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FSU Soccer Runs Away from Bulls, Sweet 16 Bound

Phil Kelly/FSU athletics

A pair of second half goals was the difference on Friday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. For a second straight season, top-seeded Florida State soccer advanced to the round of 16 with a 3-1 victory over South Florida in Tallahassee.

Yujie Zhao’s seventh goal of the season in the 63rd minute gave the Seminoles (17-4-2) their first lead of the night and put them ahead for good. Gloriana Villalobos’ first goal of the year in the 87th minute ultimately put the game away.

South Florida (15-4) actually drew first blood in the match as Aubrey Megrath found the back of the net 35 minutes in. It took FSU just six minutes to answer when Dallas Dorosy connected with the help of a Gabby Carle assist.

Zhao and Olivia Bergau also had assists for FSU in the win. Sabrina Wagner assisted on the only goal of the game for the Bulls.

Sydney Martinez, the USF goalkeeper, got off to a strong start and finished with five saves. FSU’s Caroline Jeffers had just one save in the victory. The Seminoles outshot South Florida 17-4 and managed eight shots on goal to just two for USF.

With the win, FSU will move on to face USC on Sunday afternoon. The Women of Troy defeated LSU earlier in the day in Tallahassee by a score of 2-0. Florida State and USC played to a scoreless draw when the teams met in Tallahassee on Aug. 31.

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

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