Eagles Fall to No. 8 FSU, 4-0
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University women's soccer team fell to the eighth-ranked Florida State Seminoles, 4-0 at the Seminole Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon.
With the loss, the Eagles move to 5-2, and the Seminoles improve to 6-1-1.
“This was a good experience for our young team,” said head coach Jim Blankenship.” This is something we can learn from and use to make us stronger. We came out and played hard for 90 minutes.”
The Seminoles went ahead in the eighth minute of play as Sanna Talonen recorded her fifth goal of the season. Amanda DaCosta found Talonen open inside the left box, Talonen scored from 15 yards out, just inside the left post to give FSU a 1-0 lead.
The goal was the first scored against the Eagles in four games, a span covering over 367 minutes of action.
Three minutes later, Tiffany McCarty's scored her sixth goal of the season. Talonen sent a cross into the box for McCarty. The freshman forward gathered the pass, took two dribbles to her left and sent a cross inside the right post beating a diving Stephanie Powers (Seffner, Fla.) from 13 yards out to give the Seminoles a two-goal advantage.
Florida State would add one more goal before halftime as red-shirt freshman Jessica Price scored on an assist from Rachel Lim.
The Eagles recorded its first shot with just less than two minutes to play in the first half. Kelli Heammelmann was credited with the shot but it was blocked by the Seminole defense.
In the second half, the Seminoles would add one more on a goal by Tori Huster with 1:28 left to play.
Freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Powers recorded seven saves on the day, while the offense recorded four shots.
The Eagles will begin A-Sun conference play as they host Kennesaw State on Friday September 26th at 7:00pm.
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