Oct. 13, 2004
College Park, MD – The 11th-ranked FSU soccer team began its three-game road trip through the ACC Wednesday night in College Park, MD versus the 23rd-ranked Terrapins with a 1-1 tie. The Tribe took a 1-0 lead in the 54th minute as Julia Schnugg scored her third ACC goal of the year on an assist from senior Jez Ratliff. But a jaw dropping shot from about 35 yards out with just over 15:00 remaining by Maryland’s Nataly Arias evened the game and neither team was able to find the net again through 110 minutes of play.
The tie put FSU at 10-3-1 on the season and 3-2-1 in the conference. The Tribe is currently sitting in fourth place. For Maryland, the Terps are now 5-3-3 and 2-3-2. The Seminoles are the third top 15 team Maryland has taken into overtime. The Terps lost to No. 1 North Carolina in double overtime and tied No. 4 Virginia in double OT as well.
“It was a typical night in the ACC,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “Two good teams playing hard and competing. I felt like we started off a bit slow but as things picked up we started to play some nice soccer. We came on strong before halftime. We carried that into the second half and Julia scored a wonderful goal. Give Maryland credit for responding. They hit an unbelievable shot to even the game. We felt like it was going to take something of that nature to beat our defense and our goalkeeper. We created two great chances and their keeper came up with two big saves. We have nothing to be ashamed of tonight. I am pleased with a majority of the performance I saw tonight.”
“I was a little disappointed because we had the lead and didn’t hold on,” said Ratliff. “We came in really wanting to get a road win but when you look at the bigger picture this is a good team in a great conference. Maryland took Virginia and North Carolina to overtime. They beat UCLA, so they have gotten great results this year. It is not a bad result but right now I am disappointed.”
The Maryland goal ended FSU’s shutout streak at 365:55. The goal from Arias was a once in a lifetime strike as she rocketed a shot that dipped at the last minute over FSU keeper Joy McKenzie’s head. The senior keeper had no chance at the save.
“She was about 35 yards away and she absolutely ripped it,” said McKenzie. “I tried diving but it just dipped right under the bar. I am frustrated but I want to see it on video to see if I had a chance. That was a great shot and I give her credit because she absolutely pinged it.”
“I told our team that there are certain goals where you just applaud the player,” said Baker. “She smacked it true. It was a fantastic goal.”
The Florida State goal was impressive also but came from much closer in. The play started with a great ball from Ratliff to Schnugg who was even with the defender marking her. Schnugg slightly deflected the ball forward with her chest and ran on to the service. She immediately shot far post and Maryland keeper Nikki Resnick got a hand on the ball but not enough to keep it out of the net.
“I got the ball in the middle of the field and started to dribble forward,” said Ratliff. “As a player was closing me down, I saw Julia making a run and just tried to clip in between the defenders. Julia took it off her chest and had a great finish.”
“Jez was under pressure but found a way to play a really good ball,” said Schnugg. “I made an inside-out run and she played it right to my chest. I touched it down, took a couple of touches and chipped it back post.”
The goal moved Schnugg into a tie for the team lead with five and she is now leading the team with 13 points. She is also leading the squad in ACC goals and points in conference play. She is now just one goal away from equaling her total from her entire freshman season.
“Julia has been very good and in fairness to her, I challenged her to raise her game when Leah (Gallegos) went out,” said Baker. “I told her she has to do more for us and she has to help bring other players along. Give her credit because that is a lot of responsibility for a sophomore and she has backed it up. Her performances have been remarkable.”
After controlling the first few minutes of action, Maryland responded to FSU’s attacks by getting out to a 6-0 edge in shots through the first 30 minutes but only two were put on goal. Florida State took control of the last 15 minutes of the half putting together dangerous attacks and rattling off seven consecutive shots.
“We started off slower than I would have liked but then we put together a couple of good attacks and that lit a fire under us,” said Schnugg. “We started to click and closed out the first half with seven straight shots.”
The best chance on goal in the first half came in the 40th minute for FSU. The Terrapin defense cleared a ball out to midfield where India Trotter picked up the clearance and began to run at the Maryland goal. With no defenders in sight she pulled up and fired from about 30 yards out. The shot beat Resnick but caught the underside of the crossbar and bounced out.
After the goal, Florida State had a great chance to add to the lead in the 64th minute. Katie Beal sent a great ball from the back all the way past the center circle. Schnugg ran on to the pass. She turned to see if the offsides flag was up but no call was made. She ran all the way into the Terrapin box before she was cut down from behind inside the 18 but no call was made.
Florida State had a chance to avoid OT with just over a minute remaining in the game. Schnugg played a great ball to Melissa Samokishyn out wide on the left wing. The freshman got behind the defense but at a tough angle. She went back post with her shot but Resnick once again came up big with the save sending the match to extra time.
“We were going after the win in overtime,” said Schnugg. “They only used one sub all night so we felt we were fresher than they were. We pride ourselves on our fitness so it was our plan to attack but not get caught in a bad position either.”
“We wanted to be cautious of our shape but we were trying to commit numbers forward in overtime,” said Baker. “When you commit those numbers forward you are always susceptible to the counter but they were throwing numbers forward too. Both teams were going for it. We weren’t going to play for the tie but it just ended up that way. We created better chances in the first overtime and we were close on one or two others.”
The closest Florida State came to ending the game came in the final minute of the first OT. Beal sent a free kick to the left side of the goal. Her service was perfect and ended up right on the head of Kelly Rowland, her shot was heading in at the back post but Resnick was once again there to save the day for Maryland.”
The Seminoles will finish off the week at NC State (7-4-2, 1-4-0) Sunday, October 17 at 12:00 p.m. Game Tracker will be available for the match through the official athletic website for Florida State University at seminoles.com.