Aug. 30, 2009
DELAND, Fla. – Fifth-ranked Florida State (3-0-0) registered its third consecutive shutout with a 3-0 victory over Stetson (2-2-0) Sunday afternoon in DeLand, Fla. After playing to a scoreless first half, the Seminoles came out with three goals in the second 45 minutes to run their regular season road unbeaten streak to 12 (9-0-3) straight games.
“Stetson did a good job of frustrating our attack in the first half.” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “They defended well and defended hard. They had good organization and we weren’t quite clean enough in and around the penalty box.
“We always talk about creating chances and if you create enough chances the odds are with you sooner or later that one of those shots will end up in the back of the net. Fortunately in the second half we were able to knock in a few. Stetson gave us everything we could handle. Give credit to them, they showed today what a hard working team can do.”
Redshirt sophomore Jessica Price recorded two goals including the game winner in the 47th minute to keep the Garnet and Gold unbeaten on the year. The two goals by Price capped an outstanding weekend in which the Libertyville, Ill., native registered nine points on three goals and three assists. Sunday’s two-goal performance was the first of her career.
“Jess continues to grow and develop,” added Krikorian. “Obviously her two goals were very important to us today. I thought her performance in the run of play was very good as well. She kept the ball for us; she created chances and had a good, solid performance for us today.”
Tiffany McCarty scored in the middle of Price’s two goals connecting on her third goal of the season in the 72nd minute. Three different Seminoles registered assists on Sunday including Amanda DaCosta, Becky Edwards and Susanna Zorn. The assist for Zorn was her first collegiate point.
Florida State has outscored the opposition 17-0 to start the year tying the school record for the most goals scored through the first three games joining the 2007 squad who outscored opponents 17-3.
The Seminole defense continues to limit their opponents’ chances on goal since the start of the season giving up a total of seven shots through the first three games. Three of those shots have been on goal as all three shots have resulted in saves.
Redshirt sophomore Erin McNulty was credited with the shutout against the Hatters playing all 90 minutes while recording a pair of saves.
Florida State registered the first scoring chance of the afternoon as DaCosta forced Stetson keeper Andrea Garavaglia into a diving save near the left post. DaCosta one-timed a shot from 20 yards out following a failed clear by the Hatter defense.
Rachel Lim had a great look following a Seminole throw-in firing a shot just wide of the left post in the 12th minute.
FSU forced the Hatters into yet another diving save as Garavaglia made a great stop on a shot by McCarty from point blank range. Toni Pressley sent a beautiful cross into the box from near the end line, where McCarty made a nice inside out move to draw a close range shot.
Neither team was able to find the back of the net through the first 45 minutes of play as the Seminoles outshot the Hatters 10-1, while maintaining a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks. Lim led all players with four shots.
The scoreless tie did not last long as the Seminoles broke through just a minute and 32 seconds into the second half on a great goal by Price. Following a through ball by DaCosta, Price made a long run down the left side. Keeping the Hatter defender behind her through the run of play, Price drew the Stetson goalkeeper out of the box and fired a beautiful cross inside the right post for her second goal of the season.
“The quick goal coming out of the half was very important,” said Price. “The longer they stayed in the game, the more confidence they would continue to gain.”
Stetson’s best scoring opportunity came in the 68th minute on a long shot from the left side by Heather Berg, but McNulty was there for the save on the near post.
Price came within inches of scoring her second goal of the afternoon as a header by the forward sailed just high over the crossbar following a corner by Lauren Switzer.
On the ensuing goal kick, Edwards won the ball with a nice header that traveled passed the SU defense and right to McCarty. The Laurel, Md., native gathered the ball and made a nice chip over the charging Hatter keeper and into the goal to give FSU a 2-0 lead.
The Seminoles pushed their lead to 3-0 as this time Price connected on her second goal of the afternoon. Zorn played a beautiful ball into the box where Price out jumped the competition heading the ball into the lower right corner of the net in the 77th minute of action.
“I think that everything is finally starting to come together for me after being injured for a while,” added Price on recording nine points in two games this weekend. “Things are finally getting on track.”
FSU finished the game out shooting Stetson 25-3, while holding the advantage in corner kicks with an 11-1 edge.
Florida State returns home to face a pair of nationally ranked opponents next weekend as the Seminoles host Penn State and Washington State on Friday and Sunday, respectively. Game time for Friday’s match is set for 7:00 p.m. and will air live over the web on Seminoles All-Access. Sunday’s game is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. kickoff and will air live on Sun Sports. Fans can also follow Seminole Soccer action all season long via gametracker on Seminoles.com.