FSU Soccer defeats rival Gators, 5-2, at home

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Top-ranked Seminole football team (5-0) toppled the Florida Gators (0-4-1), 5-2, in front of a crowd of 2,552 at Seminole Complex soccer on Thursday evening.

The crowd marked the sixth largest crowd at Soccer Complex since it opened in 1999. Four of the six busiest games have all been against the Gators.

FSU dominated the entire game, holding the ball for 78% of the game, a season high. This resulted in a 23-2 advantage and seven corners.

Florida took an early lead with a 10th-minute goal after Kit Loferski scored his third goal of the season in the six-yard box thanks to an assist from Alivia Gonzalez.

The Noles quickly equalized in the 11th minute on a PK from Jaelin Howell. She got the chance after Jody Brown suffered a foul about eight yards from goal.

The barrage of goals continued as the Seminoles took the lead on a magnificent goal from Beata Olsson as she faced her former team. Yujie Zhao recovered the ball on a deflection and just inside the 18-yard penalty area, she served a high ball to Olsson just in front of the goal. Olsson threw up his leg and sent it to the back of the net.

The Seminoles extended their lead before half-time with their third goal of the game in the 30th minute. After a yellow card from Kouri Peace, the Seminoles moved quickly as the ball passed to Kirsten Pavlisko’s Jaelin Howell in midfield. She let it go to Clara Robbins who ran and shot it from 20 yards to make it 3-1.

The Seminoles extended their lead to 4-1 in the 49th minute. Jenna Nighswonger took a corner from the right side of the pitch and he rebounded in front of the net before Beata Olsson hit him from the left side for her second goal of the game and fourth of the season.

In the 78th minute, FSU made it 5-1 after another PK goal, this time from Clara Robbins. The penalty came after LeiLanni Nesbeth suffered a foul from behind by Madison Young.

Florida reduced their lead to three in the 90th minute on a Shaye Seyffart goal.

Florida State heads to the road for a pair of games next week against the FGCU (September 9) and Auburn (September 12).

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