TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – In their second match of a Florida road trip, the Virginia Tech Hokies fell 3-1 to Florida State on Sunday afternoon. Tech is now 5-4-1 (0-1-1 ACC) this season while the No. 8 Seminoles improved to 7-2-1 on the year.
In the 15th minute, Florida State took an early 1-0 lead on Rachel Lim’s third goal of the season. Casey Short delivered a cross deep into the Hokie box and Lim was able to one-time the ball into the goal from six yards out.
The potent FSU offense controlled the game in the first half, out-shooting the Hokies 14-3 during the opening frame. Despite the disparity in shot attempts, Tech was able to knot the score at 1-1 in the 34th minute. A foul in the box resulted in a penalty kick for Virginia Tech, and sophomore Jennifer Harvey put the Hokies on the board with her second goal of the season.
Yet Tech continued to have difficulty slowing the Seminole offense in the second period.
Florida State was awarded a penalty kick at the 60:14 mark, and Sarah Wagenfur drilled the shot home for the gamewinner.
Two minutes later, Seminole Sanna Talonen headed the ball into the net off a corner from Wagenfur. The sophomore picked up her sixth score of the season and gave Florida State a comfortable 3-1 advantage.
Florida State would continue to pressure the Tech defense, taking nine shots in the final 28 minutes compared to just four from the Hokies. For the match, the Seminoles held a 32-11 advantage overall in shots and led Tech 11-2 in shots on goal.
Freshman Kristin Carden once again started in goal for the Hokies. The rookie made a career-high 11 saves while allowing three goals. Her FSU counterpart, Kate Milstead, allowed one goal while making two saves.
The Hokies return to action on at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 at Clemson before returning home on Sunday, Oct. 5 to host the Wolfpack of NC State at 1 p.m.
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