Aug. 28, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Ninth-ranked Florida State (3-1-0) pushed its home unbeaten streak to 12 games (11-0-1) thanks to a 5-0 victory over North Florida (1-2-1) on a hot and sunny Sunday afternoon at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
Five different Seminoles found the back of the net as Florida State exploded for five goals to remain perfect against the Ospreys in three all-time meetings. The Garnet and Gold needed just 52 minutes on Sunday to equal their goal output through the first three games of the season, while it marked the highest scoring game for the Seminoles since a 4-1 victory over NC State back on October 17, 2010.
“Anytime you score five goals is something you have to be happy about,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “I still think that we have another gear and we have another level to find, but overall you walk away from this Friday/Sunday combination pleased with the effort of this team.”
Jessica Price led all scorers with three points in the win notching a goal and an assist for the first multi-point performance by a Seminole this year. Tiffany McCarty recorded her team leading third goal of the season in the 56th minute, while Kristin Grubka, Ines Jaurena and Tori Huster each registered their first goals in 2011.
“We have a lot of weapons,” said Huster. “We can be very dangerous. This game we really pieced together a lot of things…five goals is pretty good.”
“I think we were much more organized today than we were on Friday,” added Price. “We came out and put away our chances which was really important for us.”
The Seminole defensive unit of Toni Pressley, Kassey Kallman, Tiana Brockway and Jaurena shut down the UNF offense allowing just two shots the entire match, one in each half, with only one shot going on goal. Kelsey Wys got the start in goal and played the entire first half before giving way to Taylor Vancil and Monterae Carter in the second half. Both Vancil and Carter made their Seminole debut on Sunday.
Grubka began the scoring in the 25th minute netting her first collegiate goal off an assist from Seminole newcomer Katie Riley. Riley sent a long ball into the box where FSU’s Dagny Brynjarsdottir and Osprey keeper Megan Dorsey got tangled up with each other trying to make a play. Grubka collected the loose ball and one-timed a shot inside the right post past a diving Dorsey from eight yards out to give the Seminoles a 1-0 lead. The goal would eventually go down as the game-winner for the Melbourne, Fla., native, while the assist for Riley was her first in a Seminole uniform.
“I was very excited,” added Grubka on scoring her first goal. “It was a relief coming from high school into college, this just helps take that pressure off my shoulders.”
Just over 10 minutes later, Jaurena would add to the Seminole lead connecting on a blast from just outside the 18-yard box. From down near the end line, freshman Jamia Fields sent a pass back up field to Jaurena, who one-timed a cross inside the left post to give FSU a 2-0 advantage. The assist for Fields was the first of her career.
The Seminoles went into the locker room with an 11-1 shots advantage, while holding the upper hand in corner kicks at 5-1.
Florida State dominated possession in the second half despite taking just five shots. But the Noles were productive with their shot selection scoring three times in a span of 24 minutes.
Huster scored the first goal of the second half finding the back of the net in the 52nd minute on a header from five yards out. Price and Kallman combined on the assist as the goal came off a throw-in. The assist for Price was her team leading third of the season. The Libertyville, Ill., native is now tied for eighth-place all-time for career assists with 19.
Less than four minutes later, McCarty gave the Seminoles a 4-0 lead as she scored on a cross from seven yards out. McCarty took a pass from Janice Cayman on the left side, one touched to her left and sent a lower liner into the right corner for the goal.
The goal for McCarty was her third in four games this year. With 75 career points, McCarty moved into a tie for fourth place all-time at Florida State with Maren Vik Edvardsen (1998-2001).
Price wrapped up the Seminole scoring in the 76th minute with a world class goal for her first goal of the season. The junior forward ran in on a pass down the right hand side from Jordan Johnson, crossed up an Osprey defender with a nice move toward the inside of the 18-yard box and fired a shot into the upper left corner from 15 yards out for the goal.
“It’s been awhile for Jessica Price and she was about to be substituted for at the time of her goal as we thought she had played enough minutes. I think that was a flash into the past. It was a nice cut back, a nice move and I don’t know if you can hit it any closer to the upper corner than she did. It was a great finish.”
The Seminoles outshot UNF 16-2 on the afternoon, while holding a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Florida State wraps up its three-game home stand on Friday, September 2 as the Seminoles welcome 12th-ranked Marquette to Tallahassee. The match will stream live on the web on Seminoles.com All-Access, while gametracker will be available for the contest. Fans can also receive updates throughout the game on Twitter at @FSU_Soccer.