Tallahassee, FL - No. 8 Florida State and No. 7 Virginia Cavaliers played to a 0-0 time on Thursday night at the Seminole Soccer complex. In a match that was about as even as it possible could have been, the Seminoles outshot the Cavaliers, 10-9, while the two teams were even in corner kicks, 2-2, and nearly even in saves, 6-5 in favor of Virginia. At the end of regulation and two 10-minute overtime period, both ACC powerhouses failed to score throughout the seesaw match that saw several good scoring chances by both sides.
“I thought the first half it was more of ours, second half I thought it was more of theirs,” said Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian said. “Over time I thought we had the first one, second one was pretty even. Overall it was a good, even game, two good teams playing good soccer and maybe at the end of the day it was a fair result.”
The Seminoles (11-3-1, 5-1-1 ACC) entered their 20th all-time meeting with Virginia (10-3-1, 4-2-1 ACC) hoping for a win, which would have marked their first ever victory over the Cavaliers in the history of the program. Instead of celebrating the first ever win, FSU was forced to settle for their fourth tie against the Cavs and their first tie of the season.
“At the end of the day you always want to come out with a win,” said team captain Amanda DaCosta following the match. “You want to say that you could have gotten the win, and I think we could have today but nonetheless at least we don’t have zero points.”
The first half was scoreless as four Florida State shots were dispersed throughout the opening 45 minutes by seniors Janice Cayman and DaCosta and junior Casey Short.
DaCosta attempted to break the 0-0 stalemate late in the first half after firing her second shot off a fast break to the box that was intercepted by Virginia’s Chanel Jones who successfully tied Virginia’s school record of 31 shutouts. Florida State’s redshirt freshman goal keeper Kelsey Wys added four saves to her own running total of 60 saves on the season.
The Seminoles caught a glimpse of hope to score and win the game in the second overtime after freshman Eirin Kleppa touched the ball ahead to DaCosta who drove up the middle and hit Breezy Hupp for a shot into the net––unfortunately for the Seminoles the goal was revoked on an offsides call.
“It’s hard to be upset after that,” DaCosta said. “We fought really hard through both of the over times. We had our chances, Breezy was off side on that one, and we had our chances, they had theirs, it was a good battle for us.”
“Good solid game, two good teams, some good soccer going on here tonight and we know Virginia is a good team, good program, and a lot of good players and well coached,” Krikorian said. “So, we would have liked to have put one in the back of the net, but we weren’t quite good enough to tonight so we walk away with a point and we look forward to Virginia Tech on Sunday.”
The Seminoles will enter into their final home matchup of the season, marking their 10th all-time meeting with Virginia Tech for “Senior Day” on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 1:00 p.m.