Sept. 5, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fourth-ranked Florida State (4-0-0) remained undefeated on the year blanking Florida International (0-4-0) 5-0 Friday evening at the Seminole Soccer Complex in front of a crowd of 1,014. Five different student-athletes scored for the Seminoles including Lauren Switzer and Tori Huster who each tallied a goal and an assist. Huster and fellow freshman Toni Pressley knocked in their first collegiate goal in the win.
FSU posted its third shutout of the season as the Seminole defense held the Golden Panthers without a shot in the first half and just three shots overall. On the offensive side, the Seminoles recorded a season-high 27 shots while nine different players registered a point. The victory pushed Florida State’s regular season, non-conference winning streak to 13 straight games.
“Overall it was a good performance,” added head coach Mark Krikorian. “I give Florida International an awful lot of credit. They came out, worked hard and are very well coached. They were very organized. We had some difficulty breaking them down but over the course of time we cleared some decent changes.”
“It was a game for us that we wanted to come out and establish the tempo,” added Krikorian. “We wanted to maintain control, keep the ball and attack as we wanted. I thought for the most part we did that tonight.”
Switzer got the Seminole offense going in the 31st minute scoring off a beautiful cross from senior Katrin Schmidt. Schmidt, dribbling down the left side of the pitch, sent a cross inside the box where Switzer timed her jump perfectly putting away a header into the upper right corner for her third goal of the season. The assist for Schmidt was her first of the season and 17th of her career moving her into sole possession of ninth place all-time in the Seminole record books.
Over five minutes later, the Seminoles pushed their lead to 2-0 on the first goal of the season by Rachel Lim. Becky Edwards started the play sending a great ball between two FIU defenders to a streaking Erika Sutton down the right side of the pitch. Sutton made an inside move finding Sanna Talonen at the top of the goal box. Talonen redirected the ball to Lim, who one-timed a low blast under a diving Melanie Raimo. Raimo barely got a hand on the shot, but it wasn’t enough as the ball trickled over the goal line and into the back of the net. The assists for Talonen and Sutton were their first of the season.
With a two-goal lead at halftime, the Seminoles quickly added to their lead in the 47th minute on Huster’s first collegiate goal. Marissa Kazbour recorded an assist on the play finding a streaking Huster on the right side of the pitch. The freshman midfielder chipped a shot from 14 yards out over the out stretched arms of Raimo for the score.
“We came out after the half wanting to keep the momentum going and score early and we did,” said Huster. “It was nice to get that first one out of the way. It was pretty exciting. It definitely helped calm me down a little bit.”
In the 66th minute, Huster added to her team leading third assist of the season as she found Pressley for her first collegiate goal to increase the Florida State lead to 4-0. Pressley scored on a header as Huster sent a cross from the far end line into the box.
“It felt really good to score my first goal,” explain Pressley. “It was a relief to finally get one and hopefully I can keep it going and score some more.”
Less than three minutes later, the Seminoles would tack on their fifth goal of the evening on a header by Tiffany McCarty. Off a great corner kick by Switzer, McCarty redirected the kick into the right side of the net for her third goal of the season.
McCarty and Pressley led all players with six shots.
Kate Milstead made her fourth straight start in goal of the Seminoles and moved to 4-0-0 as she played over 51 minutes. Kimmy Diaz tallied a career-high 38 minutes between the posts Friday night as she kept the shutout in tact making a brilliant diving save in the 70th minute.
Florida State remained undefeated against FIU running its all-time record to 6-0-0. With five more goals on Friday, the Seminoles have now outscored the opposition 17-1 this year.
The Seminoles return to the pitch on Sunday afternoon as Florida State takes on intra-start rival Florida at 4:30 pm at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The game between the Seminoles and Gators will air live across the entire state on FSN Florida. Admission to all home games is free.