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FSU soccer cruises to victory in opener

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In a game that was dominated from the opening minutes the Seminoles cruised to a 5-0 win over Notre Dame on the opening night of the season.

Florida State improved to 15-1 on opening day under head coach Mark Krikorian and 9-0 at home on opening day.

The 5-0 win tied for the largest first-game victory under Krikorian. Florida State was highlighted by performances from Yujie Zhao, Cristina Roque and Emily Madril, who made her first appearance in a game in over two seasons.

The Seminole defense was stellar against the Irish, allowing only two shots and one on goal that was saved by freshman goalkeeper Roque.

It didn’t take long before the Seminoles lit up the scoreboard as they scored their opening goal in the 20th minute. Zhao scored her first of two goals in the opener on an assist from Malia Berkely. Zhao fired one from the top of the 18-yard box, showing her leg strength and giving the Noles the lead.

In the 38th minute Madril gave the Noles a 2-0 lead. She dribbled down the right side of the field uncontested before cutting to the middle of the box and firing one on the ground into the bottom left corner. It was her second career goal and first since Oct. 5, 2017.

It only took 13 minutes into the second half for Florida State to find the back of the net once again as Zhao scored her second goal of the night on assists from Kristen McFarland and Clara Robbins. Roque booted one to center field on a goal kick and after a few quick passes Zhao launched one from deep over the Notre Dame keeper’s head to give FSU a 3-0 lead.

The Seminoles piled on in the 68th minute with Jenna Nighswonger’s first goal of the season and then Jody Brown got in on the action as well, getting her first career goal in the 79th minute.

Florida State is back on the field in Tallahassee on Sunday at 1 p.m. against Louisville. The game will be streamed live on the ACC Network.

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