LeiLanni Nesbeth and Florida State keep on cruising
Top-ranked Florida State University extended their winning streak to 14 games on the season with a 4-1 win over Miami yesterday at home in Tallahassee.
It was also the sixteenth straight ACC win for the Seminoles with the win marking the ninth time this season that they have scored four or more goals in a match. Thirty-one of the 47 goals scored this season have come in the second half, including all four against Miami.
A penalty kick earned by Jenna Nighswonger in the 51st minute gave the Seminoles the lead when Yujie Zhao’s spot-kick found the back of the net.
Six minutes later, Gabby Carle placed her shot into the far corner to make it 2-0 off a cross from Jody Brown. That was Brown’s ninth assist of the season with six of these coming in six ACC games. Five of those assists by Brown have come in the last three games.
Sensing another comfortable win, the Seminoles kept the pressure on the Hurricanes and added a third in the 71st minute. Ran Iwai got to the edge of the penalty box and passed the ball wide to Amelia Horton before taking a return pass in the centre of the box and blasting a high shot past the goalkeeper.
Miami got on the board in the 75th minute with a shot from Gudrun Haralz to make it 3-1, but the three-goal FSU lead was reclaimed with a fourth goal in the 89th minute.
Gianna Mitchell closed out the scoring with her fifth goal of the season from a perfectly placed shot into the far corner off a pass from LeiLanni Nesbeth.
FSU maintained 75 per cent of the possession and set season highs in shots (32) and shots on goal (18) against the Hurricane defence.
Florida State will be back in action today when they travel to play Virginia Tech.