Third-ranked Florida State dropped its second straight ACC contest falling to No. 5 Duke 2-1 Sunday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.
“It’s a long season,” head coach Mark Krikorian told reporters. “We tell the kids all the time that it is a marathon not a sprint. We can’t continue to have the same type of situation where we are creating the chances and not scoring and giving up goals. Once we start scoring goals, I think we can probably score a bunch of them. But we need to start finishing these chances. There are too many really good chances that we are not burying. We will keep working and hopefully get better.”
“In some ways this game was similar to our match Thursday night against Wake Forest,” added Krikorian. “I thought we created quite a bit in the first half and could not put one in the back of the net.”
The Blue Devils scored first in the 40th minute off a goal by Chelsea Canepa. Molly Lester sent a cross into the box from the right corner of the pitch that Kelsey Wys dove and deflected. The ball bounced to the feet of Canepa, who one-timed a shot inside the left post for her second goal of the season.
Florida State outshot Duke 15-14 in the match, while holding the advantage in corner kicks at 6-3. But it wasn’t enough, as the Seminoles remain winless inside Koskinen Stadium all-time in nine matches falling to 0-5-4.
“The only thing I was disappointed about was the way we came out to start the second half,” said Krikorian. “The first 10 to 15 minutes our group seemed a little disinterested and maybe frustrated but after that I thought we settled it back down and created some pretty good chances. But credit to Duke, they stood strong and denied whatever decent chances we had on goal. We know that we need to put the ball into the back of the net if we want to win.
Florida State will remain on the road and will visit Clemson on Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. to wrap-up its current three-game road trip.