Oct. 9, 2005
Tallahassee, FL – The eighth-ranked Boston College Eagles came into Sunday’s ACC showdown with the sixth-rated Seminoles totting the nation’s third-best defense. The Eagles had allowed just three goals in 11 matches in 2005 and had allowed only two opponents to score on them all year but the vaunted BC defense couldn’t find an answer for the FSU attack. The Seminoles (11-2-0, 4-2-0) equaled BC’s season total for goals allowed in just 90 minutes as they downed the Eagles (9-2-1, 3-2-0) 3-0 in front of a record daytime crowd of 1,360.
Florida State’s offense continued to roll as they scored three goals in their third straight ACC match. An FSU squad had never scored three or more goals in an ACC game three times in a season before this year’s squad who has now done it four times in six games. The Seminoles have scored 13 goals in ACC play this season, which is just two away from the school record for goals in conference play and this year’s squad still has four ACC games left.
“We were all over the place today as an offense,” said All-America candidate India Trotter who scored the game-winner and had an assist. “We attacked from areas all over the field with all different combinations. Today was our game.”
“I am very pleased with the attack today,” said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. “I thought we created a lot of opportunities a lot of different ways. If we continue to play like that, it will be hard for teams to defend us. We were very unpredictable. There were different players coming at their defense from different places at different times. Right now I think we are playing pretty well.”
The win was the third in a row for FSU in ACC play. The Seminoles have now moved into third place with the sweep of Maryland and Boston College this weekend. Florida State has won its last three conference matches by a combined score of 9-1. Two of the squad’s last four games are versus teams either tied or right behind them in the standings and two will come against the two teams sitting in 10th and 11th place.
“The two wins this weekend were very important,” said Trotter. “We came into these games thinking that we had to play well and play our game. We did a good job of playing our style and making the teams adjust to the way we played. It was a very successful weekend for us.”
“This was a huge result for us wasn’t it?” said Krikorian. “We now have to turn our focus back to Miami and keep trying to get better.”
This was FSU’s third win over a top 25 team this season and the ninth win all-time over a top 10 team in the NSCAA poll. It is the first time since 2000 that the Seminoles have defeated two NSCAA top 10 squads in the same regular season. It was also the school’s first ever win over the Eagles but the Seminoles are now 3-0 versus the newest ACC schools in the first ever meeting and still have not allowed a goal in any of those three games.
“I thought we had a very good performance today versus BC,” said Krikorian. “Our attacking was very good. Our defending was solid. The midfield play was quite good along with Ali Mims who I thought was quite good again. Overall, a very good performance by our group. It is another stepping stone for us and a pretty good effort.”
The shutout was the seventh of the season for FSU and the second in ACC play. With seven clean slates the 2005 team is now all alone in fourth place for single season shutouts and just two away from tying the record. The shutout was a big one for starting keeper Ali Mims as well who is now tied for fifth in career and single season shutouts.
“This was a very big accomplishment for this team today,” said Mims. “Not only getting the win but getting the shutout as well. This team had only been shutout once all season. They have great players and it was a great accomplishment for this defense to keep them off the board.”
With the shutout Trotter’s goal in the 21st minute was all FSU would need. The attack started with Kirsten van de Ven dribbling away from the BC goal on the far sideline. As she and Mami Yamaguchi crossed paths, van de Ven back heeled the ball to a streaking Yamaguchi who was heading endline. She found Viola Odebrecht who took one touch and found Trotter at the top of the 18. The junior All-ACC first teamer fired low to the far post, between a defenders legs and buried it into the side netting.
“Mami played a nice all in to Viola and I saw her look up,” said Trotter who now has eight goals on the season. “I made a run on the backside and Viola played me an awesome ball. I saw the keeper on the right side and tried to go to the left and luckily it was on target.”
The Seminoles extended the lead at 60:03. After a scramble in the box, Trotter was able to get a touch on a loose ball. She got enough on the pass to get the ball to van de Ven. The sophomore had an alley open up and she laced a shot past the keeper for the 2-0 lead.
“India got close to the goal but just couldn’t shoot,” said van de Ven. “She laid the pass off nicely and I saw a little gap. I took the shot and was happy I put it in.”
FSU came close to its third goal on three occasions in a span of about 30 seconds in the 68th minute. Boston College got a team save off the line on a header by Tara Luciani. Then van de Ven followed with a rocket off the rebound which ricocheted off the crossbar. That rebound landed at the feet of Odebrecht but her shot was off the mark.
FSU did get its third goal of the match in the 82nd minute. The play started with a Mims punt. The kick sailed down the middle of the pitch and bounced to the top of the 18 without being touched. The Eagle keeper charged the ball and it went under her and right to a wide open Holly Peltzer. The sophomore buried the open netter for the final goal in the 3-0 win.
“I looked up and the last thing I saw was their defense pushing their line up to try and catch us offsides,” said Mims. “I saw them almost at midfield and I wanted to just try and hit it over. I knew our front runners would read the play and try to get on to it and Holly was able to do that.”
“I got an amazing punt from Ali,” said Peltzer. “The ball just kept carrying up to me and eventually I was in alone with an empty net and just shot it.”
Florida State continues ACC play next Sunday in Coral Gables versus the University of Miami. The game will be broadcast live by Sun Sports and will begin at 12:00 p.m. Game Tracker will also be available for the match at www.seminoles.com, the official athletic website for Florida State athletics.