Nov. 4, 2008
CARY, N.C. – Florida State forward Sanna Talonen was named ACC Player of the Week for the second time this year in what was the final weekly selection by the conference office in 2008. Talonen scored three goals in two games this past week in leading Florida State to a 1-0-1 record on the road to close out the regular season schedule. The four points helped the Seminoles secure the number two seed in the ACC Tournament.
Talonen was responsible for both goals as Florida State erased a two-goal deficit to force a 2-2 tie on the road snapping No. 2 North Carolina’s 11-game win streak. It marked just the second time in North Carolina history (a span covering more than 700 games) that the Tar Heels did not win a game in which they held a two or more goal advantage.
With FSU trailing 2-0, the sophomore forward came through with a huge goal right before the half scoring with 40 seconds left on the clock. The Finnish native later tied the game in the 69th minute with her second goal of the game. It marked her third multi-goal game of the season and eighth of her career.
In Sunday’s game against NC State, Talonen gave Florida State its first lead of the afternoon putting away a wide open header off a short cross down on the end line from Lauren Switzer with 7:09 remaining in the game. The goal by Talonen would register as the eventual game-winner, her sixth of the season. In just two seasons at Florida State, she now holds the school record for career game-winning goals with 12.
With three goals in two games, Talonen pushed her team-high total to 14 goals in 2008. She has now scored a goal in six straight games and in eight of her last nine. Talonen also has seven goals over the last six games. Of her 14 goals in 2008, nine have come on the road.
The sophomore forward was also named National Player of the Week by Soccer America and TopDrawerSoccer.com, while earning Elite Team of the Week honors by Soccer Buzz.
Talonen and the Seminoles will return to the pitch on Wednesday, November 5 at 5:00 p.m., when FSU faces Virginia Tech in the first round of the ACC Soccer Championship at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.