FSU Soccer vs. Arizona Game Preview

After first defeating the Ole Miss Rebels with a score of 5-0, the FSU women’s soccer team is headed to Palo Alto, California to take on the Arizona Wildcats in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, November 17th.

The Noles go into the match with a 12-6-1 record and they are coming off a very big statement win over Ole Miss. Sophomore forward, Deyna Castellanos, scored a pair of goals for the Noles in the first half which also happened to be her 16th and 17th goals of the season. Her first goal came within the first five minutes of the game and it seemed to set the tone for how the rest of the game would go.

Florida State then played very defensively after scoring their two first half goals. They did not even allow the Rebels to have a shot on goal until the 31st minute. The Noles kept the pressure on Ole Miss and continued to hold their lead at 2-0 heading into halftime.

After the half, the defensive mindset was still there, but we saw a bit more of a fiery attitude from the FSU forwards. After a couple of blocked shots and scoring opportunities, Dallas Dorosy found the back of the net in the 70th minute off of a beautiful assist up the middle of the field from Kaycie Tillman and Adrienne Richardson. That attitude definitely did not go anywhere when Tillman scored a goal of her own just six minutes later to put the Noles up 4-0 with less than 20 minutes left in the game.

Then, with less than 5 minutes to go, Megan Connolly received a free kick from about 20 yards out, barely missed, but luckily the Noles were still in the box and were putting pressure on the Rebels’ defenders. Freshman Anna Patten drove through the defenders and passed the ball to Gabby Carle, who then converted to score the fifth and final goal of the game.

Florida State finished the game with 19 shots, 12 of those shots on goal, and they also had 8 corner kicks against Ole Miss. 12 shots on goal sounds like a pretty unreal stat, but when you see the final score of 5-0 it definitely makes sense. The Noles offense was on fire, and we are hoping to see more of that come Friday night. After such a dominating performance, it will be exciting to see what this team brings to the field when they take on the Wildcats this Friday night.

One thing that might be a bit worrisome to FSU fans is the fact Castellanos came out of the game in the 46th minute after an apparent foot injury from colliding with an Ole Miss defender. While I did personally see her walking gently and jogging on the sideline about 10 minutes or so after the collision, it would definitely be a major loss for the Noles to not have their Venezuelan superstar out on the field on Friday. Castellanos did not return to the game after being taken off, but, after the game it did seem as if the injury was very minor and we are all hoping to see her back on the field against Arizona.

The Arizona Wildcats made it to the second round after defeating TCU 2-1 and added another win to their now 11-4-4 season record. The Wildcats went into halftime down 1-0, but then tied it up at 1-1 in the 74th minute with a goal from Samantha Falasco. Quickly after that, Arizona’s Cali Crisler scored the game winning goal in the 80th minute. The Wildcats are sitting at fourth place in the Pac-12 Conference and are currently on a 4-game win streak.

Florida State had a very strong beginning to their season, and after dropping a few losses to conference opponents towards the end, they are looking to get back on track and win this second round game against Arizona. Some notable FSU players to watch out for on Friday would be Deyna Castellanos and Dallas Dorosy. Castellanos currently has 17 goals on the season and Dorosy is at 8. Both are incredible numbers for how many tough defenses are among the teams in the ACC. On the other hand, some of FSU’s more prominent defensive players are Natalia Kuikka and Emma Koivisto. Both defenders are goalkeeper Cassie Miller’s go-to players whenever she is unable to make a play. That trio in the backfield are always tough to get past, for any offense in the country. With just how stacked this Florida State team is all over the field, it will be exciting to see how tenacious they come out Friday night when they take on the Arizona Wildcats at 7:30 p.m.

Haylee Blitch
Writer at NoleGameday covering Football and Baseball. Media and Communications Studies major at Florida State University.

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