Sept. 13, 2000
MOBILE, Ala. –
The 15th-ranked Florida State soccer team (5-3) traveled to the University of South Alabama Wednesday night and recorded its first road win of the season over the Jaguars (3-4) 2-0. The Seminoles raised their all-time record over South Alabama to 4-0 despite playing on a field that was drenched from a storm earlier in the day.
“The playing conditions were tough due to the rain but South Alabama played us as tough as anyone has played us all year,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “I also have to give credit to our team for hanging in there tonight.”
The Seminoles recorded their first goal after almost 40 minutes had elapsed. Senior April Murphy put the Seminoles on the board with a first-time shot that beat South Alabama goalkeeper Kyla Rogers.
Florida State continued to hold on to a one goal advantage until the 80th minute when South Alabama was called for a hand ball in the penalty box. Junior Marte Vik Edvardsen placed the ball in the left side of the net to give the Seminoles a two goal lead.
“April Murphy showed great senior leadership by stepping up and hitting a big-time goal right before the half,” said Baker. “Then, in the second half we just happened to manufacture a chance. I think Marte showed great confidence in stepping up and wanting the ball in her hands for the penalty kick.”
Senior goalkeeper Sarah Crawford recorded her second shutout of the season and added to her save percentage which currently ranks her second in the ACC. The Seminoles shutout was their first since a 3-0 win over Jacksonville University in the third match of the season.
“Our first road win of the year was probably our most difficult win this season,” said Baker. “We really had to dig deep to get this one. South Alabama created a lot of dangerous opportunities but we just happened to capitalize on two of our chances.”
The Seminoles return to ACC play Saturday, September 16th when they travel to Durham, NC to face seventh-ranked Duke (5-0) at 3:00 p.m. The Seminoles tied Duke 0-0 the last time they traveled to Durham to face the Blue Devils.
2. 79:26 FSU Marte Vik Edvardsen (penalty kick)
Shots: Florida State 12, South Alabama 6
Saves: Florida State 3 (Sarah Crawford 2, 1), South Alabama 5 (Kyla