Florida State, which began the week at No. 2, endured a tough road trip as it lost to No. 17 Boston College, 2-1, and played to a 1-1 tie with Syracuse, which is winless in the ACC in six games.
The Seminoles were playing without Deyna Castellanos
, who is with Venezuela at the Under-17 Women's World Cup, for both games and Kristen McFarland
for the Syracuse game. They
share the FSU scoring lead with five goals apiece.
Florida State entered the BC game with the nation's best defense -- just two goals allowed and a 0.18 goals-against average -- but the
Eagles handed the Seminoles their first ACC loss of the season on goals by Lauren Berman
and Hayley Dowd
On Sunday, Alex Lamontagne
scored in the first minute for
Syracuse, but Elin Jensen
equalized midway through the first half. Kaycie Tillman
saw her header skip off the crossbar in the first half, and in the 78th minute the Noles hit the
crossbar twice in a matter of seconds, first with Heidi Kollanen
's shot the underside of the crossbar and then Malia Berkely
with a shot squarely off the face of the crossbar.
“Credit to Syracuse, they came out and were organized and got the early goal to put the pressure on us,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian
. “We knew that this trip, coming
up to Boston College and Syracuse, was going to be the hardest road trip of the season. Between the quality of our opponents, the travel, the exams and other schoolwork for our kids, we knew the time
away was going to be a challenge.
“I was hopeful that we’d be able to take away three points after losing at Boston College, but we weren’t good enough. We
certainly created enough opportunities, and credit to their goalkeeper as well for making some very good point-blank saves. When you are in front of the goal and you have that moment, you have to put
the ball in the back of the net and today we weren’t lethal. Now we walk away with a point and go back and regroup for the next game.”