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Soccer Ties Auburn 1-1 in Home Opener


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s No. 2 soccer team (1-0-2) tied No. 16 Auburn (2-0-1) 1-1 on Thursday after a lightning two-hour delay at the Seminole Soccer Complex .

Heather Payne scored the solo tally for the Seminoles, scoring her third career goal. Cristina Roque improved her undefeated career record to 28-0-8. Dating back to 2011, Florida State is 113-7-8 in the last 128 games played at home.

The Seminoles came out eager in the opening minutes, registering three shots in the first 14 minutes, including two from Beata Olsson and one from Clara Robbins. The Seminoles were inches from first base when Jody Brown nailed the crossbar with a shot on the reception of a cross from Ran Iwai. Emma Bissell tried to clean up the rebound when she was fouled by a Tiger defender, resulting in a penalty for the Seminoles. Payne slid the ball in from the penalty spot, giving FSU a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute.

The Seminoles entered the locker room at halftime with the lead, 70 percent possession and five shots against Auburn’s three. In the 47e minute, Lauren Flynn sent a pass down the left side to Brown, then Brown quickly redirected it to Jenna Nighswonger in midfield. Nighswonger’s shot was missed by inches, again hitting the goal post.

Auburn responded in the 62n/a minute, scoring a free kick with a header from Sydnie Thibodaux. The Seminoles tried to regain the lead several times, failing each time. In the 83rd minute, Nighswonger sliced ​​a ball past the Tiger defense, finding Brown on an island. Brown took the keeper one-on-one and shot just wide to the right side. The Seminoles’ last chance for quality came in ’88e minute once again by Brown. This time, the Tiger goalkeeper made a save leading to a Seminole corner.

Florida State finished the game with 17 shots and 10 on goal to Auburn’s six shots and three on goal.

Next step :

Florida State travels to Gainesville to take on the University of Florida on Sunday, September 4 at 5 p.m.

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