Aug. 31, 2008
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Three ranked opponents, three big victories to start the season. Fourth-ranked Florida State (3-0-0) continued its torrid start with a 3-0 victory over No. 12 Connecticut (1-2-0) at Jeffrey Field on the campus of Penn State University. Sanna Talonen scored twice and Lauren Switzer added another as the Seminoles evened the all-time series against the Huskies at two games apiece.
The Seminoles dominated the offensive flow for a majority of the game registering 13 shots each half en route to out shooting Connecticut 26-5. With the win, Florida State improved to 20-21-6 all-time in neutral site contests. In the first three games, FSU has out scored the opposition 12-1.
“Overall it was a great weekend for us,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “To come up here and walk away after playing both Penn State and Connecticut with two wins is a good weekend. We got a lot of players a lot of quality minutes and a lot of young players in some big game situations. To walk out of here with two good results is very favorable.”
In her first game back since returning from Finland after playing two games with the Finnish National Team, Talonen added career goals number 19 and 20 in Sunday’s victory over the Huskies. The Tampere, Finland native proved once again to be too much for Connecticut as she broke a scoreless tie with the game’s first goal in the 49th minute. She added her second goal with 63:32 on the clock as Talonen has now accounted for five of the last six goals that Florida State has scored against Connecticut in the last two games.
Huster and McCarty tried to team up once again in the 14th minute but Huskie keeper Stephanie Labbe came diving in to break up Huster’s pass before McCarty could get a touch.
Connecticut got its first good scoring chance in the 24th minute as Florida State was called for a foul just outside the box. Elizabeth Eng took the free kick sending the ball right into the arms of keeper Kate Milstead from about 20 yards out.
A turnover by the Huskies in the 39th minute almost proved costly but Sanna Talonen’s blast from 15 yards out went wide of the right post to keep the game tied at zero.
The Seminoles went into the locker room out shooting the Huskies 13-3 while maintaining a 3-0 corner kick advantage.
Florida State came roaring out of the gates with a barrage of shots in the first 10 minutes to start the second half. The Seminoles broke the scoreless tie in the 49th minute courtesy of Talonen’s first goal of the season. Huster picked up an assist on the play as she sent a long pass in between two Huskie defenders, right to Talonen. Talonen took a quick dribble to her right and one-timed a low cross inside the left post to give the Seminoles a 1-0 lead.
The goal for Talonen was her seventh career game-winning goal moving her into a tie for seventh place all-time. The assist was Huster’s second of the season as she recorded her first collegiate assist in the win over Penn State on Friday. It was her first career game-winning assist.
The shots kept coming for the Seminoles with five more in a span of four minutes. Talonen, Casey Short and Huster all put shots on goal forcing saves from Labbe. Talonen got a great look on goal with 52:11 on the clock but sailed the shot high over the crossbar. Just over a minute later, Toni Pressley sent a rocket shot from about 30 yards out high and out of play.
The Seminoles added to their lead in the 64th minute on Talonen’s second goal of the game. Short began the scoring play dribbling down the left side of the pitch. She sent a cross into the box where Talonen put away the ball from short range. The assist for Short was the first of her career.
McCarty nearly gave the Seminoles a three-goal lead as she split right through the Huskie defense knocking a shot off the right post. The ricochet went right to Marissa Kazbour who hammered a shot toward the crossbar forcing Labbe to deflect the ball out of bounds.
Florida State pushed its lead to 3-0 on a nice combination play following a far side throw-in. Red-shirt freshman Jessica Price unleashed a deep throw-in from about 35 yards out into the goal box where Tiffany McCarty headed the ball back towards the front. Switzer got to the ball and one-timed a shot into the upper right corner for her second goal of the year. Price and McCarty were credited with assists on the play.
Short and Talonen finished with a game-high five shots each. Huster was credited with a career-high four shots including two on goal.
Milstead played all 90 minutes in goal as the junior goalkeeper posted her first career shutout in a Seminole uniform. Milstead finished the game with three saves.
The Seminoles will return to Tallahassee on Friday, September 5 when Florida State welcomes Florida International to the Seminole Soccer Complex. Game time is slated for 7:00 pm, while fans can catch all the action over the internet on ACC Select. FSU will then host inter-state rival Florida on Sunday, September 7 at 4:30 p.m. The game between the Seminoles and Gators will air live across the entire state on FSN Florida. Admission to all home games is free.