Nighswonger sparks FSU’s road win over Louisville

Jenna Nighswonger had a goal and an assist as the No. 1 Florida State soccer team (10-0) won its 13th straight ACC game, ninth straight road game and 20th straight regular-season game with a 3-0 win over Louisville (6-2-1) on Sunday.

FSU has also gone without a loss in the first 10 games of the season for the fourth time in program history and improves to 43-15-8 on the road since 2013.

After a scoreless first half, the Seminoles tallied three goals in the first 20 minutes. Beata Olsson scored first for the Seminoles, the sixth of the season for the Florida transfer, in the 53rd minute.

After Jody Brown was fouled on the right side of the box, Nighswonger took the free kick and flung in a nice ball to the top of the six-yard box that Olsson was able to get her head on and score.

Just under 10 minutes later, FSU made it 2-0 with a goal by Jody Brown, her first of the season and sixth of her career. Jaelin Howell made a nice pass from the middle of the field to Clara Robbins on the right side who with a one-touch pass laid it off to Brown making a run from the right side. Brown fired the ball past the Louisville keeper, making it 2-0.

Brown became the Seminoles 16th goal scorer this season, tying the program record set in 2012.

Just over two minutes later FSU scored its third goal in under 12 minutes. Amelia Horton earned her first points as a Seminole when she assisted on Nighswonger’s second goal of the season. Horton sent a cross to the far post to a running Nighswonger, who was able to get a foot on the ball and send it between the Louisville keeper’s legs.

Nighswonger scored or assisted on five goals during this week’s games against Pitt and Louisville.

FSU plays at Clemson on Friday.