Oct. 11, 2006
Tallahassee, FL – The Seminoles’ game versus Stetson (8-6-1) Wednesday was one of those good news/bad news scenarios. The 2-1 victory helped FSU set a new school record as they extended their home unbeaten streak to 13 games. It also pushed the team’s overall unbeaten streak to six in a row while improving the squad’s overall record to 10-1-2, but on the flip side Florida State once again struggled to finish their chances. The team took 40 shots in the match and generated numerous scoring opportunities but was only able to put two goals away.
“If I knew what wasn’t working I would solve it,” said Kirsten van de Ven when asked about the FSU attack. “We don’t know why we are struggling. We had 40 shots today. We created chances it’s just the final pass isn’t there or the last touch isn’t on. We will keep working.”
“Obviously we created enough chances but I don’t think we did a good enough job finishing those chances,” said Sarah Wagenfuhr. “I mean 40 shots and only two goals? It needs to be better than that.”
Florida State’s 40 shots were just one shy of a school record set versus Mercer in 1999. Of those 40 shots 14 were put on goal but only two got past Stetson keeper April Eilering. This is the second straight time FSU and Stetson have played a lopsided match statistically but to a one-goal result. In 2004 FSU needed overtime to down the Hatters 1-0 despite holding a 32-5 edge in shots.
“This is a constant theme now,” said Becky Edwards. “We are not putting goals away. I think it is something we need to work on and improve upon. It will come eventually. We just need to keep pushing forward.”
While the offense continued to struggle to finish their opportunities they did come through when they needed to. After Stetson stunned FSU on a free kick goal struck from nearly 50 yards out. The Seminoles answered 15 seconds later. The equalizer set a new FSU record for the shortest amount of time in answering an opponent’s goal.
“That first goal for us was huge because against a good team that is trying to come in and get a signature win you don’t want to be trailing for long periods of time,” said van de Ven. “It was important to answer their goal quickly and not allow them to build momentum.”
The goal for Stetson was the first ever scored by the Hatters in the series between the teams. In the 13th minute Brittany Jones struck a free kick from the sideline near midfield. The shot skipped through the box to the backpost where it somehow snuck into the net.
“That goal was a result of miscommunication,” said Wagenfuhr. “In the opening part of the game we didn’t come out with enough fight or the willingness to take the initiative to win balls. We sat there and figured the person next to us would get the ball and nobody did.”
After stunning FSU with the goal, the Seminoles took the ball straight down the middle of the pitch on the restart. van de Ven got inside the Hatters’ box and took a shot that was deflected back to her about 15 yards away. With her back to the goal she laid a ball back to Mami Yamaguchi who tied the game with her fourth goal of the season.
“I was a little disappointed in myself for not finishing the original shot,” said van de Ven. “I was able to get the ball back and saw Mami right there and played it back to her.”
“Kirsten worked hard on that play,” said Yamaguchi. “I just was able to finish of a goal that she set up for me perfectly. I kicked it as hard as I can. I had so many chances I am glad I at least finished one of them.”
Despite numerous chances the score remained 1-1 until the 75th minute when Kuralay once again came to Florida State’s rescue. The play that resulted in the game-winning goal started with Iraia Iturregi winning a ball on the endline. She played it back to Edwards near the top of the 18 on the nearside touchline. Edwards saw Kuralay all alone about 20 yards from goal. The junior hit a bent shot that started out down the middle and swung back to the near post beating a diving Eilering.
“Iraia ran it down on the endline and it was a great effort to get the ball and play it back to me,” said Edwards. “I saw Sel open at the top of the box. I know she has a good long range shot so I found her. It was a great finish and a relief after missing so many chances throughout the course of the match.”
The assist was the fourth of the season for Edwards and the third game-winning assist. She is now already in second place on the single season list for game-winning assists by a freshman, just one away from tying the record. She is also on her way to becoming the fifth true freshman to ever finish the season as FSU’s assist leader.
“I don’t think about the stats too much I just play the game and so far I have been able to assist on a few goals,” said Edwards. “It is a product of the players around me and the system we play. I just try to do my best to help the team out in any way possible.”
For Kuralay the game-winner was her fifth of the season in 13 games. It has taken her just 35 matches to tie the career game-winning goal record set by Cindy Schofield and then tied by Leah Gallegos. Schofield needed 89 games to set the record and Gallegos needed 60 to tie it.
Florida State returns to ACC play this Sunday October 15 versus Miami. The game is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start at the Seminole Soccer Complex Fans can follow all the action live on SUN Sports. Game Tracker will also be available for the match. For information on FSU soccer and Game Tracker log on to the official website for Florida State athletics at Seminoles.com.
NOTES: This was the ninth straight win for the Seminoles against a Florida school…Florida State surpassed 10,000 fans for the third time in school history. It took FSU just six home games to break 10,000, which is a program record…this is the second time this year Fsu has gone six straight games without a loss…Mami Yamaguchi now has twice as many goals in 13 games this season as she did in 24 matches in 2005…this was just the second time in school history FSU has recorded 40 shots in a game.