Oct. 16, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Eighth-ranked Florida State (11-2-1, 5-1-0 ACC) defeated No. 16 Wake Forest (9-5-0, 2-4-0 ACC) 5-0 at the Seminole Soccer Complex in a game paying tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness. Sporting pink jerseys for the cause in Thursday’s night victory, the Seminoles tied a season-high with five goals while four different Seminoles posted multi-point performances.
After taking a 1-0 lead into the half, the Seminoles broke the game open with four more goals in the second half. It marked the second straight game that Florida State has scored five goals against Wake Forest as the Seminoles defeated the Deacs 5-2 in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., a season ago.
Sophomore Marissa Kazbour recorded a career-high two goals, while Becky Edwards notched a goal and an assist for her first points on the year. Rachel Lim also connected on a career-high two assists in the win.
“I thought our team came out and defended very well,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “We established a nice tempo in the game. It was nice for Toni Pressley to come off the bench and knock that first one in for us. I thought our attacking play was quite good. We created some good chances and it was nice that we were actually able to finish them. Wake Forest is a good team and for us to be able to get a result like that is very good for our team.”
Freshman Toni Pressley got the ball rolling on Thursday night connecting on a header inside the left post in the 32nd minute to give Florida State the early lead. Lim fought hard to maintain possession for the Seminoles deep in the offensive zone finding Edwards open in the slot. The junior defender sent a beautiful ball into the box where Pressley timed her jump perfectly redirecting the ball into the net for her second goal of the season. Lim and Edwards combined for the double assist on the play.
Sanna Talonen began the second half scoring by notching her team leading ninth goal of the season in the 57th minute. Off a set piece following a Wake Forest foul, senior Sarah Wagenfuhr sent a deep ball into the box where Talonen flicked a header just beyond the out stretched arms of Demon Deacon keeper Laura Morse to give the Seminoles a two-goal advantage.
The assist for Wagenfuhr pushed her consecutive point streak to five games as the senior defender has now posted an assist in the last five ACC games. With the assist, Wagenfuhr set the single-season school record for assists in league play with five.
In the 75th minute, Edwards gave Florida State a 3-0 lead knocking in a goal from five yards out. Once again off a set piece, Lauren Switzer took the free kick from about 45 yards out. Wake Forest keeper Amanda Barasha, who entered the game in the 60th minute, came out to punch away the free kick. But Talonen was there for the rebound lofting a high pass from inside the box where Edwards redirected the shot into the back of the net for her first goal of the season and fifth of her career.
Kazbour finished off the scoring on Thursday night netting the final two goals of the game. The first goal came in the 83rd minute as the sophomore midfielder one-timed a rebound off a Deacon defender for her second goal of the season. Lim fired off back-to-back shots with the first ricocheting off the Wake Forest defense. The Boca Raton, Fla., native pounced on the rebound firing a second shot on goal. Barasha came up with a diving save to her right but couldn’t hold on to the ball. Kazbour ran on to the loose ball on the left side and blasted a shot off the leg of a Wake Forest defender and into the net for a 4-0 lead.
With less than two minutes remaining, Switzer and Kazbour connected on the final goal of the evening. Switzer sent a long ball into the box from the right side of the pitch. Kazbour got inside a Wake Forest defender from about 12 yards out, redirecting the ball inside the left post with her right foot for her second goal of the evening.
The Seminoles finished the game out shooting the Demon Deacons 24-6, while Wake Forest held the advantage in corner kicks at 2-0. Seminole keeper Kate Milstead recorded her sixth career shutout extending her streak of consecutive shutout minutes to 384:04. The Clarksburg, N.J., native registered one save on the night.
With a shutout of the Demon Deacons on Thursday night, the Seminoles posted their fourth consecutive shutout victory in ACC play. It marked the first time in school history that the Seminoles have put together such a streak in league action. Florida State also remained perfect in the month of October outscoring the opposition 9-0 while not allowing a goal in 367 consecutive minutes.
“A streak like that is pretty cool, especially with different people in and out,” said Edwards. “I just think it’s the mentality that we need to have. Everyone in the backline has done a great job of keeping up the intensity and getting into tackles and limiting shots. I think we will only continue to improve.”
In an effort to raise awareness for breast cancer research, the Seminoles raised over $1,000 on Thursday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Fans still have a chance to donate to the cause by logging on to Seminoles.com and placing a bid on the pink jerseys that were worn in tonight’s game. The auction will last until Tuesday, October 21 at 4:00 p.m. Proceeds from Thursday night’s game and from the online auction will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
The Garnet and Gold will return to the pitch on Sunday, October 19 at 1:00 p.m. against No. 9 Duke. The game will be shown live over the internet on ACC Select, while fans can stay up-to-date with all the action as gametracker will be available for the contest.