Women's College Thursday: Florida State wins wild ACC opener over BC

Defending champion Florida State won its fifth game in a row when it opened ACC play with a 5-4 win over previously unbeaten and untied Boston College.

The Seminoles were led by freshman Jenna Nighswonger with two goals and Deyna Castellanos, who earned three assists to tie a school record.

"She has so many wonderful, special qualities,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian on Castellanos. “Every time she's on the ball, something exciting could happen. She could score a fantastic goal, a simple goal or she could create for one of her teammates like she did tonight."

BC twice came back to tie the score at 2-2 and 3-3 after taking the early lead, but FSU pulled away for good with goals by Canadian World Cup defender Gabby Carleand Nighswonger.



Kansas-BYU. No. 9 BYU improved to 7-0-0 when it handed Kansas its second defeat of the season with a 2-0 decision in Lawrence.

Both goals came in the first three minutes of the second half. Cameron Tucker set up Elise Flake in the 46th minute. Mikayla Colohan followed with a goal of her own in the 48th minute.

"This was a fantastic women's college soccer game and we were really challenged," BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "I am impressed with our team and how we started off and how we had to fight through at the end to hold off a surge that Kansas had. It was a great game tonight."

Pepperdine-UCLA. For the second time in a week, Pepperdine earned a result against a Pac-12 Conference team.

A week ago, it knocked off No. 1 Stanford, 1-0, and on Thursday night it played No. 3 UCLA to a 2-2 draw in the first game of the Rainbow Wahine Shootout.
 
The Waves took a 2-1 lead on goals by Chloe Gaynor and Hailey Stenberg in the second half before the Bruins recovered and evened the score on Ashley Sanchez's second goal of the game.

-- No. 23 Penn State dropped its third straight game at home when it dropped a 1-0 decision to Michigan in their Big Ten opener. Meredith Haackenson’s 10th-minute goal was the difference.

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