Oct. 19, 2006
Winston-Salem, NC – Thursday was a night of firsts for the third-ranked FSU soccer team. For the first time this season the Seminoles staged two comebacks in a game. For the first time this season FSU had a player record a multi-goal game. For the first time in her career Libby Gianeskis scored a goal and for the first time in 12 seasons FSU won a game versus Wake Forest at Spry Stadium. The Seminoles (12-1-2, 5-1-2) staged comebacks from 1-0 and 2-1 down thanks to Selin Kuralay’s fourth career multi-goal game and defeated the ninth-ranked Demon Deacons (12-4, 4-3) 3-2 thanks to Gianeskis’ first career game-winner.
It was the fourth time this season that FSU has come back from a 1-0 deficit to win a game and the sixth all-time win for Florida State when trailing 2-1. The last time Florida State came back from a 2-1 deficit was in 2005 versus Florida in Gainesville. For the Seminoles it was also the fifth win over a top 10 team under FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian as the team improved to 6-2 in its last eight regular season matches versus a team ranked in the top 10.
“We were resilient tonight,” said Krikorian. “Wake Forest gave us a heck of a battle and I was proud of our players. It was a hard fought victory tonight.”
The Seminoles fell behind 1-0 and 2-1 as Wake Forest took advantage of some rare miscues in the back by a Seminole defense that has been stellar all year. Two turnovers led to the Demon Deacon’s becoming just the second team this season to score twice versus FSU joining No. 2 North Carolina.
“We were pretty good defending fore the most part,” said Krikorian. “They took advantage of the opportunities and that’s why when you play against good teams you can’t make mistakes. You make mistakes and they are going to punish you for it. We made at least a couple tonight and they punished us for them.”
“They took advantage of our mistakes,” said Gianeskis. “It was just miscommunication and they punished us. Overall it was a good game for us defensively but the two mistakes we made give them credit for finishing them off. I think we will look at the positives from tonight and go forward.
Every time Wake Forest capitalized on an FSU mistake Kuralay was there to pick the team up. It was her first multi-goal game of the season as she scored her team-leading eighth and ninth goals. With the two goals Kuralay moved into fifth place all-time at FSU as she increased her career goal total to 25. After FSU players recorded nine multi-goal games in 2005, this was the first by an FSU player this season.
“The first two goal game of the year came at a pretty good time,” said Kuralay. “We have been struggling a bit as a team to get a lot of goals. For me today was a big confidence boost. For me to score some goals when we needed it and equalize a couple times was a good way to begin an important weekend for us.”
“It was fantastic for Selin to get two goals tonight,” said Krikorian. “I thought she may have had a third on a free kick that she smacked pretty good but it went just wide. It is important.”
This was the first win on the road versus a ranked team for the Seminoles this season. It was the first road win of Krikorian’s FSU career on the road versus a top 10 team and the first for FSU since 2003 when FSU downed Florida in Gainesville in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
“I thought we played pretty well,” said Krikorian. “A couple breakdowns cost us a couple of goals. Overall we stayed focused and kept plugging away. We created enough chances to equalize and then win the game.”
For Gianeskis her first career goal couldn’t have come at a better time. Less than a minute after Kuralay equalized the match the junior scored for the first time in her breakout season as a starter.
“It was nice to see Libby check in with a goal and a big goal at a big time,” said Krikorian. “One of the things that will help us down the stretch is having a variety of players score goals and not just one person. Libby did that tonight.”
The win was also special for Krikorian in another way as he recorded the 200th victory of his collegiate coaching career. Krikorian is now the 50th coach in NCAA history to reach the 200 win plateau.
“I am looking forward to getting number 201,” said Krikorian.
The first half was as well played as one would expect between two top 10 teams in an ACC game. Both squads generated chances and both took advantage of an opponent’s miscue. The Seminoles took one more corner and out shot the Deacons 7-3 but both teams put two shots on frame.
Just two minutes in FSU generated its first chance on a corner kick. Mami Yamaguchi drove a ball into the middle of the 18 about 12 yards out. Kuralay nodded the header shot just wide of the far post.
In the sixth minute India Trotter started a Seminole attack by serving a great ball in after beating a defender. The cross was headed out to Wake but after a hard challenge Kuralay won the ball and ripped a shot from 20 yards out that once again was just wide of the post.
In the 16th minute another FSU corner almost resulted in the games first goal. Kuralay drove the set piece in to Kelly Rowland. The senior’s header hit the underside of the crossbar just missing by inches before being cleared out of danger.
The first Wake shot of the game came 19 minutes into the game as Elizabeth Remy bent a shot in from the top of the box on the left side right into the waiting arms of FSU keeper Ali Mims.
The Demon Deacons broke on top in the 23rd minute off an FSU turnover on just their second shot of the match. A throw-in deep in Florida State’s end was played backwards where Remy picked off the pass. She ran into the box uncontested and played a ball back to the top of the 18 to Sarah Winslow. Winslow one touched right back to Amanda Lebo setting her up for a perfect low drive to the back post beating a diving Mims.
The Seminoles stormed right back just a minute after the goal in an effort to equalize. Katrin Schmidt whipped a ball in from the left wing off a Wake defender that skipped to Iraia Iturregi. The midfielder one-timed a hard shot that was just deflected out for a Seminole corner.
With 13:59 remaining in the half FSU equalized the match. Florida State was trying to build an attack about 25 yards out from goal. Kirsten van de Ven played a square ball on to a charging Kuralay. The junior ran on to the pass and fired a hard drive right at Wake’s keeper. The low shot went off the keeper’s hand and through her legs.
“I haven’t been taking as many long range shots this year as I did last year,” said Kuralay. “I took my chance. The ball was coming across my body. Nobody really closed me down. I felt like it might go in because (the keeper) kind of had her legs open. It was a slippery surface and anything could happen so I took a chance from distance.”
Wake Forest broke the 1-1 tie just over three minutes into the second half. Once again a Seminole miscue led to the goal as the Deacons continued to punish FSU for mistakes. An errant clearance set Remy up inside the 18 about 10 yards out on the right side. She sent her hard shot to the backpost around Mims for the goal. It was just the second time FSU had allowed a team to score a goal in the second half.
Within a minute Florida State countered off the restart and almost tied the game. A glancing header by Gianeskis redirected a Seminole service just enough to freeze new Wake keeper Laura Morse but the shot hit the post and went wide.
In the 58th minute the Seminoles got inside the Wake defense and tested Morse. Katrin Schmidt made a great run up the field a slipped a ball inside the box to Rowland who was making a diagonal run. The run took Rowland to the far side of the box and her shot was put right at the near post where Morse was covering.
The Seminoles did even the game a few minutes later. In the 59th minute Becky Edwards played a ball down the right wing to an unmarked Toby Ranck. The senior floated a service into the box about eight yards out where Kuralay buried the header.
“Becky played me a good ball down the line,” said Ranck. “She set me up with a ball that was easy to run onto. I had a lot of time to run with the ball and that helped. Then Sel did a great job finishing it off with the header.”
“That was a great ball by Becky to start the play and a good service in by Toby,” said Kuralay. “I feel pretty confident in the air and we felt that might be one area we would be able to score in this game. I was able to finish it off. I had my eyes on the ball and put it in the net.”
Just 53 seconds later FSU took the lead. Sarah Wagenfuhr’s set piece was played into the box. Onnie Trusty got a touch on it but Morse was there to seemingly make the save. The freshmen keeper could not control the deflection though and Libby Gianeskis was right there to poke in the rebound for the 3-2 lead.
“It was a good ball in,” said Trusty. “I went up to challenge and was hoping to get something off it. Libby finished it off. She played hard and stayed with the play and it turned out to be the game-winner.”
“This is really exciting,” said Gianeskis. “Being in the backline you don’t get many opportunities. I love going up on set pieces. Onnie challenged the keeper. It was a great challenge and I was just there to finish it off. I didn’t realize the ball was there until I turned around. It was kind of crazy. It was a new feeling for me. I didn’t know what to do but it helped our team out and that is gratifying.”
Florida State will conclude the road portion of their schedule Sunday versus No. 23 Duke. The match is scheduled for a 12:30 p.m. start and fans can watch the key ACC battle live via ACC Select. Live Stats will also be available for the match on Duke’s website. For links to the live video broadcast and live stats, please log on to the official athletic website for Florida State University at Seminoles.com.