April 5, 2009
By: Britney Wright, Sports Information
MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s soccer team closed out the spring season with a perfect 4-0 record defeating intra-state rival Florida 4-0 on Saturday. The match, held at the Viera Regional Park in Brevard County, was one of five that took place as part of the Second Annual Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day.
The weather was perfect and the fan turnout was high, as the Seminoles and Gators took to the field. Both teams were physical through the entire match, but the Seminole defensive was unrelenting and the offense capitalized on the Gators’ defensive holes.
The Seminole defense allowed few shot opportunities for the Gators as goalkeepers Erin McNulty and Kimmy Diaz earned nine combined saves during the match. Meanwhile, the offense made the most of any opportunities the Gator defense presented, recording 18 shot attempts and notching five goals. The scoring began on a goal by Jessica Price with nine minutes remaining in the first period. Three minutes later, Amanda DaCosta found Tiffany McCarty for a goal.
In the second period both teams increased their aggressiveness. Jessica Price was fouled in the goal box midway through the second period and Becky Edwards scored on the Seminoles’ first penalty kick of the season. Two minutes later the Seminoles found themselves within striking distance again, but the Gators deflected a shot attempt. Breezy Hupp caught the deflection about 25 yards from the goal box and launched the ball into the right corner of the net for the Seminoles’ fourth and final goal of the game.
The Seminoles end the season with 17 goals off 56 shots and eight assists overall. Goalkeepers Diaz and McNulty combined to earn 26 saves and allowed only three goals. McCarty led the team with four goals, while Amanda DaCosta was the team leader in assists with three.