Oct. 6, 2005
Tallahassee, FL – Coming into the 2005 season, the Seminole soccer team had recorded just two ACC wins by two or more goals in 10 years. Following Thursday night’s 3-1 win over Maryland (3-7-2, 12-1), FSU has now won three conference games this year by more than one goal. Sel Kuralay recorded her 11th goal of the season and her fifth game winner of the year as No. 6 FSU improved to 10-2 and 3-2 in the ACC with the win.
Florida State took 22 shots in the match for the second straight game. This is the first season ever where FSU has taken more than 20 shots in back-to-back ACC games. The Seminoles also held a 10-1 edge in corner kicks and has now taken 19 corners compared to just two for the opposition in the last two ACC games versus Virginia Tech and Maryland.
“I was very pleased with our performance tonight,” said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. “I thought we were very sharp and created an awful lot of scoring chances. I thought their goal keeper was outstanding and made a few very good saves. I am really satisfied with our team tonight.”
The win gave FSU a 7-6-1 lead in the all-time series with Maryland making the Terrapins just the second team of the original seven ACC schools that FSU has a lifetime winning record against. The Seminoles are now 3-0-1 in the last four meetings with Maryland and 6-1-1 in the last eight games versus the Terps. With the win FSU sits in fourth place in the conference standings just a game behind No. 8 BC who they face Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
“Obviously we want to win every time out,” said Krikorian. “We have Boston College coming in Sunday and they are pretty hot right now. They have good results throughout the entire season and are a very good team. We will turn our focus to another tough ACC game and we look forward to Sunday.”
“It feels pretty good to get this win tonight against a good Maryland team,” said senior Teresa Rivera. “The victory put us above .500 in the conference for the first time this year. We have to continue to play well if we want to compete in the ACC. It was nice to see the ladies finishing their chances tonight and it was good to see improvement in that area.”
Florida State got off to a fast start and went on top in just the third minute of the game. Kuralay and Mami Yamaguchi combined outside the 18 and Yamaguchi sent a great ball into the box where Kirsten van de Ven was making a run. As the Dutch striker was getting ready to latch on to the service, a Maryland defender got her foot on the ball and put it past keeper Nikki Resnick making it a 1-0 game.
“It was a good run in behind by Kirsten,” said Kuralay. “It was a great ball in by Mami and it was a nice job of Kirsten to recognize the space in behind their defense. She made a great penetrating run and it was nice to get a goal out of it.”
Maryland didn’t waste any time tying the match. Just 1:17 after the FSU goal, Kimmy Francis hit a great ball from the top of the 18 on the left hand side. The shot bent to the back post giving keeper Ali Mims no chance at making the save.
“That was a great shot and you just have to give credit to Francis on that one,” said Rivera. “Nobody panicked. We knew we were OK. We just had to slow the ball down and play our game. That is exactly what we did the rest of the way.”
“We were quite positive after the Maryland goal because we know we have the potential and ability to get one back,” said Kuralay. “Fortunately we got it back in the second half and it went from there. The confidence started to build and a significant part of that was getting an early goal in the second half. It is a credit to this team.”
The game remained tied as the teams came out of the locker room for the second half but it didn’t take Kuralay long to change that. The Australian Olympian picked up a loose ball off a free kick at the back post. With the ball sitting on the endline and just a few yards away from Resnick, she sent a low shot the squirted under the keeper and into the net. It was the sixth time this season that Kuralay has recorded either a game-winning goal or game-winning assist.
“I tried to take advantage of that opportunity and get it in the back of the net,” said Kuralay. “I hadn’t scored in a couple of games so it felt good to score that one to help my team win. Hopefully it will motivate me to keep playing hard.”
In the 60th minute it looked like FSU had its third goal of the evening. India Trotter fired a shot from 20 yards out that was bending towards the back post. Resnick launched herself at the shot and was able to turn it away.
Florida State put the game out of reach just a minute later. Libby Gianeskis played a ball over the top of the Maryland defense that was pushing forward to try to catch Katrin Schmidt offsides after the corner kick that resulted from Trotter’s shot. One last defender didn’t get forward quick enough allowing Schmidt to get in behind and go one-on-one with Resnick. The sophomore defender fired the shot to the near post between the keeper and the goal frame putting FSU up 3-1. It was the first collegiate goal for Schmidt and the 21st second half goal of the season for FSU. The Seminoles now hold a 21-3 edge in second half goals.
“All the defenders were running forward trying to catch us offsides,” said Schmidt. “One of the defenders didn’t push up and I saw that so I continued with my run. Libby played a great ball and all I had to do was turn and shoot.
“It was cool to score and a good feeling to help my team. It felt good to get that goal because I didn’t feel I had played particularly well in Virginia.”
Mami Yamaguchi almost added a fourth goal for FSU in the 75th minute but Resnick was once again up to the task. FSU’s freshman midfielder launched a rocket from about 20 yards away that caught Resnick by surprise. The keeper reacted just in time to punch the ball straight up in the air. Viola Odebrecht picked up the loose ball to the right of the goal and sent a square ball across the mouth of the goal. The service caught a Maryland defender and bounced towards the Terp goal but came to a halt right on the goal line.
Florida State returns to action this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. versus No. 8 Boston College (9-1-1, 3-1-0). Fans will be able to follow the game on a free Internet audio broadcast, which will be available exclusively at www.seminoles.com. Campo will bring you the call beginning at 1:00 p.m. Live stats will also be available via Game Tracker. Admission to the game is free and for more information on the 2005 Seminole soccer team, log on to the official athletic site for Florida State University at www.seminoles.com.