Top women's seeds ease into the second round

The four No. 1 seeds moved into the second round of the NCAA Division I Women's Tournament with comfortable wins. Florida State, Virginia and Stanford are looking to return to the Women's College Cup while Penn State is seeking to return for the first time since finishing second in 2012. Here's how the No. 1 seeds did it and reaction from their coaches.

FLORIDA STATE-EVANSVILLE, 3-0. Florida State opened its title defense with a 3-0 win over Evansville. It was seventh consecutive shutout for the Noles in the NCAA postseason. They have not allowed a goal since the 2013 College Cup.

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scored two goals, both set up by fellow Iceland native Elin Jensen. Irish freshman star Megan Connolly had opened the scoring in the 31st minute on a free kick from 25 yards.

Emily Richardson had a chance to score for the Aces but  her penalty kick went off the post and was cleared away by the FSU defense. Evansville, the Missouri Valley champion, came into the game with a 6-10-3 record
-- Florida State's Mark Krikorian: “Evansville did great, didn’t they? They came in here and followed their game plan and battled and competed and gave us everything we could handle. I think that group certainly has earned even more respect than we had for them – and we had a whole lot of respect for them coming in the door.

VIRGINIA-HOWARD, 7-1. Makenzy Doniak scored two goals in the first 17 minutes before Virginia exploded and scored five times after intermission to dispose of Howard, 7-1.

The Bison, which was making its first NCAA Tournament appearance, briefly reduced the deficit to 2-1 in the 48th minute when Whitney White scored off a rebound, but within a minute Alexis Shaffer scored off a cross from Brittany Ratcliffe.

Soon the route was on as the Cavs scored twice in the 58th minute on goals by Meghan Cox and Ayan Adu. Veronica Latsko  finished the scoring with two goals in the 78th and 80th minute.

-- Virginia's Steve Swanson: "We played good soccer most of the night. We kept the game plan in mind, moved the ball quite well and generated good chances. I thought from the zero minute to the 90th minute we played well. Especially in the second half when some of our reserves came in, they did really well with some good combination play and opening up the field for us."

PENN STATE-ALBANY, 5-0. Megan Schafer scored her team-leading 11th goal of the season in the fifth minute, and Emily Ogle added two goals -- the first a wind-aided shot from 30 yards -- as Penn State cruised to a 5-0 win over Albany.

Mallory Weber notched an assist on Ogle's second goal to become the 10th Nittany Lion to record 100 career points.

-- Penn State's Erica Walsh: "Many of our goals were wind assisted. We were trying to find our way and figure out what to do with the significant wind. Obviously [the weather] had a huge role in the game tonight.”

STANFORD-SAN JOSE STATE, 2-0. Averie Collins scored a goal and Stanford capitalized on an own goal to earn a 2-0 victory over neighboring San Jose State and extend its unbeaten streak to 12 games.

-- Stanford head coach Paul Ratcliffe: “The team had great energy and scored two goals in the first half. Everyone made a major contribution to the team so I was happy with the result.”
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