Sept. 1, 2005
Tallahassee, FL – The 17th-ranked FSU soccer team opened the home portion of the 2005 schedule in a similar fashion to how they opened the road portion last week. The Seminoles posted their second shutout in three games and the offense continued to produce as they downed JU 7-0 to move out to a 3-0 start. This is the third time in school history FSU has started 3-0 and it is the second straight season Florida State has gotten out of the gate with three straight wins.
“I felt that our group was pretty organized tonight,” said first year head coach Mark Krikorian. “I thought we created a lot of different types of attacking situations. We finished some nice goals. The defending was solid and we didn’t give up many chances. I would say overall it was a workman-like performance and a good one at that.”
The seven goals scored by FSU versus the Dolphins was the most scored by a team in the series since 1998. It was also the most goals scored by an FSU squad since 2003 when the Seminoles downed FAU 7-0. Florida State now has 13 goals in the first three games of the 2005 season, which is the most goals ever scored by an FSU team through the first three games. India Trotter and Sel Kuralay each had multi-goal games for FSU, which now has three on the season compared to one all of last year.
“I thought we developed a nice rhythm through the course of this game,” said Krikorian. “The passing, movement off the ball and attacking were all better. The defending continues to be solid.”
“Tonight was another confidence boost for our team,” said Trotter. “This was a great result for us as we were able to build on the wins we got out in California.”
Trotter scored two goals versus the Dolphins and now has three in just three games. Coming into 2005 the junior All-America candidate had three goals in her first 46 games as a Seminole. This was the first multi-goal game of her career as she tallied the fifth and sixth goals of the game.
“I think it was a boost today to get some goals,” said Trotter. “For the offense to continue to produce was important as well. I give all credit to Sel. Both of my goals were easy finishes off plays she made. I am just glad Sel is such a great forward and has such great vision.”
Kuralay continues to dominate for FSU. The Australian National team player added two more goals to her team-leading total on top of two more assists. She now has five goals and 12 points on the year. Last season FSU’s leading goal scorer had seven in 20 games and Kuralay already would be fourth for points on the 2004 squad after just three games played.
“It is a great feeling to help this team win,” said Kuralay. “Things are coming together for us really well. The service I have been getting is just awesome. Kelly has assisted me twice already this year so full credit to her.
“Every game we go out we get more comfortable with one another up top. We are starting to work really well together. There is a really good relationship building up front between all the forwards.”
Florida State posted its second shutout in three games. The defense limited JU to just four shots compared to 31 fired by the FSU offense. The Dolphins did not muster a single corner kick and they only put two shots on frame. Junior Ali Mims held JU scoreless for more than 86 minutes before Jessica Vaccaro came in to finish off the clean sheet.
“This feels pretty good for us as a defense,” said Mims. “It is always nice to get seven goals on the board but it is even more important for this team to set a standard with a shutout. The returners have shown so much improvement after they were challenged in the spring to lead the back. The newcomers came in and are learning and meshing well. We couldn’t ask for better in the back right now but we also know there is so much more potential we can build upon.”
The offense didn’t take long to get on track. After waiting almost 89 minutes to get the game’s first goal last time out, FSU struck just five minutes into the game Thursday. The goal came off another Kelly Rowland throw-in as she and Kuralay combined for the second time already this season. The goal was the fourth for Kuralay with three coming on headers.
Less than 10 minutes later another newcomer got into the act as Kirsten van de Ven scored her first FSU goal. The transfer from Quinnipiac scored 12 goals and recorded 11 assists as a freshman in 2004. In the 14th minute she made the game 2-0. Melissa Samokishyn and Kuralay combined on a picture perfect combination at the top of the box freeing van de Ven. The sophomore ripped her shot off the crossbar and put in her own rebound.
“It was a pretty ugly goal,” said van de Van. “I should have put it away on the shot first time. I am happy it went in I guess that is why coaches always tell you to follow up your shots. I am feeling much better now. The first two games I was focused and I tried hard but things just didn’t work out. At the beginning of this game the spirit was there that wasn’t there the first two games.”
Kuralay was back in action in the 27th minute. The striker got on the board with a rebound goal of her own. This time it was Mami Yamaguchi who created the goal with a shot that the keeper was unable to handle. Kuralay was there to put it back in the net giving her the second multi-goal game of her three-game career.
The Seminoles continued to attack just out of the lockerrom after half. Just 6:23 in FSU scored it’s most spectacular goal of the game. Viola Odebrecht fed Toby Ranck down the far sideline. The junior sent a ball from 30 yards out on the far side to the upper 90 at the back post for her first goal of the season and the second of her career.
Four minutes later Trotter got on the board. Ranck started the attack with a great ball to the head of Kuralay. Once again the JU keeper came up with the save but was unable to hang on. Trotter was there to bang the loose ball home. Just over five minutes later the midfielder scored yet again. Kuralay threaded a great long ball through the JU defense and on to the foot of a streaking Trotter. The junior ran on to the pass and was in all alone with the keeper making it 6-0.
Florida State’s lone seniors combined to score the seventh and final goal of the night. Teresa Rivera brought the ball up the right flank and played a beautiful ball across the face of the goal about six yards out. Alli Ferreri was right there to finish off the service scoring the fourth goal of her career and the second against JU.
The Seminoles will host mercer at the Seminole Soccer Complex Saturday, September 3 at 7:00 p.m. There is no admission charge at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Fans not able to attend can follow all the action as it unfolds via free Internet radio or Game Tracker both available exclusively at www.seminoles.com, the official athletic website of Florida State University.