No.1 Florida States dominates the FGCU Eagles, 4-0 Final
Florida State continues their season dominance after an impressive week against unranked FGCU and No.10 Auburn on the road.
The undefeated ’Noles traveled to Fort Meyers on Thursday night to face a subpar Eagles team. They came into this matchup with just three goals allowed on the season and kept their defensive prowess the entire game.
The Seminoles allowed just two shot attempts in the ball game, both coming in the the first half. Sophomore Louise Lillback was responsible for both attempts; the first strike came in the eighth minute, and the second attempt was the only shot on goal in the 28th minute.
A big time offensive performance was the key factor to securing the win for the ’Noles. They had a mesmerizing 22 shot attempts with 10 of them on goal. The Seminoles held the ball for 81 percent of the game, driving towards seven corner kicks and one penalty kick.
Senior Kirsten Pavlisko was the first goal scorer for the Seminoles with a beautiful 16 yard pitch into the right side of the net. Pavlisko collects her second goal of the season and third of her four year career.
Redshirt-senior Emily Madril sinked the second goal of the first half in the 41st minute, after junior Jenna Nighswonger set up a penalty shot from an Eagles foul.
Freshman midfielder Emma Bissell scored the first goal of the second half with an outstanding dribbling display between the inside of the box. The United Kingdom native earned her first collegiate goal of her career.
Junior LeiLanni Nesbeth put the icing on the cake with a goal in the 75th minute off a pocket assist by Jody Brown.
The Seminoles ultimately defeat the Eagles 4-0 on the road and head to Auburn, Alabama for their second game of the week.
’Noles defeat No.10 Auburn on the road, 2-1 Final
The Seminoles come out on top with a 2-1 victory against No.10 Auburn, securing their second win against a top 10 opponent this season.
The Tigers came into this matchup 6-0 with a perfect 4-0 home record, riding an 11 game win streak. The last time they lost at home was November 6th, 2020 with a one point loss to Alabama.
The ’Noles went up 1-0 out the gate, just 29 seconds into the game. It’s the Seminoles second fastest goal in program history behind a Mami Yamaguchi 15 second bomb in 2007.
Florida transfer Beata Olsson was the first to strike with great facilitation from Emily Madril and Jody Brown.
The game was quiet up until the 37th minute when freshman Maria Alagoa opened up the perfect gap on the right side of the goal with pro level footwork.
Auburn answered with a 22 yard dart in the 54th minute, cutting the lead down one goal. Sophomore Anna Haddock received a pass down the middle of FSU’s territory by midfielder by Grace Sklopan.
The Tigers might’ve given the ’Noles their biggest test of the season on the defesinve end. Sophomore goalkeeper Cristina Roque picked up her first two saves on the season in the second half of the ball game.
The Seminoles moves on to their fifth week of the season as they improve to 7-0 for the sixth time in program history.
After a much needed rest period, they’ll face the Boston College Eagles on Saturday at 6:00 ET. Tune in to the ACC Network on September 18th to watch the ’Noles in action.