Sept. 15, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (seminoles.com) – Third-ranked Florida State (7-2-0, 0-1-0 ACC) fell to No. 13 Wake Forest (7-1-0, 1-0-0 ACC) 2-0 in the ACC opener for both teams Thursday evening at Spry Stadium. It marked the first time this year that the Seminoles were held scoreless in a game.
FSU traveled to Winston-Salem in search of just its second win in nine visits but the Seminoles could never find the back of the net despite several great scoring chances including three balls that hit off the crossbar in the second half.
The Seminoles finished the match out shooting the Deacs 14-9, while holding a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks. Tiffany McCarty led the Noles with four shots, while Ines Jaurena and Toni Pressley each took three shots in the loss.
Katie Stengel took care of all the scoring on Thursday night finding the back of the net twice, once in each half, to up her season total to an ACC best 10 goals on the year.
“I thought overall it was a good, solid performance,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “I thought in the first half we created enough to at least score a goal, but we weren’t precise enough around the penalty box to put one in the net. Unfortunately, we gave up one late in the first half and sometimes that can come back to bite you.”
Stengel did just that as she found the back of the net with a minute and 23 seconds remaining in the first half to break a scoreless tie and give the Demon Deacons a 1-0 lead at the half.
The sophomore forward got in behind the Seminole defense on a long pass from Alisha Woodson. Stengel ran in on the ball, took one dribble and sent a low liner from about 15 yards past a diving Kelsey Wys and into the left corner of the net. The goal marked the first time that Florida State did not score first in a game this year.
Stengel registered the first shot of the game in the second minute of play forcing Wys into a save situation. On a Wake Forest throw-in, the ball got to the feet of Stengel, who sent a low lining kick from just outside the 18-yard box but the Seminole keeper was there for the diving save.
Pressley recorded the Noles first scoring chance of the evening in the 10th minute sending a shot inches over the crossbar. With the Garnet & Gold controlling the offensive tempo in the early going, McCarty sent a pass back up toward the 18-yard box that Pressley ran in on and one-timed a shot high and out of play.
Off a Seminole throw-in at 24:55 in the first half, Marta Bakowska-Mathews sent a ball back toward the top of the box where Jaurena fired a shot just wide of the top left corner.
Minutes later Wake Forest went on the offensive as Rachel Nuzzolese fired a shot from the right corner of the 18-yard box on a failed clear by the Seminole defense. Wys was there for her second save of the game to keep the game deadlocked at zero.
The Demon Deacons went into the locker room with a 7-5 shots advantage and the lead, while both schools registered two corner kicks apiece.
In the second half, the iron was unkind to the Seminoles as Tiffany McCarty hit two off the crossbar and Pressley another. McCarty had another great scoring chance from about 12 yards out that was blocked by a Demon Deacon defender.
Janice Cayman recorded the first shot of the second half for either team firing a blast wide of the net from about 20 yards out off a long kick from Wys.
The Deacs increased their lead to 2-0 on a goal in the 57th minute courtesy of Stengel’s second goal of the evening. This time using her head, Stengel flicked the ball inside the right post on a great cross from Jackie Logue.
Less than four minutes later, McCarty recorded her first shot of the game but the Deacon defense came up with a huge block to force a corner kick. Tori Huster fed McCarty who took on two defenders, got around one with a nice move toward the middle of the field and fired a shot that was blocked.
The Seminoles could not find a break in the 68th minute as two shots went off the crossbar. Pressley sent a high kick that the wind carried and almost found the back of the net but the ball hit off the crossbar. Thirty seconds later McCarty clanked one off the crossbar to keep the Noles scoreless.
The Laurel, Md., native found the crossbar once more in the 82nd minute to cap the frustration that loomed over the Seminoles all evening long.
FSU pushed the tempo in the final 10 minutes in search of those two elusive goals but the Deacon defense was up for the task in posting their fifth shutout of the season.
“I thought we came out fine in the second half but again small details are what hurt us,” added Krikorian. “A nice cross was played in and Stengel was on the end of it. We left her open and she is going to bury those chances.
“Down 2-0 makes it very difficult to fight your way back, but I thought our kids were resilient and created enough chances to again knock one in and then see how the game goes from there. We didn’t get the bounce to go our way and maybe we didn’t deserve to get the bounce going our way tonight. We will now go back, look at the film, re-evaluate and get ready for a very good Duke team on Sunday.”
Florida State will now head to Durham to face No. 5 Duke on Sunday, September 18th at 1:00 p.m. The game will air live over the internet on GoDuke.com, while live stats will be available for the contest. Fans can also receive updates throughout the game on Twitter at @FSU_Soccer.