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Women's Soccer Suffers First Loss in Shootout Against Florida State

In an incredibly exciting offensive display, Boston College women’s soccer fell to the Florida State Seminoles 5-4 in the first ACC match for both teams. It was the highest-scoring game ever between BC and FSU. Despite losing its first game of the season, BC was impressive against an incredibly talented Florida State team. 

Deyna Castellanos is the Seminoles’ unquestioned leader and just may be the toughest player the Eagles will face all season. Starring for the Venezuelan national team, she is the all-time top scorer of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup with eleven goals. She also made the shortlist for Best FIFA Women’s Player in 2017, albeit controversially.

Castellanos and the Seminoles overpowered the Eagles on their home turf despite going behind early. BC did an excellent job of putting shots on targetputting eight of their 10 on framebut was drastically outshot, with FSU taking 32 attempts (14 on target).

The Eagles were scrambling defensively for large portions of the match, made evident by the Seminoles winning nine corners (to BC’s five) and BC committing 13 fouls (to FSU’s five). 

Allie Augur, the standout freshman goalkeeper, made a season-high seven saves for the Eagles. Caroline Jeffers, meanwhile, had four for the Seminoles.

BC continued their streak of scoring first in every game this season, as Sam Smith lifted BC to another strong start. Michela Agresti headed the ball on off a corner that Sam Smith blasted in off the half-volley for a 1-0 lead.

Agresti made the first assist of her career as BC outshot FSU three to one in the opening minutes.

Florida State took the next eight shots before equalizing in the 27thminute. Castellanos played a great long-ball over the top to Kristen McFarland who beat Augur one-on-one to tie the game. 

The Seminoles took the lead in the 38thminute on Makala Thomas’s first career goal. She had an easy tap-in finish inside the post after a great cross by Gabby Carle. 

Just two minutes later, BC tied the match at two goals apiece off an excellent volley by Gianna Mitchell. Jeffers punched a corner to the top of the box which Mitchell one-timed for the equalizer.

In the second half, both sides traded blows yet again, with the Seminoles striking first. Jenna Nighswonger scored the first of her two goals in the 54thminute. Augur saved her initial shot before she finished just inside the right post. 

Eight minutes later, Sam Smith scored her second goal of the night off of a corner kick, unloading a header over Jeffers and tying the match at three.

In the 68thminute, the Seminoles took the lead yet again, with Carle scoring her first goal of the season, heading in a long back-post corner by Castellanos. 

Castellanos tallied her third assist moments later in the 70thminute, centering a ball in the box for Nighswonger, who faked a shot with her right foot before scoring with her left to give the Seminoles a 5-3 lead. 

Olivia Vaughn narrowed the margin to 5-4 in the 86thminute, but the Eagles simply did not have enough time to muster another equalizer.

With the loss, Boston College falls to 3-14-3 in the all-time series against Florida State and now stands at 7-1-1 (0-1-0 in the ACC). However, they put up an impressive performance against a national powerhouse and should not be discouraged by their first loss.

The Eagles walked away from the three-game road trip with a 2-1 record. They will look to bounce back against Miami on Thursday, Sept. 26t, the start of a two-game homestand.

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