September 30, 2010
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 10 ranked Florida State was pushed to another overtime battle and for the second time in two weeks was on the winning side of a golden goal as it defeated No. 19 Wake Forest, 1-0, in its ACC home opener at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Senior Rachel Lim scored the game-winning goal in the 95th minute on an assist by fellow senior Janice Cayman.
Florida State improves to 8-2-0 on the season and 2-0 in ACC play with the win while Wake Forest falls to 8-4-0 and 2-1 in the ACC.
The golden goal was Lim’s first score of the season, and it certainly came at the best of times.
“It did, it felt good,” said an excited Lim. “That was my first goal for my senior season. What I remember is that AD (Amanda DaCosta) had the ball, she turned it, it popped up, she had a touch pass off the defender, I took a touch inside, drew the defender in, played it to Jan (Cayman), it was a little bit hard but she got to it, she played it across, I just tapped it, it went off someone and it went in.”
Lim continued: “We had seventeen shots, they had five, it’s frustrating, of course it is. I mean you have so many chances, you just can’t find the back of the net. But I told the team from the beginning of overtime that we need to keep our intensity, keep our enthusiasm, we’re getting our chances, we’re getting our opportunities, we’re going find one in the back of the net, and we did.”
Head coach Mark Krikorian echoed Lim’s assessment of the game winning goal.
“We have talked to them and have said to them you know in the past we can score two, three, four goals and there will be games that we do, but we know that it’s not going come as easy for us,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “Losing Jessica Price and Tiffany McCarty and having to move different players in different positions, it changes a dynamic of a team, and for us we know that the focus has to be on collective defending first and we have to be preventing good chances by the opponent. Kelsey
Florida State’s strategy going into overtime was a simple, but effective one.
“We told them, the game is going to be decided in one moment in time,” said Krikorian. “It’s going to be a chance that is going to be created on one end or the other and if we are precise in our defending, then we’ll limit their chances and if we time our run and we give a proper ball then we’re going to finish the game in our favor. Fortunately for us we did so.”
The Seminole attack was powered by junior Tori Huster, who scored the game-winning goals the last two games against Miami and Arkansas. Tonight Huster took a team high seven shots, all on goal.
“Tori did very well,” said Krikorian. “If you look at the end of the game, she was playing as a holding mid-fielder, so she started off as a holding mid-fielder and the flow of the game. We moved her into attacking midfielder and she played as a front player. Her versatility is something that is very important to us and she provides a lot of different abilities with that versatility she has.”
The Seminoles’ defense was once again dominant, as they held Wake Forest to just one shot in the first half and then just four shots in the second half. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Wys registered her seventh shutout win of the season as the Seminoles have now kept seven of their ten opponents without a goal. Wys finished the game with three saves as Wake Forest created only three shots on goal.
“Kelsey has handled everything that’s come her way,” said Krikorian. “We have a different mentality; even though we always take pride in our defending we know that our offense isn’t going to bail us out with three or four goals.”
“I think that everybody embraces attacking and tolerates defending,” added Krikorian. “I love the attack too, I love the creativity and the beauty of the ball, but we know that we need to be strong and committed to our defending and to this point they have done a good job with it.”
Florida State outshot Wake 17 to 5 on shots, and also had a six to two advantage on corner kicks.
The Seminoles improved to 5-3 all-time against Wake Forest at home and pushed their all-time record to 8-9-3 against the Demon Deacons. The victory was Seminole head coach Krikorian’s fifth win over Wake Forest, as the Seminoles have gone an outstanding 5-2-1 against the Demon Deacons during his tenure.
“They are a very good team,” said Lim. “It’s the ACC now; from here on out we are playing really good opponents, we have to respect them in every way and try to find their weaknesses and capitalize using our strengths.”
Florida State will return to action this Sunday, October 3rd at 1:00 p.m. to face No. 16 Duke (6-2-3, 0-1-1 ACC) at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The team will continue to play at home as they play host to Clemson Thursday, Oct. 7th at 7:00pm for the annual “Paint it Pink” game.
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