Oct. 12, 2001
Chapel Hill, NC –
For a while it looked like the 12th-ranked Florida State soccer team could do what only a handful of college soccer teams have ever done. Only two squads (Notre Dame and Connecticut) had ever defeated UNC twice and the Tar Heels had only lost seven games in 219 matches at Fetzer Field but FSU looked like they might be able to accomplish both of those feats Friday night. After playing even with UNC (11-0-0, 3-0-0) throughout the first half, the Seminoles (9-4-0, 3-1-0) gave up two goals within 42 seconds of one another in the second period to drop its first ACC game of the 2001 season.
“I thought we started the game fairly well,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “Considering the fact we had to revamp our line-up and rotation due to injuries, I felt the first half was relatively good. Any time you can walk away at half against North Carolina behind by just a few shots with Ali (Mims) only needing to make one difficult save, you are in good shape. Problem is we made two errors on plays we had a chance to do something about. We did a great job of getting back into the game but we let it slip away at halftime.”
The Seminoles came out and seemed to be a little gun-shy in the first 10 minutes as UNC dictated play and broke on top early in the match. With just over 10 minutes gone, senior Anne Remy picked up the 33rd assist of her career when she found Jena Klugel at the back post. Klugel’s high arching header beat Mims at the far post for the senior’s fifth goal of the year.
Just as it happened in FSU’s 3-2 2OT victory over UNC last year, the Seminoles clawed back against the two-time defending national champions. In the 21st minute, senior Marte Vik Edvardsen sent a long ball over the top of a North Carolina defense that was pulling out after clearing the ball. Senior keeper Kristin DePlatchett called of her defenders as she charged the bouncing pass at the top of the Carolina 18 yard box. Midfielder Jenny Garcia snuck in behind the defense and got her foot on the pass before DePlatchett could pick the ball up. Garcia sent a high arching shot over the head of the keeper for the second goal of her career and the second goal in the last week in a half for the red shirt-sophomore.
Florida State controlled play for a 15 minute stretch in the first half after UNC went up 1-0 and FSU almost took the lead on the undefeated Tar Heels when Heather Dyche found Maren Vik Edvardsen behind the UNC defense but the Heels’ back line denied the senior the opportunity to get a dangerous shot off.
Carolina had a chance in the 29th minute but freshman keeper Ali Mims came up big keeping the Seminoles in the game. Sophomore Maggie Tomecka fired a blast from 18 yards out that seemed to beat Mims but the freshman dove to her left getting a hand on the shot a pushing it just wide of the post.
Carolina struck again in the 39th minute to go up 2-1 heading into halftime. Danielle Borgman sent a deep cross from the right side of the pitch to the far post where UNC got another header goal, this one from sophomore Catherine Reddick. The goal was the second of the season for the first-team freshman All-American.
Florida State almost evened the game again after the half in the 51st minute when sophomore Amber Tollefson sent a cross from the near side with pinpoint accuracy to a waiting Maren Vik Edvardsen. The senior, who is FSU’s All-Time leading goal scorer, got a great header shot off but it went right to DePlatchett who covered the shot ending FSU’s best scoring chance in the second half.
North Carolina took over the game in a span of 42 seconds when the ACC’s leading scorer, Alyssa Ramsey, recorded her ninth goal of the year on another header shot in the 61st minute and senior Remy added a goal to go along with her earlier assist. The back-to-back goals put FSU down 4-1 at a field where UNC hadn’t lost in 21 straight matches.
“We dodged some early bullets but they absolutely showed why they are the class of women’s college soccer,” said Baker. “Those two goals within a minute of one another were a back-breaker and we probably lost some of our intensity at that point. We kept it close for a while but we just couldn’t hold on.”
The Seminoles were severely hampered with key injuries to starter Katie Beal, Kerry York and Jez Ratliff. Ratliff was able to give FSU some playing time but the freshman’s injured hamstring meant that Florida State had to start three different players and had a much shorter bench against the nation’s deepest squad.
“When you are playing the No. 1 team in the country you would like to have all of your weapons and we were missing three of our starters,” said Baker. “If most programs are without three starters, like we were, you do suffer somewhat but that’s no excuse. The better team won tonight.”
The No. 1 ranked Tar Heels are the fourth top eight team FSU has played this season. Florida State still has No. 15 Virginia and No. 24 Miami remaining on its schedule and three conference matches left in what is already the best ACC season in the history of the program.
“This is the fifth top 10 team we’ve played this season (Clemson, UNC, Florida, Santa Clara and Portland) and we have now played some of the best teams in the country,” said Baker. “There is still some distance between us and the nation’s elite teams but we are in position to finish strong and that starts Tuesday at FIU.
“Usually after four ACC games, we are lucky if we’re 1-3 so we have to keep it in perspective being 3-1 so far this season. To have a winning record in the ACC is a huge statement and we would have jumped at the chance to be 3-1 through four games if it was offered to us before the season began so there are a lot of positive things going on for us right now.”
Florida State returns to the road Tuesday night when they face Florida International University in Miami at 6:00 p.m. The team then heads to Winston-Salem for a key conference battle against Wake Forest (5-3-1, 2-0-0). For more information on Seminole soccer, please visit www.seminoles.com.