FSU Soccer looked like a team ready to repeat as the champions of the whole thing after getting one goal in each half to move on to the second round.
Last year, the FSU soccer team allowed a total of two goals – yes, you read that right – in their six games in route to the second national title in program history that included four shutouts, with three of them coming in the final three rounds and the other one in the opener.
This season, the Seminoles look determined to win the third national title in program history and the second straight crown – so determined in fact that they decided to start this year’s run to the College Cup in nearly the same exact way they did last season.
Saturday night, FSU soccer started their road to the College Cup in California this year with a 2-0 win over South Alabama in the opening round game – thanks to the work and foot of one player on the team, redshirt junior forward Kristen McFarland.
The native of Powell, Ohio got the party started inside the Seminoles Soccer Complex early on in the game with her first goal of the day.
McFarland decided to get a little selfish in the game (sarcasm, of course) and added to her goal total with her second goal of the game just 14 minutes into the second half and it was all but over at that point for the Jaguars.
The Seminoles were on fire both on offense and defense as goaltender Caroline Jeffers got another clean sheet on the season – as the redshirt senior from Windermere stopped the one shot on goal she faced in the entire game.
FSU soccer now has a few days off before their next game on Friday in the second round – where they will face a Brown Bears team for the first time in program history after the women from Providence, Rhode Island got a win in their opener against Monmouth.