Nov. 18, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The No. 1 seed and sixth-ranked Florida State Seminoles scored two quick goals before holding on for a 3-1 win over the Portland Pilots in an NCAA Second Round game played on Friday evening at Mike Rose Stadium. Taylor Brooke scored Portland's lone goal in the 85th minute.
The Seminoles (16-6-1), who next move on to face either Memphis or Louisville in the Third Round, made the most of their early opportunities, scoring on two of their first four shots. First Janice Cayman one-timed a shot into the top right corner on a nice cross by Tori Huster from the right wing to make it 1-0 in the ninth minute.
Then Dagny Brynjarsdottir finished with a header on a ball whipped into the box by Cayman that gave Florida State a 2-nil advantage in the 16th minute.
The first half was played fairly evenly, despite the two goals by Florida State. Portland's (9-10-2) Kaila Cameli had pair of chances during the half's final 10 minutes, but Florida State keeper Kelsey Wys denied both. Wys narrowly beat Cameli to a ball in the 35th minute to thwart a break-away chance, and she made a diving stop on a solid strike by Cameli in the 38th minute near the left post.
After emerging from the halftime locker room with a 2-nil lead, the Seminoles were able to push the advantage to three goals on a corner kick in the 59th minute. Kristin Grubka was in the right place at the right time and finished with a low strike inside the right post.
Facing a 3-0 deficit, the Pilots stepped up the pressure trying to mount a comeback. But Portland was unable to capitalize until Brooke notched her first goal of the season. The junior defender had possession in the right side, made a move to the inside to lose the defender and buried a shot into the left side of the net to make it a 3-1 game with about five minutes left.
A minute later the Pilots had a chance to cut further into the lead when they earned their first corner of the game, but FSU was able to clear and end the threat.
Shots on-goal were nearly even for the game, with the Seminoles holding a slim 7-5 edge. The final tally of fouls was a bit lopsided as the Pilots were whistled 10 times. FSU was called for one foul, which came on a hand ball late in the game.
Wys finished with three saves for Florida State, while Portland goalkeeper Hailee DeYoung had four stops.