Nov. 18, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. – For the third consecutive year, Florida State will advance into the Round of 16 thanks to a 4-0 victory over LSU in second round action of the NCAA Tournament Sunday afternoon at the Seminole Soccer Complex. FSU got a goal from Holly Peltzer in the 21st minute and then added three second half goals in a span of eight minutes as the Seminoles remained perfect at home pushing their record to 12-0-0 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
“We’re thrilled to be advancing and having the chance to play again next weekend,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “We hit some posts throughout the game. We would have liked to have that second goal a little bit earlier than we did, but in terms of creating chances my belief is that if you create enough chances you’re going to score goals. As the game went on, there were more seams and obviously Holly’s goal was the big one and Kirsten coming in and knocking in a couple was vital.”
Peltzer scored her third goal of the season and second career game-winner at 20:24 in the first half. The Lake Mary, Fla. native received a cross from freshman Marissa Kazbour at the top of the box, took a dribble to her right and fired a shot into the lower left corner to give the Seminoles an early 1-0 lead. The assist from Kazbour was her second in as many games and fifth of the season.
“It was definitely important,” said Peltzer on getting on the board first. “We had a good build-up in the back and Kaz (Marissa Kazbour) saw an opening and I was wide opened so she gave the ball to me and I just finished it. I think it just helped our momentum, we were just trying and trying and we finally got one.”
The Seminoles had their scoring opportunities in the first half but couldn’t seem to find the back of the net until Peltzer’s goal in the 21st minute. Freshman Sanna Talonen, who led all players with eight shots on the afternoon, saw her first shot off a header go off the left post just four minutes into the game. Amanda DaCosta had a great look from inside 12 yards, but Tiger goalkeeper Valerie Vogler made a tremendous diving save. Kirsten van de Ven one-timed the rebound into the back of the net, but the goal was negated on an offside call. The near misses continued as Mami Yamaguchi nailed a header off the crossbar.
LSU got a great scoring chance in the 16th minute as Malorie Rutledge played a long ball down the middle of the field. FSU’s Erika Sutton and LSU’s Roslyn Jones were battling for possession before Jones was able to get a quick kick on goal. Erin McNulty was there with diving safe to keep the Tigers off the scoreboard.
The Seminoles went into the locker room with a 1-0 lead maintaining the advantage in both shots (17-5) and corner kicks (9-0).
In the second half, Florida State once again controlled the offensive momentum out shooting LSU 13-5. The Seminoles added to their lead in the 67th minute on the first of two goals by van de Ven. The senior from Holland sent a low liner into the left corner of the net to push FSU’s lead to 2-0. The play began as Talonen played a ball into the box where a Tiger defender headed the ball of the zone. Van de Ven gathered the ball and scored on the play for her sixth goal of the season.
Van de Ven would strike again in the 74th minute scoring on a play similar to her first goal of the afternoon. Yamaguchi started the play at the top of the box leaving the ball for freshman Rachel Lim. Lim fed a wide open van de Ven from 22 yards out, who one-timed a shot into the lower left corner to make the score 3-0 in favor of the Seminoles.
Van de Ven becomes the fifth Seminole to register a multi-goal game in the NCAA Tournament as her two goals come off the heels of Talonen’s hat trick in the first round against Kennesaw State on Friday. As a team, Florida State has posted a school record 13 multi-goal games in 2007. The two goals on Saturday was van de Ven’s first multi-goal game of her career, while her four points also set a career-high.
“I was fortunate to have them both go in (the net),” said van de Ven. “I think the whole team played very well together. We were just fortunate enough to finish our chances today. That is one of the strengths of our team; anyone can score at any time.”
Just a minute and nine seconds later, Yamaguchi gave Florida State its fourth and final goal of the afternoon taking a pass from Katrin Schmidt and finding the back of the net on a cross from 12 yards out. The goal was Yamaguchi’s team-leading 22nd of the season.
The three goals were the most scored in the second half by the Seminoles since netting four against Dartmouth in the first round back in 2003.
The Seminole defensive unit of Libby Gianeskis, Becky Edwards, Sutton and Schmidt once again had another outstanding performance limiting the Tigers to just 10 shots and one shot on goal. The shutout by Florida State was its 11th of the season and ninth all-time in NCAA Tournament play. McNulty earned her 15th win of the season and picked up her seventh shutout as she was credited with a save.
“We certainly don’t want to overlook the quality of the team defending,” added Krikorian. “We didn’t give up a whole lot today, I don’t know how many shots they had, but we did give a whole lot of quality chances up. I thought our group was very solid.”
The win over LSU kept the Seminoles perfect against the Southeastern Conference running their all-time record to 7-0-0 in NCAA Tournament action.
Up next for Florida State is a date with the Texas Longhorns in the third round. Texas advanced following a 3-2 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday in College Station. It will be the first meeting between the two schools.
“We know that our next opponent is a most worthy opponent,” explained Krikorian. “The University of Texas is going to come in here after a fantastic result Saturday night beating Texas A&M in front of an enormous crowd so we know that we’re going to have our hands full next weekend.”
The game time is tentatively set for Friday, November 23 at 7:00 pm right here at the Seminole Soccer Complex. An official announcement about the game time and location will be made immediately once word is received from the NCAA.