Sept. 12, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 12 Florida State (3-2-0) posted its second consecutive shutout at home downing the Troy Trojans (2-3-0) 8-0 on Wednesday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The win pushed FSU’s home unbeaten streak to 22 straight games (20-0-2). Seven of the eight goals came in the first half including three from junior forward Mami Yamaguchi. Sanna Talonen and Becky Edwards each recorded two goals in the win.
The seven goals in the first stanza broke the school record for goals scored in the first half eclipsing the previous record of six set twice before, but most recently in 2003 against the Miami Hurricanes.
“The group from Troy came in here, they worked hard and they fought,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “They presented some different challenges for us. We learned something about our team tonight which is the goal for us this time of year.”
Yamaguchi netted three goals in a span of 13 minutes in the first half for her second hat trick of the season. The Tokyo, Japan native became just the third Seminole in school history to tally two career hat tricks joining Leah Gallegos and Alex Osorio. Yamaguchi’s two hat tricks in 2007 also mark the second time in the 13 years of women’s soccer that a Florida State team recorded multiple three goal games in one season.
“It was great that we scored,” said Yamaguchi. “I was very comfortable out there this evening. I am really looking forward to our next game against Auburn. I am just very excited to be out there playing with my teammates.”
“Mami has been fantastic all season long,” added Krikorian. “She is playing at an elite level and she is showing her class. She has been quite good for us so far this season.”
The Seminoles also made a few position changes before the start of tonight’s game moving Sarah Wagenfuhr into the middle along with sophomore Becky Edwards. Lauren Switzer and Erika Sutton made their first start of the season with Switzer starting in the back. She was the only Seminole to play all 90 minutes.
“This time of year we are trying to find the right formula,” explained Krikorian. “We are going to continue to look and search and see what is going to make sense for us going forward. We took a look at Wags in the midfield today, Saturday we may look at another combination.”
“I like playing the back,” said Switzer. “It is a position I have played in the past and am very familiar with. Tonight’s game continued to help us get used to each other, to get a good feel for the pace of the game.”
It took the Seminoles just 2:52 to tally the games first goal of the evening. Katrin Schmidt started the play sending a pass to freshman Amanda DaCosta down the left hand side of the pitch. DaCosta slipped a pass into Talonen in the middle of the box, who fired a shot off the post. Talonen was right there for the rebound putting the ball into the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season.
Less than two minutes later, Yamaguchi scored the first of her three goals against Troy off a header pass from senior Kirsten van de Ven. Van de Ven sent the ball on goal and Yamaguchi found the right side of the net on a diving header.
Talonen was at it again in the 15th minute scoring her second goal of the evening off an assist from DaCosta. The Trojans turned the ball over on a failed clear inside their box and the Seminoles made them pay for it. DaCosta collected the loose ball and found Talonen, who one-timed a cross from 10 yards out. The goal was Talonen’s second two-goal game of the season.
Yamaguchi registered the next two goals in the 16th and 18th minute, one unassisted, and the other off a long pass from junior captain Sarah Wagenfuhr. Wagenfuhr sent a long pass from 35 yards out into the box where Yamaguchi was there to finish the play off with yet another goal off a header. The goal was her team leading eighth of the season. In just five games this season, Yamaguchi has now tied her total career goal output from her freshman and sophomore seasons combined. She tallied two goals in her first season at Florida State and six last year.
Sophomore Becky Edwards, who got the start at midfield for the first time this season, countered with her first goal of the season in the 31st minute. Edwards sent what looked like a cross into the box, but the ball went untouched and found the back of the net from about 35 yards out much to the surprise of Trojan goalkeeper Karla Smith.
Marissa Kazbour closed out the scoring for the Seminoles in the first half tallying her first collegiate goal off an assist from Annie Stalzer. Stalzer beat a Trojan defender down the right hand side of the pitch and working the endline, found Kazbour wide open inside the box. The freshman midfielder from Valrico, Fla., stretched out to stop the pass from Stalzer, gathered herself and fired a shot into the left side from 12 yards out.
The Seminoles kept the Trojans off the scoreboard in more ways than one in the first half holding Troy without a shot through the first 45 minutes of action. FSU went into the locker room with a 16-0 shots advantage.
FSU added another goal late in the second half as Edwards scored off a corner for her first multi-goal game of her career. Stalzer, who took the corner, was credited with her second assist of the evening.
“It was definitely a good experience, something new here (at Florida State),” said Edwards. “The first goal was a little lucky. I was trying to get a good cross and ended up finding the back of the goal. But I feel we need to continue working on the final third of our offense. The second goal was just a good ball from Annie. I was in the right place with no one marking me.”
Erin McNulty made her fifth start of the season in goal for the Seminoles and played the entire first half. Sophomore Kate Milstead entered at the start of the second half playing the entire 45 minutes making one save.
Smith made two saves for the Trojans, while Kate Heilich had the lone shot on goal.
Florida State will next face the Auburn Tigers at the Seminole Soccer Complex on Saturday, September 15 at 7:00 pm. Fans can follow all the action over the Internet. Gametracker will be available for the contest along with a live broadcast of the game on ACC Select. If you missed the action from tonight’s game against Troy, you can catch the game in its entirety On Demand at ACC Select.