Oct. 16, 2005
Miami, FL – The sixth-ranked Florida State soccer team continues to build momentum as the regular season nears an end. Sunday the Seminoles scored two goals in the first 11 minutes as they ran out to a 3-0 lead and downed ACC foe Miami 3-1. The win was FSU’s sixth in a row versus the Canes (7-9-1, 2-6-0) and the team’s fourth in a row in ACC play, which is a first for the program. FSU (12-2-0, 4-2-0) tied a record for the most conference victories in a season as they won their fifth ACC game by multiple goals. Coming into 2005, FSU had two ACC wins by more than one goal in 10 years.
“I thought our performance today was a bit inconsistent at times,” said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. “We moved the ball around pretty well and created some nice opportunities. At other times I thought we were a little bit sloppy and didn’t take good enough care of the ball.”
This is the first time in school history that FSU has scored three or more goals in four consecutive conference matches. The Seminoles also improved to 37-4 in their last 41 games against opponents from the state of Florida. This was the fourth time in the last six meeting where FSU has won a game versus Miami by multiple goals and FSU has now set a new school record with 16 goals scored in conference play.
“It feels good that we are scoring goals and different players are stepping forward to make a contribution and put the ball in the back of the net,” said Krikorian. “We are scoring a lot of different ways, which is also a positive sign. It is very positive.”
Playing without top goal scorer Sel Kuralay, who is on assignment with the Australian National Team, three different Seminoles stepped up and came through with goals. Holly Peltzer started the scoring in the eighth minute. Kelly Rowland added another just three minutes later and Kirsten van de Ven finished the scoring off with a goal just over three minutes into the second half. van de Ven also recorded an assist on the afternoon while Rowland’s goal was the 10th of her three-year career. The junior is now just one away from tying the all-time record for goals scored by an FSU defender.
“Sel is a great player,” said Peltzer. “We missed her today and all the things she brings to a game. I think Kirsten stepped up her game today. Alli (Ferreri) and Sarah (Rosseau) both did well off the bench so it was a group effort.”
Florida State limited Miami to just five shots in the game and forced FSU keeper Ali Mims to make just one save in each half. Florida State took 17 shots marking the eighth time this season they have fired 15 or more shots in a game. The Seminoles took seven corners to just two for the Canes in a game that featured 27 fouls and two yellow cards.
“One of the reasons for the high number of fouls was because it is a small field and you are going to get knocked down more,” said India Trotter. “On a smaller pitch there is just more opportunity for contact. I think that was the main reason.”
Florida State got off to a strong start scoring just 7:29 in when Peltzer staked the team to a 1-0 lead. The play started with a high lofting ball over the top of the defense where Peltzer was running behind the restraining line. The sophomore got to the bouncing service at the same time as the keeper and knocked it out of her grasp and then finished from a difficult angle on the endline to the left side of the goal.
“The play started with a good ball from Kirsten,” said Peltzer. “She chipped it over the defense and the keeper came out for it. I worked hard to try to get to it before her. She got a hand on it but I was able to kick it out of her hands and score.”
Just 3:26 later FSU was back on the board recording only their second goal of the season off a corner kick. The set piece was taken by South Florida native Teresa Rivera and launched right on to the head of Rowland. The Hermann Award candidate latched on to the serve and headed it down and past the keeper making it a 2-0 FSU lead.
“It was the first corner of the game and everyone was in position just like we practiced it,” said Rivera. “I did my best to place a driven ball right to them. It was an area we wanted to take advantage of. It was also nice to be able to help out on a goal in front of my family and friends.”
“T (Teresa Rivera) hit a great ball on that corner,” said Rowland. “I was able to get up for it and get something on the header. We were practicing that a lot. I am glad all the work paid off in a goal.”
Florida State came out at half and was right back on the attack scoring their third goal just 3:28 out of the locker room. India Trotter made a dangerous attacking run to the top of the 18. She caught van de Ven making a run into the box. The junior All-America candidate slipped a diagonal ball to the Dutch Sophomore. van de Ven avoided a defender sliding from behind her and got enough on the shot to put it way while falling to the ground.
“India made a great attacking run to the goal,” said van de Ven. “She held the ball really well and I made a run. She passed the perfect ball between two defenders. There were two or three defenders around me. I just tried to stay upright and get a shot off.”
The Seminoles will return home next week for two huge ACC games. On Friday, No. 12 Wake Forest comes in for a 7:00 p.m. game and then on Sunday the eighth-ranked Duke Blue Devils are in town for a 1:00 match. Both games will be played at the Seminole Soccer Complex. There is no admission charge at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
Fans not able to attend can follow all the action as it unfolds via free Internet radio or Game Tracker both available exclusively at www.seminoles.com, the official athletic website of Florida State University. Game Tracker will be available for the Wake game while live stats and live radio will be available for the Duke match.