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FSU soccer routs Va. Tech

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The second-ranked Florida State soccer team (3-0) has still not lost to Virginia Tech (0-5) as they dominated the Hokies 4-0 on the road Thursday night.

The win over VT marks the largest margin of victory over the Hokies in the 21-game series between these two schools. Florida State had never scored more than three goals against Virginia Tech until Thursday and this marks the 14th shutout of VT.

It took a while for anything to happen in Blacksburg, Va., as the first Seminole shot was not recorded until the 36th minute by junior Jaelin Howell.

Florida State got off their second shot of the game in the 42nd minute on a shot from redshirt junior Emily Madril, but that would be saved by the VT keeper. 

It wasn’t until the 44th minute that either team would get on the scoreboard and it wasn’t even from a recorded shot. Florida State would get the ball to Jenna Nighswonger on the right side of the box and she would cross it to the freshman Jody Brown in front of the goal. Brown would not have to do anything as it would hit off of a Virginia Tech defender into the back of the net for a VT own goal and a 1-0 FSU lead.

Florida State was more aggressive on offense in the second half, recording 15 shots and that would show on the scoreboard as they resulted in three Florida State goals. 

It took until the ninth shot of the second half to convert for the Seminoles, as Jaelin Howell would record her first goal of the season and seventh of her career. The goal would come off of a header on a Nighswonger corner kick.

The Seminoles would strike again in the 76th minute off of another corner. Yujie Zhao sent a shot into the box that would be headed by Lauren Flynn and then chested into the back of the net by freshman Ran Iwai for the first goal of her career and a 3-0 lead for the Seminoles.

Florida State would complete their third shutout of the season, with their fourth goal of the game, this one coming from Brown on the second goal of her career. Nighswonger took a shot from 25 yards out that would be deflected right to Brown with no one between her and the goalkeeper and Brown converted, sealing the Seminole victory.

With 10 goals in the first three ACC games, Florida State broke their previous record of nine goals scored in the team’s first three conference games. Those 10 goals have been scored by seven players, with both Brown and Zhao scoring two goals each. Six of FSU’s 10 goals have been scored from players coming off of the bench.

Through three games, the Seminoles have only allowed five shots, with two of those on goal. This marks the third time in program history that the Seminoles have recorded three straight shutouts to start ACC play and the fifth time they have recorded three straight shutouts to start the season.

Florida State caps off its road weekend on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Wake Forest (1-2-1). The game will stream on the ACC Network Extra.