Nov. 11, 2005
Gainesville, FL – The second-seeded Florida State Seminoles played their fourth NCAA Tournament game in Gainesville’s James G. Pressly Stadium Friday and raised their record to 3-0-1 at UF. The Seminoles (18-3-0) opened the 2005 NCAA Tournament with a 3-0 victory over A-Sun Champion Florida Atlantic (16-4-1). Seminole midfielder India Trotter scored two goals, her ninth and tenth of the year, as FSU won its record-setting 18th game of the season. The Seminoles will advance to face the winner of the Illinois/Florida match Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
The Seminole victory ended FAU’s 14-game undefeated run into the tournament as FSU remained unbeaten in NCAA Tournament openers improving their record to 5-0-1 in the first game of NCAA play. FSU held the Owls without a goal for the first time in 16 games as the Seminoles established a new school record with their 11th shutout of the season. FSU also ended Florida Atlantic’s shutout streak that exceeded 850 minutes before Trotter scored the eventual game winner at 43:01.
“I thought it was a very challenging game and Florida Atlantic was very organized as I expected they would be,” said Florida State Head Coach Mark Krikorian. “Their commitment to defend and be organized and generate chances as well was outstanding. I don’t think we were as sharp today as we can be and need to be. We were fortunate to score a goal just before half. It was a good goal in the sense of giving us some momentum. It didn’t seem over the 90 minutes we were able to create a rhythm and that is a credit to FAU.”
“I thought for our first time here we represented ourselves very well,” said FAU Head Coach Brian Dooley. “I really don’t think the 3-0 final was very indicative of the game. We were pushing up trying to get the tying goal and that exposed us in the back a little bit. A 1-0 loss doesn’t help you. I was very proud of my team and they certainly belonged here. This is just the start of something big for us.”
Neither team was able to get much of an attack generated in the first half as the teams recorded just two shots a piece. With less than two minutes remaining in the first period Trotter got the Seminoles on the board. Florida State defender Katrin Schmidt started the play with a dynamic run down the left side. She sent a dangerous ball to the backpost where Collette Swensen touched the ball square to a wide open Trotter who buried the shot into an open net.
“They were playing with a sweeper system and it was really effective at first,” said Trotter. “We were struggling a little to find a rhythm and I think the credit goes to FAU for holding to just two shots in that first half.”
Florida State started to exert itself more in the second period as they doubled FAU’s shot production. Despite an 8-4 edge in second half shots, the Owls remained within a goal with just over four minutes remaining on the clock.
FSU’s Holly Peltzer gave the Seminoles the cushion they were looking for at 85:51. The play was started with an unbelievable pass by Odebrecht that found Melissa Samokishyn on the right flank. The Colorado native sent a ball into the box that went under a defender’s foot and right to Peltzer in front of the net. Her goal was the third of the season in Gainesville for the Lake Mary, FL forward. Peltzer scored twice earlier this season in FSU’s 4-2 victory over the Gators.
“I don’t know why I have had some success here,” said Peltzer. “The credit goes to my teammates for great services. That is what happened tonight. Mel beat a player down the sideline. My mark was off me and she found me in the box.”
“Coach had been talking to us about playing the long ball through because their defenders were following the forwards all over the field,” said Samokishyn. “Viola played a great ball through and I was able to get a cross off and credit Holly for finishing it.”
Trotter then struck again to put the finishing touches on the win. With just 29 seconds remaining in the match Odebrecht exposed the FAU defense which was pushing forward looking to get on the board. Odebrecht’s long pass to the right side was right on to the foot of Trotter. The junior went to the back post with her shot as she recorded her first multi-goal game since September 1 in a 7-0 win over Jacksonville.
“We know what a talent (Trotter) is,” said Dooley who coached Trotter in youth soccer. “She is a difficult player to play against because she can beat you in so many ways. We didn’t go in specifically talking about any players but knowing she was someone we needed to worry about.”
“India has just been wonderful all season long,” said Krikorian. “It started with our first day of training back in August and she has made great progress all season long. She wants to be a good player. India plays hard every day and we know what we are going to get from her. I thought she had a good honest effort today and was rewarded with two goals.”
Fans will be able to follow Florida State’s second round match via a free Internet audio broadcast, which will be available at www.seminoles.com. Campo will bring you the call beginning at 1:00 p.m. Live stats will also be available. Tickets for the match are available through the University of Florida. For more information on the 2005 Seminole soccer team, log on to the official athletic site for Florida State University at www.seminoles.com.