FSU Blanks Oklahoma, 1-0
NORMAN, Okla. – Second-ranked Florida State received a first half goal from Dagny Brynjarsdottir as the Seminoles blanked Oklahoma (2-1-1) 1-0 Sunday afternoon inside the OU Soccer Complex in Norman, Okla.
The Seminoles completed the weekend sweep of Oklahoma State and Oklahoma to remain undefeated on the year as FSU improved to 4-0-0.
“Overall, it’s quite satisfying to go on the road and win two games against two good opponents,” Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian said. “I don’t think any of us feel great with the way we played today but to come into a tough environment and get a win is always a good thing.”
Brynjarsdottir gave the Noles the early lead finding the back of the net in the 23rd minute for her third goal of the season. The goal came off a long throw-in from Megan Campbell as the Irish native heaved the ball inside the six-yard box that skipped over a line of players and right to a wide open Brynjarsdottir who finished the play with an easy header into the back of the net.
The senior captain looked to give the Garnet and Gold a two goal advantage just a minute and 26 seconds later but her bending shot from about 16 yards out clanked off the near post.
Oklahoma was awarded a penalty kick opportunity in the 35th minute when Lizzie Luallin was taken down inside the 18-yard box. Luallin stepped up to take the kick but it was Cassie Miller that came through with a huge save to keep FSU’s one-goal lead intact. Miller read the play perfectly as Luallin tried to sneak the kick right down the middle but the Seminole keeper cradled the ball and held on while falling to her left.
OU’s only other shot on goal in the first half came on its first and only corner in the half in the 14th minute. The header by Madison Kinzer was easily handled by Miller for the save.
Florida State went into the locker room with a 12-3 shot advantage, while taking four corners to OU’s one. Berglind Thorvaldsdottir led all players with four shots in the first 45 minutes of action.
The two teams combined for just seven shots in the second half with both teams putting two on frame.
The best scoring opportunity for the Seminoles in the second half came in the 84th minute when Jamia Fields sent a low lining pass up the field to a streaking Brynjarsdottir, who tried to bend a shot inside the right post from 12 yards out but Kaitlyn Keith came up with a nice diving save.
The Seminoles return to action on Friday, September 5 as they welcome intra-state rival Florida to Tallahassee for a 7:00 p.m. first kick. The game will broadcast live on ESPN3. Seminole fans can always stay up-to-date with in-game progress through the official twitter page of the Seminole soccer team (@FSU_Soccer).