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Virginia outlasts FSU soccer in OT (again)

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The No. 5 Florida State soccer team (15-5-0, 8-2-0) fell No. 1 Virginia (16-0-3, 6-0-3) 2-1 in overtime of the ACC Tournament semifinal.

It was their second overtime loss to the Cavaliers this season.

“It was two pretty good teams out there playing and competing,” said coach Mark Krikorian. “Virginia made the extra play to win the game and congratulations to them. We will get to back to Tallahassee and get some rest.

“They are a very well-coached team and have a lot of very good players. Against good teams, it is going to come down to that special moment and they had two and we had one.”

The first half was a defensive battle as the Noles and Cavaliers exchanged three total shots and went into the half tied 0-0. Virginia got an early look in the eighth minute by Meghan McCool as she had an open shot on goal but Caroline Jeffers came up with her only save of the first half.

The Noles got off two shots but could not get one on goal. The Seminoles best look of the first half came on one of their four corner kicks as Deyna Castellanos served one up to Jaelin Howell, who’s header would go just high.

Not much was going for the first 20 minutes of the second half until the 67th minute when Virginia got three straight corners. The first one was cleared behind the net and the second one was deflected out of the end line on a blocked shot. Virginia finally converted on their third straight corner. Alexa Spaanstra served in the corner and it was put away but Zoe Morse on a header.

Florida State tied up the match in the 82nd minute on Kristen McFarland’s fifth goal of the season. Castellanos fired a corner in from the left side to Howell at the top of the 18-yard box. Howell headed it towards goal as McFarland bodied it into the net right past the UVA keeper to tie the match at one.

“I thought tying it up was a good sign of being resilient,” said Krikorian. “During the course of the game there were a lot of really good moments for us but we were not dangerous enough. We are going to have to become a little more lethal when we around the box.”

Castellanos would get a free-kick from inside the box with 17 seconds on the clock but would kick it high of the net sending the game to overtime. It would be the second overtime game against No. 1 Virginia in 2019.

In the 97th minute, Rebecca Jarrett of Virginia ended the game with a golden goal on an assist from Alexa Spaanstra after a save from Jeffers.

Florida State will now learn who they play in the NCAA Tournament this Monday during the NCAA selection show at 4:30 p.m.

Notre Dame defeats FSU volleyball

Losing at home for just the second time this season, Florida State (16-7, 9-4 ACC) was defeated in straight sets on Friday night by Notre Dame (17-6, 10-3 ACC) by the score of 20-25, 25-27, 19-25. 

Payton Caffrey led the team with 14 kills and had only three errors for a .297 hitting percentage, and while Taryn Knuth finished with three kills, zero errors and five blocks, they were the only two Seminole players with a hitting percentage above .140, as FSU ended with 16 attack errors.

“It was a disappointing performance tonight,” said FSU head coach Chris Poole. “I felt like we accomplished several things this week in practice, so I was surprised that we came out so flat. With the exception of Payton, no one else got into a rhythm offensively, and we couldn’t get the ball to our middles like we normally do because our passing was so poor. It was disappointing overall to play like that, and the girls are going to need to step up and play better Sunday if they want to win.”

FSU women have successful day in all-conference showdown

The Florida State women’s tennis team put on a dominating performance on day one of the 2019 Seminole All-Conference Showdown. The Garnet and Gold went a perfect 6-0 in doubles with all pairs advancing to the championship match in their respective bracket’s and went 4-1 in singles.

The day got started at 10 a.m. after start time was pushed back due to the courts being wet early in the morning. In the first round, freshman Sasha Hill and junior Petra Hule started the Noles off with a 6-2 victory over Mackenzie Clark and LauraFabrizi of Tulane. The rest of the double pairs quickly followed as senior Nandini Das and junior Emmanuelle Salas took down Love Star Alexis and Marta Peris Herrero (MTSU) 6-1.  Also, with a 6-1 victory, senior Andrea Garcia teamed up with freshman Mira Stegmann to defeat Tulane’s Lauren Gish and Christina Sisti.  

The Seminoles continued their impressive day in the second round of doubles competition.  Hule and Hill went up against Amelie Boy and Laura Pellicer Perello of (USF) resulting in a 6-2 win.  Salas and Das advanced to the finals of their respective bracket with a 6-1 win of their own over Madison Dillon and Danni Vines of Furman. Garcia and Stegmann put the exclamation point at the end of doubles play with a dominating 6-1 victory over MTSU’s Muskan Gupta/Noelle Mauro

In singles, Hule showed off by winning a quick 6-0, 6-0 match against Laura Rijkers (ARK). Next, Salas earned a 6-4, 6-2 winover Tulane’s Mackenzie Clark.  In the only loss on the day, Garcia dropped a hard-fought battle to Yunuen Elizarraras of ETSU 6-3, 1-6, 10-5. Stegmann quickly got Florida State back on track with a win over UNF’s Kendall Nash 6-3, 6-2.  Das finished day one for the Noles taking down Grace Eland (USF) 6-0, 6-2.

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