Nov. 2, 2005
Cary, NC – The goals and wins continue to come for the fifth-ranked FSU soccer team. The Seminoles (17-2) opened ACC Tournament play Wednesday with a convincing 4-0 victory over No. 24 Clemson (9-8-2) to advance to the ACC Women’s Soccer Championship semifinals versus Virginia. The win extended the FSU’s school-record streak to nine games and it was the second-most lopsided win for FSU in ACC Tournament play.
“We feel pretty good about the game and the result,” said Florida State’s first year head coach Mark Krikorian. “We played well throughout the 90 minutes. I was satisfied with this performance and we will give the team a little rest before we come back and do it again Friday against a talented Virginia team.”
“I felt it was really important for us to get off to a good start in the postseason,” said Hermann Trophy Candidate Kelly Rowland. “Putting four goals up against a team like Clemson will give us confidence and hopefully let everyone know that we are here to contend for our first title.”
Florida State took a 1-0 lead to the lockerrom and then exploded for three goals in a span of just 4:11 starting at 72:10. Three Seminoles scored goals in the match and this is the second time FSU has beaten Clemson in the last five days. Saturday the Seminoles traveled to South Carolina and beat the Tigers 3-0. Today’s win was the first in program history against Clemson in postseason play as the Seminoles ran their record to 6-1-1 in their last eight meetings with the Tigers.
“We have a very good attacking team and we knew if we were able to get another goal it could be our game,” said All-ACC First Team selection India Trotter. “With that mindset, the three-goal explosion continued to build on the momentum we established throughout the beginning of the match.”
“We played Clemson five days ago and felt we had a pretty good plan in that game,” said sophomore forward Holly Peltzer. “We just wanted to come out today and wipe the slate clean. Obviously we wanted to get off on the right foot with a win and it felt good to do that.”
Florida State’s defense continued its record-setting play with its school-record 10th shutout of the year. The team’s 17th win tied the single season record set in 2003 when the Seminoles played in the College Cup. It was also a school-record sixth win over a team ranked in the NSCAA top 25 and the 4-0 victory was the 14th multi-goal win of the season.
“We have a great coaching staff and such great chemistry off the field and that is carrying over on to the field as well,” said Trotter. “We play well as a group and get along. This is a talented team and the coaching staff puts us in great position tactically to win games. This is the most attacking-minded team I have been around. It allows us to be successful every time we play.”
The Seminoles attacked early and often. They out shot Clemson 18-5 and didn’t allow a single corner kick to the Tigers. After breaking on top in the 38th minute on a Viola Odebrecht goal, her fifth game-winner of the season, Florida State controlled the game in the second 45:00 out shooting the Tigers 10-1 and scoring three goals.
Odebrecht’s goal got the offense going after the Seminoles were unable to capitalize on chances earlier in the match. The German midfielder hit a bending shot that curved past keeper Ashley Phillips and into the Clemson net at the backpost to put FSU in front 1-0. Mami Yamaguchi was credited with the assist giving her eight on the year four of which have been game-winners.
The Seminoles continued to look to build on their lead throughout the second half of the match but it wasn’t until substitute Holly Peltzer came in that FSU really broke the match open. The sophomore, having a breakout campaign in 2005, entered the game in the 61st minute and went on to collect two goals just 1:42 apart. After entering the season without a goal, Peltzer now has six including two games versus ranked opponents with multiple goals.
“This was exciting,” said Peltzer. “I wanted to go in and make a difference. I got great balls from Viola and Sel and was lucky enough to capitalize on my chances.”
The first goal for the Lake Mary, Fla. Native came on a brilliant ball by Odebrecht. The German Olympian hit Peltzer in stride breaking through the back line. Peltzer dribbled around a charging Phillips and buried the shot into an open net.
Less than two minutes later Peltzer was at it again. This time it was Sel Kuralay that started the play by getting endline and serving a low driven ball to the front post where Peltzer re-directed the service into the net.
Kuralay wasn’t done though. This time it was her turn to score as she knocked in her 15th goal of the season, the third-most ever scored by an FSU player in one year. Kuralay was the beneficiary of an amazing ball over the top of the defense by Trotter. Kuralay took the service and once again dribbled around the Clemson keeper to bang home the fourth FSU goal of the game.
The four goals were more than enough for the FSU defense, which extended its scoreless streak to 306:10. It was the third straight shutout for the Seminole backline and keeper Ali Mims, who made a diving save earlier in the match to preserve a 0-0 tie. FSU has now recorded three straight clean sheets for the second time this season.
“The defense really came together today,” said Rowland. “I am glad we are starting to peak at the right time. Clemson is a dangerous attacking team so it is a credit to everyone out there to record another clean sheet against a team like Clemson.”
Follow No. 5 Florida State’s match with No. 7 Virginia (14-4-1) via Game Tracker. The match is slated for a 7:30 p.m. kick Friday, November 4. For all your Florida State soccer information, log on to Seminoles.com, the official athletic website for the Florida State University Athletic Department.