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Florida State, South Carolina Battle To 3-3 Tie

Sept. 14, 2008

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Auburn, Ala. – Seventh-ranked Florida State (5-1-1) wrapped up its non-conference, road schedule with a 3-3 tie against South Carolina (5-0-2) at the Auburn Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon. In what was a classic match-up between two schools facing each other for the first time, the Seminoles erased a two-goal deficit thanks to a strong second half performance.

Freshman Tiffany McCarty tied a career-high with two goals, while Rachel Lim tallied the other. Senior captain Sarah Wagenfuhr also tied a career-high with two assists in the tie as Florida State extended its road unbeaten streak to four (3-0-1) in 2008.

“I don’t think we were nearly sharp enough today,” explained head coach Mark Krikorian. “But a lot of the credit has to go to South Carolina. They were very organized and disciplined. They created some good chances and were a difficult team to play against. I thought it was your typical Sunday game, but we have to be better than that in the future.”

After the first 25 minutes, the Seminoles were faced with their largest deficit of the season trailing 2-0 to South Carolina on a warm and humid day in Alabama. But Florida State roared back with three unanswered goals to take its first lead of the game in the 62nd minute on McCarty’s second goal of the afternoon.

“Obviously, that will be a positive that we will take out of this game,” said Krikorian on FSU erasing South Carolina’s two goal lead. “We dug ourselves a bit of a hole and were able to scrap our way back out of it.

The lead lasted just over 13 minutes as the Gamecocks knotted the score at three courtesy of Idana DeCecco’s first goal of the season.

The two teams combined for just three shots during the overtime periods as the game ended in a 3-3 tie.

FSU’s Kate Milstead finished the game with six saves including four in the second half. South Carolina’s Mollie Patton recorded eight saves in the tie.

Florida State posted the first shot of the game as Toni Pressley went wide right of the net with 3:32 on the clock. Katrin Schmidt flicked a cross into the box from the right side where Pressley redirected the pass just wide.

In the 11th minute, Casey Short gave the Seminoles a great scoring chance sending a cross into the box from the left side of the pitch. Pressley one-timed the shot from about 14 yards out but Patton made a diving save to keep the game scoreless.

South Carolina struck early with a goal by Kim Miller in the 16th minute. Maria Petroni redirected a pass to the top of the 18 box where Miller one-timed a shot into the upper left corner for her third goal of the season. The goal by the Gamecocks marked just the second time in seven games that Florida State has trailed this year.

The Gamecocks added to their lead in the 26th minute as Kayla Grimsley found the inside right post for a 2-0 South Carolina advantage. Danila Monteiro sent a pass from the top of the box to Grimsley out on the left side, who squeezed a cross passed a diving Milstead and into the net for a two-goal lead.

Florida State cut the USC lead in half right before the half on Rachel Lim’s second goal of the season. Marissa Kazbour sent a low cross into the box from the left side where Lim one-timed a shot from 8 yards out for the score.

The Seminoles continued to pour on the offensive pressure against the Gamecocks in the waning minutes of the first half forcing Patton into a pair of couple tough saves. The first shot by McCarty was saved off the hands of Patton and out of bounds. On the ensuing Florida State corner, Amanda DaCosta sent a blast from 35 yards out where Patton just got her fingers on the ball tipping the shot over the crossbar and preserving the one-goal lead for the Gamecocks.

Florida State opened the second half with the same offensive intensity as it showed to close out the first. The Seminoles missed on two near chances in the 48th minute. McCarty crafted her way through several Gamecock players and into the box where she fired a shot off the right post. Kazbour raced on for the rebound and found the opposite post from about 16 yards out.

The Seminoles would find the equalizer on the second of back-to-back corners in the 49th minute. McCarty finished a beautiful corner by Sarah Wagenfuhr finding the back of the net on a header for her fourth goal of the season.

McCarty would follow-up with her second goal of the afternoon with 61:20 on the clock to give the Seminoles their first lead of the game. The freshman midfielder connected on another header off a long pass from Wagenfuhr. Short got the play started as her initial shot was blocked by a Gamecock defender. Wagenfuhr came charging in for the rebound and sent a nice long ball into the box where McCarty out jumped everyone for the goal.

In the 75th minute, South Carolina took advantage of a loose ball in the offensive zone off a corner to tie the game at 3-3. Off a blocked shot by the Gamecocks’ Monteiro, DeCecco put away the ball from 16 yards out for her first goal of the season.

DaCosta almost gave the Seminoles their second lead of the game but Patton came through with yet another save. Schmidt sent a long pass to McCarty down the left side of the pitch. The freshman midfielder made a nice inside move freeing up enough space to find DaCosta at the top of the box. DaCosta took a few dribbles to her left and blasted a shot from just inside the 18 where Patton deflected the ball out of bounds.

Neither team could muster a goal in the final five minutes forcing the game into overtime.

The first great scoring opportunity of the first overtime went to the Seminoles. Following a South Caroline foul, Becky Edwards sent a long ball from about 45 yards into the box where Erika Sutton sent a header with her back towards the goal just wide of the left post.

The only other shot of the first overtime went to South Carolina as Petroni’s shot sailed high.

In the second 10-minute overtime, only one shot was recorded that coming from the Seminoles. Short got in near the end line passing a cross inside the box where Switzer’s one-touch went high over the crossbar.

FSU State finished the game out shooting South Carolina 20-14. The Seminole also held the advantage in corner kicks at 12-4. The three goals scored against the Gamecocks on Sunday eclipsed the total number of goals they had allowed this year. It was the most given up by USC since a 3-2 overtime loss at Tennessee on September 27, 2007.

Florida State will return home to face its final non-conference opponent of the regular season on Sunday, September 21 when the Seminoles welcome Florida Gulf Coast to Tallahassee. The match-up marks the first meeting between both teams in school history. Fans can watch the game live over the web on ACC Select, while gametracker will be available for the contests.

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