Aug 30, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Even a power outage could not derail the Seminole offense Friday night in Gainesville as No. 3 Florida State (3-0-0) registered three first half goals en route to a 3-0 victory over No. 8 Florida (2-1-0) Friday evening inside James G. Pressly Stadium.
Dagny Brynjarsdottir scored two goals in a span of two minutes and nine seconds in the first half for her first career multi-goal game, while Michaela Hahn tallied her first career multi-point game with a goal and an assist as the Seminoles defeated the Gators for the third year in a row.
The win for Florida State marked its second straight shutout victory over Florida and its third shutout in the last five meetings. It also marked FSU's first three-game winning streak in the series, while the three-goal margin for the Seminoles was their largest in 21 all-time meetings against the Gators.
"Every time we play the University of Florida, it's a hard fought game between two good teams," said head coach Mark Krikorian. "We capitalized on some opportunities in the first half and we were able to separate the game a little bit. In the second half we gave up a little bit of territory trying to protect the game, but Florida is a good team and they're going to win a lot of games.
"I'm proud our kids. I thought we came out, fighting and battling hard and we were opportunistic and took our chances as we needed to and we're walking out of here feeling pretty good."
Florida State scored its first goal of the first half in the 27th minute on a great give-and-go play by Nickolette Driesse and Hahn following a build-up from the back by Kassey Kallman. Driesse took the pass from Hahn and quickly found Brynjarsdottir who one-timed a shot into the back of the net from just inside the 18-yard box for her first goal of the season and first of the game.
The assist for Driesse was her third in as many games to open her collegiate career, while it marked Hahn's first career assist.
"The back line was kind of high and Nikki got the ball and she played a first touch ball in the air and I ran behind the backline," said Brynjarsdottir. "The goalkeeper came out of the goal and I took it (the ball) with the outside of my right foot and hit it just over her head."
Brynjarsdottir gave the Seminoles a 2-0 advantage just two minutes and nine seconds later for her first career multi-goal game. The goal came off a throw-in as Megan Campbell heaved the ball inside the six-yard box, while the Icelandic native out jumped the competition to head the ball in for the goal.
"Megan's throw-ins are amazing," added Brynjarsdottir. "We talked about this before the game that we were going to score from it. It was a perfect ball from her and I finished it."
Florida tried to cut the deficit in half in the 41st minute when Savannah Jordan got behind the Seminole defense leaving a one-on-one opportunity with keeper Kelsey Wys. Kallman made a great recovery on the play to pin Jordan down on the end line. The freshman forward was forced into a tough shot that Wys made an outstanding stop on to force a corner. On the ensuing corner, Anna McClung thwarted the Gator scoring chance by playing the ball back out to midfield.
Florida State would add to its lead right before the half when Hahn blasted a left footed boot inside the upper right corner from 23 yards out for her first goal of the season and second of her career. The Gators tried to clear the ball out of the zone, but Hahn intercepted the pass and took a couple dribbles before nailing an outstanding shot from long range with 49 seconds left in the first half.
"It was a knockout (ball), and there was no one on me, so I just decided to hit it and it went in the back of the net," said Hahn.
The Seminoles went into the locker room with a three-goal lead, their first such advantage in 21 all-time meetings.
"The first one (goal) was created pretty nicely," added Krikorian on the first goal by the Seminoles. "Nikki (Driesse) did quite well using a little bit of craft to find her (Brynjarsdottir) and it was a quality finish by Dagny. On the second one, Dagny had another quality finish. In my mind, the goal of the night was Michaela's (Hahn). She struck that ball as well as she probably could have; I'm not sure if there is anyone out there that could have saved that ball. We're quite happy to come in here and play against a good team and leave here with a good result."
Neither team found the back of the net in the second half as the two teams combined for just six shots. The first for Florida State did not come until the 67th minute when Carson Pickett attempted a long range shot from just outside the corner of the 18-yard box. The shot led to a Seminole corner as Taylor Burke tipped the ball over the crossbar for the save.
The final 18:12 was played in what felt like a moonlight setting as half the lights at Pressly field went out. After a quick delay to assess the situation, play resumed under the dim lighting.
In the 85th minute, McClung got behind the Gator defense on a long run down the right side of the pitch forcing Burke into a save situation. The freshman forward blasted a shot on frame that the Gator keeper deflected over the top of the crossbar.
With under two minutes left, the lights were back on in full force, but it was too late as the Seminoles closed the door on their second shutout through the first three games in 2013.
Wys played all 90 minutes to pick-up her second shutout on the year. The senior goalkeeper finished with four saves.
"It's a great atmosphere coming out here; there were tons of fans and drums and everything," said Wys. "We knew coming in that it was going to be loud, but we were going to have to step in here and I think the rivalry speaks for itself. It was definitely a fun game and I had a lot of fun out there tonight."
Florida State returns to the pitch on Sunday, September 1 when the Seminoles welcome No. 17 UCF to the Seminole Soccer Complex for a 1:00 p.m. first kick. Live stats will be available on gametracker, while in-game updates will be available on twitter throughout the match.
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