Noles Win Home Opener

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ( – Ninth-ranked Florida State (2-1-0) used an early first half goal by Kassey Kallman and held off a pesky New Mexico (1-1-1) squad to win its eighth straight home opener, 1-0, Friday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex.

“It’s another game where I thought we had some decent chances but our attack still isn’t good enough,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “We are trying to possess the ball and keep the ball but there is a fine line between over passing the ball and being dangerous and we are still trying to figure everything out.

“It is good that we got a hard fought win, but I don’t think that anyone on this Florida State team is satisfied with the performance today.”

Florida State and New Mexico struggled to find an offensive attack all evening long as both teams finished the game with nine shots a piece. The Lobos went into halftime with a 4-2 advantage in shots but the Seminoles made the most of their first half shots scoring on their first attempt of the evening.

The lone goal of the game came in the 10th minute of play as the Garnet and Gold took advantage of an early throw-in inside their offensive third. Jessica Price threw a perfect pass into the box where Kallman flicked the ball inside the near post from about 12 yards out for her first goal of the season.

The assist for Price was her second of the season and second game-winning assist on the year. The game-winner for Kallman was the second of her career. more