Oct. 19, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Eighth-ranked Florida State (12-2-1, 6-1-0 ACC) wrapped up an offensive powered week scoring five goals for the second straight game in defeating No. 9 Duke (11-3-1, 3-2-1 ACC) 5-2 on Sunday in front of 1,026 fans at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Freshman Tiffany McCarty led the offensive attack for the Seminoles as she tied a career-high with five points on two goals and an assist.
Florida State continued its recent success at home against the Blue Devils notching its fourth straight victory. The last time the Seminoles fell to Duke at home came in 1999. With seven goals on Sunday afternoon, the two teams combined for the most goals scored in the series. Florida State’s five goals were the most scored against the Blue Devils eclipsing the previous record of three set twice before with both games coming in Tallahassee (2003 – FSU, 3-0; 2001 – FSU, 3-2 ot). It also marked the most goals given up by the Blue Devils this year.
“We came out and established a good tempo to today’s game,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “Duke is a good team. For us to come away and get a quality win here at home is great for us.”
The Seminoles jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half complements of McCarty and sophomore Sanna Talonen.
McCarty notched her first goal of the afternoon and eighth of the season in the ninth minute. The freshman from Laurel, Md., took a long pass down the left side of the pitch from fellow freshman Tori Huster. At the end line, McCarty made a beautiful inside out move getting inside a Duke defender and leaving her one-on-one versus Blue Devil keeper Cassidy Powers. McCarty one-timed her shot just inside the left post and beyond the outstretched leg of Powers giving FSU the early 1-0 advantage.
FSU would increase its with just over 15 minutes remaining in the first half on Talonen’s team-leading 10th goal of the season. McCarty sent a pass over the Blue Devil backline where Talonen was first to the ball. After a quick first touch and with Powers charging out to make a play on the ball, Talonen slipped a low shot past the keeper and inside the right post for the score. McCarty was credited with her fourth assist on the play.
The Seminoles out shot the Blue Devils 8-3 in the first half, while both teams took one corner a piece.
It didn’t take long for Duke to cut the Florida State lead in half scoring a minute and four seconds into the start of the second half, the quickest goal allowed by FSU to start the second stanza in school history. Ironically, the previous record was set by Duke in 2006 when Rebecca Moros scored a minute in eight seconds into the start of the second half.
Following a Florida State foul deep in the Blue Devils’ offensive third, Jane Alukonis took a quick free kick from about 15 yards out on the left side. KayAnne Gummersall found an opening in the box and redirected the kick inside the left corner for the score, her eighth of the season.
The goal was the first allowed by the Seminoles since September 28 when Virginia Tech successfully converted a penalty kick in the first half. The consecutive scoreless streak came to an end at 430:08, the third longest streak in school history.
FSU answered right back just over five minutes later on Amanda DaCosta’s fourth goal of the season. The Katonah, N.Y. native made a nice move inside the box from the left side freeing up enough space to spot the ball inside the left post from 13 yards out. The goal was DaCosta’s fourth of the season, while freshman Casey Short picked up an assist on the play.
In the 58th minute, Jessica Price and Toni Pressley combined for the fourth Seminole goal of the afternoon to give Florida State a three goal advantage. Price feed Pressley running in from the left side and the Melbourne, Fla., native put the finishing touches on the ball scoring on a cross for her third goal of the season.
Duke would not go away quietly as Gummersall notched her second goal of the afternoon one-timing a cross into the left side of the net off a pass from Lorraine Quinn with just under 20 minutes to play.
With the momentum seeming to shift in the Blue Devils favor, McCarty put to sleep any chances of a Duke come back notching her second goal of the afternoon in the 79th minute. Off a long pass from Rachel Lim, McCarty out ran the Blue Devil defense and once again found herself one-on-one with Powers. McCarty took one dribble and fired a shot off the right post and into the net for her third multi-goal game of the season.
Florida State scored five goals in back-to-back ACC regular season games for the first time in school history. Before this week, the Seminoles had tallied just one five-goal game in league play that coming in 2002 when FSU defeated NC State 5-1 in Raleigh.
The Seminoles finished the game out shooting the Blue Devils 21-12. Talonen led all players with four shots on Sunday. FSU also held the corner kick advantage at 3-2.
“We are pretty pleased with where we are at,” added Krikorian. “We are getting better. We feel as though we have quality depth and our kids are fighting and playing well every time out.
“We have been saying all along that we have been creating the chances to score enough goals, but we were missing those chances early on. Now maybe these young players are coming of age. We talked about the fact that creating the chances isn’t enough; we need to start putting the ball into the back of the net. Fortunately, we are starting to get that from everyone on the team.”
Kate Milstead picked up her 12th win of the season as she recorded four saves for the Seminoles. Powers finished the game with three saves in over 83 minutes of action. Emily Nahas closed out the game in goal for Duke making three saves. The win for Milstead moved her to 6-1 in the ACC placing her into a tie for third all-time for career victories in league play with Erin McNulty (2007).
The Garnet and Gold will remain in Tallahassee for their final home game of the season as Florida State hosts Clemson on Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. It will be Senior Night at the Soccer Complex as Florida State will honor its three senior members in 2008 – Katrin Schmidt, Erika Sutton and Sarah Wagenfuhr. The game will air live on FSN Florida, while fans can stay up-to-date with all the action as gametracker will be available for the contest.