Oct. 28, 2010
By Zach Mendelson, Seminoles.com
COLLEGE PARK, MD. – The eighth ranked Florida State women’s soccer team pursuit for a second straight ACC regular season title took a big hit as they fell 2-1 to the third ranked Maryland Terrapins on a Thursday night game at Ludwig Field. After a scoreless first period, the Seminoles took the lead just two minutes into the second period on a goal by senior Janice Cayman. Maryland would quickly respond with two goals to give Florida State just their second ACC defeat.
“Overall I think our performance was as good today as it has been recently,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “We didn’t keep the ball as we need to for us to be successful. We were not very sharp tonight; we were not sharp in our passing and not sharp in our movements and had too many careless giveaways. That said Maryland did a good job, they are a good team and were able to hold the ball, hold the possession and overall I would say the result was probably a fair representation of the game. We had a few big chances, but we didn’t put them away.”
The game began out as a defensive battle as the two teams headed into halftime tied 0-0, but Florida State came out of the gates swinging in the second period as Janice Cayman scored her team leading ninth goal during the 47th minute of the game off an assist by junior Casey Short.
“Janice has been playing wonderful for us,” said Krikorian. “Casey Short created a very dangerous situation to put the ball across and Janice had good timing with a quality finish.”
Overall Florida State outshot Maryland 16-14 and finished the game tied with the Terps with five corners. The Seminoles committed only six fouls and was called for an offside’s infraction just once. Maryland was called for only seven fouls and was never whistled offside’s. While the numbers suggest that the game was a close matchup, the Florida State coaches know that for the team to be successful in tight matches they will need to perform better in aspects that don’t show up on a stat sheet.
“Our message to the team is the game is now over and we need to learn some lessons from it and apply them on Sunday,” said Krikorian. “Probably the most important thing is for us to value the ball and have quality possessions off the ball, have good supporting angles, good supporting distances and if we do so then we will have a chance to be successful on Sunday.”
With the loss Florida State now falls to 12-4-1 on the season and 6-2-1 in ACC play while Maryland improves to 14-2-1 overall and matches FSU with a 6-2-1 conference record. The Seminoles will now travel to Massachusetts to face the No. 11 Boston College Eagles on Sunday at 1:00pm. Following Sunday’s match the Seminoles will return home shortly before heading to Cary, North Carolina for the ACC Tournament which takes place next weekend.
“Boston College is a very good team,” added Krikorian. “They are another talented, top ten team from the ACC. They have some special players and are a good organization. We know we have our hands full going up to Boston for our game on Sunday. Hopefully we can come back with a better performance than we had today and if we do then we will be successful, and if we don’t then we are going to struggle.”
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