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Brynjarsdottir's strike lifts Noles to 1-0 win over UVA

Dagny Brynjarsdottor shot
Posted at 8:40 PM, Sep 28, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-28 20:40:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Dagny Brynjarsdottir's ninth-minute goal propelled No. 5 Florida State to a 1-nil victory over No. 3 Virginia, Sunday at the Seminole Soccer Complex.

The goal came off a beautiful shot, taken by Brynjarsdottir from distance into the bottom right corner of the net past a diving Cavaliers' keeper.

"Dagny had a heck of a strike for a goal and it was the difference," Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian said. "It was huge. It was a big game against two very good teams.  And you certainly want to be the team scoring the goal. Dagny is a big part of what we are doing and I thought she had another very good game."

"Cheyna (Williams) played me through," said Brynjarsdottir. "We were playing high pressure. I beat their defender and hit it with my left foot and into the corner for the goal.

"It was important to get the goal early so we could settle down a little bit. Virginia is a very good team and we always know it is going to be a good battle when we play against them."

UVA had scored in 44 straight matches before the Noles shut them out Sunday. In fact, the Cavs haven't scored a goal in Tallahassee in nearly 400 minutes of gameplay (398:34).

"It was a great battle between two top ranked teams," added Krikorian. "I thought our fight, our competitive spirit was excellent. It certainly wasn't a work of art but sometimes in the game you have to adjust to your opponent and the conditions of the game. Obviously, we adjusted our game plan a little bit to take in consideration Virginia's quality and I thought for the most part we defended quite well."

The Seminoles next game will be on the road at Miami, scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 4.