Gophers Fall to No. 2 Florida State

Go Gophers! Ashley Pafko scores the Gophers lone goal of the match at 44:33.
Go Gophers!
Ashley Pafko scores the Gophers lone goal of the match at 44:33.
Go Gophers!

Aug. 24, 2014

BOX SCORE (PDF): Minnesota 1, FSU 4 Get Acrobat Reader

RECORDS: University of Minnesota (1-1-0, Big Ten Conference 0-0-0); Florida State University (2-0-0, Atlantic Coast Conference 0-0-0)

The University of Minnesota women's soccer team (1-1-0) fell to the No. 2 Florida State University Seminoles in a heated battle at the Seminole Soccer Complex in Tallahassee, Fla. on Sunday afternoon.

The first half was the tale of two sides as the Gophers matched up with the No. 2 Seminoles in a heated battle. Florida State was able to start the game off strong dictating the speed of the game and finding a way to put the heat on the Maroon and Gold. The official water break and timeout gave new life to the young Gopher roster moving into the second part of the first half.

The first goal for the Seminoles came at the hands of Cheyna Williams who received a beautiful long ball from Kristin Grubka and found the back of the net after beating Hobbs on the far post in the 33rd minute. The Gophers picked up the pace after the Seminoles goal as Katie Thyken notched the Gophers first shot of the game. As time was winding down in the first half, a foul was called on Florida State with less than a minute remaining. Jen Larrick and Simone Kolander stepped up to take the free kick right outside of the box. Larrick's initial shot was wide as Simone Kolander helped the deflection and fed the ball to sophomore Ashley Pafko who beat the keeper on the far post to even the score at 1. 

Florida State University scored an early second half goal as Marta Bakowska-Mathews connects for her first goal of the season. Hobbs found another opportunity to show her athleticism as the Seminoles cranked one out from the top of the box right before the game was suspended due to severe weather in the area. 

After a 45 minutes delay, play resumed and the Gophers looked to have taken advantage of the time to recharge. Two opportunities right away from Sydney Squires looked to put Minnesota in a position to score. While they controlled the speed of play for five minutes before the Seminoles turned on the heat and piled on two more goals. The first off a deflection and the second from a corner kick. 

Minnesota continued to fight throughout the entirety of the game looking for an opportunity to add to the scoreboard. In the end, the No. 2 ranked Florida State prevailed and the Gophers suffered their first loss of the season. 

The Gophers trailed in shots 21-8 while Tarah Hobbs had a season high nine saves for the Maroon and Gold. 

GOPHER STAND OUT PERFORMANCES

Sophomore Ashley Pafko found the back of the net for the first time this season and only the second time in her career as she scored the Gophers lone goal in today's match. 

Sophmore standout Tarah Hobbs had nine saves in today's match against Florida State University. She has 11 saves on the season. 

For the second straight game, sophomore Simone Kolander led the team in shots with three. Sydney Squires had two shots, both on frame. 

WHAT IS NEXT:

The Maroon and Gold will head to Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium to open their home schedule against Marquette (Aug. 29 - 7 p.m.) and South Dakota State University (Aug. 31 - 1 p.m.). 

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