Oct. 23, 2005
Tallahassee, FL – It may have taken 104:33 but the sixth-ranked FSU soccer team continued its record-breaking run through the ACC with a 2-1 double overtime victory over eighth-ranked Duke (11-4-1, 5-4-0) Sunday afternoon at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Mami Yamaguchi scored the first game-winning goal of her career as FSU (14-2-0, 7-2-0) won its sixth straight conference match. The Seminoles are now tied for second in the ACC with just one game remaining in ACC play. This is the first time in school history FSU has defeated the same team twice in OT. FSU also defeated Duke in overtime 3-2 in 2001.
“I think we have a pretty resilient group,” said Florida State Head Coach Mark Krikorian. “We didn’t play as well today as we have been playing. I thought our group looked a little tired but Duke was good today. They had control of the game at many different parts. We struggled to get a hold of the ball for an awful lot of the game. The good news is I thought our level picked up at the end of the game and into overtime when we got a little more desperate. I think this group has pretty good character.”
“This game reminds me of 2001 when we beat Duke in OT that year,” said starting keeper Ali Mims. “It was a huge win then and obviously it is a huge win for us today. Duke is a very good team and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them again in the ACC or NCAA Tournament.”
The win over the Blue Devils gave FSU its fourth win over a team ranked in the top 25 of the NSCAA poll, which ties the school record for regular season victories over teams ranked in the top 25 by the NSCAA, one of four major polls used in women’s college soccer. Coupled with Friday’s win over No. 18 Wake Forest, FSU has now won back-to-back regular season games versus Top 25 teams for just the second time in school history.
“This was a big win and a big weekend for us with the win over Wake as well,” said FSU captain Kelly Rowland. “This really sets the tone for the final week of the regular season and as we approach postseason play. This is a great starting point.”
The Seminoles continued to add to its school record for ACC victories with their seventh of the season. Florida State has now assured themselves of the best regular season record in the history of the program, the most victories ever in a regular season and the fewest losses as well no matter what happens in the final two contests. The Seminoles already have two more wins than last season’s squad that finished the year 12-5-3.
Florida State was shutout in the first half as the Blue Devils limited FSU to just one shot, which was the team’s lowest total in any half this year. Duke only had three shots themselves as the teams went to the lockerrom tied at 0-0.
All-America candidate Sel Kuralay changed all that with the quickest second half goal in school history. Just 10 seconds into the second half, the Australian Olympian picked up a loose ball at about 25 yards from goal. The striker turned and fired a low shot to the left post. Duke keeper Allison Lipsher got a finger on the shot but not enough to keep it out of the net.
The goal was the 12th of the year for Kuralay and she has now moved into the top five at FSU for goals and points in a season. The Australian now has three goals in ACC play, which is just one off the team lead.
“It was a good effort for India (Trotter) to put some pressure on the defense,” said Kuralay. “I thought I would hit it first time as the defense started to close me down. Turned out to be a good choice and I was just fortunate it went in.”
“It was nice to come out and get one that quickly into the second half,” said Krikorian. “Sometimes when you score early into a half it is an awful long time to protect the game. Give credit to Duke to comeback and equalize.”
The Blue Devils struck back less than nine minutes after the FSU goal. Duke’s Darby Kroyer took a page from Kuralay’s book and also picked up a loose ball from over 20 yards away. The junior fired a shot over the top of Mims to bring the game level.
Neither team was able to cash in during the remainder of regulation but Florida State did have a chance at the golden goal just one minute into the first overtime period. Kirsten van de Ven got in behind the backline on a bouncing service. She fired a shot trying to go over the top of Lipsher but the Blue Devil keeper snared it out of the air to preserve the tie.
Florida State finally put the game away in the 105th minute. Van de Ven started the play by feeding Yamaguchi the ball just inside the 18 to the left side. The sophomore midfielder went back post for the game winner as she fell to the ground fighting off a leg cramp.
“Obviously I am very happy,” said Yamaguchi. “Oh my goodness, I was so happy to get that goal. I was on the ground with cramps and couldn’t celebrate with everybody but it felt good despite the cramp.
“Kirsten played a great ball and I was able to finish the chance. Our mentality was good in the overtime. Nobody gave up.”
The Seminoles’ home schedule wraps-up Tuesday night versus the Citadel. Florida State will honor its two seniors before the 7:00 p.m. match. Live radio coverage will be available for the game along with Game Tracker. Both services are free and available at www.seminoles.com, the official athletic website for Florida State athletics.