Oct. 13, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Eleventh-ranked Florida State (9-6-0, 2-5-0 ACC) fell to No. 10 Maryland (9-2-4, 3-2-2 ACC) 3-0 Thursday evening at the Seminole Soccer Complex marking the first regular season win for the Terrapins in Tallahassee since 1999. FSU entered the contest unbeaten at home in its last six games against the Terps.
All three goals by Maryland came in the first half including two in the first eight minutes and 15 seconds of the game. The Seminoles outshot the Terrapins 21-3 Thursday night but the Terps made each one of their shots count as all three of them found the back of the net.
“We weren’t good enough in transition, attacking or defending,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “That is a credit to them and their quality of finishing.”
The Seminoles tallied 11 shots in the first half and then 10 more in the second half while holding the Terps to none in the final 45 minutes of play.
“I thought we generated enough to create a goal or two at least, but you have to finish your chances,” added Krikorian. “It’s obviously been a problem.”
Maryland keeper Yewande Balogun finished the game with 10 saves recording five in each half. Domenica Hodak registered a team save in the first half heading away what would have been a sure goal by Tori Huster following a Seminole corner kick.
Danielle Hubka struck first for Maryland in the sixth minute as she put away a pass from Ashley Grove from about 20 yards out. Hubka took the pass from Grove on the left side of the pitch and dribbled to her right before drilling a shot into the upper right corner for her fourth goal of the season.
Just over three minutes later, the Terrapin lead grew to 2-0 thanks to a goal off the foot of Becky Kaplan. Kaplan ran in on a long ball from Skyy Anderson, beat a Seminole defender to the end line and then made a nice move toward the inside of the 18-yard box before slipping a shot between the left post and a diving Kelsey Wys for the goal.
The scoring came to close in the 24th minute as Grove found the back of the net on a header from close range for her fourth goal of the season. The goal was set up following a nice passing combination from Kaplan and Hubka. With the ball nearing the end line on the right side of the pitch, Kaplan sent a cross to the far post where Grove one-timed the pass with a header to give Maryland its winning margin at 3-0.
The Seminoles looked as if they would get on the scoreboard in the 32nd minute when Brynjarsdottir was dragged down in the box leading to a penalty kick. But the shot from Pressley was saved by Balogun to keep the Noles off the scoreboard.
Florida State controlled the offensive possession in the second half but could not find the back of the net as the Seminoles were shutout for the third time in league play this year.
Brynjarsdottir had the team’s best scoring opportunity in the second half as she took a pass from Tiana Brockway and made a nice run down the middle of the field. From just inside the 18-yard box, Brynjarsdottir fired a shot over the head of Balogun, but the Maryland keeper got enough of her hand on the ball as it tipped off the crossbar and out of bounds.
Florida State remains at home to face No. 4 Boston College on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. It marks the annual Paint It Pink contest as the Seminole student-athletes will wear pink jerseys in an effort to spread awareness for Breast Cancer Research. The game will air live on the web at Seminoles.com All-Access, while gametracker will be available for the contest. As always fans can receive updates throughout the game on Twitter at @FSU_Soccer.