TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State tallied five goals Friday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex, ending Ole Miss' season in defeat in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The Rebels finish the season with a 10-7-3 record, making the program's third NCAA Tournament appearance in the last five seasons.
The Rebels fell behind early, with Seminole forward Deyna Castellanos scoring in the fourth minute to put FSU ahead. Midfielder Clara Robbins was played in down the right wing, sending in a cross that Castellanos needed to apply just the slightest of touches to send the ball into the back of the net.
Finding themselves down a goal just minutes into the match, Ole Miss kept their focus and numerous times were able to find space on the counter attack. However, the Rebels were unable to put the final pieces together to draw the score level.
Weathering the Rebel storm, Florida State struck again in the 28th minute via Castellanos. After shaking multiple defenders, the talented Venezuelan sophomore found herself in all sorts of space inside the 18-yard box and delivered a shot that gave Marnie Merritt no chance at making a save.
Ole Miss continued to build forward but were unable to break through, heading into the locker room at the halftime break down a pair.
Action was fairly even to start the second half but in the 70th minute the Seminoles were able to string together a number of passes and break down the Ole Miss defense to bag a third goal, this time from Dallas Dorosy.
Just five minutes later, Ole Miss turned the ball over in the defensive third and the Seminoles quickly made them pay. Adrienne Richardson played in Megan Connolly, who found Kaycie Tillman in front of goal with a wide-open net at her disposal.
Gabby Carle put the final touches on things for Florida State, scoring off of a set piece to make the lead five for the Seminoles. Anna Patten's direct free kick caromed off the post and fell right to the feet of Carle, who had a simple tap in for the finish.
- Ole Miss falls to 0-5-1 against Florida State all-time, including 0-3-0 in the NCAA Tournament
- The Rebels also move to 3-6-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament
- The five goals allowed by Ole Miss are the second most on the season behind the six goals surrendered at Tennessee