Oct. 7, 2007
Blacksburg, Va. – No. 15 Florid State (7-3-2, 2-1-1) recorded its second road win of the season with a 1-0 victory over Virginia Tech (4-5-2, 0-3-1) Sunday afternoon in Blacksburg at the Virginia Tech Soccer Complex. Junior Mami Yamaguchi, the nation’s leading scorer, tallied the game-winner in the 75th minute off an assist from freshman Sanna Talonen to wrap-up a solid week for FSU that saw the Seminoles collect four points in the ACC standings (1-0-1).
It was the second win in as many tries for the Seminoles in Blacksburg, while Florida State ran its record to 5-0-0 all-time against the Hokies. Florida State shut out Virginia Tech for the fourth time in the series including both times on the Hokies home turf. FSU has now outscored VT 4-0 in two trips to the Virginia Tech Soccer Complex.
“I thought it was a very professional performance by both teams,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “We knew coming into this game that it was going to be a hard fought game. Virginia Tech is a tough, physical team and they battled hard today. They have definitely improved themselves from last year. They are going to beat some ACC teams this year. Overall, I am very satisfied with today’s result. Again, I thought our defending was very good limiting their chances on goal.”
After watching her consecutive point streak come to an end at 10 games following Thursday’s contest at Virginia, Yamaguchi picked up where she left off scoring a goal in her ninth contest of the season. She now has 36 points on the season.
Florida State looked to score an early goal off the foot of senior Kirsten van de Ven but her shot caromed off the right post. Freshman Amanda DaCosta collected the rebound and fired a shot but it ricochet off the Hokie defense and cleared out of the zone by Virginia Tech.
In the 12th minute, van de Ven once again created a scoring chance for the Seminoles as she found a streaking Sanna Talonen down the middle of the field. Talonen’s first touch went a little too far ahead of her allowing Hokie goalkeeper Ashley Owens to slide in and collect the loose ball.
Virginia Tech registered its first shot of the game in the 33rd minute. Owens took a goal kick and after a few bounces beyond the midfield line and a couple headers, freshman Marika Gray gathered the loose ball and fired a shot high and wide of the net.
Four minutes later, the Hokies’ Robin Chidester fired a shot from the right side of the pitch from about 15 yards but FSU goalkeeper Erin McNulty was there for a diving save to keep the score tied at zero.
Florida State would get its final scoring chance of the first half in the 40th minute as a kick by Mami Yamaguchi went high over the crossbar. DaCosta began the scoring opportunity taking a long pass down the right side of the pitch. She made a nice cut towards the inside from the endline where she fed Rachel Lim. Lim then sent a pass to Yamaguchi who one-timed a shot high over the crossbar.
The Seminoles outshot the Hokies 7-4 in the first half, while both teams took one corner.
“Virginia Tech was definitely a great team,” added sophomore Becky Edwards. “We definitely give them a lot of credit for their fight. I think we had our fair chances in the first half but unfortunately we missed. We kept fighting and were mentally tough in the back today.”
The Seminoles got the first good scoring opportunity of the second half in the 50th minute. Yamaguchi sent a cross into the Hokie box from the right side where Holly Peltzer collected the ball off her body and sent a shot on goal which was deflected off a Virginia Tech defender.
Virginia Tech fired off a pair of shots in a span of 54 seconds. Julian Johnson’s shot was saved by McNulty while Kelsey Billups sent a shot that just cleared the crossbar.
In the 64th minute, van de Ven sent a header shot on goal off a corner kick by Yamaguchi but the shot went high over the crossbar.
The Seminoles finally broke through with a goal in the 75th minute on a goal by Yamaguchi, the nation’s leading scorer. The play started deep in the Seminole zone as Erika Sutton fed Lauren Switzer who found Sanna Talonen all by herself just beyond the midfield line. Talonen took advantage of the wide open space dribbling to the 18 where she sent a nice pass to Yamaguchi along the right side. The Tokyo, Japan native took one touch and fired a shot passed the diving Owens for a 1-0 advantage. The goal was Yamaguchi’s team leading 15th of the season, while Talonen was credited with her fourth assist.
“I got a good ball from Sanna and knew that I had to score on that opportunity,” added Yamaguchi. “It was great to finish the play with a goal.”
“That goal was a nice combination through the midfield,” explained Krikorian. “It was nice timing on the run. Sanna’s ball was a good ball. Mami received it nicely and buried it.”
FSU would get two more shots before the end of the contest from freshman Rachel Brown and Switzer, but both shots were saved by Owens.
Virginia Tech kept the offensive pressure on the Seminoles looking for the equalizer but FSU held strong keeping the Hokies off the scoreboard.
The Seminoles finished the contest out shooting the Hokies 15-12, while both teams took two corners. McNulty registered her first career ACC shutout making three saves in 90 minutes of action.
“This is a good result for us,” added Krikorian. “We came in here hoping to leave Virginia with four to six points and we got four. Now we get to go back to Tallahassee and play on our own field in front of the home crowd and have some of the comforts of being at home.”
Florida State will return home to face the Maryland Terrapins on Thursday, October 11. Game time is slated for 7:00 pm at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Fans can follow all the action over the Internet. Gametracker will be available for the contest along with a live broadcast of the game on ACC Select.