Feb. 26, 2011
By Zach Mendelson, Seminoles.com
ATHENS, Ga. – The Florida State women’s soccer team officially kicked off its spring soccer season this Saturday for as the Garnet and Gold traveled to Athens, Ga., to play against two SEC opponents in the Georgia Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks. The matches were 60 minutes in length and played back-to-back with the first game coming against South Carolina as Florida State defeated South Carolina 3-1 with goals from Janice Cayman, Jessica Price and Jamia Fields. The Seminoles followed up with a second match against Georgia which resulted in a 0-0 tie.
“Coming off the bus after a long trip I think our kids were pretty excited to play, and the first half was a hundred miles an hour, back and forth, and were able to score a couple of goals,” said associate head coach Eric Bell. “South Carolina scored one as well, but I think the second half was a little better for us as far controlling the tempo of the game, and making it look a little more like the game of soccer.”
Redshirt junior All-American Jessica Price returned to action after redshirting last season due to injury, and took little time to make her presence known scoring a goal in her first game of action back against the Gamecocks.
“Absolutely it was nice to have her back,” said Bell. “She looked really good, she looked ready and eager to play. Her movements were quite good off the ball, and she was dangerous as usual. It was definitely good to have her back.”
Another player who recently received some good news is senior Janice Cayman who this past week learned she has earned an extra year of eligibility. Cayman who led the Seminoles in scoring in 2010 with nine goals, started back up right where she left off, and the coaches couldn’t be more pleased to have her back for one more year.
“She is definitely a good player, and we always like to have good in players in our mix,” said Bell. “It’s always good to have a player coming back that knows the system and knows how we play instead of bringing in and teaching a new player. With her having experienced a year in the ACC and playing in the NCAA Tournament, and her scoring big goals for us is going to be huge for us going forward.”
“It was fun, it was a really good feeling for me.” added Cayman. “It was also really good to have Jessica back, she is a great runner, has a nice touch, and is a great player.”
Three new Seminoles, freshman Connor Zwetsch (Tampa, Florida/Plant HS), Jamia Fields (Alta Loma, CA/Los Osos HS) and Kristen Grubka (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne HS) got their first taste of action today. Fields made in an immediate impact scoring a goal in her first game as a Seminole. Her coach believes it will likely be the first of many more to come.
“We brought her in and we thought she would be able to score goals for us, and she came into her first NCAA game and played exactly as we thought she would,” said Bell. “It’s impressive to me she was able to transfer what little information we were able to give to her these last couple of weeks and apply it in the game, so that was nice to see. She is going to have a really good career here.”
Following the match against South Carolina, the Seminoles turned right back around and faced Georgia who had played South Carolina earlier in the day.
“We were fatigued, and it seemed like a tale of two halves where we had the lions share of the ball in the first half and they had more of the ball in the second,” said Bell. “I thought we created some pretty decent chances in the first. I believe it was around five to two in really big chances, but no one was able to put the ball away in the game. Overall it was a decent game for us, we got a lot of the younger players into the game in the second half, and I thought they did pretty well.”
While the Seminoles couldn’t quite come off with the second victory, the coaches left pleased with the effort they displayed.
“The possession that we had in both games I thought was quite good,” Bell said. “Being able to keep the ball and try to make these other teams chase us around a little bit I thought our possession in both games was very good. I think we can play even better than we did today going forward, but it was a really good start.”
Florida State is coming a strong 2010 season where they finished 16-6-1 overall and 7-2-1 in the ACC. The Seminoles finished tied for second in the ACC during the regular season and finished the year strong by advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the sixth year in a row. The Seminoles return six players who were named All-ACC in 2010 (juniors Casey Short, Tori Huster, Toni Pressley, sophomore Ines Jaurena, and freshman Kelsey Wys, Kassey Kallman).
The Seminoles will travel next month to Columbus, Georgia to play the Atlanta Beat of the Women’s Professional Soccer league on March 20th. The team will finish up spring action by playing two more SEC schools as they will travel to play rival Florida during an April 3rd match in Melbourne, Florida. Three members of the Seminole team will get a chance to play in front of their hometown crowd as Toni Pressley, Ella Stephan and newcomer Kristen Grubka are natives of the Melbourne area. The Seminoles will then play their final match of the spring six days later against the LSU Tigers on April 9th in Orange Beach, Alabama.
For more information stay tuned to www.seminoles.com for updates on all Florida State soccer action throughout the spring semester.