Brown’s goal lifts FSU soccer into Elite Eight

Florida State is a step away from yet another trip to the Women’s College Cup.

Jody Brown scored in the fifth minute and No. 1 Florida State recorded another shutout as the Seminoles defeated Pepperdine 1-0 on Sunday at the Seminole Soccer Complex to advance to the Elite Eight.

“We showed a pretty resilient nature today,” FSU coach Mark Krikorian said. “Our kids competed and fought through the course of the game. Pepperdine gave us all we could handle. … I don’t think we had our greatest performance but a lot of that is credit to them. I thought that they disrupted us pretty well and made it so it was going to be a little bit more difficult to get the goal.”

Brown now has three goals in three NCAA Tournament games. She raced past defenders and hit the left post before it bounced into the net. Clara Robbins and Jaelin Howell assisted on the goal.

“Jody, as fast as she is and as good as she is, it was a great finish,” Howell said. “It was nice to get that early lead so the rest of the game we could settle down.”

The Seminoles (19-1-2) had a few chances later in the game but couldn’t tack on a goal. FSU outshot Pepperdine 9-4, and the Seminoles recorded their 11th shutout in 22 games between the regular season and postseason.

Pepperdine coach Tim Ward praised the Seminoles for their skill.

“Our team is full of amazing technicians and tactically smart players,” Ward said. “But I think what separates Florida State is they have those players that can do things at literally a different speed. For instance there’s moments in the game today that we thought we had players bottled up, we had two or three girls around them, and they would find a way out of it with technical speed, physical speed. You just don’t see that a lot.”

FSU will advance to play host to No. 9 Michigan for a spot in the Women’s College Cup, the final four of college soccer. The game will be played Friday, likely at 2 p.m.

A crowd of 1,367 watched Sunday’s game.