March 30, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Despite the strongest challenge yet this spring, the Florida State Women’s Soccer Team finished Sunday’s exhibition match with a 7-3 victory over the Auburn Tigers.
Heavy rains in Tallahassee moved the match from Saturday to Sunday, with both teams making the most of the improved weather conditions. The Tigers racked up goals in the first two 30 minute periods, while the Seminoles notched goals in all three periods. Although the Seminoles allowed the first goals by an opponent this spring, their offensive output secured the win.
The first period of the match was marked by scoring from start to finish. Within the first minute, Becky Edwards found Jessica Price for the Seminoles first goal of the game. The Tigers’ Caitlin King answered back two minutes later, with an unassisted goal against Seminole goalkeeper Kimmy Diaz. Tiffany McCarty’s stellar performance in the match began with an unassisted goal at 21:39 remaining in the first period. McCarty also earned the team’s third goal in the closing minutes of the period, off an assist by Amanda DaCosta. Auburn’s Lizzie Hamersly managed to find the back of the net with a few seconds remaining to bring the score to 3-2 at the end of the first period.
Defense was the name of the game for most of the second period but each school managed a goal a piece. Auburn’s Ashley Marks finally broke through with a goal against Erin McNulty to tie the match with 10 minutes left in the period. But Florida State answered right back as Amanda DaCosta found Tori Huster for the go-ahead goal with four minutes remaining in the period, and the Seminoles never looked back.
In the third period the Seminole defense shut down the Tigers, while also increasing their offensive attack. McCarty came away with her third goal of the game against Tiger goalkeeper Skylar Brinegar, and Susanna Zorn followed with a goal of her own with 12:41 remaining in the game. McCarty nearly scored a fourth goal with about 10 minutes remaining but her shot bounced off the top of the crossbar. The Seminoles were able to capitalize on the ricochet shot by McCarty a few seconds later as Katie Bolinsky netted her first goal of the spring.
In all, seven Seminoles combined for 20 shots in Sunday’s match compared to Auburn’s eight shots by a combined five players. Diaz started the match for the Seminoles and earned three saves, while allowing two goals. McNulty entered midway through the second period and earned four saves, while allowing one goal. Brinegar played the entire match in the box for the Tigers, recording eight saves and allowing all seven Seminole goals.
Next up for the Seminoles is a neutral site match against intra-state rival Florida at the Viera Regional Park in Melbourne, Fla., next Saturday, April 4 at 1:30 p.m. The match, hosted by the Space Coast United Soccer Club and Brevard County Parks and Recreation, is to raise awareness for Ovarian Cancer. Along with FSU and Florida, five other schools will participant in matches during the day long event including UCF, USF, FIU, Florida Tech and Rollins College. This marks the second year of the event as last year featured a single match between UCF and FSU attended by over 1,500 fans in an effort to bring awareness to Ovarian Cancer.
As in the past, there is no cost to attend the matches. The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of the Space Coast will “pass the hat” for those that can make a contribution to this worthy cause which is to bring awareness to Ovarian Cancer. We request all attendees please wear your school or club team colors!