In front of 3,154 people, the fourth-largest crowd in program history, the No. 6 Florida State soccer team and the Florida Gators put on a thrill for the crowd.
FSU rallied for two goals in the second half and Brooke Bollinger came off the bench to stop a penalty kick in the Seminoles’ 2-1 win.
“Today was more about coming out fully prepared and ready to compete against a really good team and I thought we did that,” FSU coach Mark Krikorian said. “That was the number one goal because I thought against UCLA and USC, we didn’t do go out and compete as well as we need to. I thought tonight we brought it very, very well and overall, I think it was a good performance start to finish with limited hiccups here and there.”
For the third straight season, the Seminoles (3-2) took down the Gators (2-3) to tie the all-time series at 13 apiece.
“Any time you’re playing a group like Florida and you win, it’s a great feeling,” Krikorian said.”They’re a very, very good team. They’re going to win a lot of games and it was a hard-fought contest.”
Florida State had some early attempts on goal as Deyna Castellanos and Yujie Zhao got shots off in the first five minutes but could not connect.
Coming out of half Florida took a 1-0 advantage with a goal from Tess Sapone in the 53rd minute.
The Seminole bounced right back with a goal just over four minutes later. Kristen McFarland scored her second goal of the rivalry as she scored the game-winning a season ago. The Florida goalie stopped playing as the ball was live and McFarland got control and put it in the back of the net for the equalizer.
“McFarland’s a warrior. She comes out and competes, does her best every time,” Krikorian said. “She’s the kind of kid that every coach loves because you know you’re going to get the best effort and she was rewarded with hard work again today.”
The Seminoles had a few more chances with a free kick from the corner by Castellanos in the 60th minute and a Castellanos shot off a Zhao corner in the 66th minute.
Florida State took their first lead of the match in the 71st minute on Zhao’s first goal coming off of Jaelin Howell’s first assist of the season.
Things got interesting in the 80th minute after there was a red card on FSU goalie Caroline Jeffers, leading to a Florida penalty kick. Brooke Bollinger came into the game cold of the bench and made an amazing save laying out to her right.
“It was a lot of chaos at first, a lot of nerves,” Bollinger said of her thought process in the hectic situation. “But as soon as I got in, I was confident and just ready.”
For the next 10 minutes, the Seminoles played keep away not allowing the Gators to tie it up. With the win, Florida State tied the all-time series at 13.
Florida State is back at the Seminole Soccer Complex on Sunday to take on Samford at 1 pm. The game will also be streamed on ACC Network Extra.
FSU volleyball picks up five-set win over FAU
Fort Worth, Texas – Going the distance of five sets for the first time this season, No. 22 Florida State (2-1) picked up its second win of 2019, topping Florida Atlantic (2-2) by a score of 23-25, 25-11, 25-22, 27-29, 15-5 on Friday afternoon as part of the Fight In The Fort on the campus of TCU.
The Seminoles posted a season-high 14 blocks in the victory, led by Taryn Knuth with eight. Senior Payton Caffrey (22 kills, 14 digs) and redshirt freshman Morgan Chacon (15 kills, 17 digs) each recorded double-doubles, while junior Jasmyn Martin posted a .400 hitting percentage with 11 kills and just one error. In her first match of the season, sophomore Marissa Stockman recorded five kills and zero errors, along with six blocks.
“Excited that we won, but disappointed with the way we played through several parts of the match,” said FSU head coach Chris Poole. “We made a lot of little errors today that I was hoping would have been cleaned up a bit.
“I was really proud of all three of our pin-hitters – Payton, Morgan and Jasmyn – they each had really good matches. It was good to see Marissa come in and have a good match as well.”
Redshirt freshman Lily Tessier led the team with 33 assists, while Ell added 20 of her own. Senior Madison Sullivan finished with 12 digs, four assists and a service ace as the libero.
The Seminoles continue the Fight In The Fort on Saturday, with a match against Colorado State (3-1) at 1 p.m. ET.