Sept. 9, 2011
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Fifth-ranked Florida State (6-1-0) continued its domination over Florida in Gainesville defeating the ninth-ranked Gators (4-2-0) 3-2 in a back-and-forth contest Friday night. Tiffany McCarty led the offensive charge for the Seminoles as she had a hand in all three scores with two goals and an assist.
With the win Friday night, the Seminoles have captured four of the last five meetings in Gainesville, while 11 of the last 14 games since 2000 have been decided by one goal including the last six.
“That was a great soccer game,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “Two very good teams, a true battle of two top-10 teams. Florida was everything we expected them to be. They have great players, are well coached and they gave us everything we could handle tonight.”
“It was an amazing game,” said senior Janice Cayman. “We played really well. I thought it was our best game so far this year. You kind of get pumped up having the whole crowd against you, but we had a really nice section of Nole supporters which really helped us get this win tonight.”
Friday night’s game was played in front of a crowd of 4,671 – the third largest crowd in UF Soccer history.
McCarty tied a career-high with two goals on Friday night as both came in the second half including the game-winner in the 72nd minute. The deciding goal came less than five minutes after the Gators had tied the game at two.
McCarty and Dagny Brynjarsdottir connected on a great give-and-go for the game-winner. With Brynjarsdottir in the middle of the field, she slotted McCarty running in from the right. The Laurel, Md., native took a touch and one-timed it past a diving Taylor Burke inside the left post for her second goal of the evening.
“Dagny gave me the ball, I played it back to her and she played a great through pass and I was just thinking get it on frame, get it on frame, we need this goal,” said McCarty. “I just placed it and it went in.”
Brynjarsdottir had an outstanding game for the Seminoles registering her first career points on a goal and an assist in her first game against the Gators.
With two goals and an assist, McCarty moved into a tie for second place on the all-time Seminole record books with 34 goals, while she moved into sole possession of third place with 82 career points. It also marked McCarty’s eighth career multi-goal game.
“She has been threatening and threatening and has scored a few goals already this year,” added Krikorian. “Today she was very important to us.”
“I was really pumped up for the game,” said McCarty. “Florida is always a rivalry game. Being here and hearing all their fans really pumped us up. We were all just excited to go out and get this win.”
The Seminoles wasted very little time cracking the scoreboard on Friday night as Brynjarsdottir found the back of the net in the fourth minute of play for her first collegiate goal. The Icelandic native took a deflection off a Gator defender, dribbled once toward the middle of the field and blasted a shot from 18 yards out. The ball was perfectly struck as it caromed off the diving fingers tips of Gator keeper Taylor Burke and into the top left corner to give FSU the early 1-0 lead.
McCarty came within inches of giving the Noles a 2-0 advantage as she nailed a blast off the crossbar from about 35 yards out in the 20th minute. With the Gator keeper playing a high line, the junior forward tried to catch Burke napping and was almost successful if it wasn’t for a couple of inches.
Brynjarsdottir had a great chance for her second goal of the evening in the 28th minute. Tori Huster send a high pass into the box and Brynjarsdottir timed her run beautifully beating two Gator defenders but her first touch was too hard as the ball went out of bounds.
The Gators first shot didn’t come until the 32nd minute went Erika Tymrak sent a shot high from about 24 yards out.
Jamia Fields got in on the action in the 34th minute as her first shot went wide right. On a Seminole throw-in, Ines Jaurena found Fields open at the top of the box. The freshman forward took one touch to her left and blazed a shot wide and out of bounds.
Despite Florida State controlling the offensive tempo throughout the first half, Florida found a burst of momentum in the final minute following a Seminole foul. The UF free kick was sent out of bounds off a header by an FSU defender and on the ensuing corner, Tymrak would tie the game on a great run and strike. The Gators took a quick corner and found Tymrak, who dribbled across the field and found the inside right post from 10 yards out to tie the game at one.
After the first half, Florida State held the edge in shots at 4-2, while both schools attempted three corner kicks.
The second half started with a quick Seminole counter just 36 seconds in as Cayman fed McCarty, who fired high and wide of the left corner.
Less than two minutes later, Huster fired a shot from just inside the 18-yard box forcing Burke into a save, the first of the game for either team.
The Seminoles continued to apply offensive pressure early in the second half and were rewarded in the 55th minute when McCarty nailed a cross off the left post and in the net to give FSU a 2-1 advantage. Tiana Brockway started the combination as she fed the ball into the box that Huster headed to her right. McCarty ran into the empty space, collected the ball and beat Burke with a shot off the left post for her fifth goal of the season.
A nice diving save from Burke denied McCarty of her second goal of the evening in the 61st minute. Cayman took the ball down the left hand side of the pitch and fed McCarty inside the 18-yard box.
Florida went on the attack in the 67th minute when Annie Speese fed Tahnai Annis between two Seminole defenders. The shot deflected on a defender and out of bounds for a corner kick.
On the ensuing Gator corner from Speese, Holly King found the back of the net for her first goal of the season on a deflection inside the eight-yard box.
After McCarty’s second goal gave Florida State its third lead of the game, the Gators had a great chance to tie the game again, but Wys made an outstanding save to keep the lead intact with less than three minutes to play. Havana Solaun found a seem down the middle of the field and took a shot as Wys was sliding in for the ball. The Seminole keeper got just enough on the ball to force it over the crossbar and out of bounds.
FSU finished the game with an 11-6 advantage in shots, while the Gators led 6-4 in corners. Both keepers finished the game with two saves.
“From front to back, I thought this was our best performance of the season,” said Krikorian. “We needed it tonight. Florida is a very good team. I thought our group came to play and showed a great deal of competitive spirit. To find a way to get the result and then lock down the fort at the end was pretty good.”
Florida State returns to the pitch on Sunday, September 11 as the Seminoles host Mercer at 1:00 p.m. in their final non-conference regular season game. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as the Seminoles will pay tribute to the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 during a pregame ceremony. It is also Youth Day at the Soccer Complex and the Seminoles will offer a free soccer clinic following the conclusion of Sunday’s match. The match will stream live on the web on Seminoles.com All-Access, while gametracker will be available for the contest. Fans can also receive updates throughout the game on Twitter at @FSU_Soccer.