Sept. 4, 2011
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (seminoles.com) – Seventh-ranked Florida State (5-1-0) recorded its fourth straight victory with a 4-0 win over UAB (2-3-0) on a rainy Sunday afternoon in Birmingham. Four different Seminoles found the back of the net in the win over the Blazers, while Toni Pressley led all players with three points on a goal and an assist to tie a career-high in the win.
After taking a 1-0 lead into the break, FSU broke things open with three, second half goals from Jamia Fields, Tiffany McCarty and Kassey Kallman to remain perfect against the Blazers in three all-time meetings.
“In the first half, UAB did a good job of coming out and were strong in their defending,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “Our kids seemed a little bit sluggish and lethargic as the Marquette game on Friday took a little bit out of them. But playing a home game on Friday, getting up and traveling all the way here to Birmingham and having to play against a good UAB team on Sunday is a challenge.
“The good news is that we were able to keep the shutout and score four goals. I thought our movement off the ball and some of the attacking play wasn’t sharp enough but sometimes that comes with a bit of fatigue.”
The Seminole defense posted their fourth shutout of the season limiting the Blazers to six shots including just two shots on goal. Making her first start of the season, Taylor Vancil played all 90 minutes and made two saves to record her first shutout and win as a Seminole.
FSU also received solid contributions from everyone on the team as Krikorian used 21 players on Sunday.
“We know in order to be successful we have to use the bench,”
added Krikorian. “We know that these players coming off the bench are all good players and that they are going to have significant minutes as the season goes on. It’s nice to see come in, some scoring goals, some saving goals, some just winning balls in the midfield and having good plays. I thought the bench did a good job and Taylor was solid as can be in the goal.”
Florida State grabbed the lead in the 15th minute when Pressley nailed a shot from about 35 yards out to give the Noles a 1-0 advantage. The Seminoles controlled possession through the early going despite taking just one shot and attempting a pair of corner kicks under soggy field conditions at UAB. But Pressley broke the scoreless tie when she found the upper right corner of the net from the left hand side of the field for her first goal of the season.
“I beat my player and had room to dribble,” added Pressley. “I really don’t know; I just zeroed in on the goal and hit it. I actually didn’t think it was going to go in but it did so it was a pleasant surprise.”
“It was a nice goal,” added Krikorian. “I think that we have some many different weapons that as teams begin to prepare for us they have to pay attention to a lot of different things. That is obviously something that we have and hopefully she can continue to get forward and have those opportunities again.”
The Seminoles looked to increase their lead in the 23rd minute on their third corner of the game, but Blazer goalkeeper Katie Getzinger made a great diving save on a header from Ella Stephan. The ball trickled toward the near post but a UAB defender was able to clear the ball out of harm’s way to keep FSU’s lead at 1-0.
UAB’s best scoring chance came on its only shot of the first half as Carolyn Polcari tried to sneak a shot inside the top shelf but the ball sailed high over the crossbar.
Fields tried to add a goal late in the first half but was fouled hard with just under a minute remaining. Ines Jaurena played a quick pass out to Tiana Brockway, who fired a shot from just outside the 18-yard box high over the crossbar as time expired.
FSU went into the half with the edge in shots (6-1) and corners (4-0), while Blazer keeper Getzinger made three saves.
The first shot of the second half came off the foot of Jaurena in the 55th minute as the French defender fired a shot high over the crossbar.
Less than a minute later, UAB’s Polcari sailed a shot high from just outside the right corner of the box for the Blazers first shot of the second half.
Florida State would add to its lead in the 58th minute on goal by Fields to give the Noles a 2-0 advantage. The freshman forward put a header on a pass from Marta Bakowska-Mathews that found the back of the net for her first goal of the season. The assist for Bakowska-Mathews was her first of 2011.
The trio of McCarty, Jessica Price and Pressley would combine to give FSU a commanding 3-0 lead in the 63rd minute. Following a Florida State foul deep in its offensive third, Blazer keeper Getzinger took the free kick and sent it down the middle of the field. Pressley won possession with a brilliant header to Price. The redshirt junior from Libertyville, Ill., made a nice spin move toward the middle of the field and took a couple dribbles before sending a pass up field to McCarty. McCarty ran on and dribbled once, drawing the keeper forward before slotting a low liner into the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season.
The assist for Price was her fourth of the season as she has now recorded a point in four straight games.
With the sun finally peeking through for a brief moment, the Seminoles wrapped up the scoring in the 85th minute on header by Kallman off a corner from Jordan Johnson. Johnson sent a beautiful bending ball toward the near post that Kallman won with a great header that found the inside of the near post for her second goal of the season. The assist for Johnson was her second.
The Seminoles finished the game out shooting UAB 13-6, while maintaining a 7-3 advantage in corners.
McCarty and Brockway paced the Noles with three shots a piece, while Polcari led UAB with three shots.
“Overall, it was good performance for us,” said Pressley. “At times we made it a little harder for ourselves in the movements that we chose to make and the balls that we chose to play each other. But coming way with the win and scoring four goals is great.”
Florida State is back in action on Friday, September 9 as they travel to Gainesville to face intra-state rival Florida at 7:00 p.m. Gametracker will be available for the contest, while fans can receive updates throughout the game on Twitter at @FSU_Soccer.