Sept. 29, 2005
Charlottesville, VA – The coaches and many of the players may be new but the result was the same. For the eighth straight time No. 8 Florida State lost a one goal decision to No. 7 Virginia in ACC play. The Cavaliers used a Jess Rostedt goal in the 67th-minute to once again nip the Seminoles 1-0. UVA improved to 8-2-1 and upped its ACC record to 3-0-0 for the first time since 1999. The loss was the first for FSU (8-2-0, 1-2-0) on the road in 2005 ending the team’s record-tying five game win streak away from home.
“Virginia was better than us today,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “They are a very well coached team with a lot of good players. The result was probably even a little flattering to us. They play a very attractive style and have very technical players. There are a lot of very good weapons on that team and they are probably capable of beating just about anybody.”
“We have a lot of respect for that team (Florida State),” said Virginia Head Coach Steve Swanson. “We have seen them a few times. They are very well organized and technically clean. I was happy with the way we played and we didn’t give them too many opportunities on the attack.”
The Cavaliers frustrated the Seminole offense all night long. Putting an end to almost every attack as FSU neared the 18. Despite the lack of success on goal, the game once again turned on a play in the final minutes of regulation but this time is was FSU that almost broke the Cavaliers hearts.
With Florida State pushing numbers forward to try and equalize the game, FSU worked a corner kick with less than two minutes remaining. Teresa Rivera served the ball to the back post where Kelly Rowland headed the service on frame. Shannon Foley was able to keep the ball out of the net when she cleared it off the line from inside the goal mouth. Rowland followed up with another shot that Virginia keeper Kristin de Vries blocked from just four yards away. The rebound went to Viola Odebrecht but her attempt was turned away by Jen Redmond with just 1:00 on the clock.
“We have been practicing that corner,” said Rowland. “T (Teresa Rivera) hit a great ball and I got up and got it. Their defender was in good position to clear it off the line. After that it turned into a scrappy fight for the ball situation inside the six. We had three good chances off that corner. I just wish we would have scored it.”
“Obviously they pushed up once we got the goal,” said Swanson. “We knew they were going to come at us. They pressed us at the end. I thought we lost our shape a little bit and started chasing them trying to get after that second goal then defending the lead. There were a few anxious moments there at the end.”
The action in front of the Cavalier goal was more than UVA experienced in the entire first half. The Cavs limited Florida State to just two first half shots, its fewest since the first game of the season. Despite the lack of shots, FSU did generate quite a few attacks but the UVA defense was able to limit the Seminoles almost every time they got within 20 yards of the goal.
“I just think that we were more reactive than proactive today,” said India Trotter. “We reacted to everything they did. Virginia is a great team but I don’t think we played our best game tonight. We had trouble linking passes together. We didn’t play Florida State soccer today but Virginia deserves some of the credit for that.”
Mami Yamaguchi produced one of the best chances in the first 45 minutes. The freshman midfielder split two defenders just inside of the 18 on the left side of the box. As she came out of the middle it seemed as if she was pulled down on her way to goal but no foul was called.
Sel Kuralay had an opportunity to put the Seminoles in front in the 33rd minute. After two Virginia defenders ran into one another, Kuralay picked up the loose ball and took a touch towards goal before firing a rocket over the top of the crossbar.
Virginia ironically got on the board following one of FSU’s most dangerous attacks of the second half. Viola Odebrecht got endline on the left side of the Cavalier penalty box She sent a ball back across the box to Kirsten van de Ven about 10 yards from goal. The Dutch National Team player couldn’t get on the end of the service and Virginia countered ending with Jess Rostedt’s sixth goal of the season.
After the Virginia goal, FSU started to attack with a little more success especially in the final 10 minutes of the match. Sel Kuralay and Odebrecht ran a text book give-and-go at the top of the 18. Kuralay’s square ball put Odebrecht but she couldn’t get a clean shot off.
With just over three minutes remaining Rowland sent a great ball over the top to Odebrecht once again. The midfielder ran onto the service inside the box but de Vries came charging out and the German Olympian was unable to get the ball in at the back post.
Florida State had two more great chances in the closing minutes. The last of which was a blast by Holly Peltzer that de Vries blocked wide leading to Rivera’s corner, which almost equalized the match.
Florida State will be back in action Sunday, October 2 versus Virginia Tech (5-5-1, 1-2-0) in the squad’s first-ever trip to Blacksburg. The Hokies are coming off a 5-0 win over Miami. The match is slated for a 1:00 p.m. start and live stats will be available via Game Tracker at the official athletic site for Florida State University at www.seminoles.com.