Larry Novey’s Scrimmage Photo Gallery
Tallahassee, FL – The fourth-ranked Florida State Seminoles held their first inter-squad scrimmage Thursday night versus a men’s club team made up of college age players. After falling behind 1-0 early, FSU charged back with three straight goals and then held on for a 3-2 victory. Highlights of the game are below:
- First appearance of referees at practice.
- The men’s team struck first and the goal came early. In the fifth minute the guys got in behind the D. Ali Mims came out and made a great sliding save but the rebound was buried for a 1-0 lead.
- The first good Florida State attack started with a Maike Seuren run up the right flank. She slipped a ball inside to fellow newcomer Iraia Iturregi. The Spaniard beat a defender into the box but nobody was able to latch on to the ball she played square across the top of the box.
- Katrin Schmidt almost helped FSU to get level. The German slid a great ball in to Mami Yamaguchi. That started a dangerous attack as FSU worked the ball across the field. That led to an out-swinging cross that was played in perfectly to the backpost but nobody was able to finish.
- Yamaguchi and Iturregi played a brilliant 1-2 that freed Iturregi. The junior beat the defender on the dribble and crossed the ball onto the foot of Yamaguchi. The sophomore mis-hit the strike as the ball sailed wide.
- Fifteen minutes after falling behind 1-0, FSU evened the game. Yamaguchi created the goal by holding on to the ball and making a run across the top of the 18. She found Holly Peltzer who finished her first real chance of the game.
- After scoring a goal, Peltzer came right back and looked to create one. She took a great ball from Annie Stalzer and turned it into a brilliant cross through the box about 15 yards from goal. Both India Trotter and Mami Yamaguchi had great dummies allowing the pass to get to the back post but the finish once again wasn’t there.
- Kelly Rowland helped keep it a 1-1 game when she made a huge tackle. The senior All-American candidate stepped in and took the ball off the foot of a forward breaking in at the top of the box.
- The Seminoles took a 2-1 lead in the 28th minute. Trotter and Yamaguchi ran a give-and-go freeing Trotter. She got in and fired a low drive that required a spectacular Becky Thompson kick save to keep it out of the net. Peltzer was right there for the rebound and her second goal of the night.
- Four minutes later Florida State struck again. Becky Edwards lofted a ball over the top of the defender and Yamaguchi ran onto it. The sophomore beat the last defender, then the keeper and fired into an open net as the lead grew to 3-1.
- The Seminoles nearly made it 4-1. Edwards got herself into great position on a corner kick from Yamaguchi about 25 yards out. She played the ball back to the Japanese midfielder who picked out an FSU attacking player at the backpost and put the ball right on her head. The angle was a little too tough though to put the shot on frame.
- The men got within a goal in the 38th minute on a great individual effort. The shot was struck from the left flank and nailed the backpost and ricocheted in to cut the FSU lead to 3-2.
- The Seminoles should have gone into half up 4-2 if it were not for Thompson. Yamaguchi took a brilliant free kick bending it to the backpost but Thompson’s diving save kept the shot out of the side netting.
FIRST HALF STANDOUTS: Libby Gianeskis, Kelly Rowland, Becky Edwards and Annie Stalzer. Holly Peltzer and India Trotter both had big time moments as well.
- FSU pretty much emptied its bench of healthy players to start the second half.
- Fatigue really started to show on both sides. For FSU probably due to a week of two-a-day practices. For the men, they had no subs at all. That led to a sloppy half that FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian ended after less than 20 minutes.
- Just a few minutes in, two serious defensive lapses almost cost FSU its lead. After the first mistake the men banged a shot off the cross bar and then as FSU tried to clear it they turned it right back over to the guys inside the box. It was the most chaotic FSU looked in the back all night.
- Edwards tried to get Peltzer the hat trick with an excellent ball. Peltzer made an endline run as Victoria Damren trailed her into the box so the junior would have a target. Peltzer tried to just bend the cross between a defender and the keeper and onto the foot of a charging Damren, but the lone back just got his foot on the cross to knock it out of play.
- Ali Mims, who played the entire 65 minutes, made one last big stop to preserve the win. The six-year senior made a great 1-v-1 save just at the corner of the six-yard box on the left side.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY
“It was a good start for us, a good performance on the day. It was a competitive game. We had some good moments and we had some moments that showed we still have some things to work on. That’s the nature of the first time you compete.”
FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian
“I think it was a good first scrimmage. Obviously once we watch the film we will see a lot more. Out of the back I think we played the ball pretty well. We have a lot of work to do but overall this was good and at the end of the day we got a result.”
Team captain Kelly Rowland
“Scoring goals is all about being in the right place at the right time and making the right runs. The first goal I just kind of curled out and Mami chipped me a ball over the top. I just sneaked it in. On the second, India made a great run through and the keeper saved it. The rebound came right out and I just put it back in.”
Forward Holly Peltzer on her two goals
“I think for the first scrimmage the offense did a great job. There are still things we have to work on. We are still getting to know each other on the field. All in all it was a good showing.”
Forward Holly Peltzer on the offense overall
“It was good to finally get out there against someone else and see what we could put together. I think we still have some things to work on. I thought it was OK for the first time out.”
Freshman Becky Edwards
“It was not too bad. I am kind of used to it. I try to train with boys back at home. I thought they leaned off a little bit and could have pressured us more but I am sure they were as tired as we were.”
Freshman Becky Edwards on playing versus men