Florida struck first with a goal in the 10th minute. A tentative Florida State team awakened quickly — led by a transfer from the Gators.
Beata Olsson scored two goals, including one on a highlight-reel bicycle kick, to help Florida State knock off the Gators 5-2 on Thursday night before an announced crowd of more than 2,552 at the Seminole Soccer Complex — the sixth largest since the stadium opened in 1999.
Olsson transferred from Florida over the summer and has been a spark in the Seminoles’ first five games, scoring four goals. The bicycle kick was one she had never tried before in a game, but she showed off impressive skill and touch while also crediting the passing from Yujie Zhao.
“Of course it was my former team and it was also a rivalry,” Olsson said. “It was many parts playing into it. I managed to treat it as a normal game, mostly.”
After the game, Olsson spent time wrapping up with her FSU teammates before catching up with a few friends from Florida, too. Olsson said it was mixed emotions but it was a night where she helped deliver a win, controlling the possession for 78 percent of the game.
The Seminoles didn’t start or finish the game exceptionally well, but they did score five unanswered goals and essentially dominated the majority of each halves. Coach Mark Krikorian was able to substitute liberally in the second half to give younger players experience.
Clara Robbins had two goals, including a penalty kick, and Jaelin Howell added a goal off a penalty kick to help No. 1 FSU improve to 5-0.
FSU now leads the series 14-13.
The Gators (0-4-1) scored in the 10th minute of the game as well as the final minute.
“I think we were a little off in the beginning and I don’t think we should need a goal to change that,” Olsson said. “But in this case we did and we changed it for the better.”
The Seminoles play at Florida Gulf Coast next Thursday.