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FSU Soccer Crushes Rebels to Open NCAA Tournament

Phil Kelly/FSU athletics

Florida State soccer picked a fine time to have its largest margin of victory on the season.

In the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night in Tallahassee, the Seminoles dominated from the start with a 5-0 victory over Ole Miss. The win marks the 13th straight year that FSU has advanced past the first round.

FSU raced to a 2-0 lead first half advantage on a pair of goals from leading scorer Deyna Castellanos, who scored in the fourth and 28th minutes. Castellanos had as many goals early on as the Rebels had shots on goal for the entire night.

After 25 scoreless minutes to start the second half, Dallas Dorosy, Kaycie Tillman and Gabby Carle all scored goals within a 16-minute span. Marnie Merritt finished with seven saves for Ole Miss, but the shots for FSU kept coming. Cassie Miller recorded two saves for FSU to pick up her first shutout since Oct. 12 against Florida.

With the win, FSU improves to 12-6-1 and moves on to face either Arizona or TCU. Ole Miss finishes the season with a record of 10-7-3.

Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson

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