Great Finnish In Stillwater
STILLWATER, Okla. – Freshman Emma Koivisto found a great time to score her first career goal as the Finnish native one-timed a long throw-in by Megan Campbell in the second overtime as second-ranked Florida State (3-0-0) came from behind to defeat Oklahoma State (0-3-0) 2-1 Friday evening inside the Cowgirl Soccer Complex.
“We had some late heroics to equalize and then a golden goal which is kind of a nice way to end it for us,” Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian said. “But overall, I am quite encouraged. It is always difficult to go on the road and to come here in a tough environment is a credit to our kids. They did a great job tonight.”
Trailing 1-0 after the 33rd minute, the Seminoles finally found the equalizer in the 81st minute on a goal by senior captain Dagny Brynjarsdottir. The Icelandic native one-timed a rebound off a deflected shot by Kristin Grubka inside the left post to tie the match at 1-1.
The Noles almost capped off the come-from-behind victory in regulation when a header by Brynjarsdottir was saved off the line by Cowgirl defender Lauren Reyes to force overtime between the two schools for the second straight year.
Florida State came right out of the gates to start the first overtime as a shot by Brynjarsdottir was saved by a diving Medina.
OSU got a great look in the 93rd minute when the speedy Courtney Dike got loose in the Cowgirl attacking third. Her shot from the right side of the pitch deflected off a Seminole defender and went just wide of the far post.
Moments later the Seminoles were called for a foul deep in Oklahoma State’s attacking third. But the free kick by Allie Stephenson from about 22 yards out went wide and high.
Neither team could muster much offense in the second overtime until Campbell and Koivisto connected on the golden goal in the 105th minute.
Campbell heaved a long throw just inside the six-yard box that Koivisto ran in on and one-timed the shot into the back of the net for her first goal as a Seminole.
“That throw can create a bit of chaos and we know that Megan’s throw is dangerous,” said Krikorian. “She got it in there and it was nice to see Emma come in there and finish for us.”
Florida State finished the match out shooting Oklahoma State 38-5 including 21-1 in the second half and 6-2 in overtime. The Seminoles took 10 corners to just three by the Cowgirls.
OSU keeper Rosa Medina finished with a career-high 13 saves, while Cassie Miller finished with one save in 105 minutes.
“Overall, I thought we played pretty well,” added Krikorian. “We knew from last year that Oklahoma State would be a dangerous opponent and that they would be very quick in the counter attack. But we felt we could control the tempo of the game which we did for a majority of the time tonight.”
The Seminoles return to action on Sunday, August 31 when they travel to Norman to face Oklahoma at 2:00 p.m. ET. The game will broadcast live on Fox College Soccer Central. Check your cable provider for channel listings for Sunday’s match.
Fox College Soccer Central Listings in Tallahassee:
Comcast: Channel 724
Century Link Prism: Channel 648
DIRECTV: Channel 608
DISH Network: Channel 443
Seminole fans can always stay up-to-date with in-game progress through the official twitter page of the Seminole soccer team (@FSU_Soccer).