The No. 6 Florida State soccer team (9-2-0) defeated Syracuse (2-6-2) 1-0 in New York on Sunday afternoon.
“Syracuse had a very good game plan and they executed it very well,” said coach Mark Krikorian. “They made us rush and we missed too many passes and didn’t finish our chances. If that is going to be the case it is going to be hard to score goals. We will go back and keep working at and hopefully, we will get a little bit better.”
The Seminoles squeezed the Orange, possessing the ball for 70 percent of the game. Florida State recorded just one goal, but that was all they needed to come out of Syracuse with a win.
Deyna Castellanos recorded her team-leading seventh goal of the season in the 75th minute to give her 43 in her career, one shy of moving into a tie for second place at FSU. The goal came on an assist from Yujie Zhao, her third of 2019.
Florida State had control the whole game as they maintained possession for 70 percent of the game. The Noles outshot the Orange 23-2 with all eight corner kicks in the game.
In the first half, the Seminoles had 11 shots with five of those on goal. Jaelin Howell led the Seminoles’ first-half charge with four shots, two on goal. Malia Berkely was not far behind with three shots of her own and two on goal.
Brooke Bollinger made her third start of the season and fourth appearance. She has not allowed a goal in all 281 minutes she has played in 2019 and for 390 minutes dating back to last season. She recorded two saves this afternoon to tie her season-high that she had against Villanova.
Florida State is back at home Saturday against Pitt at 1 p.m. on the ACC Network. The match will be the Seminoles’ annual Paint-it Pink match.
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Recording 10 blocks and 38 kills on Sunday, No. 23 Florida State (8-3, 2-0 ACC) remained undefeated in ACC play with a 25-19, 25-20, 25-17 win on the road at Wake Forest (10-3, 0-2 ACC). It is the seventh consecutive season that the Seminoles have started the conference season with a 2-0 record.
The 10 blocks on Sunday mark the fifth time in 11 matches this season that the Seminoles have recorded double-digit blocks, and four of those have come in three-set matches. Florida State entered the weekend ranked eighth in the nation with 2.98 blocks per set. Taryn Knuth led the Noles on Sunday with seven blocks, including two solo, while six different Seminoles recorded a block on Sunday.
“We came out flat during the first set this afternoon, and never really got into a flow,” said FSU head coach Chris Poole. “Wake Forest played hard and with confidence, but I am proud of the way we continued to battle, even when we were not as sharp as we wanted. Offensively, we are going to need to improve, as there were too many easy balls that we didn’t execute. It will be good to get back home and do more training. There is still a lot of potential for this team.”
The Seminoles will return home this coming week for matches against Virginia and No. 4 Pitt on Oct. 4 and 6, respectively. Friday’s match will stream on ACC Network Extra while Sunday’s will air nationally on the ACC Network.