A hard-fought, physical battle for the entire 90 minutes went the way of the home team on Sunday as Florida State (13-7-1) was defeated 1-0 by No. 1 Stanford (21-1-0) in the third round of the 2017 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship.
“Our kids could not have competed any harder,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “We played against a very good team today and lost to a better team today. Stanford is a very good side and are very talented and very well coached. But our kids battled and hung in there and fought and tried to create some chances. I thought we had a couple of half looks, but not great looks. At the end of the day, the better team won today. We’ll take some lessons away from this game and go back and hopefully get better. But I’m as proud as I can be at the effort that our kids put forth.”
Stanford held the bulk of possession in a scoreless first half, as the Cardinal outshot the Noles 9-1 and held a 6-1 advantage in corners. FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller made a pair of nice saves on shot by Stanford’s Catarina Macario, first on a free kick from 25 yards in the 10th minute that bent around the wall and again on a tight-angle shot in the 20th minute.