Oct. 11, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 15 Florida State (8-3-2, 3-1-1) registered its third straight win over Maryland (5-5-2, 0-4-0) Thursday night with a 2-0 shutout over the Terrapins at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Sanna Talonen and Becky Edwards each scored a goal as the Seminoles ran their ACC unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1). The Seminole defense turned in another solid effort posting its second consecutive shutout, while blanking an opponent for the sixth time this season.
The Seminoles outshot the Terrapins 18-8 including 13-4 in the first half. FSU also held the corner kick advantage by a margin of 7-1 over the Terps.
“I thought our first half was very, very good,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “We had some nice passing plays, good movement off the ball and some nice combination plays. But credit to Maryland. They fought hard, were very well organized and hard to break down. It was good to score that first goal, to soften the game up for us. Overall, I though our performance was very good tonight.”
“I think we played pretty good soccer tonight,” added Katrin Schmidt. “We did what we had to do tonight to get a very big win at home.”
Florida State had its first solid scoring opportunity in the 21st minute as Erica Sutton sent a cross into the box from the right side of the pitch. Mami Yamaguchi was there with a header shot, but it was nicely saved by Terrapin keeper Yewande Balogun.
A little over nine minutes later, Talonen would get her first good look on goal on a nice pass from freshman Amanda DaCosta. Talonen slid behind the Maryland defense and made one touch towards the net before Balogun came out of the box to make a nice sliding save to end the threat.
The Seminoles cracked the scored in the 36th minute on Talonen’s eighth goal of the season. Junior Katrin Schmidt made a nice dribble passed a few Maryland defenders and found Talonen along the left side of the box. The freshman from Tampere, Finland one-timed a shot into the lower right corner from 10 yards out to give FSU a 1-0 lead.
It looked as though Florida State would add another goal right before half, but the Terrapin defense came up with a solid team save. Balogun came out looking to gain possession of a loose ball to the right of the net, but freshman Rachel Lim beat her to the ball sending a pass to Annie Stalzer just inside the right corner of the box. Stalzer fired a shot on goal that ricocheted off a Terrapin defender and out of harms way.
Maryland nearly took advantage of its one and only corner kick of the game in the 40th minute. Kaila Sciascia took the corner and sent a bending ball into the box where Mary Casey put a header shot on goal. But senior midfielder Kirsten van de Ven was there on the line with her own header, a save to keep the Seminole lead at 1-0.
Florida State added to its lead in the 56th minute on Becky Edwards’ third goal of the season. Yamaguchi was fouled just beyond midfield setting up a free kick for Edwards on the right side from 45 yards out. The sophomore defender fired a ball that carried beyond the entire group in the box, finding its way into the upper left corner for 2-0 Seminole lead.
“I took the free kick and was trying to get it to the far post, but I guess I got a little lucky and it went inside the side netting,” explained Edwards.
The Seminoles would get one more good look in the 81st as Stalzer was fouled just outside the box. Yamaguchi took the free kick and sent a shot that avoided the Maryland wall but Balogun tracked the ball nicely making a diving save to her right.
The Seminole defensive unit of Schmidt, Edwards, Libby Gianeskis and Erika Sutton played the entire game limiting the Terrapins to just eight shots, four in each half including just three shots on goal. Freshman Erin McNulty was once again solid in net for Florida State posting her second straight shutout while making two saves.
“We did a great job of limiting their chances tonight. I thought our team defending was quite sharp,” said Krikorian.
Florida State will remain at home to face No. 7 Boston College on Sunday, October 14. Game time is slated for 1:00 pm at the Seminoles Soccer Complex. The game will be shown live on Sun Sports. As always, fans can follow all the action over the Internet as gametracker will be available for the contest. If you missed any of the action from tonight’s game against Maryland, you can catch the game in its entirety On Demand at ACC Select.