FSU Soccer Shuts Out Kentucky – Seminoles.com
Coming out for the second half, Kentucky made a goalkeeping change as a collision with Soucie prompted her to come out due to the concussion protocol, enabling Sophie Babo to earn her first-ever goalkeeping appearance.
The Noles tested Babo early and often in the second half including Castellanos recording her sixth goal of the season in the 48th minute, collecting a ball near the penalty spot from Megan Connolly, turning her defender and burying it in the back of the net for a 2-0 Seminole lead.
FSU put five more shots on goal over the next eight minutes, including shots from Adrienne Richardson, Gabby Carle and Gloriana Villalobos, but Kentucky’s Babo was able to secure them all.
Clara Robbins nearly scored her first collegiate goal in the 71st minute as a long ball from Kuikka was tracked down at the top of the box by the redshirt freshman, who headed it over the UK keeper and it was bouncing toward the goal before Kelly Novak made a defensive team save by kicking the ball over the goal for a corner to preserve the 2-0 score.
Pezzino wrapped up the scoring for the Seminoles with late goals in the 86th and 88th minutes. The first scoring play started with combination passing on the right side with Ari Hudson and Dallas Dorosy, who found Pezzino near the top of the six-yard box. The freshman from Grand Island, New York controlled the ball and fired it into the net for her first collegiate goal.
The second chance came two minutes later as Bella Dorosy slipped a ball behind the UK backline on the left side and Pezzino slotted a shot inside the near post to beat Babo and extend the Seminole lead to 4-0.
For the game, FSU outshot Kentucky 27-1, with the only Wildcat shot following a free kick in the 63rd minute off the foot of Tanya Samarzich that was well high of the goal.
The Seminoles will head down to Gainesville on Friday September 8 for the Fresh From Florida Sunshine Showdown, taking on the No. 2/3 Gators (4-1-0) at 7:00 p.m. in the annual series between Florida and Florida State. The match will be held at James G. Pressly Stadium with free admission and will be broadcast live on SEC Network+.
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