Aug. 12, 2005
FROM THE SIDELINES
If the focus of day two was defending and defensive shape, day three was all about the goals. The Seminoles spent Friday working on their offensive attacking and finishing. The morning was spent working on ways to attack. The 60 minute session featured more competition than the first two mornings as the goals came out and score was kept all session. The late session, now moved to 6:00 p.m. to try and dodge late afternoon showers, was spent working on ball skills and finishing from close range off crosses. The Seminoles didn’t forget about the importance of keeping the ball out of the net either. The goalkeepers were put under constant pressure and the defenders separated as the worked with Erica Walsh on movement of the ball out of the back as the team practiced for just over 45 minutes. For the third day there was great energy and the tempo was very good.
1v1 & 1v2 IN A SMALL GRID
- Sel Kuralay got off to a great start. She showed a lot of class and sophistication going to goal in both 1v1 and 1v2 situations.
- Sarah Rosseau was nearly perfect when the drill switched to one offensive player versus two defenders. The junior scored goals in her first three attempts.
- Kelly Rowland was a force on both sides of the ball. Offensively she looked good but defensively she was nearly unbeatable.
2v2 IN A BIG GRID
- Rosseau carried her momentum from the small grid into the bigger grid as she scored another goal and had a nice assist to Melissa Samokishyn.
- Samokishyn didn’t just score she played great D saving a goal right in front of the goal mouth.
- Freshman Paige Murray did a good job finishing on the small goals. The Florida native scored four of her team’s 10 goals.
- Sarah Wagenfuhr, another newcomer, had another strong practice. The Colorado native not only scored on a beautiful ball by Mami Yamaguchi that split the defense but Wagenfuhr also recorded two assists.
- Yamaguchi also showed the previous day’s training session paid dividends as she turned in two big defensive stops as well.
- Junior All-American candidates India Trotter and Kelly Rowland each recorded multiple goals while Holly Peltzer, Libby Gianeskis and Alli Ferreri were just a few of the goal scorers.
- Highlight reel assists were recorded by Colette Swensen, Toby Ranck, and Cici Shell.
2v3 IN A BIG GRID
- Holly Peltzer was strong in this drill. The sophomore beat the entire D to record a goal for her team and then registered another goal later in the session.
- Sage Sizemore had a goal on a great first touch toward goal. Beating all three defenders to the ball and scoring. Alli Ferreri pulled off a similar move moments later.
- Yamaguchi scored one of the nicest goals of the drill as she split all three defenders right down the middle on her way to goal.
- Rosseau showed great effort in scoring another goal. After Ranck stopped her, the junior chased down the loose ball and turned it into a point.
- Libby Gianeskis had a beautiful pass that resulted in another Ferreri goal and Rowland scored another all by herself.
3v3 IN A BIG GRID
- Wagenfuhr continued to excel in the last game of the morning session. The first-year player not only got stuck in on three occasions she fed Samokishyn a great ball for a goal as well.
- Speaking of Samokishyn, she and Yamaguchi ran a great 1-2 to record a point for their side.
- Kuralay had a great assist as well on a Ranck goal. Other goals were scored by Peltzer, and Ferreri.
FINISHING TO BIG GOALS OFF OF CROSSES
- Minna Pyykko, Jess Vaccaro and Ali Mims all came up big in the net under heavy pressure. With shots being fired from anywhere from six yards out to point blank range, the trio of keepers came up with numerous diving saves and big time stops.
- India Trotter who has three lifetime goals, looked like a world class finisher throughout the 30 minutes of finishing. The junior was not only on target but finishing everything in sight with power.
- Kuralay continued to impress. The Australian recorded numerous goals with her feet at first and then showing a strong presence in the air as well. Holly Peltzer also recorded a nice goal off a header.
- Yamaguchi had some class finishes as she scored twice off endline crosses.
- In her first practice back after minor injuries sidelined her, Rachel McDowell scored a goal and freshman Paige Murray ended the session with a goal of her own. The newcomer responded to the challenge thrown out by Mick Statham that only a quality finish would end the session.
As if Mick Statham and Erica Walsh’s combined 25 years of experience wasn’t enough, head coach Mark Krikorian welcomed another huge addition to his staff when Lisa Cole was introduced today as a volunteer assistant coach. Cole is the third coach on Krikorian’s staff with head coaching experience at the collegiate level. The Washington native spent the last two seasons as the head coach of the University of Rhode Island. She has also served as an assistant at Mississippi and national power Connecticut. Cole was 19-18-4 in two seasons at URI and she was an impressive 17-11-3 over her last 31 games at Rhode Island. Cole is also a director on Tony DiCicco’s goalkeeping staff at SoccerPlus Camps.
“We are thrilled to have Lisa Cole join us,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “She has great references from everywhere she has been. Mick D’Arcy at Central Connecticut has raved about her for years. She has the highest endorsement from Tony DiCicco who is at the top of the world of women’s soccer. We are happy to have her here at FSU and look forward to getting her input and having her help us build a great team.”
MvE: MICK VS. ERICA UPDATE
Assistant coach Mick Statham didn’t take kindly to being called out after his opening night scrimmage loss to fellow assistant Erica Walsh. Mick got a little bit of revenge on day two when he gained a small victory hitting the crossbar from about 40-yards away before Walsh. Statham hardly had time to enjoy his victory as he once again fell to Walsh in Thursday’s scrimmage by an identical 1-0 score. Walsh now leads 2-1/2 (Statham only gets a half a point for the crossbar game). Keep up as the assistants continue their friendly battle through preseason.
Coach Mark Krikorian
On the energy level and tempo of the training sessions
“It is fantastic to see the energy level and focus so far. I have talked to the players a lot about what our expectations are going to be. There are going to be some days that are very high intensity and others will be low intensity as far as the physical demands. I think they have brought their A game everyday and the concentration has been very good. The session today was all about concentration and technique. There wasn’t anything about physical competition or anything like that. I thought today went very well. If we can keep the same level of concentration and work ethic, we will have a nice foundation.
Coach Mark Krikorian
On working on the attack
“Today there was a lot of work on attack, technique and finishing. Tomorrow is going to be mostly attacking. We worked on some technique with back players as well today. Saturday we will focus on the attack, building the play and movement off the ball. There will be a lot of teaching and there will be a huge physical demand. We will ask a lot. By the end of the day tomorrow they will be both physically and mentally tired.”
Thoughts on working on the offense in the morning
“I think it was really exciting today especially seeing some of our new players show their offensive skills. Yesterday we spent the morning working on defending so it was nice to switch that mindset a little bit. Everyone wants to score goals and everyone loves to attack so we got that chance this morning.”
On getting back out on the field after sitting out the first two days
“It is great to be back out there. It has been a long road. It was so frustrating to be watching. It was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. It felt great to be back playing with my friends. I am just excited to start a new season.”
On her success in finishing drills
“This is just practice so there is no need to get too excited and we were shooting from like five yards out so the keepers had almost no chance. It was nice to do well though. I have been working on striking the ball correctly so to see that work pay off a little is nice.”
Thoughts on the morning session
“It was exciting to get out there and start to work on breaking down defenses. It was great to work with the new players. It was fun. I was trying to get stuck in on tackles out there and I scored a few goals. I am working hard to be in that starting 11 because that is my goal. It will be hard though after looking at the talent out on the field but I feel good about my performance.”
On finally facing some shots in the big goal
“The goalkeepers have been working together mainly on fitness and we haven’t had players really work on finishing with us in goal. The tempo of the drills was very high and the shots were coming from very close range. It wasn’t the best session to build a keeper’s self confidence.”
On working on the offensive part of the game in practice
“Today’s session felt good. I am having so much fun in every session. It is fun to work on the attack especially since I am a terrible defender. I like scrimmaging and working on anything in front of the goal.”
Her impressions of preseason so far
“It has been good. I am not used to the heat but I am getting through it. I am coming from Western Kentucky but with the new coaching staff it feels like we are all on the same page. I did miss out on the spring but I have gotten used to the players and coaches now so everything is going great.”