Oct. 8, 2011
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (seminoles.com) – Tenth-ranked Florida State (9-5-0, 2-4-0 ACC) erased a one-goal deficit three times Saturday night to force overtime against No. 8 Virginia (9-3-2, 3-2-1 ACC) but it wasn’t enough as UVa’s Caroline Miller scored the golden goal in the 93rd minute to give the Cavaliers a 4-3 victory.
“Of course, I am disappointed,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “We fought back from being down a goal three times and our kids showed a lot of fight. I thought we created enough to have a couple more goals particularly in the first half; I thought we had some real good looks but did not finish them.
“Virginia is a good team. They play good soccer. It was a good game, good fight, but unfortunately for us we did not do everything we needed to do to win the game.”
With the Seminoles trailing 3-2 in the waning minutes of regulation, Tori Huster brought Florida State even for the third time Saturday night as she blasted a shot from 20 yards out that found the back of the net to force overtime. Ines Jaurena began the scoring play as she kicked the ball back toward to the middle of the field to Dagny Brynjarsdottir, who collected the ball off her chest and one-timed a pass to Huster. Huster collected the ball, faked a shot attempt and took a quick dribble to her right before blasting a shot into the net to tie the game at three with 36 seconds left.
“We had pushed numbers forward and Tori picked up the ball, had a nice touch out of her feet, picked her head up and hit a nice strike passed Jones and into the corner of the net,” said Krikorian. “It was good strike and a great time for a goal.”
Less than three minutes into the first overtime, the Cavaliers recorded the game-winner off the head of Caroline Miller as she put away a fine cross into the box from Lauren Alwine. The play began with Amanda Fancher who sent a long cross down the right sideline to Alwine.
The seven combined goals by both schools were the most scored in the series since 1998 when Virginia defeated Florida State 4-3 in overtime in Tallahassee. It also marked the fourth time in the last six games that the Seminoles and Cavaliers have played an overtime contest.
With the win, Virginia ran its unbeaten streak over Florida State to 20 games as the Cavaliers improved to 16-0-4 all-time against the Seminoles.
Tiffany McCarty, Brynjarsdottir and Huster all scored for the Seminoles on Saturday night in front a packed crowd of 1,590 inside Klockner Stadium. McCarty’s goal was the 40th of her career bringing her into a tie with Cindy Schofield as the all-time leader in goals at Florida State. Brynjarsdottir tied a career-high against the Cavaliers with three points on a goal and an assist.
Virginia wasted very little time to crack the scoreboard Saturday night as Julia Roberts recorded her fourth goal of the season in the third minute of play to give the Cavaliers the early advantage. The goal came off a direct free kick from just outside the box following a Seminole foul. Roberts took the kick and bent a cross that deflected off the outstretched hands of keeper Taylor Vancil and inside the left post for the first goal of the game.
The Seminoles looked to even the score in the 15th minute when McCarty got a one-on-one breakaway with Virginia keeper Chantel Jones after receiving a great pass from Tiana Brockway. McCarty ran in on the pass and took a long dribble down the middle of the field before nailing a shot off the right post.
In the 20th minute, the Cavaliers’ Maggie Kistner made a great team save as she used a header to deflect a shot by McCarty out-of-bounds to keep UVa’s one-goal lead intact. Toni Pressley sent a long pass to McCarty, who got in behind the Cavalier defense. With Jones coming out to break up the play, McCarty made a nice move to get the ball by the UVa keeper, but Jones tripped up McCarty to slow down her momentum. The Laurel Md., native regained her balance to maintain possession of the ball before firing a shot on goal. But Kistner was there for the save to keep the Seminoles off the scoreboard.
With less than three minutes in the first half the Seminoles found the equalizer on McCarty’s team leading 12th goal of the season. Hikaru Murakami slotted a nice pass into McCarty who took one touch toward the middle before slotting a low liner passed the diving Jones and into the right corner of the net to tie the game at one.
Virginia looked to recapture the lead right before the half thanks to a pair corner kicks. The first proved to be the most dangerous as Roberts’ shot from the far post was saved by Vancil. The ball went out of bounds and on the ensuing corner the ball was headed out of play by Virginia as time expired.
Florida State went into the locker room with a 4-3 shots advantage, while the Cavaliers held the edge in corners at 3-2. Both teams recorded a save.
The Cavaliers came out of the locker room and maintained possession in their offensive third for the first 13 minutes of the second half. Virginia retook the lead when a cross from Alwine went off a Seminole defender and into the net to give UVa a 2-1 advantage.
“We were a little sloppy with the ball in the second half,” added Krikorian. “You give balls away in bad spots and sometimes that can hurt you.”
Brynjarsdottir tied the game for the second time Saturday night putting away a deflected cross from Jamia Fields in the 62nd minute. Fields sent a cross from just inside the right corner of the 18-yard box that deflected off a UVa defender. The ball went right to the feet of Brynjarsdottir, who settled the ball and one-timed a shot into the lower left corner to tie the game at two. The goal was Brynjarsdottir’s second of the season.
After the Florida State goal, Virginia continued to control the offensive tempo recording the game’s next six shots with Vancil recording two saves and one clanking off the crossbar. But the sixth shot gave the Cavaliers the lead for the third time Saturday night as Caroline Miller slipped a shot past a diving Vancil for her team leading 11th goal of the season.
Virginia outshot Florida State 11-3 in the second half and 2-0 in the overtime period to finish the game with a 16-7 shots advantage.
Vancil suffered her first loss in goal for the Seminoles as she played the entire game and made a season-high six saves.
Florida State will return home for three straight games inside the Seminole Soccer Complex. The Seminoles welcome No. 11 Maryland to Tallahassee on Thursday, October 13 with game time set for 7:00 p.m. The match is also Black Out night at the complex. 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.