Nov. 5, 2011
CARY, N.C. (seminoles.com) – Five days after handing North Carolina its first-ever loss in the ACC Tournament, sixth-seeded Florida State (14-6-0) continued to make history Friday night defeating second-seeded Virginia (14-4-2), 2-1, in the second semifinal of the league championship at WakeMed Park. The win marked the Seminoles’ first victory over the Cavaliers in school history, snapping UVa’s 20-game unbeaten streak in the series.
“It was a good win,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “Every win in the ACC is a good win. I think we should get 10 teams in the NCAA Tournament. I don’t look at any win as being monumental, because I think they are all very good wins. They are all very good teams. Everyone could be playing in the final here and could be playing in the final in December. This is a good win against a very good team.”
Florida State erased a one-goal halftime deficit scoring two second half goals in a span of 13 minutes and 22 seconds to advance to the conference championship for the sixth time in school history. It was the first time in six games this year that the Seminoles won a game after trailing at the half.
“The second half we came out and used the wind to our advantage,” added Krikorian. “We put on some pressure, scored a couple and were able to hang on in the end for the result. It wasn’t artistic, it wasn’t beautiful, but at this stage we’re looking to advance and our kids did what we had to do to win.”
Janice Cayman gave the Seminoles the lead for good in the 68th minute when she drilled a shot into the upper right corner of the net from 30 yards out for her fifth goal of the season. Toni Pressley assisted on the play as she fed a beautiful through ball down the middle of the field to Cayman. The game-winner by the Belgian native was her first of the season.
“I surprised myself a little bit, too,” said Cayman on scoring the game-winner Friday night. “I heard people shouting, `Shoot it, shoot it,’ so I took my shot and shot it. At first I was afraid the goalie was going to get, but then it turned away from the goalie so it was positive for me.”
Tiffany McCarty got the Garnet & Gold on the board in the 55th minute as she ran in on a pass from Dagny Brynjarsdottir. The junior forward timed her run perfectly and out ran a pair of Cavalier defenders to force a one-on-one situation with UVa keeper Chantel Jones. From just inside the 18-yard box, McCarty slipped a low liner into the right side of the net to tie the match at one-goal apiece.
The goal for McCarty was her team leading 15th of the season, while making her the all-time leading scorer in school history. With 103 career points, McCarty moved past Cindy Schofield on the all-time points list at FSU.
After Florida State went ahead for the first time Friday evening, the Seminole defense kept the Cavaliers at bay giving up just four shots over the final 22 minutes with zero shots on goal. Kelsey Wys played the entire 90 minutes in goal for Florida State as she made four saves to move to 12-5 on the year.
Virginia finished the match out shooting Florida State 19-8, while holding the advantage in corners at 10-4.
The win for Florida State was its fifth straight, while the Seminoles improved to 7-6 against ranked foes in 2011 including 5-4 on the road.
Both teams registered a shot in the first three minutes of action as Florida State’s Kristin Grubka notched the game’s first shot shooting high over the crossbar, while Virginia’s Caroline Miller also went high for the Cavalier’s first shot.
The first scoring threat by either team came from the Seminoles in the fourth minute as McCarty timed her run perfectly down the middle of the field off a long ball from Pressley. McCarty made a nice move toward the inside of a Cavalier defender before firing a shot on goal, but UVa’s Chantel Jones was there for the save.
Over the next 30 minutes of play, the Cavaliers dominated possession especially in their offensive third out shooting the Seminoles 7-0. The `Hoos were rewarded for their efforts as Lauren Alwine found the back of the net on a header off a corner in the 29th minute. Molly Menchel assisted on the play bending the corner into the box where Alwine maintained perfect position inside the six-yard box to flick the ball into the back of the net to give Virginia a 1-0 lead. The goal was the first allowed by the Seminoles in over 232 minutes of action dating back to the second half of a 4-2 victory over Miami on October 23.
McCarty had a break away opportunity for the Seminoles late in the first half on another long ball from Pressley. But McCarty’s first touch went a little too far allowing Jones to slide in and gain possession of the ball.
Virginia went into the locker room with a 1-0 advantage maintaining the lead in both shots (11-2) and corners (5-2).
“We played two tough games and I think we showed a lot of character through those games,” said Wys. “We talked about writing history. I wanted to do it for all those girls who aren’t going to be here next year, for all the seniors.”
Florida State will now face fifth-seeded Wake Forest in the ACC Championship game on Sunday, November 6 in Cary, N.C. It marks the first time these two schools will square-off in the league championship game, while the Seminoles are in search of their first ACC title. Game time on Sunday is set for 1:00 p.m. and will be seen live on ESPNU.