3    3    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  43:39 FSU  Kaycie Tillman            Elin Jensen               from eight yards out                                                       
  2.  65:18 FSU  Macayla Edwards           Kaycie Tillman            top of 18                                                                  
  3.  68:03 FSU  Deyna Castellanos         Elin Jensen               from 12 yards out                                                          
                                           Macayla Edwards


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

FLORIDA STATE 1, TROY 0
09/11/2016, TALLAHASSEE, FL, OT

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

McFarland's Golden Goal Lifts Seminoles Over Troy.
No. 1 Florida State remains unbeaten in its last 26 home matches after scoring in the 91st minute.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - After dealing with a 75 minute lightning delay prior to the match, No. 1 Florida State (5-1-0) needed even more than the regulation 90 minutes to decide its match on Sunday against Troy (4-4-1). However, the Noles were able to quickly put the ball in the back of the net on Kristen McFarland's golden goal just 52 seconds into the overtime period to give FSU a 1-0 victory.

"Troy did a great job of playing together collectively, and I'm not sure that we did a good enough job of spreading the field with the quality of the passes," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "The last game, the quality around the penalty box was better, and we were able to score three goals. This time, the quality wasn't quite good enough and a post, a crossbar and a couple of chances here and there, but that's soccer. We just have to continue to improve."

Despite ending regulation tied at 0-0, the Noles had several quality chances throughout the match. Freshman Malia Berkely made a run down the left side in the sixth minute and passed it into Deyna Castellanos, who found sophomore Kaycie Tillman at the top of the box. Her shot was saved and deflected by Troy goalkeeper, Mikki Lewis, but continued on toward the goal before being cleared away by Klara Andrup.

Lewis made another nice save for the Trojans in the 18th minute, collecting a header from Megan Connolly, one of her team-leading seven shots during the match.

Castellanos had one of the best opportunities at the goal in the 25th minute, dribbling the ball deep into the penalty box on the right side, sliding by defenders before taking a shot from eight yards out that was blocked into the side of the net, narrowly missing the post.

In the second half, Connolly nearly got the 1,138 fans at the Seminole Soccer Complex to stand on their feet, but her strike from 20 yards out hit the crossbar. Freshman Doriana Moul started the play down the right side, feeding a pass into the penalty box for Tillman, who played a nice drop pass for Connolly in open space.

Tillman later used the side of her foot for an impressive flick pass in the 78th minute, deflecting a long ball from Taylor Hallmon on to Dallas Dorosy in the middle of the field. Dorosy continued her run and earned the Noles a corner, but they could not find a shot during the sequence.

FSU nearly ended the game in regulation as Macayla Edwards worked into the penalty area and dropped a pass back for Tillman with 13 seconds remaining. The sophomore's shot bounced off the post on the left and the ball was cleared as time expired.

FSU struck quickly in the overtime period as McFarland made a run on the left of the goal and her shot at 90:12 was saved away for corner by Troy's Lewis. On the ensuing corner, Connolly's cross into the box from the left found Kirsten Crowley on the far post. The redshirt senior wasn't in a position for her header to score, so she played it back toward the middle of the box, where McFarland was easily able to chest the ball home for the overtime winner.

"We had a lot of chances, but it was just about being precise and putting it in the back of the net," said McFarland. "We got the timing right at the end and got the goal. It was a pretty easy goal because my teammates did a great job of putting me in the right place."

Overall, the Noles outshot the Trojans, 18-2, with a 5-1 advantage in shots on goal and 7-1 in corners. The golden goal is the first overtime winning goal by Florida State since Emma Koivisto on August 29, 2014 at Oklahoma State in the 106th minute. FSU has played five other overtime matches over that stretch, with each of them ending in a draw.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller              91  0   0  0  0                
MF   2 Haylie Grant               48  0   0  0  0                
MF   3 Megan Connolly             83  7   2  0  1                
F    8 Heidi Kollanen             52  1   0  0  0                
F   10 Deyna Castellanos          62  3   0  0  0                
F   12 Kaycie Tillman             78  2   1  0  0                
MF  13 Taylor Hallmon             91  0   0  0  0                
D   15 Olivia Bergau              90  0   0  0  0                
D   17 Malia Berkely              91  1   0  0  0                
D   18 Macayla Edwards            91  2   0  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            91  0   0  0  1                
       ---Substitutes---
     4 Holly Fritz                13  0   0  0  0                
     7 Dallas Dorosy              43  0   0  0  0                
    19 Doriana Moul               39  0   0  0  0                
    20 Kristen McFarland          38  2   2  1  0        1       
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        91 18   5  1  2        1       
       Opp                        91  2   1  0  0  1             

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               90:52  0    1  1      1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:52  0    1  1      1
Opp                         90:52  1    4    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  90:52 FSU  Kristen McFarland         Kirsten Crowley           chested in from one yard off header pass                                   
                                           Megan Connolly


  1 2 OT Total
TROY
0
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
1
1

FLORIDA STATE 2, MERCER 0
09/15/2016, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Third-Straight Shutout Gives Noles Win Over Mercer.
No. 3 Florida State scored one goal in each half to defeat Mercer, 2-0, on Thursday night.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Controlling possession throughout the entire game, No. 3 Florida State improved to 6-1-0 on the season with a 2-0 victory over Mercer (2-4-1) on Thursday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex.

Florida State outshot Mercer, 25-0, for the game, marking the first time that the Noles have held a team without a shot since Pitt on October 14, 2014. Overall, the Seminoles have not allowed a shot in the last 117:57 of game time, dating back to Troy on September 11.

"We have to continue work on our quality around the penalty box," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "Again today, I thought that we let some chances get away from us. Mercer came in with a very good game plan and their players executed it very well. I thought their goalkeeper stood strong on a number of the chances we had. Overall, it was a solid performance from our group and now we turn all of our attention to conference play."

The Seminoles put the pressure on from the opening whistle, earning six corners and five shots in the first 24 minutes, but unable to finish and put the ball in the back of the net.

FSU broke through at 24:57 on Kristen McFarland's third goal of the year. The freshman forward had just subbed into the game three minutes prior and received the ball near the corner of the six yard box on the right side from Kaycie Tillman. She was able to take a controlling touch before finding a seam between the defender and goalkeeper to give FSU a 1-0 lead.

Mercer's only quality offensive chance came in the 37th minute as the Bears were able to work the ball up the left side before earning their only corner of the match. FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller caught the service to end the threat.

MU goalkeeper Cristina Mursuli made an outstanding save in the 41st minute coming off an FSU corner. Megan Connolly's service into the box ricocheted off Taylor Hallmon and a Mercer defender going to the right and Holly Fritz was in position to put a solid header back toward the left. Mursuli was forced to dive back and secured possession to keep the score at 1-0.

The Noles nearly made it 2-0 before halftime as Briana Alston sent in a low cross from the right with five seconds left to the foot of Heidi Kollanen. MU's Mursuli was able to get in position for the save just before time expired.

FSU came out of halftime and scored quickly on a goal by Hallmon in the 47th minute. Connolly's service on FSU's ninth corner of the match found its target as the freshman scored the first goal of her career to extend the lead to 2-0.

"I am really glad I was able to put the ball into the back of the net for my teammates tonight," said Hallmon. "Meg Connolly had a great serve and with me and (Kirsten) Crowley, our job is to run in and put something on it and I was able to do that. I think it was really important that we got this win as we move into conference play."

FSU also had a strong scoring chance in the 65th minute after a corner from Kollanen bounced to the feet of Deyna Castellanos, but her shot was blocked in the middle of the box. FSU maintained possession and Kollanen quickly followed with a shot of her own that was saved by Mursuli, one of her six saves for the match.

It is the sixth shutout of the season for the Seminoles, and FSU has only allowed one goal all year. The Noles entered Thursday's game as one of just six schools in the country to allow one or fewer goals in the 2016 season.

The win also extends FSU's home unbeaten streak to 27 matches, the second-longest streak in school history. Overall, FSU is 62-1-2 in its last 65 home matches, dating back to October 13, 2011.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller              73  0   0  0  0                
MF   2 Haylie Grant               50  0   0  0  0                
F    3 Megan Connolly             66  1   0  0  1                
MF   7 Dallas Dorosy              75  1   1  0  0                
F   10 Deyna Castellanos          44  3   1  0  0                
D   13 Taylor Hallmon             90  2   1  1  0                
D   15 Olivia Bergau              34  0   0  0  0                
D   17 Malia Berkely              78  0   0  0  0                
MF  18 Macayla Edwards            10  1   0  0  0                
MF  19 Doriana Moul               47  2   0  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     1 Amanda Kopale              17  0   0  0  0                
     4 Holly Fritz                40  5   2  0  0                
     6 Yo Tachibana               33  1   0  0  0                
     8 Heidi Kollanen             71  5   2  0  0                
     9 Ari Hudson                 20  1   0  0  0                
    11 Julia Phillips             16  0   0  0  0                
    12 Kaycie Tillman             51  2   0  0  1                
    16 Briana Alston              38  0   0  0  0                
    20 Kristen McFarland          50  1   1  1  0        1       
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 25   8  2  2        1       
       Opp                        90  0   0  0  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               72:38  0    0  1       
Amanda Kopale               17:22  0    0          
Team                         0:00                 1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    0  1      1
Opp                         90:00  2    6    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  24:57 FSU  Kristen McFarland         Kaycie Tillman            finish from eight yards                                                    
  2.  46:21 FSU  Taylor Hallmon            Megan Connolly            header from three yards off corner                                         


  1 2 Total
MERCER
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
1
1
2

FLORIDA STATE 1, MIAMI 0
09/18/2016, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 3 FSU Opens ACC Play With Win Over Miami.
The Noles earned a 1-0 victory at home on Sunday for their seventh shutout of the season.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Rain fell off and on at the Seminole Soccer Complex on Sunday, but after 90 minutes of game action, including a lightning-free downpour during the final 19 minutes of the match, along with two hours and 19 minutes of weather delay, No. 3 Florida State (7-1-0, 1-0-0 ACC) held on for a 1-0 win over Miami (5-4-0, 0-1-0 ACC) to open conference play in 2016. Freshman forward Deyna Castellanos scored the only goal of the match in the 20th minute to give the Noles their seventh shutout of the season.

The win also extended FSU's home unbeaten streak to 28 matches, while the Noles are now one of just four schools to allow one or fewer goals so far in the 2016 season, joining Lehigh (0), Northwestern (1), Brown (1).

"I thought that Miami came out very prepared, with a great deal of energy, and fortunately we were able to ride the storm at the beginning and get a little bit better control of the game," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "I thought in the second half we had some good spacing and passing and a couple of good chances at the goal. I think we should be experienced at [handling lightning delays] by now. I think nearly every one of our games has had some sort of weather issue. The good news is we were able to find a way to ride it out and came back and find the result."

The Hurricanes came out and pressured the Noles from the opening kick, earning three shots in the first four minutes of the match, with two blocked and a third from UM's Ronnie Johnson sailing high of the goal.

The Seminoles didn't record their first shot until the 15th minute when Macayla Edwards worked through the middle of the field, striking a shot from 20 yards that went wide of the goal.

Castellanos continued her impressive freshman season, scoring her fifth goal of the season at 19:27 from 12 yards out. Junior midfielder Haylie Grant played a ball through toward Megan Connolly at the top of the box, but it was just out of reach of her teammate and attempted to be cleared by the Miami backline.

Grant blocked down the clearance toward Castellanos in the middle of the box and the Venezuelan native shot the ball inside the right post on her first touch to give the Noles a 1-0 lead.

The Noles went on the offensive for most of the remainder of the first half, taking four of the next five shots, including a strike from Kristen McFarland that was just wide in the 42nd minute.

The Miami offense came out quickly again in the opening minutes of the second half, controlling possession and the shots for a five minute span from the 49th to 53rd minutes. FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller saved all three shots on goal during the sequence, including a one-on-one shot from 15 yards by Kristina Fisher.

FSU created a pair of quality chances later in the half, but were not quite precise enough to take a shot. Sophomore Kaycie Tillman played a ball off the side of her foot in the midfield in the 62nd minute to Castellanos, creating a two vs. one situation with McFarland. The entry pass was too far out in front, allowing UM goalkeeper Phallon Tullis-Joyce to secure the ball and possession.

Castellanos was the target of Malia Berkely as she dribbled up the right side through the Miami defense in the 66th minute, but her pass into the penalty box was a bit too far for her fellow freshman to get on to.

Tillman managed the best offensive chance for the Noles in the second half, but her shot at 69:24 went high of the goal. Sophomore Olivia Bergau started the play with a quality throw-in from midfield down the left side for McFarland. The freshman forward pressed the ball to the endline before sending a low cross back through the box for Tillman shot.

Lightning was detected shortly after and teams went to the locker room. After a two hour and 19 minute delay, the game resumed as a significant amount of rain continued to fall at the Seminole Soccer Complex.

The Seminoles dominated the final 19 minutes of match after play resumed. FSU was the only team to record a shot (4) or a corner (2) after the lightning delay. The only offensive opportunity for Miami came in the 89th minute as a FSU foul just outside the penalty box gave the Hurricanes a free kick. Miami played the ball off to the left instead of driving a cross into the box, and McFarland made a nice play to intercept the pass and clear it away to help secure the win.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller              90  0   0  0  0                
MF   2 Haylie Grant               29  0   0  0  1                
MF   3 Megan Connolly             90  1   0  0  0                
F    8 Heidi Kollanen             49  0   0  0  0                
F   10 Deyna Castellanos          90  4   1  1  0        1       
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             90  2   0  0  0                
D   13 Taylor Hallmon             90  0   0  0  0                
D   17 Malia Berkely              64  0   0  0  0                
D   18 Macayla Edwards            90  3   0  0  0                
MF  19 Doriana Moul               21  0   0  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     4 Holly Fritz                 7  0   0  0  0                
     7 Dallas Dorosy              69  1   0  0  0                
    15 Olivia Bergau              71  0   0  0  0                
    20 Kristen McFarland          50  1   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 12   1  1  1        1       
       Opp                        90  9   4  0  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               90:00  0    4  1      1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    4  1      1
Opp                         90:00  1    0    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  19:27 FSU  Deyna Castellanos         Haylie Grant              from 12 yards                                                              


  1 2 Total
MIAMI
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
1
0
1

FLORIDA STATE 3, WAKE FOREST 0
09/22/2016, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Three Goals In Four Minutes Gives FSU A 3-0 Win Over Wake Forest.
The No. 3 Seminoles used three second-half goals to earn their eighth shutout of the season.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Finding the back of the net three times from the 60th to the 63rd minute, No. 3 Florida State (8-1-0, 2-0-0 ACC) extended its home unbeaten to 29 matches with a 3-0 win over RV Wake Forest (8-2-0, 0-2-0 ACC) on Thursday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex.

Sophomore Megan Connolly opened the scoring barrage at 59:01, while fellow sophomore Dallas Dorosy added her first goal of the season at 60:46 and freshman Kristen McFarland capped the scoring at 62:08.

The shutout marked the eighth clean sheet of the season for the Seminoles and extended the current consecutive shutout streak to 516:29, which is the fifth longest streak in school history.

"I think the key tonight was persistence," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "We stepped up a little higher than we often do in terms of our defending, and I think our kids brought an intensity with them into this game that I thought helped to control the game territorially. A couple of the goals are little fortunate, we got on the end of them and they go off a defender and into the net for you. But with that said, we had a few other very good chances where we could have had a goal."

Freshman Malia Berkely started the scoring chance that opened the floodgates in the 60th minute, taking the ball down the left side and finding Haylie Grant near the corner of the penalty box. The junior sent a shot that bounced off the crossbar and to the foot of Connolly for an easy rebound goal from five yards out for a 1-0 FSU lead.

Just over a minute and a half later, Kirsten Crowley sent a long ball down the right side to McFarland and the freshman forward worked toward the end line before sending a low cross through to Dorosy near the penalty spot. The sophomore took a shot that glanced off a Wake Forest defender and out of reach of goalkeeper Lindsay Preston for a 2-0 advantage.

Crowley and McFarland hooked up again 82 seconds later when the redshirt senior lofted a long ball to the freshman in the middle of the field. McFarland collected the ball near the top of the penalty box off a Wake Forest defender and took a shot that was saved. She fought for possession again and struck home her fourth goal of the season to make it 3-0 Florida State.

The three points on a goal and an assist by McFarland marked the first multi-point game of her career, while it was the second time in Crowley's career that she had recorded two assists in a game, matching her performance against Pitt on October 3, 2015.

"I think is all about persistency," said McFarland when asked about her goal. "You're not going to get the best look and chance every time. Sometimes you are just going to have to keep going and going until it goes in. I just wasn't going to give up."

"That is part of Kristen's quality and that's part of her character," added Krikorian. "She's a hard working kid and she's a fighter and a scrapper. I think that goal showed off a lot of the great qualities she has."

Connolly had a solid chance to make it 4-0 in the 86th minute, but her header bounced just wide of the left post. Doriana Moul created the scoring chance with a back heel pass on the left side, leaving the ball for sophomore Olivia Bergau. Bergau's service across the box for Connolly found its mark, but the sophomore midfielder was unable to get it on frame from 10 yards out.

All of the action in the second half was in contrast to the first 45 minutes where both teams primarily tried to send long balls behind the opposing backlines to break down the defenses. The Noles had two solid chances in the seventh minute, earning a pair of corners and Natalia Kuikka taking a shot from the top of the box that was punched over the crossbar by the Wake Forest goalkeeper.

Preston made another impressive save in the 22nd minute, diving to stop a strike from Dorosy from 20 yards that appeared destined to sneak inside the left post.

Wake Forest was held without a shot until the 38th minute and the Demon Deacons had three quality chances that all were turned away by goalkeeper Cassie Miller and the FSU defense.

Kahla Seymour found space in the box and received a cross from Sarah Medina in the 39th minute, but her shot was saved by Miller. Sarah Teegarden sent a long through ball behind the Seminole backline to Peyton Perea in the 66th minute, but her cross into the box was headed into the air by Crowley and caught by Miller to end the threat. The final chance from WF came on a shot in the 85th minute by Kate Ravenna that was curling toward the near post before being punched away by Miller and cleared by Connolly.

Overall, the Noles outshot the Deacs 12-6 and held a 7-0 advantage in corners. Miller stopped all three shots on goal from Wake Forest, while Preston made five saves on the evening for WF.

 
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  1  0        1       
MF   7 Dallas Dorosy              82  2   2  1  0                
F    8 Heidi Kollanen             45  0   0  0  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             59  0   0  0  0                
D   14 Natalia Kuikka             90  3   3  0  0                
D   17 Malia Berkely              77  0   0  0  1  1             
MF  18 Macayla Edwards            46  1   0  0  0                
F   20 Kristen McFarland          55  2   2  1  1                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  0   0  0  2                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              90  1   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     2 Haylie Grant               28  1   0  0  1                
     4 Holly Fritz                20  0   0  0  0                
     6 Yo Tachibana                8  0   0  0  0                
    13 Taylor Hallmon             44  0   0  0  0                
    15 Olivia Bergau              13  0   0  0  0                
    16 Briana Alston              35  0   0  0  0                
    19 Doriana Moul               27  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 12   8  3  5  1     1       
       Opp                        90  6   3  0  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               90:00  0    3  1      1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    3  1      1
Opp                         90:00  3    5    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  59:01 FSU  Megan Connolly            Haylie Grant              rebound off crossbar from 5 yards                                          
                                           Malia Berkely
  2.  60:46 FSU  Dallas Dorosy             Kristen McFarland         finish from 12 yards on cross from right                                   
                                           Kirsten Crowley
  3.  62:08 FSU  Kristen McFarland         Kirsten Crowley           from 10 yards off rebound from gk                                          


  1 2 Total
WAKE FOREST
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
0
3
3

FLORIDA STATE 1, VIRGINIA 1
09/25/2016, TALLAHASSEE, FL, OT, game called at 99:06 because of rain and lightning.

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU And UVA Battle To Rain-Shortened Overtime Draw.
The No. 3 Seminoles and No. 2 Cavaliers played 99:06 before lightning and rain forced the match to end in a draw.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The matchup of two of the top three teams in the country was every bit of the battle you would expect from No. 3 Florida State and No. 2 Virginia on Sunday afternoon at the Seminole Soccer Complex. UVA struck first with a goal in the ninth minute and FSU punched back with the equalizer in the 68th minute, but rain and lightning brought the final blow to the game, ending the match with a 1-1 draw at 99:06 in the first overtime period.

The Seminoles (8-1-1, 2-0-1 ACC) extended their home unbeaten streak to 30 matches, while it marked the second consecutive time that a match between the Noles and the Cavaliers (8-2-1, 1-1-1 ACC) ended in a draw.

"Absolutely it is disappointing [ending the game due to weather]," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "We have the utmost respect for Virginia and their program, and this was an opportunity for two good teams to get together on the same field and compete. Both teams wanted to have some conclusion to the game and I think it is challenging for both of us to walk off with some unfinished business. But at the end of the day, with the quality that Virginia brought in the first half and the quality we brought in the second half, maybe 1-1 is fair."

Virginia held the pressure in the early going and earned its first scoring chance in the fourth minute as Veronica Latsko sent a low cross through the box from the left side, but there was no Cavalier teammate to get on the end of it.

Shortly after a UVA corner, Latsko opened the scoring in the ninth minute on a cross from Hana Kerner. It was Latsko's team-leading seventh goal of the season and marked the first time that Virginia had scored in Tallahassee in 407:26 minutes of match time, dating back to September 25, 2008.

The UVA goal also ended FSU's consecutive scoreless streak at 528:18 - the fifth-longest streak in school history.

FSU was able to penetrate the Cavalier defense with corner kicks in the 26th and 27th minutes, but were unable to produce a shot. Freshman Heidi Kollanen had one of the best offensive chances at 27:01, striking a shot from the left side that slipped through two UVA defenders and appeared to be heading past Cavalier GK Morgan Stearns but was blocked down by Megan Reid and cleared away.

The Noles earned their fourth corner of the half in the 43rd minute and Megan Connolly's service into the box found sophomore Natalia Kuikka, but her header went over the crossbar.

FSU entered the locker room trailing Virginia, 1-0, and ended up staying in there for an extended amount of time as there was a 33 minute lightning delay during the halftime intermission.

In the second half, the Seminoles came out with the pressure and Malia Berkely took the first FSU shot of the period, dribbling across the top of the penalty box before drilling a low shot from the right that was saved by Stearns in the 58th minute. After another corner for FSU, Kristen McFarland's header went into the hands of Stearns.

FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller made a great save in the 64th minute, blocking away a shot from Ayan Adu and the Cavaliers were unable to get a shot on the ensuing corner.

There was a dangerous situation in the Virginia penalty box in the 65th minute as Taylor Hallmon sent in a long pass near the penalty spot. FSU's McFarland and UVA's Stearns each met the ball at the same time and McFarland's shot and body were both caught by Stearns in a collision.

McFarland took advantage of her next opportunity and tied the match at 1-1 in the 68th minute. The freshman forward intercepted a back pass from a UVA defender and entered the penalty box one-on-one against Stearns. As the UVA GK came out to challenge, the Powell, Ohio native cut the ball to the left and easily finished it into the net for her fifth goal of the season.

Virginia nearly scored in the exact same way that FSU did in the 80th minute as Latsko picked off a pass between Seminole defenders 25 yards from the goal. Her first touch was a bit out in front and as Miller closed out, Latsko was unable to get a strong shot on the ball and it rolled wide of the goal to the left.

A yellow card issued to UVA's Montana Sutton in the 86th minute gave the Noles a solid chance at goal, but Kuikka's header off of Hallmon's service was blocked away by Stearns. The ball rebounded dangerously in the box, but no FSU players were in the area to finish the chance.

After 90 minutes, the Noles held a narrow 12-11 lead in shots and an 8-3 advantage in corners.

In the first overtime, Virginia took the first shot as Alissa Gorzak's strike was saved by Miller in the 93rd minute.

Kaycie Tillman started a scoring chance for the Noles in the 96th minute, flicking a ball behind her to McFarland on a run down the right side. The freshman sent a cross in that was blocked away for a corner. Connolly's corner eventually found McFarland, but her shot went over the frame.

Both teams pressed to get an opportunity before the first overtime ended, with FSU's Tillman taking a shot at 98:29 that was saved by Stearns and Virginia earning a corner at 99:05. However, before the Cavaliers were able to take the corner, the match entered a lightning warning for the second time. After a 70 minute delay of rain and lightning, the match was called in a draw.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller              99  0   0  0  0                
F    3 Megan Connolly             99  1   0  0  0                
MF   7 Dallas Dorosy              38  1   0  0  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             88  1   1  0  0                
MF  13 Taylor Hallmon             68  0   0  0  0  1             
D   14 Natalia Kuikka             99  2   1  0  0                
D   17 Malia Berkely              72  2   1  0  0                
MF  18 Macayla Edwards            99  0   0  0  0                
F   20 Kristen McFarland          99  4   3  1  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            99  0   0  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              92  1   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     2 Haylie Grant               14  0   0  0  0                
     5 Elin Jensen                56  1   1  0  0                
     8 Heidi Kollanen             40  1   0  0  0                
    15 Olivia Bergau              27  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        99 14   7  1  0  1             
       Opp                        99 12   4  1  1  2             

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               99:06  1    3      1   
                          =========================
FSU                         99:06  1    3      1   
Opp                         99:06  1    6      1   
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.   8:52 Opp  Opponent                  Opponent                  from eight yards                                                           
  2.  67:02 FSU  Kristen McFarland                                   takeaway and finish from six yards                                         


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

FLORIDA STATE 2, PITTSBURGH 0
10/01/2016, PITTSBURGH, PA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 2 Noles Earn 2-0 Victory At Pitt.
Florida State recorded its ninth shutout of the season to remain unbeaten in ACC play.

PITTSBURGH, PA - Scoring twice in the opening nine minutes, No. 2 Florida State (9-1-1, 3-0-1 ACC) remained unbeaten in conference play with a 2-0 victory on the road at Pitt (1-10-1, 0-4-0 ACC) on Saturday afternoon at Ambrose Urbanic Field.

It marked the ninth shutout of the season for the Seminoles and the third against ACC competition.

"Certainly when you go on the road in the ACC and you come away with a win, it's always good," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "But I've mentioned all season of how young of a team we have and I think today we showed signs of some of that youth. We were a little immature and imprecise at times, but credit to Pittsburgh for putting us in those challenging situations.

"We were able to get out to a quick lead, but after that it seemed we let off a bit, which is a sign of a lack of experience. We'll go and continue to teach and work to get better, and it is always nice to walk away with three points. At the end of the day, we have to continue to play the best that we can and I'm not sure we had our best game today."

Kirsten Crowley got the Noles on the board quickly with a goal at 1:13, heading home a corner from Natalia Kuikka for her first goal of the season. It was the fastest goal of the season for the Seminoles and quickest goal since Dagny Brynjarsdottir found the back of the net at 1:05 against Boston College on October 28 in the quarterfinal round of the 2012 ACC Tournament.

Kaycie Tillman added to the lead with a goal of her own in the ninth minute. Megan Connolly earned her third assist of the season, crossing in a ball from the right that Tillman struck into the net from eight yards out.

The Noles kept the pressure on the Panthers, but couldn't find any additional goals in the opening half. Dallas Dorosy took three shots, two on goal and had what looked like her fourth shot go off the far post in the 26th minute.

Holly Fritz had a quality chance in the 39th minute, getting on the end of a Haylie Grant cross and firing a shot from 15 yards that was saved by Pitt's GK Taylor Francis.

Elin Jensen sent a shot in from 25 yards that squarely hit the crossbar in the 41st minute, but the Noles couldn't add to the chance.

Pitt had several scoring opportunities in the first half, recording four shots, which equaled their entire output in the previous three matches in the series. Siobhan McDonough hit a shot wide in the 19th minute and Alex Wright's shot in the 39th minute was saved by FSU GK Cassie Miller.

The Panthers also had two dangerous free kicks deep in their offensive third, but Crowley cleared the first chance and Miller secured possession on the second to maintain the clean sheet.

In the second half, both teams had quality looks at the goal, but neither were able to put it in the net.

Taylor Hallmon drove a free kick from the center circle into the six-yard box in the 53rd minute, causing the ball to bounce around in the penalty area. Malia Berkely worked to gain possession and her shot went just wide to the left.

Macayla Edwards sent a through ball up to Kristen McFarland 30 yards from the goal, giving the freshman a breakaway opportunity. McFarland collected the ball and took a shot from 20 yards that was saved by Pitt's Francis as she came out beyond the penalty spot to challenge the shot and block it away.

FSU's GK Miller made an equally impressive save in the 72nd minute as Pitt's Sarah Krause redirected a cross into the box by Bel Van Noorden from five yards out. The redshirt junior keeper showed off her reflexes to catch the ball and preserve the shutout. Miller finished with a season-high five saves in the win.

Fouls by Pitt just outside of the penalty area gave the Noles a pair of free kicks, but the ensuing shots from Connolly went just wide and high of the goal, respectively.

After Pitt's first corner in the 77th minute, FSU held the majority of the possession over the final 10 minutes to secure the shutout victory. The Noles outshot the Panthers, 15-8 and held a 4-1 advantage in corners.

 
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             77  2   0  0  1                
MF   7 Dallas Dorosy              49  3   2  0  0                
F    8 Heidi Kollanen             35  0   0  0  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             56  1   1  1  0                
D   13 Taylor Hallmon             57  0   0  0  0  1             
D   14 Natalia Kuikka             90  0   0  0  1                
D   17 Malia Berkely              90  1   0  0  0                
F   20 Kristen McFarland          81  2   1  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  2   2  1  0        1       
D   23 Emma Koivisto              77  1   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     2 Haylie Grant               32  0   0  0  0                
     4 Holly Fritz                 6  1   1  0  0                
     5 Elin Jensen                55  1   0  0  0                
     6 Yo Tachibana               13  0   0  0  0                
    15 Olivia Bergau              24  0   0  0  0                
    16 Briana Alston              17  0   0  0  0                
    18 Macayla Edwards            47  1   0  0  0                
    19 Doriana Moul                3  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 15   7  2  2  1     1       
       Opp                        90  8   5  0  0  2             

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               90:00  0    5  1      1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    5  1      1
Opp                         90:00  2    5    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.   1:13 FSU  Kirsten Crowley           Natalia Kuikka            header off of corner kick                                                  
  2.   8:11 FSU  Kaycie Tillman            Megan Connolly            cross into the box tap on right side                                       


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
2
0
2
PITTSBURGH
0
0
0

BOSTON COLLEGE 2, FLORIDA STATE 1
10/06/2016, CHESTNUT HILL, MA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 2 Seminoles Fall At Boston College.
FSU drops its first conference game of the season in a 2-1 defeat at Boston College on Thursday night.

NEWTON, MA - Entering the game with the nation's best defense, allowing just two total goals and a 0.18 goals-against average, No. 2 Florida State (9-2-1, 3-1-1 ACC) was unable to hold off the high-powered offense of Boston College (10-3-1, 2-3-0 ACC) on Thursday night, falling to the Eagles by a score of 2-1.

It marked the first conference loss for Florida State on the season and the first time the Noles had allowed more than one goal in a game this season.

"Our kids came in and gave all that they had," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "Probably a mistake in the first half cost us a goal, and our kids battled back pretty well to equalize. But we know that Boston College is an explosive team. Dowd picked up a ball, ran with it, our backline probably should have stepped a bit earlier to her and she hit an impressive goal.

"Our group continued to fight, but maybe a bit naïve in the attacking play as the game wore on. Though not for a lack of effort, that's for sure. Credit to Boston College for a good performance on their end and we'll regroup and prepare to go to Syracuse."

The Noles had a great scoring chance in the seventh minute, as Natalia Kuikka's flick off the side of her foot found Megan Connolly down the right side by herself. The sophomore sent in a cross to Kristen McFarland, but the pass was just out in front of the freshman and she was unable to get a foot on it near the penalty spot.

Boston College took advantage of their best chance in the first half and opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a goal from Lauren Berman. The Eagles sent in a long ball from midfield that bounced in the box and the header attempt by a Seminole defender back to FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller was off-target. The ball fell to the feet of Berman and she put it past Miller on her first touch for her fourth goal of the season.

Florida State found the equalizer in the 25th minute on Dallas Dorosy's second goal of the season. Kaycie Tillman started the scoring opportunity, chipping a ball into the box for McFarland on the right. The freshman forward dribbled toward the goal, drawing Boston College GK Alexis Bryant, and was able to slip a pass by her and to the foot of Dorosy inside the six-yard box.

BC scored what proved to be the game-winner in the 51st minute, as Hayley Dowd secured possession of a loose ball near the center circle and drove toward the goal, striking a strong shot from 20 yards that just snuck inside the left post to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead.

It marked the first goal allowed in the second half by Florida State (outside of the breakaway goal by Duke at 89:59 of the 2015 national semifinal) since November 8, 2015 in the ACC Championship Game against Virginia, marking a span of 779:00 minutes of second half and overtime without surrendering a goal.

FSU battled for some chances quickly after allowing the goal, but neither were able to even the score. In the 54th minute, Malia Berkely's shot rolled just wide of the post, while in the 57th minute, Oliva Bergau took a shot from 15 yards that was blocked and Tillman's follow-up was saved by BC's Bryant.

Miller made a diving save in the 72nd minute to keep the Noles in the match, stopping a strike from Berman after Dowd's pass found its way through several Seminoles near the top of the box.

The Seminoles pushed their numbers high as the game drew to a close to find a goal, but they could not get that second goal before the final whistle.

Overall, Boston College outshot the Noles, 12-9, including 5-4 in shots on goal. Florida State finished with a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.

 
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  1   0  0  0                
MF   7 Dallas Dorosy              90  2   2  1  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             79  1   1  0  0                
D   14 Natalia Kuikka             90  2   0  0  0                
MF  15 Olivia Bergau              39  1   0  0  0                
D   17 Malia Berkely              90  2   1  0  0                
MF  18 Macayla Edwards            43  0   0  0  0                
F   20 Kristen McFarland          86  0   0  0  1                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  0   0  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              90  0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     2 Haylie Grant                4  0   0  0  0                
     5 Elin Jensen                51  0   0  0  0                
     8 Heidi Kollanen             11  0   0  0  0                
    13 Taylor Hallmon             47  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90  9   4  1  1                
       Opp                        90 12   5  2  0        1       

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               90:00  2    3    1     
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  2    3    1     
Opp                         90:00  1    3  1       
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  15:15 Opp  Opponent                                            one-touched a ball in the box                                              
  2.  24:57 FSU  Dallas Dorosy             Kristen McFarland         one-timed a deflection from 6 yards out                                    
  3.  50:04 Opp  Opponent                                                                                                                       


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

FLORIDA STATE 1, SYRACUSE 1
10/09/2016, SYRACUSE, NY, 2 OT

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Earns Draw On The Road At Syracuse.
The No. 2 Seminoles battled to a 1-1 draw with the Orange on Sunday afternoon.

SYRACUSE, NY - Playing without its top two scorers, Deyna Castellanos and Kristen McFarland, No. 2 Florida State (9-2-2, 3-1-2 ACC) battled for 110 minutes before coming away with a 1-1 draw on the road at Syracuse (7-5-3, 0-4-2 ACC) on Sunday afternoon.

It marked the third overtime match of the season for the Seminoles as FSU defeated Troy, 1-0, on September 11 and played to a rain-shortened 1-1 draw against Virginia on September 25. The Noles are unbeaten in their last nine overtime matches, posting a record of 2-0-7, dating back to the start of the 2014 season.

"Credit to Syracuse, they came out and were organized and got the early goal to put the pressure on us," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "We knew that this trip, coming up to Boston College and Syracuse, was going to be the hardest road trip of the season. Between the quality of our opponents, the travel, the exams and other schoolwork for our kids, we knew the time away was going to be a challenge.

"I was hopeful that we'd be able to take away three points after losing at Boston College, but we weren't good enough. We certainly created enough opportunities, and credit to their goalkeeper as well for making some very good point-blank saves. When you are in front of the goal and you have that moment, you have to put the ball in the back of the net and today we weren't lethal. Now we walk away with a point and go back and regroup for the next game."

Syracuse broke out to a quick 1-0 lead in the opening minute of the match as Alex Lamontagne scored her first goal of the season at 0:59 to give the Orange a 1-0 lead. She worked her way to the left corner of the 18-yard box and lofted a shot that went over FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller and into the upper right corner of the net.

Kaycie Tillman nearly tied the match in the 14th minute as her header from Elin Jensen skipped off the crossbar from eight yards out.

The Noles would level the game in the 24th minute on a goal from Jensen on the right side. Megan Connolly worked to get the ball at the top of the penalty box before sending a pass out to the right for Jensen to strike home from 15 yards.

Jensen and Tillman combined for another solid scoring chance as Jensen slipped a pass through the SU backline to a charging Tillman along the right, but her centering pass for Connolly was intercepted by a diving catch from Syracuse goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan.

The Seminoles controlled the majority of possession in the second half, outshooting the Orange 14-5 and earning a total of five corners, but could not find their second goal of the game.

Tillman's shot in the 58th minute from the right side was redirected by a Syracuse defender popped up over the goal for a corner kick, but the Noles were unable to get another shot on the chance.

Syracuse's best opportunity in the second half came on a counterattack in the 61st minute as Lamontagne broke away in the midfield, creating a two vs. one chance with teammate Sydney Brackett. Lamontagne sent a pass out to the left for Brackett, but her shot from 15 yards was wide of the net.

The Noles hit the crossbar twice in a matter of seconds in the 78th minute as Heidi Kollanen entered the match prior to an FSU corner. Stationed in front of the goalkeeper, Kollanen hit Natalia Kuikka's service with her body up into the underside of the crossbar before the ball was punched away by Brosnan. As FSU maintained possession, the ball worked around to Malia Berkely and her shot from 20 yards struck squarely off the face of the bar before being cleared by the Orange defense.

There was not much action in the first overtime as neither team took a shot until Kollanen's header in the 97th minute that was saved by SU's Brosnan.

Syracuse did earn a dangerous chance as the first overtime came to a close, drawing a foul 25 yards out at the top of the box with 10 seconds left. Taylor Bennett's shot went well high as both teams regrouped for the second overtime period.

The final 10 minutes was dominated by Florida State as the Noles outshot the Orange 6-0 in the period and earned a pair of corner kicks. SU's Brosnan made a pair of outstanding saves in the 105th minute as Tillman took a shot from within the six-yard box that was stopped, and the rebound out to Taylor Hallmon was deflected away on a diving save as well.

Overall, the Seminoles outshot the Orange 27-9, including 16-4 in shots on goal. FSU earned nine corners for the match, while Syracuse managed just one.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller             110  0   0  0  0                
F    3 Megan Connolly            110  3   2  0  1                
F    5 Elin Jensen               101  4   2  1  0                
MF   7 Dallas Dorosy              79  0   0  0  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman            110  6   4  0  0                
D   14 Natalia Kuikka            110  2   2  0  0                
MF  15 Olivia Bergau              42  0   0  0  0                
D   17 Malia Berkely             110  4   1  0  0                
MF  18 Macayla Edwards            40  4   2  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley           110  0   0  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto             110  0   0  0  0  1             
       ---Substitutes---
     2 Haylie Grant               66  1   0  0  0                
     8 Heidi Kollanen             42  2   2  0  0                
    13 Taylor Hallmon             70  1   1  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                       110 27  16  1  1  1             
       Opp                       110  9   4  1  0  1             

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller              110:00  1    3      1   
                          =========================
FSU                        110:00  1    3      1   
Opp                        110:00  1   15      1   
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.   0:59 Opp  Opponent                                                                                                                       
  2.  23:26 FSU  Elin Jensen               Megan Connolly            cross inside box to No. 5                                                  


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

FLORIDA STATE 1, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 0
10/15/2016, RALEIGH, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Records Tenth Shutout Of 2016 in Win Over NC State.
The No. 9 Seminoles earned a 1-0 win on the road on Saturday afternoon to improve to 10-2-2 on the season.

RALEIGH, NC - After 90 minutes of physical and defensive soccer, No. 9 Florida State (10-2-2, 4-1-2 ACC) was able to record its tenth shutout of the season, blanking NC State (9-5-1, 3-3-1 ACC) by a score of 1-0 on Saturday afternoon at the Dail Soccer and Track Complex.

Megan Connolly's goal in the 56th minute proved to be the game winner as the Noles won their fifth road game of the season.

"What a tough battle it was today," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "Very happy with our group, coming in and playing against a very competitive team from NC State and it was our fourth road game in a row. Our kids came in and battled hard and when the big moment was there, the big players came through for us to change the game.

"When you are playing in a game such as this, that is so competitive and such a battle, you know that it might just take one moment to earn the result for one team or the other. Fortunately for us, we were able to get that today."

The first half was a defensive contest, as Florida State registered just four shots and held the Wolfpack without a shot in the opening 45 minutes.

The best offensive chance for the Noles came in the 29th minute as Connolly sent an entry pass up to Natalia Kuikka on the left side and the sophomore made a crisp pass through the box for Olivia Bergau. The sophomore midfielder took her shot from the left, but it went just wide of the net.

NC State came out of the intermission and put the pressure on Florida State, taking its first shot in the 46th minute and earning a pair of corner shots at 51:25 and 52:13. The Seminole defense withstood the onslaught and blocked shots from Paige Griffiths and Kia Rankin and the final shot of the threat by Griffiths went high.

Less than a minute later, the Noles broke the stalemate as Dallas Dorosy found Bergau down the right side of the pitch. She drove toward the end line and sent a low cross into the six-yard box for Connolly to redirect past NCSU goalkeeper Sydney Wootten for a 1-0 FSU lead.

Florida State continued to pressure the Wolfpack defense, as the next four shots in the game - all by FSU - were on frame by Malia Berkely (58'), Kaycie Tillman (64'), Kirsten Crowley (73') and Taylor Hallmon (76').

NC State had a quality chance in the 70th minute, as Ricarda Walkling crossed in a ball from the left to Gladys Loyas in the six-yard box, but she misplayed it off her foot for an FSU goal kick.

The Wolfpack battled to final whistle and FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller came up with two spectacular saves in the final seven minutes of the match. A long and high ball bounced over the FSU defense in the 84th minute, enabling Rachel Cox to get on the end of it near the penalty spot. Her one-timed shot was blocked away by Miller as she came off the goal line to challenge the play.

In the 89th minute, NC State's Tziarra King received the ball just outside the 18-yard box on the right, spun around her defender and drove a shot to the far post that was saved by Miller, giving the Wolfpack their fourth corner of the match.

As time in regulation ticked down, King took a corner that was headed out of danger by the FSU defense, but to the feet of Walkling. Berkely was able to challenge and win the ball, taking it into the corner and touching it off an NC State player for a throw-in, enabling the final seconds to run off the clock and closing out the victory.

"You sometimes only get one save a game, two saves a game and you have to react to that and mine came right there at the end," said Miller. "Our team pushed through and did all of the little things in front of me and we came out with the win."

 
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  2   1  1  0        1       
MF   7 Dallas Dorosy              90  0   0  0  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             90  1   1  0  0                
D   14 Natalia Kuikka             90  0   0  0  0                
MF  15 Olivia Bergau              81  1   0  0  1                
F   16 Briana Alston              29  0   0  0  0                
D   17 Malia Berkely              90  2   2  0  0                
MF  18 Macayla Edwards            53  1   0  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  1   1  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              90  0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     2 Haylie Grant               35         0  0                
     8 Heidi Kollanen             35  0   0  0  0                
    13 Taylor Hallmon             37  1   1  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90  9   6  1  1        1       
       Opp                        90  6   3  0  0  1             

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               90:00  0    3  1      1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    3  1      1
Opp                         90:00  1    5    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  55:24 FSU  Megan Connolly            Olivia Bergau             crossed in from left                                                       


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

FLORIDA STATE 1, DUKE 0
10/20/2016, TALLAHASSEE, FL, OT

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 9 Seminoles Earn Golden-Goal Victory Over No. 4 Duke.
Kaycie Tillman's header in the 98th minute lifts Florida State to a 1-0 win against Duke.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - A little luck, a lot of fight and an outstanding header by Kaycie Tillman in the 98th minute gave No. 9 Florida State (11-2-2, 5-1-2 ACC) a 1-0 victory in overtime over No. 4 Duke (11-3-2. 6-1-1 ACC) on Thursday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex.

The Seminoles are now unbeaten in their last 31 matches at home, dating back to September 8, 2014. Florida State has outscored its opponents 94-6 over that span.

"I think that our kids fought hard and we competed today," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "We dug in and got after it the best that we could. I think that Duke created some very good chances and Cassie Miller came up big for us a few times today. By and large, I thought that we competed very well.

"Sometimes in this game, you need a bit of luck. And today, we had a bit of luck with us. We've certainly played other teams at other times that the luck has been on the other side of the ledger, but today we needed a little luck and we got a little bit of luck. It was a heck of a goal to win the game, I'll say that."

The Seminoles put Duke under pressure and maintained possession in their offensive third for most of the opening 15 minutes. Sophomore Megan Connolly took the first shot of the game from the left side of the penalty box in the fourth minute, but it was blocked away by the Blue Devil defense.

Connolly cross into the six-yard box in the seventh minute was one of FSU's best scoring chance in the first half, but Tillman was not able to get a direct shot on the ball and her shot went into the hands of DU goalkeeper EJ Proctor.

Duke earned its first shot of the match in the 21st minute on a strike from Toni Payne on the left that was blocked away. The Blue Devils took the final seven shots of the half, controlling much of the ball as the match approached halftime.

Coming out of intermission, Kuikka made a great defensive stop in the 55th minute to eliminate a counterattack opportunity from Duke as Christina Gibbons sent a ball in to Toni Payne behind the FSU defense, but the sophomore was able to kick the ball away to safety.

Connolly made an impressive team save in the 61st minute as the sophomore stood inside the far post on a corner attempt from Duke's Ashton Miller. Miller's service found Stevens near the penalty spot and her header beat FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller, but Connolly was able to clear it off the line to keep the game at 0-0.

Kuikka made two outstanding blocks inside the six-yard box on Duke crosses in the 73rd minute as the Blue Devils pressed forward to find the game's first goal.

Duke looked like it would take the lead in the 85th minute after Mia Gyau drew a foul in the penalty box, earning a penalty kick for Gibbons. Her shot was on frame, low and to the left, but FSU's Miller made a diving save, leaving the rebound right in front of the goal. Gibbons raced to the ball, but her follow-up shot sailed high over the net to keep the match knotted at 0-0.

The Blue Devils had a final flurry of offensive action in the 90th minute as Olivia Orlbeck fired a long shot from the right that Miller needed to jump and save, sending the ball up into the crossbar, but down to the foot of Gibbons in front of the left post. Gibbons' shot off the rebound was swallowed up by Miller to send the match to overtime.

"Duke's a great team and I know I'm going to have some action against top-10 teams," added Miller. "Our defense played outstanding tonight. They saved so many shots that could have come on frame, and when they get through, I just try to be there. None of us like to lose and we've been fighting and fighting. We've been on the wrong side of a few games this year and I just really wanted help our team to get a win tonight."

Duke took the first shot of the overtime in the 93rd minute as Ella Stevens tried to one-touch a shot near the top of the 18-yard box, but the ball went high over the goal.

The game-winning scoring chance for the Noles started as a long through ball found Olivia Bergau out on the right side and the sophomore was able to send a cross back toward the left for Natalia Kuikka. Unable to see an angle to get her header on frame, she sent it back toward the six-yard box where Tillman fought for position and headed home her third goal of the year, just over the fingertips of Duke goalkeeper EJ Proctor.

"I knew Nat was going to head it back, so I just got in because I knew she would put it in the right place," said Tillman. "We've basically been living together for two years, so we have a good connection going on there. We always say it only takes one second to score, so we just have to be ready and play each play during the game."

For the match, Duke outshot FSU 17-5, had a 4-2 advantage in corners and a 6-2 lead in shots on goal.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK  38 Cassie Miller              97  0   0  0  0                
F    3 Megan Connolly             97  1   0  0  0                
MF   7 Dallas Dorosy              97  0   0  0  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             97  2   2  1  0        1       
D   14 Natalia Kuikka             92  0   0  0  1                
MF  15 Olivia Bergau              97  0   0  0  1                
D   17 Malia Berkely              97  1   0  0  0                
MF  18 Macayla Edwards            87  0   0  0  0                
F   20 Kristen McFarland          89  1   0  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            97  0   0  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              97  0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     2 Haylie Grant                5  0   0  0  0                
     8 Heidi Kollanen              9  0   0  0  0                
    13 Taylor Hallmon             10  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        97  5   2  1  2        1       
       Opp                        97 17   6  0  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               97:03  0    5  1      1
Team                         0:00  0    1          
                          =========================
FSU                         97:03  0    6  1      1
Opp                         97:03  1    1    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  97:03 FSU  Kaycie Tillman            Olivia Bergau             header from six yards                                                      
                                           Natalia Kuikka


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

FLORIDA STATE 1, LOUISVILLE 0
10/23/2016, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 9 FSU Extends Home Unbeaten Streak To 32 Matches.
The Seminoles defeat Louisville, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon to advance to 12-2-2 on the season.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - For the 32nd time in a row, No. 9 Florida State (12-2-2, 6-1-2 ACC) comes away from a home match without a loss, earning a 1-0 victory over Louisville (7-6-4, 2-4-3 ACC) on Sunday afternoon at the Seminole Soccer Complex as sophomore Megan Connolly's header in the 81st minute proved to be the difference.

The 32-match unbeaten streak is the second-longest in FSU history, trailing a 37-match span from 2011 to 2014. Those two streaks are separated by a 2-1 defeat to Florida on September 5, 2014, and in their last 70 games at home, the Seminoles are a combined 66-1-3.

It also marked the 12th shutout of the season for Florida State, which is tied for eighth all-time in school history. The five goals allowed so far this season is tied with Northwestern for the fewest in the country, and also marks the fewest goals allowed in the first 16 games of a season in program history.

"We knew that this was going to be a tough game for us," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "Louisville is a good team. They are much better than their conference record shows. You add that into the emotional stress from the game the other night against Duke, and it could be a trap game for us. It is a good feeling to know that we can win a game when we are not at our finest. I think today wasn't our best day, but we still, in the end, found a way to score the goal and win the game."

The Noles were very methodical in their attack in the first half, trying to breakdown the Louisville defense, but were only able to record one shot in the first 45 minutes. A nice combination play near the top of the box by Dallas Dorosy and Natalia Kuikka ended up with a slip pass through to Kristen McFarland outside the six-yard box. The freshman forward turned and was able to get a shot off, but it went right into the hands of Louisville goalkeeper Taylor Bucklin.

Louisville outshot the Noles 6-1 in the opening 45 minutes, but most of the attempts were from outside the box and well off-frame. The best scoring chance for the Cardinals in the first half came in the 35th minute as Sarah Feola's cross from the right went into Kaela Dickerman at the top of the six-yard box. She made a collecting touch and turned for a strong shot toward the right post, but FSU's GK Cassie Miller was there for a save.

The Cardinals came out and put on some early pressure to open the second half, but for all of their possession in the offensive third, they were unable to record a shot as the FSU defensive backline intercepted multiple entry crosses.

Dorosy took the first shot of the second half for the Noles from the top of the penalty box in the 48th minute, but it was saved by UofL's Bucklin. After a long possession by FSU, Dorosy lined up another shot at 54:40 that went over the crossbar.

The Noles managed a trio of corners in the 66th and 67th minutes, but neither set piece was able to turn into a shot as the match remained tied at 0-0.

The next 14 minutes of the match was a defensive battle for both teams as neither team recorded a shot, but Florida State committed three fouls and Louisville committed five of their own, including a foul near the center circle that prompted a discussion between the UofL coaching staff and the referee.

Florida State scored the game winner in the 81st minute as McFarland received a ball along the right side of the penalty box and dropped off a pass for Olivia Bergau. The sophomore midfielder, much like on her game-winning assist on Thursday night against Duke, sent a cross to the far post, finding Connolly to head it home to give FSU a 1-0 lead.

The FSU defense stymied the Louisville attack, holding them without a shot for the final 55:33 of the match and allowed the final nine minutes to tick off without much fanfare. Dorosy's header that was saved in the 83rd minute was the only shot taken down the stretch by either team.

Louisville outshot FSU 6-5 for the game, but the Noles held a 4-0 advantage in corners and a 4-3 lead in shots on 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             90  1   1  1  0        1       
MF   7 Dallas Dorosy              90  3   2  0  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             90  0   0  0  0                
D   14 Natalia Kuikka             90  0   0  0  0                
MF  15 Olivia Bergau              74  0   0  0  1                
D   17 Malia Berkely              90  0   0  0  0                
MF  18 Macayla Edwards            56  0   0  0  0                
F   20 Kristen McFarland          75  1   1  0  1                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  0   0  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              90  0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     2 Haylie Grant               16  0   0  0  0                
     8 Heidi Kollanen             11  0   0  0  0                
    13 Taylor Hallmon             34  0   0  0  0                
    16 Briana Alston               4  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90  5   4  1  2        1       
       Opp                        90  6   3  0  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               90:00  0    3  1      1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    3  1      1
Opp                         90:00  1    3    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  80:26 FSU  Megan Connolly            Olivia Bergau             header from five yards                                                     
                                           Kristen McFarland


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

NORTH CAROLINA 1, FLORIDA STATE 0
10/27/2016, CHAPEL HILL, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 8 FSU Drops Regular Season Finale At No. 16 UNC.
The Seminoles fall 1-0 to the Tar Heels on Thursday night to end the regular season.

CHAPEL HILL, NC - Unable to hold off the athletic and aggressive Tar Heel attack, No. 8 Florida State (12-3-2, 6-2-2 ACC) dropped its final match of the regular season by a score of 1-0 at No. 16 North Carolina (11-3-3, 6-2-2 ACC) on Thursday night.

It marked FSU's first loss in the last eight matches of the series with UNC as the Seminoles had gone 6-0-1 against the Tar Heels since 2011. It also snapped a three-match unbeaten streak for FSU at Fetzer Field, dating back to 2010.

"The quality of their pressure was better than our quality with the ball, and that won out today," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "I thought in the first half, they overran us and were able to impose a very athletic style into the game and we weren't able to cope with it very often. But in the second half, we were able to settle the game and I thought our passing, spacing and movement was much, much better.

"For a lot of these players, it is the first time they've played against the quality of pressure that Carolina brings, so it is a good learning experience for them. We know that we'll get better and be better for it. Credit to Carolina, they played a good game and deserved the victory."

North Carolina held the majority of possession in the opening half and earned the first corner of the game in the fourth minute, though the Tar Heel header went over the goal.

Macayla Edwards recorded the first FSU shot of the half in the ninth minute, striking a ball from 20 yards out that went wide of the net.

UNC continued to pressure and Bridgette Andrzejewski took a shot in the 16th minute that hit the underside of the crossbar, down toward the goal line and back into the field of play. FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller eventually secured possession to end the threat.

The game settled down as neither team was able to take a shot for over 20 minutes in the middle of the half, but the Tar Heels broke that drought with the only goal of the game in the 39th minute.

Megan Buckingham drove a shot from 25 yards out that FSU's Miller saved up into the crossbar and the ball then settled inside the six-yard box. As players from both teams scrambled to reach the ball, UNC's Madison Schultz was the first one there and tapped it in for a 1-0 Tar Heel lead.

The goal snapped a streak of 424:15 without allowing a goal for the FSU defense, dating back to the first minute of the Syracuse match on October 9.

Florida State closed out the half with the better part of possession and Megan Connolly collected a ball at the top of the penalty area in the 42nd minute and turned her defender, but her low shot was saved by UNC's Lauren Harris.

The Tar Heels held a 7-2 lead in shots at the intermission, including a 3-0 advantage in corners.

In the second half, Florida State improved on breaking down the UNC defense and in the 52nd minute, had a great scoring chance as Olivia Bergau, Dallas Dorosy and Kristen McFarland worked a combination play along the right side to get the ball near the penalty spot. McFarland appeared to slip as she approached Dorosy's final pass, and her shot rolled wide of the net.

Less than a minute later, Bergau found space along the right side and took a shot of her own that was blocked away by a UNC defender.

In the 67th minute, Bergau turned on a shot from outside the penalty box and a diving save from UNC's Harris kept it out of the net, but gave the Noles their first corner of the match, though they were unable to take a shot off the set piece.

The Noles continued to pressure to try and find the equalizer, taking the final three shots of the match, including shots on goal by Edwards in the 70th minute and Malia Berkely in the 81st minute. UNC's Harris made a save on each one to ensure the North Carolina victory.

For the match, UNC outshot the Noles 10-7 as both teams had four shots on goal.

 
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             71  1   1  0  0                
F    7 Dallas Dorosy              79  0   0  0  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             85  0   0  0  0                
D   14 Natalia Kuikka             90  0   0  0  0                
MF  15 Olivia Bergau              90  2   1  0  0                
D   17 Malia Berkely              90  1   1  0  0                
MF  18 Macayla Edwards            90  2   1  0  0                
F   20 Kristen McFarland          90  1   0  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  0   0  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              90  0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
    13 Taylor Hallmon             36  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90  7   4  0  0                
       Opp                        90 10   4  1  1  1     1       

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               90:00  1    3    1     
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  1    3    1     
Opp                         90:00  0    4  1      1
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  38:11 Opp  Opponent                  Opponent                  first shot off crossbar, rebound kick back in box, push in right side.     


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

FLORIDA STATE 1, DUKE 1
10/30/2016, DURHAM, NC, 2 OT, 3-2 PK, FSU advances, ACC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 8 FSU Advances To ACC Semifinals On PKs Over No. 6 Duke.
The Seminoles topped the Blue Devils 3-2 in penalty kicks after ending in a 1-1 draw.

DURHAM, NC - For the eighth time in program history, an FSU match in the ACC Tournament needed to be decided in penalty kicks. After ending in a 1-1 draw after 110 minutes, the No. 8 Seminoles (12-3-3) topped No. 6 Duke (12-4-3) by a score of 3-2 in the penalty kick shootout to advance to the semifinal round of the 2016 ACC Women's Soccer Championship.

The Noles are unbeaten in their last eight matches in the ACC Championship, posting a 6-0-2 mark in the conference postseason since 2013. FSU has earned the ACC Tournament title in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

"That was a really good college soccer game today between two really good teams," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "The quality of play was good throughout, especially after both of us had competitive games on Thursday leading into today. I thought both teams brought their best effort and at the end of the day, we found a way to survive and advance."

Duke earned the first corner of the game in the second minute and Florida State forced two of its own in the third and fifth minutes, but neither team was able to register a shot. FSU's Deyna Castellanos recorded the first shot of the game at 7:39 and Duke's Christina Gibbons took the first Blue Devil shot of the game in the ninth minute, but it would be the last shot from either team for nearly 15 minutes as both defenses limited any build up in the attack.

Castellanos broke the drought with a shot in the 23rd minute that was saved away for another FSU corner, but the Noles couldn't get a shot from the set piece.

Duke opened the scoring in the 32nd minute on a goal from Ashton Miller. She found a seam in the middle of the field and, with assists from Chelsea Burns and Ella Stevens, drove a shot from 25 yards into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

Duke had two other quality chances toward the end of the first half, but FSU's Cassie Miller made two impressive saves to keep the match at 1-0 after the first 45 minutes. DU's Imani Dorsey got behind the FSU backline in the 37th minute, but Miller came off her line to swallow up the shot from near the penalty spot. Duke's Malinda Allen received a drop pass at the top of the box in the 40th minute, but Miller caught her shot to end the threat.

In the second half, the Noles held majority of possession and pressure, outshooting the Blue Devils 11-1 in the second 45 minutes, including a 7-1 advantage in shots on goal.

One of those shots on frame came from Castellanos in the 48th minute to tie the match at 1-1. Malia Berkely sent in a cross from the left that was headed out of the box by Duke's Lizzy Raben, but directly to Castellanos 20 yards from the goal. The freshman volleyed it out of the air and struck it into the net for her sixth goal of the season.

It is the first goal, and the first FSU match, for Castellanos after missing nine games as part of the Venezuelan National Team at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Jordan. Castellanos scored five goals and led La Vinotinto to a fourth place finish, earning the Bronze Boot and Bronze Ball award, finishing third in both goals scored and player of the tournament voting.

"I think Deyna showed why she's a top-level player, not only with the goal, but through the run of play," added Krikorian. "She helped settle the game for us and was excellent in possession. She helped make her teammates better and it is nice to have her back."

Florida State held Duke without a shot for the final 36:30 of the second half, and created several scoring chances of its own, but Duke goalkeeper EJ Proctor stopped the final six shots on goal by the Noles as the match went to overtime.

It marked the third time in the last four FSU matches with Duke that the game went to overtime, and the Noles took all three shots in the first 10 minute overtime period. Kirsten Crowley got on the end of a long free kick from Natalia Kuikka in the 93rd minute, but her header was saved.

Kristen McFarland received the ball from Castellanos near the top of the box in the 95th minute, but after turning her defender, the shot was blocked away. Kaycie Tillman nearly ended the match with 23 seconds left in the first overtime, making a run to the penalty spot from the right and Kuikka sent a ball that got through the Duke defense. Tillman got a toe on it and directed toward the right post, but it rolled wide to force a second overtime.

Duke got a quick corner in the 102nd minute and Burns' eventual header was high. Castellanos took the only shot for FSU in the period in the 104th minute, and Duke's Olivia Erlbeck (107') and Miller (110') each missed shots to send the match to penalty kicks.

Duke opened up the shootout period and Burns' attempt was saved by FSU's Miller and Crowley converted her attempt to give FSU a 1-0 lead after the first round. DU's Christina Gibbons was wide with her shot and Duke's Proctor saved the PK attempt from FSU's Castellanos in the second round.

Miller made her second save of the shootout, stopping DU's Dorsey on her attempt in the third round, while Kuikka gave FSU a 2-0 lead on her PK. Erlbeck converted her PK shot, and FSU's Malia Berkely missed to make it 2-1 FSU after four rounds.

Duke's Malinda Allen made her PK to tie the shootout at 2-2, but FSU's Megan Connolly drove home her shot to give the Noles a 3-2 win.

"I think Duke played a great game, and so did we," said Miller. "It was back and forth and we had our good chances and they had their good chances, so throughout the game it was a very beautiful soccer game. Usually when you have two good teams, it goes down to PKs and we were able to put it away. I was able to make some saves that were huge, but at the same time, my teammates put away their shots as well. A great team effort today."

The Noles are now 6-2 all-time in penalty kick shootouts during the ACC Championship and have won each of their last three shootouts, along with the 2011 Championship Game against Wake Forest (3-1) and the 2015 ACC Championship Game against Virginia (7-6).

 
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            103  2   1  0  0           1   1
F   10 Deyna Castellanos         110  8   5  1  0           0   1
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman            110  3   2  0  0                
D   14 Natalia Kuikka            110  0   0  0  0           1   1
MF  15 Olivia Bergau             110  0   0  0  0                
D   17 Malia Berkely             110  0   0  0  0           0   1
MF  18 Macayla Edwards            95  1   1  0  0                
F   20 Kristen McFarland         102  1   0  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley           110  2   2  0  0           1   1
D   23 Emma Koivisto             110  0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     7 Dallas Dorosy              15  0   0  0  0                
    13 Taylor Hallmon             15  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                       110 17  11  1  0           3   5
       Opp                       110  8   4  1  2  1        2   5

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller              110:00  1    3      1   
                          =========================
FSU                        110:00  1    3      1   
Opp                        110:00  1   10      1   
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  31:15 Opp  Opponent                  Opponent                  blast from 28 yards to bottom left corner                                  
                                           Opponent
  2.  47:02 FSU  Deyna Castellanos                                   one time volley from 25 yards                                              

Penalty Kicks
Opponent                    No Good
Kirsten Crowley             Good
Opponent                    No Good
Deyna Castellanos           No Good
Opponent                    No Good
Natalia Kuikka              Good
Opponent                    Good
Malia Berkely               No Good
Opponent                    Good
Megan Connolly              Good


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

FLORIDA STATE 1, CLEMSON 0
11/04/2016, ACC, Daniel Island, SC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 13 FSU Tops No. 9 Clemson To Reach ACC Championship Game.
The No. 6-seed Seminoles defeated the No. 2-seed Tigers, 1-0, on Friday night in an ACC semifinal match.

DANIEL ISLAND, SC - For the fourth consecutive season, the Seminoles will play in the ACC Championship Game after No. 13 Florida State (13-3-3) defeated No. 9 Clemson (13-3-3) by a score of 1-0 on Friday, earning a spot in Sunday's 12 p.m. final against No. 10 North Carolina.

A goal by Megan Connolly in the fourth minute gave the Seminoles a quick lead that proved to be the final score. It is the 13th shutout of the season for Florida State and the seventh time that FSU has earned a 1-0 victory this season.

The Noles have won each of the last three ACC Tournament Championships and own four overall in program history. FSU is now 7-1-1 in its last nine ACC semifinal matches, dating back to 2006.

"I thought that, overall, our kids competed very favorably," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "Clemson is a very good team, have a lot of good players and you certainly have to be prepared for the air game. I thought that our back line did a pretty good job of staying strong and competing for those first balls and then with the second balls, we did a reasonably good job of picking those up as well."

The Seminoles got things started right out of the gate, building possession and earning a corner in the first four minutes. Natalia Kuikka's service eventually got out to Kayice Tillman on the left side for a cross into the penalty box. Malia Berkely headed the ball toward the back post where Connolly headed it into the net for her sixth goal of the season.

Clemson worked for a pair of corners in the eighth and 13th minutes, but were not able to get any shots on goal.

FSU continued to control possession as the half continued and Deyna Castellanos tried to match her U-17 Women's World Cup heroics in the 21st minute, seeing an opportunity for a shot from near the midfield line, but it was saved by Clemson's Kailen Sheridan.

The Tigers had a quality scoring chance in the 35th minute, working the ball down the left side before sending in a cross to Paige Reckert near the six-yard box. Her shot went high over the crossbar to keep the match at a 1-0 FSU advantage.

Florida State goalkeeper Cassie Miller made an outstanding save in the 42nd minute, diving to stop a deflected header by Clemson's Jenna Weston near the penalty spot.

The Seminole defense stopped Clemson's final push of the half as FSU captain Kirsten Crowley headed away a dangerous cross from Shannon Horgan with 30 seconds left on the clock.

Both teams ended up with seven shots in the first half, while FSU had three on goal to Clemson's one.

In the second half, Clemson showed why they were the co-champions of the league in the regular season and battled until the final whistle. Other than a shot by Connolly in the 54th minute, the Tigers worked to send in long balls had the better of possession in the opening 25 minutes of the second half, earning three corners over that span, but only registering one shot on a header by Reckert that was saved by Miller.

One of FSU's best chances in the second half came in the 68th minute, as a foul to Olivia Bergau set up a free kick from 30 yards for Kuikka. The sophomore drove the ball into the six yard box, but it was caught by CU's Sheridan.

The Seminoles did not allow Clemson many quality chances over the final 15 minutes of the game and held off the Tigers to secure the victory and reach their 10th ACC Championship Game. Clemson outshot FSU, 12-11, but the Noles held a 4-3 advantage in shots on goal for the game.

 
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             83  2   1  1  0        1       
F   10 Deyna Castellanos          90  3   1  0  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             76  0   0  0  1                
D   14 Natalia Kuikka             90  1   1  0  0                
MF  15 Olivia Bergau              90  1   1  0  0                
D   17 Malia Berkely              90  1   0  0  1                
MF  18 Macayla Edwards            90  1   0  0  0                
F   20 Kristen McFarland          90  1   0  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  1   0  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              90  0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
    13 Taylor Hallmon             20  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 11   4  1  2        1       
       Opp                        90 12   3  0  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               90:00  0    3  1      1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    3  1      1
Opp                         90:00  1    3    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.   3:52 FSU  Megan Connolly            Kaycie Tillman                                                                                       
                                           Malia Berkely


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

FLORIDA STATE 0, NORTH CAROLINA 0
11/06/2016, 2 OT, 4-3 PK, FSU Wins, ACC Championship, Daniel Island, SC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

ACC Champions! FSU Wins Fourth ACC Title In A Row!
The Seminoles topped North Carolina, 4-3 in PKs after a 0-0 draw, to earn the 2016 ACC Championship.

DANIEL ISLAND, SC – In a battle fitting of a conference championship match, neither No. 13 Florida State (13-3-4) nor No. 10 North Carolina (13-3-4) could put the ball in the back of the net over 110 minutes, forcing penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw.

In the shootout, Florida State converted all four of their attempts, while FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller made a save on Abby Elinsky’s PK in the third round and UNC’s Bridgette Andrzejewski missed her attempt to open the fifth round to give FSU the 2016 ACC Championship crown.

Four FSU players were named to the 2016 ACC All-Tournament Team – Kirsten Crowley, Megan Connolly, Miller and 2016 ACC Tournament MVP, Natalia Kuikka. It is the second time that Kuikka has earned Tournament MVP honors.

The Seminoles are unbeaten in their last five ACC Championship Game appearances, posting a 3-0-2 record since 2011. The last time FSU lost an ACC title game was in 2009 to North Carolina.

Other than UNC’s 20 conference titles, the Seminoles’ five ACC Championships are more than all of the other conference schools combined – Virginia (2004, 2012), Wake Forest (2010) and NC State (1988).

The Noles have eight all-time wins against North Carolina, the most of any school in the country, and are 6-1-2 in the last nine games of the series against the Tar Heels. FSU has 12 combined wins and draws against UNC all-time, and other than Notre Dame (9 – seven wins and two draws) and Virginia (8 – four wins and four draws), no other school in the nation has more than five combined wins and draws against North Carolina.

“It was a very competitive game,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “Both teams did their absolute best and there were a lot of physical confrontations and battles and so on, but overall we are quite pleased that our young group was able to withstand the quality of UNC’s pressure.”

The first half was a battle, but for all of the physical and technical effort in the opening 45 minutes, neither team was able to create quality scoring chances as the teams entered intermission with just one shot apiece.

North Carolina looked like they would take a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute, as Elinsky headed a ball into the net, but the shot was disallowed as the Tar Heels were ruled offside.

UNC earned a pair of free kicks just outside the penalty box and two corners in the first half, but were unable to take a shot on any of the set pieces. The first shot of the game came in the 35th minute from UNC’s Sarah Ashley Firstenberg, but it went wide of the net.

Florida State built several lengthy possessions in the first half, but struggled to find the final pass for a scoring opportunity. The Noles nearly struck in the closing minute of the period as Dallas Dorosy took the ball on a long run down the right side before serving the box. It was headed to Taylor Hallmon on the left side of the six yard box, but her shot at 44:55 was stopped on a diving save by UNC’s Lindsey Harris to keep the match tied at 0-0.

Deyna Castellanos started off the second half with a shot from the edge of the penalty box on the right side in the 47th minute, but it was saved by UNC’s Harris. The freshman forward took another shot in the 56th minute, but it went wide of the goal.

UNC worked some chances as Megan Buckingham took a shot that was blocked in the 61st minute, and a corner and shot attempt by Andrzejewski in the 63rd minute was saved by Miller.

Miller made a great stop in the 72nd minute, swallowing up a pass as North Carolina worked a player behind the defensive line, but the redshirt junior goalkeeper came out to challenge and secured possession before the Tar Heel attacker could get a toe on it.

North Carolina had one final push in regulation, earning a corner in the 90th minute, but Miller was able to leap above the fray and punch the ball away as a crowd of Tar Heels crashed the box, sending the match to overtime.

The Seminoles held most of the possession in the first overtime, finding spaces as they continued to work to break down the UNC defense. The Tar Heels managed a quality counterattack opportunity in the 92nd minute as Firstenberg found Alex Kimball out wide on the right by herself. She brought the ball down toward the endline, but her entry pass was intercepted by Malia Berkely to end the threat.

FSU nearly ended the match in the 96th minute as Kaycie Tillman slipped a ball into Kristen McFarland at the top of the box, and the freshman turned and worked within 10 yards before taking a shot that was saved. The rebound bounced out to Castellanos, but her follow-up shot went high.

In the second overtime, UNC’s Darcy McFarlane picked up a loose ball in the 105th minute 35 yards from the goal, but her shot was unsuccessful in chipping over Miller as she caught it for a save.

In the 110th minute, FSU made a final push, getting the ball into McFarland at the top of the box and the freshman forward turned and took a shot that was blocked away for a corner. Kuikka’s corner appeared destined for the head of Crowley, but UNC’s Harris jumped to catch the ball and force the penalty kick shootout.

Florida State won the toss and chose to shoot second in each round. Both FSU (Crowley and Kuikka) and UNC (Annie Kingman and Buckingham) converted each of the first two rounds of the shootout for a 2-2 score. FSU’s Miller stepped up with a huge save on Elinsky’s attempt and Connolly followed with her PK conversion to make it 3-2 FSU after three rounds.

UNC’s Hanna Gardner and FSU’s Haylie Grant made each of their attempts in the fourth round to maintain the FSU lead at 4-3. Andrzejewski looked to extend the shootout in the fifth round, but her shot went wide of the goal to end the match.

“Yeah, she has a good instinct and does a good job in that regard,” added Krikorian about Miller. “It is one of those things that you hope in the course of the training that you are preparing them to do the right things when the moment comes, and fortunately today we were able to.”

Despite finishing in a tie for fourth place in the overall conference standings and earning a No. 6-seed in the 2016 ACC Championships, the Noles are unbeaten and have posted a 3-0-3 record all-time as the No. 6-seed in the conference tournament, earning ACC titles in 2011 and 2016.

 
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  0   0  0  0           1   1
F   10 Deyna Castellanos          97  3   1  0  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             97  0   0  0  0                
D   14 Natalia Kuikka            110  0   0  0  0           1   1
MF  15 Olivia Bergau             110  0   0  0  0                
D   17 Malia Berkely             110  0   0  0  0                
MF  18 Macayla Edwards           110  1   0  0  0                
F   20 Kristen McFarland         100  2   1  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley           110  0   0  0  0           1   1
D   23 Emma Koivisto             110  1   1  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     2 Haylie Grant                0  0   0  0  0           1   1
     7 Dallas Dorosy              13  0   0  0  0                
    13 Taylor Hallmon             23  1   1  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                       110  8   4  0  0           4   4
       Opp                       110  7   3  0  0           2   4

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller              110:00  0    3      1  1
                          =========================
FSU                        110:00  0    3      1  1
Opp                        110:00  0    4      1  1
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================

Penalty Kicks
Opponent                    Good
Kirsten Crowley             Good
Opponent                    Good
Natalia Kuikka              Good
Opponent                    No Good
Megan Connolly              Good
Opponent                    No Good
Haylie Grant                Good
Opponent                    No Good


  1 2 OT O2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
0
0
0
NORTH CAROLINA
0
0
0
0
0

FLORIDA STATE 4, SAMFORD 0
11/12/2016, TALLAHASSEE, FL, NCAA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Shutout Samford In NCAA First Round.
Florida State defeated Samford, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon to advance to the second round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Coming away with a victory for the 40th time in 41 home NCAA Tournament matches at the Seminole Soccer Complex, No. 10 Florida State (14-3-4) posted a 4-0 win over Samford (15-4-2) on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship.

FSU scored quickly and took the lead on a Malia Berkely's first career goal in the third minute, while sophomore defender Natalia Kuikka matched a Florida State record and posted three assists to become the 10th Seminole to have three assists in a single match.

The shutout marked FSU's 15th of the season and the 11th consecutive home shutout in NCAA Tournament play. The Noles have not surrendered a goal in the last 1010:02 of postseason play at the Seminole Soccer Complex, dating back to a November 21, 2013 match against Ole Miss.

"I think that overall it was a good, solid performance by our players coming into the first round of the NCAA tournament," said FSU head coach Mark Krikoian. "I thought that, obviously, scoring a goal early in the game certainly helps a little bit. But credit to Samford. They came in and were committed to their game plan and they worked extremely hard. The adjustments they made at halftime certainly challenged us when they switched to three in the back. But overall, it is a good start to the NCAA tournament for us."

The Seminoles attacked from the opening whistle and earned the first of nine corner kicks in the third minute. Shortly after the set piece, Kuikka drove a ball into the box from the right side and found Berkely near the penalty spot, allowing the freshman to redirect the ball into the net to give FSU a 1-0 lead at 2:41.

FSU kept up the pressure with a strong shot in the 12th minute from Megan Connolly that required a diving save from Samford's Anna Maddox to keep out of the net. Maddox made another quality stop in the 18th minute, securing a header from Kirsten Crowley from the six-yard box after the redshirt senior connected with a long free kick from Kuikka near the center circle.

Kuikka's long service would be rewarded in the 28th minute, as a similar set piece for FSU resulted in the free kick directed towards Connolly. The sophomore was able to get a head on it and beat Maddox to extend the Seminole lead to 2-0 for her seventh goal of the season.

Freshman Kristen McFarland nearly made it 3-0 before intermission, working her way into space as Kaycie Tillman slipped a ball into her on the right side, but her shot in the 40th minute rolled just left of the far post.

The Bulldogs managed just one shot in the opening 45 minutes, as SoCon Player of the Year Jermaine Seoposenwe found space on the left side in the 21st minute, but her shot was wide of the goal.

In the second half, Samford made a goalkeeper substitution and brought in Katie Peters and the junior was tested in the 49th minute on a long range shot by Deyna Castellnos, but was able to make the save.

Peters was not as lucky in the 55th minute, as a Florida State cross was blocked out to Castellanos at the top of the box and the Venezuelan attacker drove it into the net for her seventh goal of the season.

FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller made her only save of the match in the 59th minute, leaping to punch away a shot from the left side by Malcanisha Kelley that seemed destined to slide under the crossbar. The Noles were able to clear away the ensuing corner attempt by the Bulldogs.

Freshman Taylor Hallmon had an outstanding scoring chance in the 76th minute, ripping a low shot through traffic near the top of the penalty box that almost caught Samford's GK Peters off-guard, but the junior was able to make a diving save to keep it out of the net.

The final scoring chance came in the 85th minute as Olivia Bergau's cross from the left found Kuikka on the far side. Her header was toward the goal, but likely without enough pace to get by the Samford goalkeeper. However, before SU's Peters was able to get to the ball, Heidi Kollanen raced in and got a head on the ball to put it in the back of the net for her first career goal.

Kuikka's third assist of the game increased her season total to five, and reminded fans of her freshman season in 2015 where she scored six goals and added five assists as a midfielder, before transitioning to the defensive back line in 2016.

"We all know that Natu is one of the best attacking players on our team, and maybe one of the best in the country," added Krikorian. "But what we've also seen is that she's developing into maybe one of the best centerbacks in the country, if not the best. Certainly her quality going forward is a weapon. I think there were times during the game where she was able to get forward and create different chances for her teammates."

The Bulldogs managed one final offensive push in the 88th minute, earning a corner, but Miller jumped above the fray to secure possession and end the threat to preserve the shutout.

The shutout is Miller's 40th of her career, moving the redshirt junior into a tie for 12th place all-time in NCAA history. She is now just 15 behind UCLA's Katelyn Rowland, the current NCAA record holder.

 
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             62  3   2  1  0                
F   10 Deyna Castellanos          78  4   2  1  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             66  0   0  0  0                
D   14 Natalia Kuikka             90  1   0  0  3                
MF  15 Olivia Bergau              73  0   0  0  1                
D   17 Malia Berkely              73  1   1  1  0        1       
MF  18 Macayla Edwards            79  2   0  0  0                
F   20 Kristen McFarland          79  4   1  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  1   1  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              90  0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     4 Holly Fritz                36  0   0  0  0                
     7 Dallas Dorosy              29  0   0  0  0                
     8 Heidi Kollanen             11  1   1  1  0                
    13 Taylor Hallmon             44  1   1  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 18   9  4  4        1       
       Opp                        90  4   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  4    5    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.   2:41 FSU  Malia Berkely             Natalia Kuikka            redirection from eight yards                                               
  2.  27:32 FSU  Megan Connolly            Natalia Kuikka            header from six yards                                                      
  3.  54:32 FSU  Deyna Castellanos                                   strike from top of the box                                                 
  4.  84:35 FSU  Heidi Kollanen            Natalia Kuikka            header finish from six yards                                               
                                           Olivia Bergau


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SAMFORD
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
2
2
4

UTAH 2, FLORIDA STATE 1
11/18/2016, NCAA, Los Angeles, Ca

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 10 Florida State Falls 2-1 To No. 23 Utah.
The Seminoles end their season in the second round of the NCAA Tournament after losing to Utah, 2-1, on Friday afternoon.

LOS ANGELES, CA - Nearly tying the match in the final seconds, No. 10 Florida State (14-4-4) ended its season on Friday afternoon, falling by a score of 2-1 to No. 23 Utah (13-3-5) in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship at McAlister Field on the campus of USC.

A corner attempt by FSU in the 90th minute was sent back into the six-yard box by Kaycie Tillman, finding Megan Connolly to strike the ball into the net, but she was judged to be offside, allowing Utah to tick off the final 10 seconds of the match and secure the victory.

It is just the second time that Florida State lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, matching the 2001 season that ended in a 1-0 defeat at Clemson. The Noles are now 14-2-0 all-time in the second round of the NCAA postseason.

"Obviously, we are disappointed," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "We came out here with the hope and the intent of winning, but credit to Utah. They battled hard and took advantage of mistakes that we made and scored a couple of goals. We weren't good enough today and will have to go back and reevaluate and see what we can do to be better in the future.

"For me, I feel for AK (Amanda Kopale) and (Kirsten) Crowley as seniors who are ending their careers. They've had a good time at Florida State and have done a great job for us."

The Noles put early pressure on the Utes, as Deyna Castellanos took a pair of shots in the opening 75 seconds and Utah's July Mathias saved the first strike and her second ball just sailed over the crossbar.

Sophomore Megan Connolly sent in a ball from the left side in the ninth minute, finding fellow sophomore Kaycie Tillman near the penalty spot, but her header was high of the goal.

In one of Utah's first offensive pushes of the match, the Utes earned their first corner and the first goal of the game in the 14th minute. Natalee Wells lofted her corner kick to the far post, and a header by Katie Rogers brought the ball back toward the middle as it bounced around near the six-yard box. Natalie Vikic eventually got on the end of it, shooting it past FSU's Cassie Miller for her first goal of the season to give Utah a 1-0 lead.

Florida State quickly found the equalizer in the 18th minute after Connolly made a run down the left side a dropped it back for Macayla Edwards. The sophomore cut her defender near the corner of the penalty box, dribbled in and slotted her shot inside the back post for her second goal of the year, tying the match at 1-1.

It was just the eighth goal surrendered by the Noles on the season and snapped a consecutive scoreless streak of 382:15, which dated back to the ACC quarterfinal match against Duke on October 30.

The Noles had several strong scoring chances as the half continued, but just couldn't find the final pass as crosses from Bergau in the 27th minute and Connolly in the 31st minute got through the Utah defense and into dangerous spots of the six-yard box, but no Seminole teammate was able to get in position to finish.

Utah nearly replicated its first goal scoring opportunity in the 39th minute on its second corner of the match. The service into the box found Tavia Leachman eight yards away from the goal and her header was on frame and beat FSU goalkeeper Miller, but Natalia Kuikka was positioned perfectly and headed the ball off the line to keep the match squared at 1-1.

Connolly blasted a shot from the left side in the 45th minute, but it was blocked away to keep the match at 1-1 going into halftime.

In the second half, a foul to Tillman in the 59th minute set up a free kick for Castellanos from 30 yards near the center of the field. The freshman bent the ball around the Utah wall, requiring a diving save from Mathias to keep the ball out of the net.

Utah's leading scorer Hailey Skolmoski showed her quality and tried to give her team the lead in the 67th minute, making a run down the left side and cutting back to take a shot that went off the end of Miller's gloves and bounced dangerously in the box before Kuikka cleared it away.

Kristen McFarland had a counterattack opportunity for the Noles in the 71st minute, sifting her way through the Utah defense, but her shot from 15 yards was stopped by Utah's Mathias, as she came off her line to limit the chance.

After a foul to Castellanos just outside the 18-yard box, Kuikka drove a shot low on the set piece through the Utah defense that was saved by Mathias. Castellanos followed with a long-range shot in the 83rd minute, blasting the ball from 30 yards that ricocheted off the crossbar.

Utah scored the game-winner in the 88th minute, earning a corner that was driven into the box by Wells. The initial header by Rogers was wide of the goal, and an attempted clearance by the FSU defense sent the ball near the top of the box. Utah's Haylee Cacciacarne was able to get a head on it and lofted a high shot that went just over the glove of Miller and under the crossbar to give the Utes a 2-1 lead.

The Noles fought for the equalizer in the final three minutes, but came up short as the clock hit 90 minutes to give Utah the victory.

The Seminoles closed out their season with a 14-4-4 record and were champions of the Atlantic Coast Conference for the fourth season in a row. Only redshirt senior Kirsten Crowley and graduate student Amanda Kopale have exhausted their collegiate eligibility, and with 18 combined freshmen and sophomores on the roster, the future is bright for Florida State soccer moving forward.

 
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   1  0  0                
F   10 Deyna Castellanos          90  6   3  0  0                
MF  12 Kaycie Tillman             90  3   1  0  0                
D   14 Natalia Kuikka             90  1   1  0  0                
MF  15 Olivia Bergau              73  0   0  0  0                
D   17 Malia Berkely              90  0   0  0  0                
MF  18 Macayla Edwards            90  1   1  1  0                
F   20 Kristen McFarland          81  1   1  0  0                
D   22 Kirsten Crowley            90  0   0  0  0                
D   23 Emma Koivisto              90  0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     2 Haylie Grant                9  0   0  0  0                
     7 Dallas Dorosy              17  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 15   8  1  0                
       Opp                        90 10   6  2  2        1       

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Cassie Miller               90:00  2    3    1     
Team                         0:00  0    1          
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  2    4    1     
Opp                         90:00  1    7  1       
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  13:30 Opp  Opponent                  Opponent                  finish center of box off corner                                            
                                           Opponent
  2.  17:40 FSU  Macayla Edwards                                     finish far post from 20 yards out                                          
  3.  87:16 Opp  Opponent                                            header far post off cleared header on corner                               


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
1
0
1
UTAH
1
1
2