NEWTON, Mass. -- First half goals by Cheyna Williams and Berglind Thorvaldsdottir paced No. 5 Florida State to a 2-0 victory against Boston College in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both schools Sunday afternoon.
The Seminoles improved to 8-11-1 all-time in ACC openers, including 3-4-1 when opening on the road. FSU secured its fourth consecutive victory against BC while capturing its third win in Newton, Massachusetts, and first since shutting out the Eagles 1-0 in 2010.
“Going on the road, playing two tough games with UConn and BC, we walk away feeling pretty good about getting two wins,” FSU coach Mark Krikorian said. “But we have some work in front of us. That was the first ACC game and there’s a lot left to play.”
Williams’ goal in the 18th minute proved to be the eventual game-winner, her second of the season, while Thorvaldsdottir found the back of the net for the fifth time in three games. The redshirt sophomore forward is one goal shy of tying her goal output from last year.
“It was nice that both of them were able to knock one in this afternoon,” Krikorian said. “Both were opportunistic, both were in the right place at the right time and I thought that both finished their chances pretty well. I think in the last three or four games that both of them have become much more dangerous.”
Florida State finished the match with a 14-4 shot advantage over Boston College as the Seminoles held the Eagles without a shot in the second half. FSU’s backline did an outstanding job of limiting BC to just one shot on goal while holding Stephanie McCaffrey, the Eagles’ leading scorer, to just one shot.
“I’m not sure that there are a whole lot of kids in the country that are as hard to deal with than McCaffrey,” Krikorian said. “She is a heck of a player. Boston College does a very good job of recognizing and highlighting her quality and giving her the ball. But our defensive line did a great job of limiting her chances this afternoon.”
Cassie Miller played all 90 minutes in goal and made one save, earning her fifth shutout of the season.