FSU Soccer Wins ACC Championship

FSU Soccer Wins ACC Championship

Florida State soccer won its second ACC Championship—and its second in three years—on the strength of a Dagy Brynjarsdottir goal and a strong defensive effort, defeating Virginia Tech 1-0.

Cary, NC – The Florida State women's soccer team won its second ACC Championship on Sunday, defeating Virginia Tech 1-0. Junior midfielder Dagy Brynjarsdottir scored unassisted from 17 yards out in the 36th minute, giving the Seminoles a lead they would not relinquish.

It was a very physical game between the Noles and Hokies, who had knocked off previously unbeaten and top-ranked Virginia. Florida State limited Virginia Tech to just five shots, including two on goal, mainly by dominating possession through the first sixty minutes—the Hokies' first shot attempt didn't come until the 24th minute. Virginia Tech turned up the intensity, however, with a furious attack late in the game in front of a boisterous Hokie-dominated crowd of 3,300.

The Noles narrowly missed two opportunities to add to their lead late in the second half, with Brynjarsdottir narrowly missing and midfielder Michaela Hahn putting a header just over the goal with under eight minutes to play. The Noles finished with an 8-5 advantage on shots, with each team attempting two corner kicks. Seminole goalkeeper Kelsey Wys came away with the shutout, including a clutch save in a one-on-one situation with Virginia Tech star forward Jazmine Reeves with under four minutes to play. Wys deflected the ball over the crossbar, preserving the Seminoles' narrow lead.

Brynjarsdottir finished the match with four shots, including two on goal, the first of which was a narrow miss around the 39th minute. "I should have finished the first one, there was an open goal there," she said afterwards, "I felt like when I turned with the ball [later] I had to score."

That extra determination was apparent on her scoring play, as Brynjarsdottir split two defenders on an especially aggressive move and used her right foot to put the ball in the bottom left corner. The Seminoles had another excellent look earlier in the first half when sophomore midfielder crossed to a wide open Berglind Thorvaldsdottir in the middle of the 18-yard box. Thorvaldsdottir might have scored with a quick touch but instead chose to dribble back to her left before firing, allowing Hokie keeper Dayle Colpitts enough time to recover with the save.

FSU defender Kassey Kallman was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Brynjarsdottir, Wys, and defenders Kristin Grubka and Isabella Schmid were also named to the All-Tournament Team.

Florida State moves to 18-1-3 on the season and now awaits an almost-certain one seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, with the selections made Monday, November 11 at 4:30 PM.

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