Sept. 28, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Eighth-ranked Florida State (7-2-1, 1-1-0 ACC) got back on the winning track with a 3-1 victory over Virginia Tech (5-4-1, 0-1-1 ACC) on Sunday afternoon at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Senior Sarah Wagenfuhr tallied a season-high three points on a goal and an assist as the Seminoles moved to 6-0-0 all-time against the Hokies.
“While I thought following Thursday night’s game against Virginia was a fair result, we certainly had our chances but just couldn’t convert,” said head coach Mark Krikorian on his team bouncing back after the loss to the Cavaliers. “For us it’s about creating quality chances and we did that this afternoon. We will continue to put the ball in dangerous situations, attack and look to put the ball in the back of the net. As long as we continue to have good, solid defending and create chances when we gain the ball, we are going to get our share of wins.”
Sunday’s contest was a physical battle as the two teams combined for 27 fouls including 19 from the visiting Hokies. Penalty kicks also came into play on Sunday as both teams were each awarded one, successfully converting on each attempt.
Making her second career start for Florida State on Sunday and second in as many games, sophomore Rachel Lim gave the Seminoles the early lead scoring in the 16th minute of play. Freshman Casey Short began the scoring play sending a cross into the box from the left side of the pitch. Lim perfectly timed her run down the middle of the box, one-timing her shot into the lower left corner for her third goal of the season.
“I just held my run and waited for Shorty,” added Lim. “Shorty’s crosses are very good, they are of great quality. When I ran in, I made a hard run, the defender didn’t know where I was and I kept it on the ground for the goal.”
Sophomore Sanna Talonen came within inches of adding to the Florida State lead in the 21st minute as her shot caromed off the right post. The Finnish native had a one-on-three break following a Hokie turnover in the Florida State offensive side of the field. After drawing two defenders deep into the box on the left side, Talonen made a fantastic move to her right allowing enough space to send a bending ball which hit off the post. Tiffany McCarty followed the rebound and sent a shot high and out of play.
Virginia Tech would draw even in the 34th minute when Emily Jukich drew a questionable foul inside the 18-yard box leading to a penalty kick. Jennifer Harvey stepped in and converted the kick to tie the game at 1-1. The goal was the third pk of the season for the Hokies as Virginia Tech remained a perfect 3-for-3 in that category in 2008.
The goal was just the second scored by the Hokies against the Seminoles in six games.
After both teams went into the locker room tied at one, Florida State picked up its offensive intensity in the second half scoring two goals within a two minute window.
The first goal came on a penalty kick in the 61st minute. Freshman Tiffany McCarty was tripped up in the box by a Hokie defender as she made a move towards the inside. Wagenfuhr was called on to take the kick sending the ball into the upper right corner for a 2-1 Seminole advantage.
Florida State would add an insurance goal a minute and 45 seconds later scoring off a corner kick. Talonen was on the receiving end of a beautifully played ball out of the corner by Wagenfuhr, flicking a header into the back of the net for her sixth goal of the season. The assist was the third of the season for Wagenfuhr.
“We set goals before today’s game that we wanted to score off a set piece,” added Wagenfuhr. “We haven’t been precise enough as we would like to be this year. It was a good job by Sanna to get on the end of it (the corner kick) and score.”
The three goals scored by Florida State on Sunday tied for the most scored in the series. In 2005, FSU went on the road to Blacksburg for the first time in school history and beat the Hokies 3-0.
Florida State finished the game with a season-high 32 shots while the Seminole defense did a phenomenal job limiting the Hokies to 11 shots including just three in the first half. Of the 11 shots, only three were on goal including the penalty kick in the first half. The Seminoles also held the advantage in corner kicks at 10-2.
“The key to any defensive unit is to be tough and strong and do whatever it takes to not let your opponents get shots off,” explained Wagenfuhr. “I think it’s important that we do that to generate an attack because the first line of an attack is the defense.”
Seminole keeper Kate Milstead picked up her seventh win of the season as she made two saves in 90 minutes of action. Virginia Tech’s Kristin Carden also played all 90 minutes in goal recording 10 saves.
Up next for Florida State are three straight road contests. The Seminoles will travel up to the Northeast this week as they face Maryland on Thursday and Boston College on Sunday.