Top ranked Stanford (21-1) defeated fourth seeded Florida State (13-7-1) in the NCAA Tournament 1-0 in Palo Alto.
This was always going to be a tough game for the talented but young Seminoles. Stanford is undefeated at home this year and have outscored their opponents in Palo Alto by an incredible 56-1 score.
The Cardinal had the lion’s share of the possession in this game. Stanford simply dominated FSU in the midfield. The Noles couldn’t get the ball to strikers Dallas Dorosy or Deyna Castellanos. When they were able to get the ball to those strikers it wasn’t in any position for them to challenge the goal. Stanford goalkeeper Alison Jahansouz was not forced to make a save until the last minute of the game.
In contrast, Stanford got several scoring opportunities due to their midfield dominance and the great runs down the left flank from Catarina Macario. However, FSU keeper Cassie Miller was largely up to the task. Stanford had eight shots on goal (FSU had one) but Miller made seven saves, a couple remarkable ones, to keep the Noles in this game.
Stanford kept up the pressure all game as evidenced by their 10-2 advantage in corner kicks but the Seminole defense held until the 79th minute. It was clear that FSU was tiring from all of the ball chasing they had to do all game because they couldn’t get possession. The Cardinal was finally able to take advantage. Stanford midfielder Tierna Davidson got the ball just outside of her box and dribbled it up the field where she laid it off to Jordan Dibiasi on the left flank. Dibiasi took a couple of dribbles toward the middle of the field and found an opening to fire the ball past Miller into the back of the net for the only goal of the game.
The Seminoles will now look to next year. The future is bright for the Noles but they are losing some important seniors particularly Miller and defender Emma Koivisto. However, they are returning almost everyone else and will be a very strong threat to win the ACC next year.