JAGUAR SOCCER FALLS TO TOP-SEEDED FLORIDA STATE IN FIRST ROUND OF NCAA TOURNAMENT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The University of South Alabama women’s soccer team fell to No. 1 seed Florida State, 3-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex.

South Alabama (12-5-3, 6-2-2 SBC) made its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance and faced the No. 1 seed for the second time in program history. Florida State (17-1-2, 7-1-2 ACC) will move on to the second round of the NCAA Tournament where it will face the winner of the SMU and Texas match on Nov. 19.

Date: 11/12
Place: Seminole Soccer Complex (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Final Score: No. 1 Florida State 3, South Alabama 0
Records: No. 1 Florida State (17-1-2), South Alabama (12-5-3)

GAME FACTS
– Jody Brown received an assist from Jaelin Howell and Clara Robbins in front of the goal, where she scored at the 23-minute mark to open up scoring and give Florida State a 1-0 lead. 
– Beata Olsson was assisted by Yujie Zhao and Maria Alagoa at 26:31 to give the seminoles a two-goal advantage before halftime. 
– Emily Madril scored off a rebound that came off of goalkeeper Jaidy Gutierrez Campos’s glove at the 82-minute mark to solidify the 3-0 victory for FSU. 

NOTES
– Fifth-year senior Deanna Green became the first player in South Alabama history to appear in 100 career matches. 
– This is the first shutout loss for the Jaguars since they played Florida State on Aug. 26.
– FSU held an advantage in shots (23-3), shots on goal (9-1) and corner kicks (5-0).
– The Jags made their eighth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. 

THEY SAID IT
Head Coach Richard Moodie
On the result: “It’s difficult to win these games, but it still doesn’t make it easier when you lose them. Our team has built something really special this year. We’ve managed [to have] an amazing season capped off with a young lady [Deanna Green] who has broken so many records with our program. We said in the circle, she’s left an amazing foundation. I’m sure we’ll be back again the same time next year.”

On facing Florida State earlier in the season: For us, I think we came in here with the idea that we could be in a similar shape and maybe frustrate them [Florida State] a little bit longer. We had some changes in personnel that happened in the first game. It doesn’t matter what you throw at them, they’ll figure it out at some point. They’ve got enough quality and the tactics are spot on. They find ways, but I thought we did an exceptional job frustrating them at times. I thought we didn’t make it easy, and obviously we need to look back at the goals, but I’m really proud of what we did. The second half was a fairer reflection. I feel like we got in their face and frustrated them and we did a great job. Maybe we should have done that a bit earlier, but again, you do that and they’ll figure it out either way. I think it was good to see them early on. They’re a fantastic team and arguably they’re the best team in the nation so I think for us to go toe-to-toe tonight and do what we did speaks volumes of what our girls have been able to do this season.”

On playing Florida State early in the tournament: “It’s never easy. It’s a good game to have on the schedule in the regular season, but I think that you want to play the best and build confidence to prepare us for conference play and it does that. Then ultimately, playing in the first round and second round, at some point you’re going to play a team of that quality and that caliber. You’ve got to be able to go up against them. It’s just a new opposition to prepare for and it does give us a chance, but then you go into the next round and you’re beat up, banged up, so again, it is great to see them early on, but at the same time, you can never be prepared enough for these games. You just have to do your best in the moment, and I thought our girls were fantastic tonight.”

Fifth-year Senior Deanna Green
On playing Florida State early in the tournament: “I think it did [help] a lot actually because we kind of knew if we were to make it past the Sun Belt Tournament we would most likely have Florida State in the first round, so I think getting a feel for them and being able to work out the tactics and everything to frustrate them and everything really helped a lot.”

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