Sept. 11, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Fifth-ranked Florida State (7-1-0) put the finishing touches on its non-conference regular season schedule with a 4-0 shutout over Mercer (4-2-0) Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 872 at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
Freshmen Kristin Grubka and Jamia Fields paced the Seminole offense with a goal and an assist for their first career multi-point performance to push FSU’s win streak to six in a row. Tiana Brockway and Tiffany McCarty also found the back of the net on Sunday with Ines Jaurena and CC Cobb picking up assists.
With the victory, the Garnet & Gold extended their home unbeaten streak to 14 games (13-0-1). It has been over a year since FSU suffered its last loss inside the friendly confines of the Seminole Soccer Complex.
The Seminoles limited the Bears to just four shots on the afternoon including one in the first half to registered their fifth shutout of the season and third at home. FSU’s Kelsey Wys started in goal and played the entire first half to earn the win as she moved to 6-1-0 on the year. Taylor Vancil started the second half and made a save in over 42 minutes of action, while Monterae Carter finished the game between the posts and recorded a save.
“I thought that between Friday and today that we had two pretty good performances,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “If we can maintain this level and continue to keep the ball like we have and keep being nice and tight in our defending then we will be a hard to play against.”
Florida State came out of the gates and put the pressure on Mercer early with several great scoring chances through the first six minutes of action.
In the first minute, Toni Pressley made a long dribble down the left side of the pitch, ran between two Bear defenders and blasted a shot from roughly 13 yards out that caromed off the left post.
Following the first Seminole corner of the game, Brockway sent a great ball into the box that Ella Stephan put a header on goal forcing Mercer keeper Cagney Valloch into a save.
Less than two minutes later on another FSU corner kick by Brockway, Tori Huster was denied a goal off a header as she flicked a shot off the crossbar. Kassey Kallman tried to put away the rebound but Valloch was up for the early challenge making her second save of the game.
In the 16th minute, Fields sent a great cross into the box that Jessica Price timed perfectly, one-timing a header that went just wide of the left post and out of bounds.
The Seminoles finally broke through with the game’s first goal in the 32nd minute when Jaurena and Fields found Grubka to give the Noles a 1-0 lead. The Melbourne, Fla., native beat Valloch with a low lining cross that found the left corner of the net from the right side of the box. The goal was Grubka’s second of the season and second game-winner.
“We were working hard in the first half,” said Grubka. “We had a lot of good looks on goal with balls hitting off the posts and the crossbar. But I feel that me and Jamia work well together up top. She found me and the ball went in.”
Fields and Grubka would connect again just over two minutes later to give FSU a 2-0 advantage. This time it was Fields that scored as she put away a header from about four yards out off a deflected shot from Grubka.
“I’m trying to score all the time, but getting this first goal at home is special,” said Fields.
Brockway added to FSU’s lead in the 37th minute as her corner kick bent inside the far post for her first collegiate goal.
“I thought we came out strong,” added Krikorian. “It is a bit of a test coming back from an emotional game on Friday against Florida, traveling there and coming back late on Friday evening. The challenge of playing such a rivalry game with Florida and the emotion that goes into it, I thought our kids came in and brought our A-game, especially in the first half.”
Florida State finished the first half with a 16-1 advantage in shots.
McCarty put the finishing touches on the scoring Sunday afternoon finding the back of the net in the 73rd minute for her team leading seventh goal of the season. McCarty received a great pass from Cobb that allowed her to beat Mercer keeper Cristina Guilarte and go one-on-one with a Bear defender. McCarty was able to fend off the Bear defender and maintain possession of the ball with a few more dribbles toward the net before putting the ball away from close range to give FSU a 4-0 lead.
McCarty finished with a game-high five shots including four on goal in 53 minutes of action. Grubka, Pressley and Jessica Price each finished with three shots. Florida State tied a season-high with 22 shots on the afternoon.
Mercer’s Washida Blackman led the Bears with two shots.
“We knew we had to come out today and keep the intensity because we were coming off a really good game against Florida,” added Fields. “It was important for us to maintain that same intensity as we move into conference play next week.”
Florida State will open ACC play on Thursday, September 15 at Wake Forest. Game time is slated for 8:00 p.m. (EST) and will be televised live on the Regional Sports Network. Fans are encouraged to check their local listings for the network carrier in their area. Gametracker will be available for the contest, while fans can also receive updates throughout the game on Twitter at @FSU_Soccer.
FSU Soccer Remembers 9/11/01
Before kickoff of today’s match, both the Florida State Seminoles and Mercer Bears paid tribute to the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. FSU honored several public service representatives while holding a moment of silence. The FSU ROTC was also on hand to present the colors on the field before the singing of the National Anthem.