Oct. 25, 2005
Tallahassee, FL – For the second time this season, the fifth-ranked FSU soccer team has reeled off a seven-game win streak. The team bolted out of the gate at 7-0 in setting a new record for consecutive wins. With Tuesday’s night’s 5-0 victory over the Citadel (2-16-0), FSU extended its current streak to seven tying the record set at the start of the season. The Seminoles (15-2-0, 7-2-0) out shot the Citadel 35-0 marking the first time in school history FSU has ever held an opponent without a shot. The two winning streaks in one season are unprecedented as an FSU soccer team has never had two win streaks of more than four games in the same season before this year.
“We had a solid effort and our group worked pretty hard throughout the 90 minutes,” said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. “I give a lot of credit to the Citadel for coming in here and battling, fighting and competing. They made it difficult for us to break them down. They were disciplined in what they were trying to do and disrupted our attack.”
“It was a good defensive performance and holding them to no shots shows we are doing all the right things off the ball,” said Teresa Rivera. “We are keeping good shape and doing the little things that usually go unnoticed but allow you to be successful.”
Florida State played 19 different players in the win and had four new starters in the lineup Tuesday on senior night. The Seminoles took 16 corners compared to none for the Bulldogs and scored four goals in a span of just over 23 minutes.
“It was nice to push ourselves a little bit and get some of the players that haven’t had as many minutes a chance to play,” said Krikorian. “I think will help us be better prepared for the final game versus Clemson and the ACC Tournament.”
“We were focused tonight but it was hectic out there with so many different players playing together in a game for the first time this season,” said senior Alli Ferreri. “The chemistry wasn’t always on tonight so on top of trying to win the game we were feeling each other out throughout the night.”
Senior night turned out to be a career night for Ferreri. The Coral Springs, FL native recorded the first multi-goal game for her career as she scored in the 37th and 50th minutes. It upped her season goal total to three, which equals her career total coming into 2005.
“This was really exciting,” said Ferreri. “You couldn’t ask for more from a senior night. From the team, to the way we played to being able to score for my team in the last regular season home game of my career. It was very exciting.”
“I am so happy for Alli,” said fellow senior and four-year starter Rivera. “I was glad she got out here and made some things happen for us in front of her family and friends, especially on our night.”
Three other Seminoles recorded goals in the victory. Viola Odebrecht recorded the first goal of the game giving her seven on the year, four of which have been game-winners. Junior Colette Swensen picked up her first career goal and Sarah Rosseau netted her second to round out the scoring.
With the five goals the 2005 team became just the fourth in school history to reach the 50-goal mark. They also posted their eighth shutout of the season bringing them within one clean sheet of tying a school record as well. The win also tied FSU for the second-most wins ever in a season and they are now just three victories short of setting another mark with one regular season game and the ACC and NCAA Tournament’s still to play. No matter what happens in Clemson Saturday, the 2005 team will finish the season with a winning percentage above .800 for the first time.
The Citadel defense, under heavy pressure all night, held FSU off the board for over 32 minutes to start the game before the ACC’s second-leading scorer Sel Kuralay came off the bench and picked up her sixth assist of the season on Odebrecht’s goal at 32:22. The assist upped Kuralay to 30 points putting her in fifth place on the single season list. The point came off a short corner where Kuralay dribbled to the top of the 18 and whipped a cross to the back post. Odebrecht was waiting to latch on to the service and finish the chance.
After Odebrecht broke the ice, the goals started to flow for the FSU offense. Less than four minutes after the first one, Ferreri got on the board for the first time in the game. The play was set up by a dynamic run by junior India Trotter. The midfielder got endline and sent a driven cross in front of the net where Ferreri one-timed the shot past the keeper.
In the 50th-minute Ferreri was back at it again. Ceci Shell assisted on her second goal as she dribbled around a couple Bulldog defenders at the top of the 18. Shell laid a pass off to Ferreri who went over the top of the Citadel keeper making it 3-0.
Florida State’s next two goals both came off of loose balls. The first was in the 57th minute and scored by Swensen. The junior collected an errant pass about 25 yards away and, just like Ferreri, went up and over the keeper for the fourth goal of the match.
Rosseau finished off the scoring with the goal of the night. The redshirt junior collected a ball cleared out from the Citadel backline and settled it over 40 yards away from goal. She one-timed her shot driving a low skipping ball the jumped over the keeper’s hands and into the back of the net.
“The defense was sitting back in and I was wide open with the ball,” said Rosseau. “I just struck it. I have confidence in my shot and I was just looking to keep it down, get over it and strike it as hard as I could.”
Tuesday night’s game marked the 11th time in 2005 FSU has scored three or more goals in a game. The previous record was 10. Last year’s FSU squad, which previously held the record for the best regular season in school history, only accomplished that feat three times.
The Seminoles’ wrap-up their 2005 regular season schedule versus No. 23 Clemson (9-6-2, 4-4-1) Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in South Carolina. Live Stats will be available for the game via Game Tracker, which is available at www.seminoles.com, the official athletic website for Florida State athletics.