Florida State Football opened the ACC play today by hosting the Louisville Cardinals in Tallahassee. Entering the game, head coach Brian Pinsky and Knowles knew Louisville would be looking to put up a fight.
The match started with Seminole’s preference early as the Cardinal fouled on the 18-yard box. The penalty went to Senior Gina Negsunger as she prepared to face Cardinal’s goalkeeper, Olivia Pratapas. A Nighsonger kick into the left side of the net left Paratpas unchallenged and Noles led early 1-0.
Two corner kicks for Noles were unsuccessful as they continued to test the goalkeeper. Louisville was issued a yellow card in addition to their three accumulated fouls. As the 13th minute approached, Heather Payne and Leilani Nesbeth called to find Beata Olson cutting into the penalty area. Olsson’s shot slipped past Baratbas and the FA made a 2-0 lead.
In the 31st minute, after a handball in the penalty area resulted in a penalty kick, Mia Justos faced her first test in the game. For the Cardinals, Maisie Wittest took the ball and managed to get past Justus, cutting Seminole’s lead in half.
In the half, Florida State led its first opponent of the season with a score of 2-1. After returning from the break, each team made one mistake, but the Cardinal’s mistake would cost them. With a corner kick set up, Nighswonger looked to take advantage, and did just that. Her second corner kick this season brought Knowles back to the top with two goals.
After the Nighsonger’s goal, FSU began putting pressure on the Louisville defense. Another corner kick in the 56th minute led to another goal, this time by Oni Echigeni with a pass from Nighswonger.
The fifth and final goal came through veteran Clara Robbins in the 58th minute. After her teammates scored two goals, with a difference of less than ten minutes, Robbins came in the clutch. Heather Payne and Niegzunger helped out with Robbins’ shot as Knowles led 5-1.
With a major lead, Pensky took the opportunity to play the role of lower-class men. In total, eight players took part in substitutions in the second half. Sophomores Amelia Horton and Maria Alagoa both fired shots. In total, FSU beat Louisville by 17-4 and has five chances from a corner kick.
Next, Pensky shared his thoughts on his team’s presentation of the ACC play.
Jenna Nighsonger released her thoughts on this year’s team and her outlook for the season.
Florida will stay at home this weekend as it hosts the 14th-seeded Clemson Tigers. The game is set at 1 PM and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra on Sunday