Aug. 21, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (seminoles.com) – In a classic battle between two top 10 teams, No. 4 Florida State (1-1-0) came out on the short end of things falling to No. 7 Portland (1-0-0) 2-1 in front of an outstanding crowd of 2,817.
All three goals came in the first half as Danielle Foxhoven scored both goals for Portland including the game-winner on a penalty kick with just 44 seconds left before intermission.
Tiffany McCarty scored for the second straight game as she found the back of the net in the 15th minute to break the scoreless tie.
Florida State finished the game with a 22-11 shot advantage, but only six of those shots were on frame. Three Seminoles finished with a team-high three shots including Jamia Fields, McCarty and Marta Bakowska-Mathews.
“It wasn’t for a lack of effort,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “I thought we put in a fine effort, but I am not sure if we were clever enough. There were times when we could have drawn up more rhythm in the play. We were taking shots from distance that had no chance of going on goal. It only takes one second to score a goal. As the game went wore on, some of the players thought they had to do things individually. We certainly had enough chances to score the goal (equalizer), but when you have 20 something shots and only six are on the frame, it’s not good enough. We will continue to work on that and get better.”
Both teams wasted very little getting the offense going on Sunday night as Portland registered the first shot in the second minute of play. Micaela Capelle fired the first shot inside the right hand side of the box from about 16 yards out forcing Kelsey Wys into a diving save. Tiana Brockway returned the favor blasting a shot just over the crossbar from about 26 yards out following a Pilot foul.
The Seminoles got two nice looks over a three minute span beginning in the 13th minute as Dagny Brynjarsdottir recorded a shot wide of the left post from just outside the box. Janice Cayman sent a nice pass into the middle of the field form the left side of the pitch where Brynjarsdottir collected the ball took a touch to her right and fired wide from the top of the box.
McCarty followed in the 15th minute with the first goal of the game to give the Seminoles a 1-0 lead. The junior forward timed her run perfectly down the middle of the field between two defenders on a long ball from Wys. McCarty beat Portland keeper Hailee DeYoung one on one, dribbled to the left and sent a low liner into the right corner from 10 yards out for her second goal of the season and an early 1-0 Seminole advantage. Wys registered the assist on the play.
The Seminoles had a great opportunity to add to their lead in the 20th minute on a corner kick. Brockway sent a nice ball into the box where Huster out jumped the competition and put a header shot on goal, but the Pilot defender on the near post was in great position for the save.
Portland countered with a great scoring chance on a corner kick in the 30th minute as Wys made a save on a header from close range by Emma Nelson.
Cayman looked to add to the Seminole lead in the 35th minute as the senior from Belgium fired a shot between two defenders but DeYoung was there for the save.
The Pilots got on the scoreboard in the 37th minute as Foxhoven dribbled through the middle of the Seminole defense and drilled a shot inside the lower left corner from 18 yards to tie the match at one.
Then with just under a minute left to play in the first half, Portland grabbed its first lead of the game on a penalty kick conversion from Foxhoven. The Pilots were awarded a pk opportunity when Capelle was taken down from behind inside the box by Kassey Kallman.
Foxhoven stepped up to the line and slotted the ball inside the left post just beyond the outstretched arms of Wys to give Portland a 2-1 lead.
Florida State opened the second half taking the first five shots with the best scoring opportunity for the Noles coming from Fields, who fired a blast off the crossbar from 25 yards out. The Pilot defenders quickly pounced on the loose ball and kicked it out of harms way.
Hikaru Murakami made her presence felt shortly after entering the game for the first time as she found Fields for a shot that was saved by DeYoung at the 68:23 mark.
Ines Jaurena gave the Pilots a scare in the 73rd minute as her side winding shot from about 19 yards out sailed high over the crossbar. Off a short corner from Brockway, Huster sent a great pass into Jaurena, who one-timed the shot high.
The Seminoles had another great chance to the tie the game in the 79th minute as McCarty received a throw-in from Price and beat two Pilot defenders toward the end line where she blasted a shot just high over the crossbar.
Portland looked to add to its lead with just over five minutes to play but a great save by Wys kept the score at 2-1. Halley Kreminski found herself loose inside the 18-yard box and fired a shot from about 8 yards out, but Wys made a fantastic diving save to keep the deficit at one.
The Seminoles fought valiantly to find the equalizer in final five minutes but it was to no avail as the Pilot defense allowed just one shot the rest of the way out.
Both keepers recorded three saves, while Portland came up with two big defensive team saves to keep the Garnet and Gold off the scoreboard.
Florida State heads back to Tallahassee for its home opener on Friday, August 26 at 7:00 p.m. against New Mexico. Gametracker will be available for the contest, while fans can receive updates throughout the game on Twitter at @FSU_Soccer.