Aug. 24, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In its first live action of the 2007 season, Florida State went on the road and shutout Jacksonville 9-0 in an exhibition match at the Ashley Sports Complex on the campus of Jacksonville University. Six different Seminoles registered a goal on Friday afternoon including Kirsten van de Ven who tallied a hat trick. Freshman Marissa Kazbour contributed with a pair of goals in her first game as a Seminole.
“I was very excited with our play today,” said van de Ven. “It was pretty hot out here today. We pushed a little too much in the first half, but I am pretty excited with our overall play. We played well out there together being that it was our first game.”
Van de Ven got things started as she scored the game’s first goal in the seventh minute of action. Senior Holly Peltzer dribbled down the right side of the pitch and sent a low cross into the middle of the box finding van de Ven, who fired a shot into the lower left corner of the net for an early 1-0 advantage.
With less than six minutes remaining in the first half, Katrin Schmidt gave the Seminoles a two goal lead as she scored on a shot from 22 yards out. Schmidt’s shot was well placed as it found its way over the outstretched arms of the JU keeper and just under the crossbar for a 2-0 lead.
The Seminoles broke the game open in the second half with six goals. Erika Sutton started the outburst scoring her first goal as a Seminole in the 39th minute. The junior transfer from San Diego State finished off a header from Rachel Brown courtesy of a free kick by Becky Edwards.
Less than two minutes later, van de Ven tallied her second goal of the game on a spectacular finish. The senior midfielder collected a pass from inside the box and scored on a windmill kick to the upper left corner. Sutton and Kazbour registered assists on the play.
Kazbour would register back-to-back goals in the 48th and 50th minute of action to push the Florida State lead to 6-0. The Valrico, Fla., native scored her first goal on a cross from the left hand side of the field, while her second goal was a blast from the middle of the field about 30 yards out.
“It was an awesome experience,” said Kazbour on her first live action as a Seminole. “Being able to play with them and representing the school was pretty cool. It was a good game and I thought we did well. But we all know that we have to keep getting better.”
“It was awesome getting those two goals. It kind of gives you a little more confidence and it was nice to be able to help out the team.”
Brown recorded her second assist of the game as she found van de Ven for her third goal at 51:33 in the second half to increase the score to 7-0. Freshman Casey Lademann capped off the scoring in the second half with her first goal of the game. The forward from Flagler Beach, Fla., fired a shot into the upper left corner of the net to make the score 8-0. Van de Ven was credited with the assist on the play good for her seventh point on the afternoon.
The final goal of the match came off the foot of freshman Margo McAuley in the 78th minute. McAuley took a pass from Lademann and deflected a shot passed the Dolphin keeper, who came charging out of the box for the save. McAuley gathered the ball and sent it easily to the back left corner of the net for the score.
All four Seminole goalies saw playing time as freshman Erin McNulty and sophomore transfer Kate Milstead played 35 minutes each. McNulty started the match, while Milstead entered at the beginning of the second period. Sophomores Kimmy Diaz and Becky Thompson split time in goal in the third period playing 15 minutes each. Diaz was credited with the lone Seminole save.
“Overall, I thought we played pretty well today,” said junior captain Sarah Wagenfuhr. I think as a group, we found that the best way to work the game was to pass the ball. Everyone got a great chance to play and a lot of girls got to score, so that was exciting, a lot of them scored their first college goal.”
The rules were switched up a little bit for the exhibition match as both teams played two 35 minutes halves before wrapping up play with a 30 minute period. In between the first and second half, the two teams took about 10 minutes to work on situational plays against each other.
In all, it was a dominate performance by the Garnet and Gold as they out shot the Dolphins 38-1, while maintaining a 10-0 corner kick advantage. Florida State sent a total of 22 shots on goal, while Annie Stalzer and van de Ven led the team with five shots a piece. The lone shot for JU came late in the third period of play.
The Seminoles will kick-off the 2007 season on the road at the Portland Tournament beginning Saturday, September 1. The Portland Pilots welcome Florida State to Oregon in the first game of the season for both teams. FSU will then remain in Portland to face Cal State Northridge for the first time in school history on Monday, September 3. Fans can follow all the action over the internet as gametracker will be available for the entire contest.