Bakowska-Mathews nets first career hat trick in No. 5 FSU win against Stetson

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fifth-ranked Florida State (6-1-0) received a hat trick from Marta Bakowska-Mathews and the Seminoles posted their fourth shutout of the season as FSU rolled to a 7-0 victory against Stetson (1-6-1) on Sunday afternoon inside the Seminole Soccer Complex.

“We had to come out and have good concentration from start to finish,” Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian said.

“And I thought for the most part we did that today.

“Stetson came in here and battled very hard; credit to them, they gave a very good effort. Our kids did what they had to do, scoring a couple goals reasonably early and then playing good, solid defense through the course of the match.”

Bakowska-Mathews scored the first two goals of the game in the seventh and 15th minute before completing the hat trick with her third goal of the afternoon in 56th minute to give the Seminoles a 4-0 advantage. The senior midfielder set career-highs for points (6) and goals (3) in the game and became the first Seminole to register a hat trick since Tiffany McCarty scored three times at Clemson on September 22, 2011.

“It feels very good, it’s my first-ever hat trick,” added Bakowska-Mathews. “I’m just glad that I could do that for my team this afternoon. The crosses that came in were good balls and it was my job to finish them.”

“I was happy for Marta,” added Krikorian. “We know that Marta has very good quality with the ball and in and around the goal. She can score a lot of goals in a lot of different ways and she proved that today.”

Jamia Fields and Kacy Scarpa finished with two assists apiece, while Cheyna Williams recorded her first multi-point game as a Seminole with a goal and an assist in the win. For Fields, it marked her fifth career two-assist game and first in 2014. The assists for Scarpa were the first of her career and first points as a Seminole.

Berglind Thorvaldsdottir scored a pair of goals, one in each half, for her third career multi-goal performance.

The seven goals by Florida State were the most in a game since matching that total in a 7-0 victory over Clemson at home on October 4, 2012.

FSU outshot Stetson 28-2 in the match as the Hatters were held without a shot until the 77th minute when Brianne Boldrin put a shot on frame but it was easily handled by Seminole keeper Cassie Miller, who picked up her fourth shutout of the year.

Dating back to the first half of Monday’s night match against St. John’s, the Seminole defense went a span of 160:09 without allowing a shot from their opponent.

“Defending starts with the highest player on the field and goes right through the goal keeper,” said Krikorian. “We have done a good job defending and when we minimize opportunities at our goal, we will be successful. Overall, we are very pleased with our team defending.”


Final 7-0 Seminoles over Stetson Marta Bakowska-Mathe with the hat-trick! Shots 28-2 @FSU_Soccer next game will be at Connecticut at 7:00pm

— FSU Soccer (@FSU_Soccer) September 14, 2014

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