Brynjarsdottir is difference for Seminoles

[FLORIDA STATE-VIRGINIA: Women] An early blast by Icelandic international Dagny Brynjarsdottir, her seventh goal of the season, proved to be enough to give No. 6 Florida State a 1-0 win over No. 2 Virginia, handing the Cavaliers their first loss of the season. The defeat also snapped Virginia’s 17-game ACC regular-season win streak.
 
The goal came in the ninth minute of play as Brynjarsdottir hit a left-footed shot from 20 yards out into the lower right corner of the goal.
 
“Dagny had a heck of a strike for a goal and it was the difference,” Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian said. “It was huge. It was a big game against two very good teams.  And you certainly want to be the team scoring the goal. Dagny is a big part of what we are doing and I thought she had another very good game.”
 
UVa had scored a goal in 44 consecutive games before Sunday’s match, a streak dating back to a 1-0 overtime loss to the Seminoles in Tallahassee in 2012. The Seminole defense limited the Cavaliers to just four shots on goal, shutting down U.S. international Morgan Brian. Redshirt freshman Cassie Miller played all 90 minutes to pick up her seventh shutout of the season. The  keeper finished the match with three saves.
 
“It was a great battle between two top ranked teams,” added Krikorian. “I thought our fight, our competitive spirit was excellent. It certainly wasn’t a work of art but sometimes in the game you have to adjust to your opponent and the conditions of the game. Obviously, we adjusted our game plan a little bit to take in consideration Virginia’s quality and I thought for the most part we defended quite well.”

Virginia’s best chance came in the 24th minute as a clearance of a corner kick came right to Alexis Shaffer, who hit a shot that was headed inside the far post but was saved off the line by Florida State's Michaela Hahn.

“It was a very even match and one strike was the difference in the game,” said UVa coach Steve Swanson. “I thought we created enough chances to get back into the match, but we couldn’t convert. They are a tough team to break down. I thought we did some good things in the second half, but we didn’t have a good start. We can learn a lot from this game and we will be better team because of it. I was happy with the effort and the approach to the game. We just didn’t impose our style of play on the game and that was the difference today. Give Florida State credit, they finished their chance and we didn’t finish our chances.”
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