No. 6 Florida State soccer (6-2-0) wrapped up non-conference play Sunday afternoon with a 5-0 win over Villanova.
“I thought overall it was a good solid game for us,” said coach Mark Krikorian. “For us coming on the road and finding a win to end the non-conference segment of the season is good. We will now turn our attention to the ACC.”
For the second time this season the ‘Noles put at least five on the board with the 5-0 shutout of the Wildcats (3-3-1). FSU outshot Villanova 27-5 with 12 of their 27 shots on goal.
The ‘Noles got their first shot off in the seventh minute as Malia Berkely got one on goal but it was saved. Thirty seconds later the Seminoles were fouled in the box resulting in a penalty kick taken by Abbey Newton, who converted for her second goal of the season to get the Seminoles on the board.
Over the next 15 minutes, FSU got six shots off but could not convert. They finally capitalized in the 22nd minutes on Yujie Zhao’s first of two goals, this one assisted by Jenna Nighswonger.
Florida State came out with two shots in the first two minutes of the second half before converting on their third goal in the 53rd minute. Deyna Castellanos got her team-leading fifth goal on assists from Abbey Newton and Jenna Nighswonger.
In the 62nd minute, Zhao put the ‘Noles up 4-0 with her second goal of the afternoon. It was her third of the season and made her the third Seminole to have a multi-goal game in 2019.
Malia Berkely scored her second goal of the season in the 74th minute to cap off the Seminole scoring fest.
The Seminoles have now outscored their opponents 14-3 in their last four appearances.
FSU is back home next week for one game against Boston College on Thursday. The game will be broadcast on the ACC Network.
FSU volleyball captures home tournament
In a close battle that saw two sets go to a tiebreaker, No. 25 Florida State (5-2) recorded a 28-26, 25-18, 26-24 sweep of St. John’s (6-5) on Saturday to win the 2019 Home2 Suites Tallahassee Invitational. The Red Storm finished second in the tournament with a 2-1 record, while Stony Brook (1-2) and Florida A&M (0-2) were third and fourth, respectively.
Senior Payton Caffrey, junior Taryn Knuth and redshirt freshman Morgan Chacon were each named to the All-Tournament Team for their performances on the weekend. Caffrey tallied 19 kills, 10 digs and two blocks, as she only played in Saturday’s finale. Knuth led all players with 15 blocks, including two solo, along with 14 kills, while Chacon topped the team with both 20 kills and 25 digs, adding two blocks of her own.
“Proud of the weekend that we had from this team,” said FSU head coach Chris Poole. “We are still in the learning process as we continue to play a lot of people in different positions and rotations, which will provide us with a lot of depth as we continue through the season. Now we turn our attention to a pair of SEC teams this coming week, beginning on the road at No. 11 Florida on Tuesday night.”
FSU softball fall exhibition schedule
Sat., October 5 – 1 pm – at Georgia (10 innings)
Fri., October 18 – 6pm ET – at Chipola College (9 innings)
Fri., October 25 – 3 pm – Garnet and Gold Scrimmage
Fri., October 25 – 5 pm – Thomas University
Sun., October 27 – 11 am – Garnet and Gold Scrimmage (Alumni Day)
Sun., October 27 – 1 pm – Rollins College (Alumni Day)
Sat., November 9 – 12:30 pm – Garnet and Gold Scrimmage (at FSCJ)
Sat., November 9 – 3 pm – vs. UCF (at FSCJ)
Sun., November 10 – 11:45 am – Garnet and Gold Scrimmage (at FSCJ)
Sun., November 10 – 2 pm – at FSCJ
Sat., November 16 – 1 pm – vs. Florida (at USSSA Complex – Viera, Fla.)
Sat., November 16 – 3:15 pm – at USSSA (at USSSA Complex – Viera, Fla.)