FSU Soccer defeats Michigan 1-0 in overtime, head to College Cup

The Florida State Soccer team advanced to the 12th College Cup in program history on Friday with a thrilling 1-0 overtime win over second-seeded Michigan.

FSU, seeded in the 2021 NCAA Championship and the nation’s #1 ranked team for the majority of the season, used a goal from sophomore Beata Olsen with only 54 seconds left in the first overtime period to win.

The Seminoles (19-1-2) will once again head into the NCAA women’s soccer quarterfinals, just two wins away from their third national title in the school’s history. FSU has now reached the College Cup in eight of the past 11 seasons.

“Everyone who attended this game was treated like college football,” said Fifa coach Mark Krikorian. “We all feel fortunate to be able to progress and are looking forward to the opportunity to return to the College Cup and compete again with some really good teams.”

*** Don’t miss out on our awesome Sports and Recruitment coverage. Get a 30-day free trial! ***

Early on, FSU and Michigan (18-3-3) fought a defensive battle that resulted in only six shots combined during the first half. FSU had a goal called up early in the eighth minute due to an offside call.

Midfield star and senior Yuji Chao was then injured and off the field in the 14th minute. Zhao, who returned to the match in the second half, is a four-time All-ACC performer.

Kerkorian said it was a bit of a relief to have Zhao back on the field, although he thinks the younger players will step up as well.

“I thought it was very important,” Krikorian said. “She’s an incredibly talented player who is very important to the way we play.”

In the second half, FSU controlled the pace to outperform Michigan from seven to four. Noles had a great opportunity to turn things around with a free kick in the 73rd minute. Senior Jaylene Howell almost slipped past the keeper’s goal, but missed the left of goal.

The game appears to be headed for a second overtime with less than a minute to play, but FSU grabbed the Wolverines side of the field. Howell passed the ball across the field to Gabe Carle, then after Michigan guard Hillary Bell dove to Carl’s defense, Seminole first put the ball past Olsen to net the go-go goal.

“I was really waiting, because that was a great serve from Jay, and Gabi’s header was great, so I thought it might go in by itself,” Olsen said upon breaking in the match-winning shot. “I didn’t want to risk it. So I just bugged him.”

Fittingly, Howell and Carle were both part of the final sequence of what would be their last home matches as the Seminoles. Howell, an All American last year, was the 2021 ACC Midfielder of the Year and a member of the All-ACC four times.

“With Gabby, Jaylyn, and Gianna Mitchell they’ve made fantastic contributions to our show. The winning is the really obvious part,” Krikorian said of his first row. “I think all three of these young women have contributed so much more to our program than just being outstanding players…I feel fortunate to have had this opportunity to work with them.”

FSU will face the winner of the #1 Rutgers and #2 Arkansas in Santa Clara, California, next Friday. The national title match will be played on Sunday, December 5th.

“We have seen it all season, since the start of pre-season, our team is a resilient group. They have worked hard. They play hard for each other. They are willing to do what it takes to win,” Krikorian said. “We saw the consistency of the group. Their willingness to play hard for each other to make that moment happen. We saw a lot of that throughout the course of the match.”

Stay tuned to Warchant.com for more post-game coverage.

————————————————– –

Talk about this story with other Florida football fans at the Tribal Council

Leave a Comment