Nov. 4, 2005
Cary, NC – The fifth-ranked FSU soccer team came up against a familiar nemesis Friday night in the ACC Championship semifinals in No. 7 Virginia. For the fifth time in a row and the 13th time in program history, the Cavaliers (15-4-1) came away with a win this time ending Florida State’s record nine game winning streak and the team’s run in the 2005 ACC Women’s Soccer Championships. Virginia used an early goal and a second-half penalty kick to down FSU (17-3-0) 2-0.
“This was a good game tonight and I thought we fought hard,” said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. “Unfortunately for us we didn’t put the ball in the net and Virginia did. That is how this game goes.”
The Seminoles out shot the Cavaliers 8-5 holding UVA to its lowest shot total in a game this season. Florida State created chances but were unable to finish them off as they were held without a goal for just the second time this season. The only other time the Seminole offense was shutout was in the team’s first meeting with Virginia, a 1-0 loss.
“Virginia has two outstanding center backs in Becky Sauerbrunn and Nikki Krzysik,” said Krikorian. “The organization is good. They put quality pressure on the ball in different places on the field. They are a cohesive unit and the goalkeeper is good as well. As a team they were very solid in their defending today.”
Both teams registered just two shots in the first half with only one of each put on frame. Florida State’s was saved while Virginia’s found the back of the net. Just 3:23 into the game ACC Freshman of the Year Jess Rostedt put Virginia on top with her second goal of the year versus the Seminoles. It was the fourth goal FSU has allowed this season in the first 4:00 of a game and all four came against ACC teams.
Florida State had a great chance to even the match in the 18th minute as India Trotter got a clean look at the Cavalier goal from about 20 yards away. The junior All-America candidate drove a low shot right at Virginia keeper Christina de Vries who made her first of just two saves in the game.
Florida State put a significant amount of pressure on the Cavaliers in the second half holding a 6-3 edge in shots and limiting Virginia to no corners after the Cavs took seven in the opening stanza. The pressure almost paid off in a goal just five minutes in. Sel Kuralay found Libby Gianeskis running down the flank. The sophomore got endline and found Mami Yamaguchi in front of the net. The freshman’s header bounced off a Virginia defender and went wide.
Eight minutes later Virginia padded its lead. Rostedt once again caused trouble for the FSU defense. The freshman turned the corner on the FSU backline and got taken down just inside the box on the right side. Kelly Hammond buried the penalty kick to make it a 2-0 game.
After falling down by two goals for just the second time all season, the Seminoles continued to attack looking to get on the board. In the 64th minute Kuralay played a ball into the box on the right side and it seemed like the pass was played to Gianeskis but Trotter beat her to the ball. After winning a hard challenge, Trotter played the ball to Gianeskis who had an open look at the back post. She bent her shot just wide of the frame though.
Three minutes later Florida State had another golden opportunity when they were awarded a free kick right at the top of the box and 22 yards out from goal. Kuralay launched a drive to the left post that was once again just wide.
Florida State had one last chance in the 80th minute to break up the shutout. Kuralay once again played a great ball. This one was over the top of the backline and right to Trotter who had beaten the defense. The junior volleyed the bouncing service just wide of the near post.
“Soccer is a strange game,” said Krikorian. “Some days things go your way and you are able to put them in the back of the net. Other days you get chances and you don’t finish them. Today was a day we had enough chances that we probably should have scored a goal or two.”
Florida State will wait to hear where their NCAA Tournament future when ESPNews announces the 2005 field and pairings. The selection show will air between 5:00-5:30 p.m. Monday evening. Log on to Seminoles.com, the official athletic website for the Florida State University Athletic Department for full NCAA Tournament coverage.