(9) Florida State (12-4-2, 5-4-1 ACC) falls to Miami (6-9-3, 3-6-1 ACC) by a 1-0 score.
In the 16th minute Gloriana Villalobos received a ball from Kristina Lynch. Villalobos took a left footed shot from the top of the 18 yard box that went high and wide.
In the 20th minute Jaelin Howell slipped a pass to Deyna Castellanos at the top of the box. Castellanos took a couple of dribbles and fired a shot ticketed for the upper corner of the goal. Miami keeper Phallon Tullis-Joyce made an outstanding save getting a hand on it to redirect the ball away from the goal.
In the 38th minute Brooke Bollinger is forced to make a gutsy save. Rachel Sorkenn received the ball in the midfield for the Canes. She sent a beautiful ball to Kristina Fisher who was streaking down the right side. Fisher was challenged in the box by Kirsten Pavlisko. She got by Pavlisko but was spun around and Bollinger rushed off her line to smother the ball. Fisher made a stab at the ball with her foot and inadvertently kicked Bollinger in the midsection. Fortunately Bollinger was able to shake it off and stay in the game.
In the 40th minute Megan Connolly sent a pass down the right side for Gabby Carle. Carle one timed a cross into the box and Connolly was able to get her foot on it. Connolly’s shot goes over the goal by inches. However, the Noles earned a corner kick because Connolly’s shot was barely deflected by UM defender Lauren Markwith.
On the ensuing corner Connolly sends a ball that rolls on the ground outside the box. It rolls to Olivia Bergau who hits a rocket from 18 feet that nails the crossbar and bounces away harmlessly.
In the 55th minute Kaycie Tillman gets the ball out to the right flank. On the ensuing cross Yujie Zhao gets her head on it but the ball goes wide.
In the 56th minute Howell drives the ball into the box and lays it off for Castellanos. Deyna is able to turn and get off a shot that is saved by Tullis-Joyce.
In the 70th minute Carle drives the ball to the touchline. She delivers a dangerous cross into the box. Dallas Dorosy is there to get a foot on it but she is blocked by Lexi Castellano. The ball ricocheted into the air and Dorosy headed it down toward the goal but it hits Castellano who is laying on the ground and Tullis-Joyce is able to grab the ball to end the threat.
In the 72nd minute Carle drives the ball down the left flank. She passes to Castellanos who has the ball knocked away by a defender. Carle retrieved it and fired a shot from just inside the box. Tullis-Joyce comes up big again for UM as she is able to deflect the ball over the touchline.
On the ensuing corner kick Castellanos sends the ball into the middle of the box. Malia Berkely heads it over to Connolly who gets a foot on it but the ball went into the side netting.
In the 78th minute Anna Patten joined the attack from her position on defense. She received a ball from Connolly. Patten lays off a pass for Castellanos who turns and fires a shot that goes wide left by about half a foot.
In the 81st minute Connolly stole the ball from Fisher at midfield. She sent a nicely weighted ball across the field to Carle who had beaten her defender. Unfortunately Carle couldn’t control the ball with her first touch and Bayleigh Chaviers was able to come up from behind and knock the ball away.
In the 85th minute Villalobos received a pass just inside the 18 yard box. She spun and fired a shot that just missed the goal wide right.
In the 90th minute with 19 seconds left in the game Anna Patten sends a beautiful ball into the box from midfield. Dallas Dorosy executes a great header toward the goal. Tullis-Joyce is up to the task once again as she makes a sterling diving save to bat the ball away and send the game into overtime.
In the 94th minute the Noles earned a corner kick. Castellanos sent the ball into the box. The ball pings around in the mixer and Berkely gets a foot on it but Tullis-Joyce is there once again to snag it out of the air and preserve the clean sheet.
In the 96th minute Miami worked the ball down the field. Markwith sent a ball to the right side for Fisher. Fisher passed the ball down the right flank to Chaviers. Chaviers crossed the ball to 5’10 forward Mallory Olsson who jumps over the 5’6 Carle to head the ball into the goal for the win.
Miami scored on their only shot of the game.
FSU outshot Miami by a whopping 25-1. The Noles had a 7-1 edge in shots on goal. The Seminoles had an 11-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Tullis-Joyce was extremely impressive in goal for UM. She had seven saves and several were outstanding.
While Tullis-Joyce was great the fact is that FSU dominated this game for 96 minutes. UM had one good opportunity (all game) and they cashed it in for a goal. The Canes deserve credit for that but the Seminoles seemed snake bit once again. This game was very similar to N.C. State and Clemson where a single defensive lapse destroyed an entire game of dominating play.
This was Miami’s last game regardless of result because their record is not good enough for postseason.
With this loss Florida State will finish seventh in the ACC standings and will head to Durham, NC to take on the second seeded Duke Blue Devils in the first round of the ACC Tournament.