Oct. 23, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sixth-ranked Florida State (13-2-1, 7-1-0 ACC) notched its seventh straight victory blanking Clemson (5-8-1, 1-5-1 ACC) 4-0 Thursday evening on a cold and rainy evening at the Seminole Soccer Complex. FSU registered goals by four different Seminoles including a goal a piece by a pair of fourth-year seniors in Sarah Wagenfuhr and Katrin Schmidt in what was their final home game of the regular season.
The Seminoles pushed their win streak to three straight over the Tigers while remaining unbeaten in the series in the last 10 games (8-0-2). The shutout was the Seminoles 10th of the season and fifth in the last six games.
“This was a hard night to play,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “A good hard opponent coupled with a tough night with the weather and all. I was pleased to come away from tonight with a shutout, a good result and no injuries.”
It took just two minutes and 48 seconds for Florida State to take the early lead courtesy of Sanna Talonen’s team leading 11th goal of the season. Casey Short found some open space in the Seminoles’ offensive third and dumped a pass off to Talonen who found the back of the net from six yards out. It marked the fourth straight game and six in the last seven that Talonen has registered a goal. The goal was her sixth in league play tying her with Cindy Schofield (2002) and Mami Yamaguchi (2007) for the single-season school record. Talonen also moved into a tie for third place all-time with her 29th career goal at Florida State.
The Tigers threatened in the 14th minute on their first corner of the evening. Katie Vogel sent a bending ball into the box but FSU keeper Kate Milstead was there to punch the ball away to maintain the one-goal lead for the Seminoles.
Less than five minutes later, freshman Tiffany McCarty sent a blast on goal from the right side of the box, but Clemson keeper Paula Pritzen made an outstanding diving save as she deflected the ball out of bounds with her lower left hand.
In the 21st minute, Amanda DaCosta drew a foul inside the 18-yard box leading to a penalty kick opportunity. A Clemson defender came charging in on the sophomore midfielder, bumping her from the side and taking her down without making a play on the ball. Wagenfuhr got the call to take the kick and successfully converted the pk for her second goal of the season. The senior defender is now a perfect 2-for-2 in penalty kick opportunities in 2008.
“We have been working on penalty kicks in practice,” said Wagenfuhr. “I just knew that I had to put it away to continue the positive momentum that my team had in the game.”
McCarty got another great look on goal in the 24th minute off a pass from Short down on the end line. The Laurel, Md., native collected the ball and flicked a no look shot with her back to the goal. Pritzen was there for the save to keep the Seminole lead at two.
The Seminoles would add to their lead in the 37th on a goal by Lauren Switzer. Jessica Price fed a beautiful ball towards the right post where Switzer came sliding in redirecting the ball into the lower left corner for her fourth goal of the season. Price showed great patience in letting the play develop as she took the ball from the left side of the pitch and dribbled into the middle of the field before sending a low pass into Switzer for the goal.
Florida State went into the locker room with a three-goal advantage out shooting Clemson 11-3 while maintaining the lead in corner kicks at 3-1.
With the rain continuing to pour down on the Seminole Soccer Complex for a good portion of the second half, the Seminoles continued to bring their offensive intensity firing four shots in the first 10 minutes.
In the 56th minute, Talonen was denied her second goal of the evening as her redirect went into the arms of Pritzen. McCarty started the play by sending a cross into the box from the end line where Talonen put a shot on goal.
Clemson came within inches of scoring its first goal of the evening off a corner kick opportunity in the 66th minute. Jennifer Flicken took the corner sending a long ball to the top of the box where Molly Johnson one-timed a cross to the right post. Wagenfuhr held her line and was there for the save as she booted the ball out of the zone to maintain the shutout.
Toni Pressley made some noise with a 25-yard blast in the 76th minute. The freshman forward came streaking in from the left side of the pitch and fired a shot on goal with her left foot forcing Pritzen to deflect the ball out of play for the save.
The fourth goal of the evening came with 2:21 left to play as Schmidt found the back of the net for her first goal of the season. DaCosta sent a great ball into the box from the right side where Schmidt came sliding in from the left to redirect the ball into an open net for a 4-0 Seminole advantage.
“It was a great ball that AD played,” explained Schmidt. “I was able to get my foot on it and finish it.”
“It was pretty cool that we both scored,” added Wagenfuhr on the two four-year seniors scoring on Thursday night.
The Seminoles finished the game out shooting the Tigers 21-10 while Clemson held the advantage in corner kicks at 7-6. Milstead picked up her seventh shutout of the season and fifth in league play as the junior keeper registered three saves in the win. Pritzen concluded the evening with 10 saves for Clemson.
Before the start of Thursday’s game, Florida State honored its four graduating student-athletes in Wagenfuhr, Schmidt, Erika Sutton and Milstead. Wagenfuhr and Schmidt will graduate at the conclusion of the fall semester, while Sutton and Milstead will earn their degrees following the spring semester in 2009.
“Those kids have had some great careers here,” added Krikorian on the play on the graduating student-athletes in their final home game of the regular season. “It was nice for Katrin and Sarah to go out with a goal.”
The Garnet and Gold will hit the road for the final two games of the regular season as the Seminoles will face North Carolina and NC State on Thursday and Sunday, respectively.