Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State’s Amanda DaCosta scored the game-winning goal at the 29:53 mark of the first period and the Seminoles added two second half goals and coasted to a 3-0 victory over Clemson at the Seminole Soccer Complex. With the win the Seminoles remain undefeated and in first place in the ACC while winning its sixth consecutive game.
Florida State improved to 10-2-0 overall and 4-0-0 ACC with the win while Clemson fell to 5-7-0 and 0-4-0 in league play.
“It was a good solid performance from the start to the end,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “I thought our defending was pretty good. We didn’t have as much energy tonight as I think we would come out with, but still the same, to win a game again in the ACC 3-0, I think it’s another quality win for us and we move and start our preparation for the next opponent.”
The game was the annual “Paint It Pink” game for the Seminoles to support breast cancer, and the crowd came out in full force to support the team.
“Fantastic,” remarked Krikorian about the crowd of just over 800 partisan Seminole fans. “We got a nice crowd, nice evening and great cause. All of us here in the athletic department embrace and support breast cancer awareness and search for the cure.”
The game started slowly for the Seminoles, but they would turn on the heat at the 30-minute mark with DaCosta’s goal. The Seminoles continued to play well and scored with two second half goals by team point’s leaders Tori Huster and Janice Cayman. With the game-winning goal, DaCosta is now tied with Huster with three game winning goals in the season.
For DaCosta, it was a perfect way to celebrate her 21st birthday.
“It feels good, I wanted one today, not so much for my birthday, but I was feeling good in warm ups and wanted it to carry over in the game,” said DaCosta. “We were struggling a little bit in the beginning, we had some good attacks, but just couldn’t find one so I think that (the goal) kind of changed it for us and turned things around a little bit.”
With her goal, Huster extended her team lead with six goals and 16 points on the season. Cayman follows closely behind with four goals and 14 points of her own. The Seminoles’ three scoring leaders, Huster, Cayman and DaCosta have really helped keep the Seminoles attack strong despite the loss of two key players in the preseason.
“I don’t know if it was just by chance that happened but we’ve been the three triangles up top, really trying to pull through with the loss of Jessica Price and Tiffany McCarty we’ve had some voids to fill so we’ve definitely taken that upon our shoulders” added DaCosta.
The Seminoles defense was once again dominant, as they held Clemson scoreless. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Wys earned her tenth win of the season and finished with two saves. Wys also registered her ACC best eighth shutout of the season.
Florida State out-shot the Tigers by a 16 to 3 margin, and held a decisive nine to one advantage over Clemson on corner kicks. Florida State played nearly flawless in the penalty department as they committed only one foul in the match.
During its current six game winning streak, Florida State has outscored its opponents by a 12-2 margin, including four shutouts. Three of the wins have come against top 25 opponents Central Florida, Wake and Duke. The win was the Seminoles sixth this season at the Seminole Soccer Complex as they move to 6-1 at home.
Krikorian believes that his first place Seminoles have exhibited a positive attitude on the field.
“I think right now it’s a confident team, it’s a happy team, but you’re only happy until your next game and then you have to measure yourself again and see how that goes,” said Krikorian. “Right now we’re giving the kids a couple days off, and let them have a little break and then we’ll come back together and start training Sunday for preparation for next week’s games.”
Overall the Seminoles improved to 12-7-2 all-time against Clemson. The victory was Seminole head coach Krikorian’s 102nd victory at Florida State, and his sixth win over Tigers as the Seminoles head coach as Florida State has gone an outstanding 6-0-1 against Clemson during his tenure.
Florida State will return to action next Thursday, October 14th at 7:00pm to face two-time defending national champion No. 2 North Carolina (10-1-1, 2-1-0 ACC) at Chapel Hill where the Seminoles have never won, but have twice tied the Tar Heels.
“We’re looking forward to it,” said Krikorian. “We’ll take a few minutes now and enjoy this one and then start our preparation for Carolina.”
The “Paint it Pink” jerseys worn by the Seminole players against Clemson will be available to bid on at seminoles.com starting this Monday, Oct. 11th and running through the following Monday, Oct. 18th. All of the proceeds will benefit the Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
As always, fans can also follow Seminole Soccer action all season long on gametracker, Twitter and Facebook.