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FSU Soccer Notebook: Spring Soccer Off To A Good Start

Feb. 15, 2006

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  • Tallahassee, FL – There is no rest for the fourth-ranked FSU soccer team despite the fact they aren’t technically `in season’ but anyone who has worked with athletes knows there really is no off season. For the Seminole soccer team the task of building on last year’s College Cup appearance and chasing the school’s first national title is already underway. The team has been practicing and training for weeks and Monday night they opened their spring schedule versus a club side from Norway. Thanks to Holly Peltzer‘s eighth minute goal the first play date of the spring season got off to a successful start. Notes from the game are below.



    Starting Line-Up

    GK: Ali Mims D: Kelly Rowland, Sarah Wagenfuhr, Libby Gianeskis, Paige Murray MF: Viola Odebrecht, Katrin Schmidt, Mami Yamaguchi, Colette Swensen F: Sel Kuralay, Holly Peltzer


    Subs: Rachel McDowell (MF), Toby Ranck (MF), Melissa Wheeler (D), Brooke Schendal (GK)


    • With India Trotter training with the national team and Melissa Samokishyn and Kirsten van de Ven still recovering from surgery, there were a few new faces in the line-up and other players at new positions. Katrin Schmidt saw extensive action as an attacking midfielder and played very well. Paige Murray played most of the game as the left back and Colette Swensen was on the right side of the FSU midfield.

    • The game was played in bitter temperatures as the thermometer was in the mid-20’s during the game.

    • The first half was full of scoring chances for FSU. Just six minutes in Yamaguchi played a square ball across the top of the 18 to Odebrecht. The German national team player drove a low shot just wide of the near post.

    • A minute later Schmidt played a thru ball to the left side to Yamaguchi. The freshman got endline but her cross wasn’t out far enough as the goalkeeper picked off the service.

    • Just 28 seconds after that FSU got on the board. Peltzer got in alone with the Norwegian keeper and tried to dribble past her. The keeper was able to pick the ball off the sophomore’s feet but Peltzer dug the loose ball out and finished into an empty net.

    • Peltzer looked like she was going to get her second goal in the 15th minute. Odebrecht played a great ball in right in front of the goal and about eight yards out. Peltzer’s shot seemed destined for the back of the net but was blocked out of bounds.

    • Peltzer continued to cause trouble for the Norwegian backline in the 20th minute as she got in 1-v-1 with the keeper again. Just like her earlier goal she attempted to dribble around the keeper but this time she secured the ball ending a golden opportunity.

    • Kuralay played one of the nicest balls of the night when she split the heart of the defense with a service to Peltzer at the top if the 18. The forward was unable to control the pass though and couldn’t get a chance on goal.

    • With time winding down in the half FSU generated one more good chance. Odebrecht’s shot was deflected and Kuralay was able to gather the rebound and play the ball to McDowell but the angle was a little too extreme for the Colorado native to put it on frame.


    SHOTS          SAVES             CK

    FSU     5                      0                      3

    NTG     2                      0                      0



    • The cold seemed to affect play at the start of the second half. FSU was unable to generate much of an attack until almost 35 minutes in.

    • The only real opportunity early on came off the foot of Schmidt in the 58th minute. The German national had a clean look at goal from the top of the 18 but she put her shot over the crossbar.

    • Kuralay had another great service in the 73rd minute as she sent Peltzer into the box on the right side. Peltzer got endline and crossed to Ranck in front of the goal. Ranck’s shot was blocked by the keeper and the rebound came back to Kuralay whos attempt went wide of the post.

    • The Norwegians had the best two chances late in the game but were held at bay by a veteran and a newcomer. The first chance came in the 74th minute off a corner kick. The Norwegian’s turned the set piece into a dangerous chance on goal but the potential equalizer was cleared off the line by Rowland.

    • The best chance of the night for the visitors came in the 85th minute as they got in behind the defense and were on a breakaway with new FSU keeper Schendal. The transfer came up with a huge stop and the rebound was once again cleared out of the Seminole goalmouth by Rowland.


              SHOTS           SAVES              CK

    FSU     6                      3                      2

    NTG     5                      2                      1



    FSU 1 NTG 0

    Goal: Holly Peltzer 7:28


    SHOTS           SAVES            CK

    FSU     11                     3                      5

    NTG     7                      2                      1



    FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian

    “It was a good performance tonight. We played a quality team and had a chance to see a lot of different players and some different combinations on the field. The spring is about individual player development so what we will look at from tonight is how the players did, more than the line-ups and things like that.”


    FSU defender Katrin Schmidt

    “I enjoyed playing in the midfield. It is a position I like very much. I hope to be able to spend more time playing an attacking role.”




    February 13      W 1-0               Norwegian Club Team (Tallahassee)

    February 18      7:00 pm             University of Florida (Gainesville)

    March 18          TBA                 All day event versus club teams (Tallahassee)

    March 24          7:00 pm            University of Nebraska (Tallahassee)

    April 15            6:00 pm              University of North Carolina (Tampa/Field TBD)



    Three Seminole soccer players were honored by the conference for their work in the classroom. Katrin Schmidt (3.5), Viola Odebrecht (3.063) and Ali Mims (3.00) were all named to the ACC All-Academic Team. For Schmidt and Odebrecht the honor comes in their first semester in America. Mims received the honor for the third time in her FSU career.

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