Sept. 19, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State junior Tori Huster scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lead the No. 12 Seminole women’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Arkansas at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Huster scored the game winning goal only 17 seconds into extra time to give Florida State its first victory in three tries over a Southeastern Conference opponent this season. Huster blasted a shot from 10 yards out into the Razorback goal. Senior Captain Amanda DaCosta began the game winning possession with a pass to senior Janice Cayman who placed the ball perfectly for Huster who was racing for the goal. Both Cayman and DaCosta were credited with assists on the game-winning goal.
Florida State improves to 6-2-0 on the season and 3-1-0 at home on the season while Arkansas falls to 3-4-1 on the season.
“We got the ball off of their kickoff and we knew that they normally like to go to their left mid so we planned for that,” said Huster. “Amanda was able to read the pass and she got a good pass in through Janice. We had been trying to get behind them all game and it didn’t seem to be clicking, but in that overtime it clicked pretty well and Janice played a good ball to me. I was able to free myself from my defender and then put one in.”
DaCosta, who was credited with an assist on the game-winning goal, felt the Seminoles’ preparation for the game was the key to gaining the victory.
“We had good starting position,” said DaCosta. “We knew they were going to play the ball wide. We anticipated it and just went for it…it felt good to get that. I think we deserved it. We scouted Arkansas perfectly, we knew exactly what we were in for and I think we deserved that win.”
Although the golden goal was the highlight of the match, defense was the name of the game as Florida State and freshman keeper Kelsey Wys registered their fifth shutout of the season. Wys was a star in the Seminole goal registering six saves. Florida State controlled most of the possession of the game, outpacing the Razorbacks in shots 18-6, and corners and 4-3.
“The game didn’t have much a high tempo to it and it was kind of a stagnate game,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “Everyone plays with different tactics; that’s one of the beauties of the game and we need to be able to play against everybody.
Arkansas marked the third Southeastern Conference opponent Florida State has faced this season, as the previous two matches against Auburn 3-2 (double overtime) and Florida (2-1), were both lost in overtime. This time the Seminoles had something to prove against the Razorbacks as they wasted no time to go on the attack and capitalized with Tori Huster’s team leading fourth goal of the season.
It was a sweet comeback for Huster, who returned from an ankle injury that kept her out of the Seminoles’ victor over UCF last Sunday.
“I was ready to go, but I think it took me a while to get back into the game with the speed of play and everything,” said Huster. “I think it was good a thing last week (not playing against UCF) because I got to see some of the stuff that was happening from a coach’s perspective and then try to translate it to this game, but I think we still have a little bit to work on.”
The game between the two schools proved to be a physical one, as the Seminoles were dealt a significant blow when senior Janice Cayman suffered a leg injury that forced her to leave the game during the 70th of the game. Cayman would tough out her injury and return to action to deliver the game winning assist to Huster.
“I thought that we should have been more dangerous in the game,” said Kirkorian. “The goals come when you’re dangerous and I don’t think we were dangerous enough through the 90 minutes. We had the ball, we possessed the ball, we passed the ball, we moved the ball, but, when it came to penetrating into the penalty box, we weren’t dangerous enough. Again that’s about being precise and having timing.”
With the golden goal in overtime, the win should prove to be a huge confidence boost for the team going into conference play. The Seminoles open ACC play at Miami next Sunday.
“Yeah, I think so,” said Huster. “It’s good to have a win going into conference play, and I think we need a little bit of our confidence back from Florida and all that that happened. So, yeah I think so, but I think we also have to realize that our confidence doesn’t mean much if we don’t come to play.”
The Seminoles will now begin preparations for ACC competition as they travel to play Miami in Coral Gables. Florida State heads into the Miami game with a 10 game winning streak against the Hurricanes.
The Seminoles next home game will be in two weeks against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, which will be played on Thursday, Sept. 30th at 7:00pm.
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