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No. 11 FSU Continues Record Streak Moving To 5-0 With 3-0 Win Over UCF

Sept. 7, 2005

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    Orlando, FL – With Tropical Storm Ophelia threatening off the coast, the 11th-ranked FSU soccer team found a way to keep its record-breaking winning streak alive despite the wind and rain. Florida State (5-0-0) continued its best start in school history by winning its fifth straight game to open the season with a 3-0 shutout of UCF. The shutout was the fourth of the season for FSU and the team has now tied the longest winning streak in program history.

    “I thought on the whole we had a good performance for a mid-week game,” said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. “Away games in the middle of the week are difficult but I thought we came in and fought hard. We created some good scoring opportunities and fortunately we were able to finish them.”

    “Last year’s loss to UCF on our senior night was definitely in the back of our minds but both sides have so many different players this year that I don’t think that was a factor,” said Hermann Trophy candidate Kelly Rowland. “We knew this was going to be a hard fought game. Luckily we were able to put three in the back of the net because it was a pretty even game for the most part. India (Trotter) and Sel (Kuralay) took advantage of their chances tonight. Overall it was not a bad effort but we still have a lot to work on.”

    Sophomore Kuralay netted her sixth and seven goals of the season and her third assist as she has now scored as many goals in 2005 as FSU’s leading goal scorer had all of last season. She also scored her third game-winner, which also leads the team. India Trotter netted her fifth goal of the year and added an assist as well as she has now matched her career total for points (12) through just five matches.

    “We are really starting to develop a good understanding up front,” said Kuralay. “We are getting great services from Mami (Yamaguchi), Viola (Odebrecht), Kirsten (van de Ven) and Toby (Ranck). The team is doing a real good job getting off the ball and we are just doing our best up front to put the ball in the back of the net.”

    “A lot of the credit has to go to my teammates because they keep putting me in the right position at the right times,” said Trotter. “They play great balls and all I have to do is finish them. It is all their contributions.”

    The Seminoles also tied the school record for the longest road winning streak dating back to the 2004 season. The squad has now won five straight road contests with the last loss coming October 1, 2004 versus Virginia. Ali Mims improved to 5-0 on the season as she extended her current shutout streak to 276: 40. She has now set a single-season best with three clean sheets on the year and the 2005 squad is the first FSU team to open a season with four shutouts in the first five games.

    “What about the job Erica Walsh is doing with this defense,” said Krikorian. “For that matter credit goes to Lisa Cole for the job she has done with the goalkeepers and the job Mick Statham is doing with our attacking players.

    “This was a good solid performance tonight as far as defending. We limited the chances they had. I thought we weren’t tight enough throughout the game and did give up some chances. We have to make sure we limit those types of chances going forward.”

    The Seminoles got off to a quick start thanks to their leading goal scorer. Kirsten van de Ven fed Kuralay on the far left side of the pitch. The Australian National teamer took a crack on goal with the outside of her foot. It looked like UCF keeper thought the low, bending shot was going wide of the far post but the ball caught the iron and bounced across the face of the goal and into the net.

    “It was a good header by Kirsten to start things off,” said Kuralay. “We have been told time and again by Mark (Krikorian) and Mick (Statham) to get in behind the defense for the second ball. I got off to a good start and the keeper came out at me. I decided to chip it over her and had faith it was going in.”

    Just as they have done in three of the previous four games, the Seminoles increased their goal production in the second half once again Wednesday night. After going to half leading 1-0, FSU expanded its lead just under five minutes into the second period. Kuralay and Yamaguchi ran a give and go at midfield and Yamaguchi sent a one-time ball into UCF’s half to Trotter. The junior All-America candidate streaked past the last Golden Knight defender who stopped in her tracks hoping to draw an offsides call. Trotter then banged a low, liner just inside the post on the right side.

    “It was great one-touch play and construction in the midfield,” said Trotter. “That eliminated the defenders and allowed me to run through. It was then just a matter of me tucking it away on the break.”

    Kuralay recorded her seventh goal and 17th point of the season in the 54th minute. Trotter picked up the ball on the far side of the pitch. The midfielder made a great run beating two UCF defenders to get to the endline. She served a low cross to the near post where Kuralay was waiting to knock it past the keeper.

    “It was a good ball in by India of course,” said Kuralay. “She did a great job one-on-one and got the ball in to me. The ball seemed to be deflected so I just stuck my knee in there because it was the closest part of my body I could get to the ball. A goal is a goal I guess.”

    Florida State will continue its road swing this weekend as they head to the home of another NCAA Tournament squad in Ole Miss. That game is slated for a 1:00 p.m. EST start and Game Tracker will also be available for that contest.

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