Florida State No. 10 (2-0-2) beat Florida (2-4) 5-0 today in Gainesville.
FSU got off to a strong start. In the 11th minute, Beata Olsson received the ball on the edge of the penalty area from Ran Iwai. Olson was challenged by diver Madison Young. When Young went to land, she was called to get a handball. Gina Nigsunger and Leilani Nesbeth stood over the ball. Nesbeth pressed the ball to Nighswonger and Gina sent a left-footed missile to a target that ran far to the left.
In the 16th minute, FSU cracked the scoring column. Olivia Garcia received the ball on the left flank from Clara Robbins. Garcia led the crocodile’s defense and saw Gina Negsunger wide open in the middle of the field. Nighsonger pulled off a left-footed shot from the edge of the 18’s. Her shot was perfectly placed to beat Alexa Goldberg and ended up in the right corner of the net. This was the second goal of Nijzungger this season.
In the 22nd minute, Noel generated another chance. Nighswonger spotted Clara Robbins who was opening her doors in the middle of the field. Robbins took a few touches before firing a powerful left-footed shot from the edge of the box. The shot was topped, but Garcia settled the rebound. Garcia sent a shot on goal widened an inch to the right.
The Seminoles started the second half strong. In the 46th minute, Garcia touched the ball away from Anna Dellion. Nighsonger jumped on her and fired a superb shot at Garcia’s defense, who slipped behind the UF defense. Garcia was playing 1v1 with the goalkeeper and she tried to move her. However, Goldberg put in a great display by diving in and taking the ball off Garcia’s foot.
In the 48th minute FSU widened the lead. Sofia Nguyen pushed the ball to the edge of the penalty area before hitting Jodi Brown on the right side. A cross pass was built once in the middle of the box where Olivia Garcia was lurking. Garcia hit the ball into the back of the net with her right foot. This was Garcia’s first career college goal.
In the 57th minute, Florida continued the attack. The Nighsonger drove the ball over the field. I found Jodi Brown wide open on the right side. Brown took a touch and directed a right-footed shot into the goal. Goldberg tried to get out to cut Brown’s corner but the shot was hit before it could get in place. That was Brown’s first goal this season.
In the 68th minute, the UF net conceded its own net. Sofia Nguyen sent a ball into the penalty area. Njeri Butts tried to take the ball out of danger but looked back from her foot into the goal to give the Seminoles a 4-0 lead.
In the 85th minute, Gators tried to scratch the score sheet. Oakley Rasmussen held the ball in the third defensive position for FSU. The ball deflected to Ashley Totas, who fired a left-footed shot into the goal, but Fifa goalkeeper Mia Justus saved the dive to her left.
In the 87th minute, the Federal Football Association got another goal. Maria Alagoa spotted Emma Bissell open on the right wing. Bissell simultaneously timed a superb right-footed cross pass into the penalty area. Beata Olsson was there to head the ball straight towards goal. The ball rebounded in front of goal before ending up in the net and the Seminoles advanced 5-0.
In the 90th minute, the UF continued to fight. Mr. Kennedy collected a left-sided deflection. Kennedy hit the ball inside the penalty area and sent a left-footed shot into the goal but the ball went inches wide to the right.
This was the last game of the match where FSU came out with an impressive 5-0 win.
Florida State beat Florida 19-3 (7-2 on goal).
The Seminoles won the takeover battle by 66% to 34%.
This victory gives FSU five consecutive victories over Florida.
The match was delayed 20 minutes due to rain and lightning in the area.
Heather Pine was not available tonight as she is currently playing in the World Cup Qualifiers for the Republic of Ireland.
Jenna Nighswonger plays inspirational soccer. It’s early in the season, but if you keep it up, you’ll not only be in line for the All-ACC team, but you’ll also earn solid consideration for the All-American awards.
Jodi Brown terrorized Florida all night with her speed.
Lauren Flynn had a good game in pointing things at the back and distributing the ball from the defensive third.
Florida is struggling as a program right now. Amulets are in full rebuild mode. They just don’t have the talent to keep up with FSU. However, we haven’t seen Florida in 10 days. It was nice to see that the Noles came out and played (mostly) without rust.
Florida State will welcome Florida’s Gulf Coast to the Seminole Football Complex on Thursday. The game will start at 7 PM and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.