Sept. 12, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Eighth-ranked Florida State (5-2-0) scored two first half goals, and then added another goal twelve minutes into the second period as they handed Central Florida (4-2-0) their second loss of the year with a 3-1 victory. Junior Toni Pressley started off the Seminole scoring from a penalty kick during the 28th minute. Six minutes later freshman Kassey Kallman took charge scoring the first goal of her career by dodging several defenders and blasted the ball into the corner of the Central Florida net from five yards out. Breezy Hupp scored the Seminoles final goal at the 57:17 mark as she split the defense after receiving a pass from senior Rachel Lim. The Seminoles would never look back at the held on to the 3-1 victory.
“I thought we responded very well, in particular the first half was very good,” said Head Coach Mark Krikorian.
“We came out and established a nice rhythm got a hold of the ball, had the flow of the game exactly as we wanted it to and realized that in the second half was just about managing the game and finding a way to get through the 45 minutes. We have a number of kids that have played an awful lot of minutes recently and today an awful lot of kids got a chance to come off the bench, contribute and help us win.”
The players felt relieved to bounce back with a victory and get the win over a Central Florida team that beat them the previous year 1-0 in Orlando.
“It was great,” said Kallman. “We had a tough game on Friday. It didn’t end the way we wanted it to result, but we came out here and just tried to let that game go, focus on this game and come out hard.”
“I think we took a step in the right direction,” added Hupp. “Coming off the loss from Florida, we had something to prove. We all knew that coming out here it was going to be hot and we needed to prove something to everybody in the nation and especially to ourselves.”
The Seminoles played without their leading scorer Tori Huster. Even without one of their star players, the Seminoles attack didn’t miss a beat.
“Tori’s a great player,” said Hupp. “She’s mobile and goes through defenses, but you know, it’s good to where people can be hurt and you can put other people in the same position and succeed.”
Added Kallman “It is always difficult because Tori makes a lot of stuff happen, but the other forwards stepped it up.”
While Pressley’s penalty kick was officially the game-winner, it was Hupp’s second half goal that put the Noles up 3-0 that really put the game away.
“I think it just kind of sealed it for us and kind of let the team know, ok, we’re up by three let’s just kind of hold it here and UCF kind of shut down a little I guess, said Hupp”
Florida State improves to 5-1 at home against the Knights and 8-3-1 all-time. The Seminoles will now take a few days off before they start to prepare for Arkansas, next Sunday, September 19th at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The Razorbacks will be the third South Eastern Conference opponent for FSU this season. The Seminoles will have something to prove as their previous two games against SEC foes Auburn and Florida both resulted in tough losses in overtime. Overall Florida State is 22-17-1 against Southeastern Conference teams.
“The break, I think, is needed. It’s going to be nice and then it’s just another game that we’re all just going to have to mentally prepare for and the three days, I think, should mentally prepare us for it,” said Hupp.
“We are going to just take three days off, completely away from soccer, away from running, then come back, train hard and get ready for Arkansas” added Kallman.
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