Cheyna Williams notched a brace to lead the FSU Women’s Soccer Team past Louisville Thursday night. The Seminoles controlled the run of play from start to finish, handily defeating their ACC competitors.
FSU started the game quietly, retaining possession for much of the first half, yet only netting one shot. Defender Megan Campbell broke the scoreless tie halfway through the half, drilling a seeing-eye shot through a crowd of players into the lower right side of the goal. The ball was deflected to her just outside the box where she was able to connect.
Campbell had recently been away from the team, representing her home country of Ireland in national play. This was her second game back with the team since then.
The Noles went into halftime leading only 1-0, yet outshooting Louisville 10-0.
They were quick to strike in the second half though, scoring their second goal in the 46th minute. Williams put home a cross, put in due to a wonderful effort from midfielder Jamia Fields, from the 6-yard box into the upper right corner of the net.
Only two minutes later, Williams struck again, this time getting her foot on the end of a cross from midfielder Carson Pickett, from the left side of the field. She now has six goals on the season.
“In the locker room we kind of talked about making sure we came out with the same momentum we had in the beginning of the game, so that was real important to make sure we put in some early,” said Williams.
In the 54th minute, Marta Bakowska-Mathews made it 4-0 as she headed home a loose ball in the center of the box, off a throw-in from Campbell. Louisville recorded its first and only shot of the game a couple minutes later.
FSU continued to dominate possession for the rest of the game, and ended up outshooting their opponent 21-1. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Cassie Miller didn’t have to make even one save in the game, improving to 9-1-0 on the season. Louisville’s keeper, Paige Brown, recorded six saves.
Marking the start of the second half of their home schedule, this was a feel good win for the ‘Noles. It should serve them well, as they prepare to take on No. 2 ranked Virginia on Sunday.
Head Coach Mark Krikorian knows Virginia is a tough opponent, but he is happy with where his team is at. “I thought that in the first half we created very good chances and weren’t quite sharp enough in the penalty box and only scored the one. But I think as the season progresses, the quality in the box that you saw at the end is what we are going to need,” said Krikorian.
He was able to rotate in a lot of players against Louisville, as FSU was in control of the game and could afford to give playing time to all its players. Krikorian spoke highly of the depth on FSU’s roster, noting that it showed Thursday night.
Coming on as a substitute, redshirt sophomore Berglind Thorvalsdottir scored the fifth goal for the ‘Noles in the 86th minute, pouncing on a loose ball in the middle of the box and sending it into the back of the net.
FSU ended the game on a rather perfect note, as freshman midfielder Ari Hudson scored her first goal as a Seminole in the 89th minute. She was able to slot home a strong shot into the left side of the net from across the box.
Now, FSU’s attention is turned to Virginia, who is their strongest conference opponent. Both teams will enter Sunday’s game undefeated in ACC competition.
by MATT SIMONS / sports editor