Aug. 29, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Sixth-ranked Florida State (3-0-0) registered its third consecutive shutout with a dominant 6-0 victory over Stetson (2-2-0) Sunday afternoon at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Florida State came out on fire, scoring in the fifth minute on a goal by Janice Cayman and never looking back. The Seminole defense prevented the Hatters from attempting a shot on goal throughout the contest, matching a school and NCAA record for fewest shots allowed in a game. The victory was Florida State’s third of the season in its first three contests, marking the second consecutive season the Seminoles have won the first three games of the season in shutout fashion.
Senior forward Janice Cayman scored what proved to be the game-winner just five minutes into the contest on a header from a cross by Jordan Johnson. Junior Tori Huster scored the second Seminole goal and now has two goals on the season. Huster took a deep pass from freshman Kasey Kallman, got past a defender and beat the Stetson goalie Andrea Garavaglia one on one from just inside the box.
“It was a good solid performance all the way around,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “We are a little banged up right now, so a lot of players had to come and step forward with some more responsibilities for the team than they normally would have. Some kids didn’t know their own potential and some kids that maybe haven’t played in the past came off the bench and did a good job for us, said Krikorian. ”
The six goal outburst gave opportunities to a number of the younger Seminoles to show the coaching staff have they have progressed so far during the early part of the season. Hupp and Cobb scored their first goals of the season. Hupp’s goal came during the 78th minute of action as she knocked in a header from a Toni Pressley corner kick. Cobb’s goal came ten minutes later, marking final score of the contest as she delivered a bending kick into the left corner of the goal from about 10 yards out. The goal was the first of her career.
“It is nice to get every kid into the game and give everyone some quality minutes and give them a chance to impact the game,” said Krikorian. “I am happy with where we are and we look forward to our games next weekend.”
A few of the Seminole freshman have already proven themselves as key contributors to the team according to Krikorian.
“Kassey Kallman has stepped right in and earned a starting spot from day one. She is going to develop and develop into a national player on day. She is very hard working and she comes to train everyday to get better and you can see in her play that her level of comfort is getting better all the time. Jordan Johnson has come in and also earned a starting spot. She has also done very well. Unfortunately we lost Eirin Kleppa to an ankle injury yesterday in practice and she was supposed to start today. She rolled her ankle so she will be out for some time and I think a few other kids have come in and done very well.”
The Seminole defense continues to limit their opponents’ chances on goal. Since the start of the season the Florida State has allowed a total of sixteen shots through the first three games. Three of those shots have been on goal as all three shots have resulted in saves. It’s a similar repeat of the beginning of the 2009 season, when the Seminoles shutout their first three opponents and allowed just seven shots in the first three games.
“It was a good thing (on the shutout)” said junior forward Tori Huster. “One of our goals we talked about in the locker room was to come away with that and to achieve that goal. Kelsey did a job back there and the defense did a good job of not letting a whole lot of chances get behind them, so it was pretty good. Our defense was excellent across the board. It starts with Janice and I and the other forwards up top and then works its way back. Tiana, Ella and Toni’s ability to keep us organized really helps out a lot.”
“We know we are going to have to be better in defending than we have been in the past and continue to compete and try to reach the levels we are looking for,” said Krikorian. Overall we are three games in and have had three very solid performances in our defending and limiting opponents a whole lot of chances.”
While the defending has been spectacular in every game this season, the offense is now starting to come into their own as well, scoring a season high six goals. The six goals scored were twice as many as the previous two contests combined.
“I thought we attacked in a lot of different ways, with a lot of different opportunities coming in at different situations.” said Krikorian. I thought we were quite dangerous in our set pieces, but through our play we also created an awful lot of chances.”
Kelsey Wys, who was honored as the goalkeeper of the week by TopDrawerSoccer.com for her two shutout wins against Washington State and Gonzaga last week, was rarely challenged today as the Seminole defense kept the Hatters from attempting any shots.
“Kelsey hasn’t gotten a whole lot of shots on goal even when we were out in Washington, and that can be attributed to the defense, but I think she is ready when we start getting into the ACC season,” said Huster. “We will always try be ready for the shots when they do come, but we have been lucky so far to not have too many.”
FSU finished the game out shooting Stetson 22-0, while holding the advantage in corner kicks with a 14-1 edge.
The Seminoles return to action again next week as they hit the road for a two game road trip starting with Auburn on Friday, September 3rd at 8:00pm.