Sept. 25, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Eighth-ranked Florida State (6-2-1) fell to No. 13 Virginia (7-1-1) 1-0 on Thursday night in the ACC opener for both schools. The Cavaliers broke a scoreless tie in the 77th minute on a goal by Meghan Lenczyk, her seventh of the season, to extend UVa’s unbeaten steak over FSU to 17 games.
The Cavaliers, who registered 21 shots including 10 shots on goal, held the Seminoles to a season-low nine shots in the game. UVa also held the advantage in corner kicks at 7-1.
“Overall, I thought the result was probably a fair result,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “Over the course of 90 minutes, Virginia was better than us. We are going to have to be a little more precise when we have the ball and when we have chances we are going to have to capitalize on them.”
Virginia quickly set the offensive tempo as Lenczyk took her first shot just 24 seconds into the start of the game but FSU keeper Kate Milstead was there for the save.
Milstead came up with an amazing save in the 14th minute to keep the game scoreless. Sarah Senty got off a shot from the left corner from about 16 yards out, but Milstead made a great diving stab on a ball headed for the inside right post.
Florida State recorded its first shot of the match at the 15:58 mark on a blast from Amanda DaCosta. The sophomore midfielder would finish the game with a team-high four shots, tying a career-high set earlier this year on September 12 against Auburn.
Virginia threatened with another great scoring opportunity in the 34th minute when Jess Rostedt sent a dangerous shot on goal from about 25 yards out. Milstead once again came up with another big save diving to her right just getting enough on the ball to deflect it out of bounds.
Rostedt wasn’t finished as she unloaded on consecutive shots in the 37th minute of play. The first was blocked by the Seminole defense, but the Cavalier midfielder collected her own rebound and ricochet her second shot off the crossbar.
The Seminoles were awarded their first and only corner kick of the game with 25 seconds remaining in the first half, but the ball played by junior Lauren Switzer was deflected off a Cavalier defender as time expired.
UVa ended the first half with a 12-2 shot advantage.
“In the first half, we didn’t bring the energy that we needed to have,” added Krikorian. “We weren’t as competitive as they were. But I thought our second half was significantly better and I thought the chances came for us. We have a lot of young kids and the question now is whether we learned our lesson. If we do learn our lessons, we’ll be better as the season progresses.”
Florida State picked up the offensive intensity in the second half with seven shots getting the squad’s first good look in the 51st minute. Freshman Toni Pressley began the play streaking down towards the left side of the pitch. After flying past a Cavalier defender, Pressley sent a cross into the box just out of the reach of on coming Jessica Price. But Switzer came sliding in from behind Price directing the ball just wide of the far post.
The Seminoles came within inches of taking the lead in the 59th minute when DaCosta’s shot caromed off the post. Switzer set up the play with a long ball down the right side of the pitch where Price out ran the Cavalier defense to gain possession of the ball near the end line. Price averted a pair of defenders with a quick move back up towards the field and then took a few dribbles inside the box before sending a cross up front. DaCosta came sliding in redirecting the ball off the left post.
Lenczyk would break the scoreless tie with just under 14 minutes to play finding the back of the net on a header off a cross by Lauren Alwine. The goal was Lenczyk’s team leading seventh of the season.
The Cavaliers narrowly increased their lead to two in the 78th minute off a shot by Rostedt. The ball went through the hands of Milstead, but the junior keeper recovered in time to keep the ball out of the net for her ninth save of the evening, a new career-high.
The Seminoles would get two more chances in the waning minutes but it was to no avail. DaCosta’s fourth shot went wide left, while a header from sophomore Sanna Talonen with 10 seconds to play sailed wide to the left as well.
The loss was the fourth straight for Florida State in league openers while dropping the Seminoles to 4-10-0 all-time in opening ACC play.
“Every game in the ACC is going to be a battle,” explained Krikorian. “I don’t think in the first half we were as prepared for it as we should have been. But in the second half, I thought we brought a whole lot more fight and ambition into tackling in the midfield and we were rewarded for it with getting a few good chances. But you have to bring it for 90 minutes in this league; you can’t just play 45 minutes.”
The Garnet and Gold will look to get back on track on Sunday, September 28 when the Seminoles host the Virginia Tech Hokies at 1:00 pm at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The game will be broadcast live on Sun Sports, while fans can keep up-to-date with all the action as gametracker will be available for the contest.