Oct. 20, 2001
The No. 17 Seminole soccer team found out once again how hard it is to win on the road in the ACC. After taking a 2-1 lead on Wake Forest (7-5-1, 3-2-0) at the start of the second half, the Demon Deacons scored three unanswered goals to down Florida State (10-5-0, 3-2-0) 4-2 in a key ACC battle. The loss drops the Seminoles into a third place tie in the conference with two
ACC matches remaining on the schedule.
Florida State started the match strong and in the 12th minute of the match, Summer Corum and Maren Vik Edvardsen ran a great piece of combination play that sent Corum in along the right wing. The sophomore from Vero Beach, Fla. sent a dangerous cross in front of the Demon Deacon goal but no Seminole was able to get a shot on goal off of the service.
Two minutes later, Vik Edvardsen centered a ball to Cindy Schofield whose header found the back of the net but the junior was whistled by the referee who waved off the goal. In the 19th minute, Schofield found Corum on a perfect long ball down the right wing. Corum sent a perfect bending cross into the box but once again there wasn’t a Seminole able to get a crack on goal.
Wake Forest mounted a flurry of its own in the 23rd minute of the match when Stacey Roeck launched a dangerous shot that was blocked out of bounds by senior Heather Dyche. Off of the ensuing corner, Roeck got a great header shot off that freshman Ali Mims just punched over the crossbar leading to another Demon Deacon corner. Alena Thom sent a corner from the left side of the field that Roeck latched on to and headed past Mims to put Wake Forest up 1-0.
After giving up the first goal of the game for the eighth time this season, FSU fought back just 2:50 after WFU went up 1-0. Off of a throw-in deep in Wake Forest territory, FSU sent a ball into the Deacon box where Amber Tollefson picked up the pass. The sophomore from Boca Raton, Fla. then found Corum who re-directed the ball to Vik Edvardsen point blank in front of the Wake net where she buried her third goal of the season. This is the second consecutive game that FSU’s all-time leading scorer has found the net after 23 straight games without scoring a goal.
The Demon Deacon’s almost took the lead just before half when a deflection, off of a clear, sent Wake Forest’s Alena Thom behind the Seminole defense one-on-one with Mims. The freshman keeper charged the midfielder and ended the Deacon’s chance by plucking off the pass before Thom had a chance to shoot.
Less than three minutes into the second half, junior Meredith Jones sent a ball from the right side of the pitch to Vik Edvardsen who took a Demon Deacon defender with her as she let the ball slip past her to a charging Jez Ratliff. The freshman striker picked up the pass and went in one-on-one with Deacon keeper Erin Regan. The Norman, OK native dribbled into the box and beat Regan with a low shot to the back post.
The Seminoles held on to the lead for more than 10 minutes before the Deacons equalized the match. Alli Hunt sent a free kick from the right side of the field just outside of the 18-yard box to the back post. As the free kick was curving out of bounds at the back post, Katherine Winstead headed the ball back in front of the FSU goal where A.B. Robbins headed home the tying goal.
Five minutes later, WFU moved into a 3-2 lead off of a Robbins free kick 24 yards outside of the Seminole goal. The sophomore blasted a shot past Mims off of a direct free kick that was setup when Jones was whistled for a handball as FSU was clearing their defensive zone and getting ready to mount a counter attack.
Florida State brought in a third attacker to try to even the match with 11 minutes left but Wake was able to take advantage of an FSU squad pushing for a tying goal. Wake Forest senior Emily Taggart put the Deacons up 4-2 on a blast from 19 yards out that made the senior Wake’s All-Time leading scorer.
The Seminoles return home Thursday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m. to face the University of Miami in the team’s second-to-last home game of the 2001 regular season. The Hurricanes have been ranked in the top 25 for most of the season and FSU will have the opportunity to extend some amazing records at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Florida State has won 14 of its last 15 games against in-state opponents, have not lost a home game to a non-conference opponent in 16 consecutive matches and have the opportunity to move to 7-0-0 at home and possibly become the first FSU squad to go undefeated at home for an entire season. Admission to all regular season games at the Seminole Soccer Complex is free. For more information please visit www.seminoles.com.