FSU improves to 2-0 with win over Louisville

Different score but same result, Florida State (2-0) had another dominating performance with a 1-0 win over Louisville on Sunday afternoon. The Seminoles possessed the ball for 69 percent of the game.

FSU was dominant, keeping Louisville to two shots in the game after the Cardinals (1-1) scored three goals in their opener against Miami on Thursday. The backline led by first team All-American and redshirt senior Malia Berkely and redshirt junior Emily Madril along with freshman goalkeeper Cristina Roque held preseason All-ACC member Emina Ekic in check as she did not get off a shot after scoring two goals on Thursday.

The Seminoles have outshot their opponents 44-4 in the first two games of the season, with only two of those four shots on goal.

Florida State stayed with the same lineup as Thursday, when they recorded four goals off the bench led by leading goal scorer Yujie Zhao who had two goals on Thursday. Today, the Seminoles did not need the bench scoring as they got their lone goal from starter and sophomore LeiLanni Nesbeth. FSU got eight shots in the first half with four of those on target but could not get one to fall.

There were five more shots to start off the second half before the 14th shot of the game finally hit the back of the net. Nesbeth recorded her first goal of the season and just the second of her career. Nesbeth headed a ball into the box that was then deflected by Louisville’s goalkeeper, who came off her line. Nesbeth was able to get the rebound just left of the PK spot and knock it into the back of the net.

Nesbeth has started both games this season after only playing in 12 games a season ago with no starts.

“Her fitness, her discipline, her commitment to using her physicality is the difference,” said FSU coach Mark Krikorian. “Last year she came in as a young player and a big star with her national team but had not played at the speed and intensity here. She has quickly learned to adjust her play and demands that are going on here. I thought she played well and I am happy for her to see her knock in the goal but I thought she played well all game.”

Florida State had a couple of other looks on goal that would both go off the crossbar, including a free-kick from just outside of the box by sophomore Jenna Nighswonger and another by redshirt senior Clara Robbins.

The 1-0 shutout win marked the 211th shutout in the 374 games coached by Krikorian at FSU.

FSU is off next week before the Seminoles are back on the pitch at Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. on Oct. 8. The game will be broadcast live on the ACC Network.

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