Florida State has been a torn on Virginia women's soccer's side in the last five years. In the past five seasons, three of their matches have gone to overtime, five matches have been decided by one goal and the Noles have won six of the last ten matches, with the sides drawing just once. But after losing to the Seminoles three times in 2014, the 'Hoos have ended the losing streak.
The second ranked Cavaliers beat the top seeded Florida State 1-0 on Sunday at Klockner Stadium. Alexis Shaffer's penalty in 29th minute proving to be the winner.
The Cavs did have the better of the chances in the early goings of the match, however, it wasn't until the 28th minute did the 'Hoos' prove to be dangerous. Shaffer made a great midfield steal to find Kaili Torres streaking down the left flank. Torres rips a shot across the box, just to hit the left post. The ball then deflects to Makenzy Doniak, who hits it right into Kristen Crowley, who clears the ball from the line. That clearance, however, would change the dynamic of the match. Referee Mohammad Samadpour showed Crowley red after saying she cleared the ball with her hands - although replays clearly show the ball hit her hip and not her hand - handing the Cavs a penalty. With that Shaffer clinically slotted in the kick past the keeper to take the 1-0 lead.
There is a reason why Florida State is said to have one of the best defense in the country. Although down to ten, the Seminoles never were out of the match. Doniak came the closest in four separate occasions for UVA to seal the game, but Carson Pickett cleared the ball twice from the line. The Noles defense looked impenetrable.
With just over five minutes to go in the match, Megan Connelly's shot was blocked twice by FSU leading to a nice counter by the Noles. FSU's Elin Jensen's header came inches from equalizing, but the Cavs were able to hold on to snatch the win.
Steve Swanson and his team now move to 7-1-0 in the ACC and 13-1-1 overall. The Cavs will conclude its regular season schedule away from home. They will travel to N.C. State on Wednesday and Pittsburgh on Saturday.
HooNation.com will have complete reaction from the big win coming soon.