Sept. 25, 2005
Tallahassee, FL – For the third time in nine games, the seventh-ranked FSU soccer team staged a come-from-behind win. The Seminoles gave up a goal just 1:33 into the game versus NC State but then scored three unanswered goals to win their first ACC game of the year. Florida State (8-1-0, 1-1-0) got goals from Mami Yamaguchi, the first of her FSU career, Sel Kuralay and India Trotter to defeat NC State 3-1 (5-5-0, 1-1-0) and give head coach Mark Krikorian the first ACC win of his FSU career.
“We came out a little flat today,” said senior Teresa Rivera. “We weren’t as sharp as we usually are. Coming off that game versus North Carolina, we bounced back. We fell behind but fought back. We gave up an early goal due to a lack of concentration but responded very well.”
NC State’s Lindsay Vera scored her third goal of the year just 1:33 into the game on the Wolfpack’s only shot of the first half. It was just the third time all year a team had scored on FSU in the first half but it was the third straight game it has happened. After six shutouts in the first seven games, FSU has now allowed a goal in each of its last three matches two of which were Seminole victories.
“It was a little disappointing we started as slowly as we did and gave up a quick counter attack,” said Krikorian. “We made a mistake and they punished us for that. It was a good sign that we were resilient and fought back. We kept our concentration, created all kinds of chances and finally scored a few.”
This was the fourth time the Seminoles have fallen behind in nine games and the third time they have come back to win the game. The Seminoles first comeback came against LMU and then last week they fought back twice in Gainesville to down the Gators. After giving up a quick goal Sunday, the team responded with three straight goals and by allowing NC State just one shot the rest of the way.
“I think we get lapses in concentration and it is usually at the beginning or the end of a half,” said Kuralay. “I think we did well to pull together. It was a scrappy performance and we came out with the victory.”
The win improved FSU’s record to 6-3-2 all-time versus the Wolfpack and 4-0-1 in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have not lost a game to NC State in the last seven meetings dating back to 1998. For just the second time in the last eight meetings the Seminoles won the contest by more than one goal in what are traditionally very close games. Even more important was the way FSU responded to its first loss of the season Thursday night versus No. 1 UNC.
“We walked away from the Carolina game disappointed that we lost but feeling like we are a good team,” said Krikorian. “We found out we can compete. If you walk away and have been out shot 30-2 and don’t cross midfield, you are discouraged. We did create chances and on those days we know you have to be really sharp. We weren’t and we paid for it. It was good to see this group respond today.”
Beside Yamaguchi’s first-ever Seminole goal, it was a cast of familiar characters for FSU Sunday. Sel Kuralay scored her 10th goal of the year and her fourth game-winner. While India Trotter completed the scoring with her seventh goal and she also picked up her second game-winning assist of the season.
“I feel good about where I am at personally,” said Kuralay. “We are developing a better understanding within the team. We are playing with more confidence as an offense and that is allowing me and India to be successful.”
“I never thought I would score seven goals this year,” said Trotter. “I am just glad I am helping to contribute to this team. It is all about the team victories not the individual stats. That is what matters.”
After the early NC State goal, the earliest goal allowed by FSU this season, Yamaguchi picked a great time for her first collegiate goal. Viola Odebrecht made a great run on the play. The German Olympian carried the ball into the NC State 18 but a Wolfpack defender stood her up and the pass ricocheted right to Yamaguchi. The Japanese native took a couple of touches and then fired upper 90 to the back post evening the game at 12:01.
“I am so glad to get that first goal,” said Yamaguchi. “It has been eight games and I haven’t scored even though I have had good chances. Finally I was able to score today and help my team get a win. That’s what makes me happy. Whether I score or not, as long as we are winning that is most important.”
With the game knotted at 1-1, FSU went back on the attack in the 32nd minute. Katrin Schmidt played a great ball in to Holly Peltzer who was inside the box and about 14 yards from goal. She tried to go over NC State keeper Kim Selz. Peltzer drove a hard shot that Selz just got a piece of to knock it into the crossbar.
With NC State playing numbers back in an effort to control the Seminole attack, the game remained tied until the 63rd minute when Kuralay went back to work. The play started with Trotter getting endline and then dribbling into the box on the right side. She found Kuralay about 12 yards out. The Australian Olympian took a few touches and then scored with a left-footed shot giving FSU its first lead of the day.
“We were tied and it was that time in the game where we really needed to comeback and get a goal,” said Trotter. “I was able to get endline and Sel was wide open. She did an awesome job holding off the defenders and scoring that goal.”
“It started with a good pass in by India,” said Kuralay. “I turned on it. I tried that in the first half and it really didn’t come off. I haven’t really scored a lot of goals with my left foot so it was good to score that one and help my team get a win.”
Kuralay, who is already sixth on FSU’s single season list for goals scored and game-winning goals, almost had another just five minutes later. Sarah Wagenfuhr served in a great ball from the left side on a free kick. The service found Kuralay’s head right at the left post. The sophomore nodded it just wide of the goal.
Trotter eventually got FSU its third goal. This time it was Kuralay returning the favor as she set the goal up with a ball down the middle of the pitch to a streaking Trotter. The junior used the outside of her foot to bend the ball to the backpost giving her a goal in six of FSU’s nine games this season.
“Sel played the ball right to my feet,” said Trotter. “I made a run and saw a little bit of an opening. Sel played a great ball in. I saw the keeper come out and I went to the opposite side of the goal.”
Trotter now has more than twice as many goals as she had in her career in just the first nine games of 2005. She came into the year with 12 points in her career and now has 18 to start the 2005 season. The junior has doubled her career total for game-winning assists and she has more shots on goal in just nine games that she had in the previous 46 games of her career.
“She is making nice runs off the ball and creating great chances for us this year,” said Krikorian. “We are pretty happy involving India in the attack. We feel she is quite capable of that. She did an excellent job again today.”
Fans will be able to follow the game on a free Internet audio broadcast, which will be available exclusively at www.seminoles.com. Campo will bring you the call beginning at 1:00 p.m. Live stats will also be available via Game Tracker. For fans attending the game, there will be an autograph session held with the FSU players following the contest. Admission to the game is free and for more information on the 2005 Seminole soccer team, log on to the official athletic site for Florida State University at www.seminoles.com.