Following a lengthy weather delay, the Lady ‘Noles were able to to capture the 1-0 victory over Troy University in overtime when Kristen McFarland found the back of the net 52 seconds into extra play.
Though 90 minutes was not enough time for the ‘Noles, they were able to make quick work of Troy in overtime. Sophomore star Megan Connolly had corner kick that found Kristen Crowley near the far post. Crowley played it back into the middle of the box, where Macayla Edwards was able to send it home for the Florida State win and improve the ‘Noles record to 5-1 on the season, 2-0 on the six game home stretch.
“We had a lot of chances, but it was just about being precise and putting it in the back of the net,” said McFarland. “We got the timing right at the end and got the goal. It was a pretty easy goal because my teammates did a great job of putting me in the right place.”
Head Coach Mark Krikorian spoke with media after the game, Krikorian made sure to compliment Troy (4-4-1-) on their play, but made it clear that FSU left a lot of opportunities on the field.
“They (Troy) did a great job of playing together collectively” Krikorian said. “The last game, our quality around the penalty box was better, we were able to score three goals. This time, the quality wasn’t quite good enough. We just have to continue to improve.
The low scoring bout was not do to opportunities. Florida State had several chances to score, but watched many chances go for not as they hit the crossbar. Troy Goal keeper Milli Lewis was deserving of the MVP award despite the loss. Lewis made several saves in a game that could have gotten out of hand if it was not for her efforts.
Florida State outshot Troy 18-2, with a 5-1 advantage in shots on goal. Though Lewis made it hard for the Seminoles, it was sloppy play that really kept this match close. There were several plays that should have resulted in goals, but bad timing or someone being out of position would result in a shot sailing wide or high over the goal.
Florida State will move its attention to Mercer (2-4-1). They will square off with the Bears on Thursday, September 15th in game three of the six game stretch.