Aug. 15, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State and Georgia took to the field on Friday in a preseason scrimmage at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The match featured three 30-minute segments with FSU winning segments one and three, while the Seminoles and Bulldogs played to a 1-1 tie in segment two.
“I think we got some pieces,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “It was kind of what I thought throughout the preseason. The name of the game for us is to create dangerous chances and I thought today we did okay with that.”
“It was a great start playing against a quality opponent like Georgia,” said Edwards. “We really showed some signs today of being a great team. The new players coming in did very well. It’s just a matter of getting out those nerves and getting ready for the season opener next week against UCF. I thought our team defending was great. Our attacking is getting there and will come in time. We are still getting to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and playing into those, so hopefully we will continue to improve.”
Florida State grabbed the first segment 1-0 behind a goal by senior Erika Sutton. The Seminoles took advantage of back-to-back corners in the 20th minute converting on the second attempt. Sophomore Marissa Kazbour sent the second corner into the box where it deflected off Bulldog keeper Michelle Betos and right to Sutton who finished the play for the only goal in the first segment.
Georgia had the first scoring opportunity of the match as Alex Hooker tried to sneak a crossing shot into the lower left corner, but keeper Kate Milstead was there for the diving save to keep the match scoreless.
Freshman Tori Huster registered the first shot for the Seminoles in the first segment firing from 10 yards out but Betos was there for one of her three saves. Sophomore Amanda DaCosta led all players with three shots in the first 30 minutes of action, while Huster and freshman Tiffany McCarty tallied two each.
The two schools played to a 1-1 tie following the second 30-minute segment. FSU looked as though they would grab the lead in the early going as a header from Sanna Talonen went high over the crossbar. Freshman Toni Pressley dribbled along the left side of the pitch and sent a nice cross into Talonen who missed high.
Less than five minutes later, Georgia struck first when Megan Tomlinson slipped a cross from 15 yards out into the lower right corner for the score. Carrie Patterson was credited with the assist.
With just over seven minutes remaining in the second segment, Florida State got the equalizer thanks to a pair of newcomers. Huster got a great look from about 20 yards out blasting a shot off the left post. Pressley came charging in for the loose ball and out raced an oncoming Georgia defender to put away the ball and tie the game at one.
The third segment went to the Seminoles as the Garnet and Gold tallied two goals less than two minutes apart for a 2-0 victory. Jessica Price got the Seminoles on the board first sending a cross from inside the box into the lower left side for a 1-0 lead. Becky Edwards was credited with an assist on the play as she sent a long pass to Price down the left side of the pitch. Minutes later McCarty followed with her first goal of the game to give the Seminoles a two-goal lead. McCarty put away her own rebound as her initial header, off a pass from Rachel Lim, went off the crossbar.
“I feel we did really well especially each segment where I felt we got better and better,” explained McCarty.
“I was really excited,” added Price on making her fall debut. “I thought we looked great, especially the freshman. Every one of the newcomers has added a great deal to this team. All of them are excellent and I’m really looking forward to playing with each of them.”
The newcomers finished the match with two goals and an assist.
“We think we have a pretty good group of freshman,” added Krikorian. “They are going to impact our team from the beginning. There are many talented kids here, some happen to be freshman while others are older. But still it’s about being precise in the final third, our timing needs to improve.”
Both Kate Milstead and Kimmy Diaz saw action in goal for the Seminoles on Friday afternoon. Milstead played the first and second segments notching two saves while allowing a goal. Diaz did not record a save while facing two shots in the third segment.
Florida State will open the 2008 season on Friday, August 22 when the Seminoles welcome the UCF Knights to Tallahassee with game time set for 7:00 pm.
First Segment: Florida State 1, Georgia 0
FSU – 10 shots, 2 saves, 5 corners
UGA – 3 shots, 3 saves, 2 corners
Second Segment: Florida State 1, Georgia 1
FSU – 6 shots, 0 saves, 3 corners
UGA – 1 shot, 0 saves, 0 corners
Third Segment: Florida State 2, Georgia 0
FSU – 5 shots, 0 saves, 1 corner
UGA – 2 shots, 2 saves, 0 corners