Oct. 27, 2011
BLACKSBURG, Va. (seminoles.com) – No. 12 Florida State (12-6-0, 5-5-0 ACC) put together a dominating performance Thursday night with a 2-0 victory over No. 25 Virginia Tech (12-6-1, 4-5-1 ACC) to end the regular season on a three-game winning streak. The victory assured the Seminoles a spot in the ACC Tournament where they clinched the sixth seed and will travel to face third-seeded North Carolina on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
FSU scored a goal in each half as the Seminoles controlled the game from start to finish holding the Hokies to just three shots all night long including no shots on goal.
“Overall, I thought it was a solid performance,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “The attacking was pretty good and for the most part the defending was pretty good. On occasion we gave up a little more space than we probably should have but collectively the group did a pretty good job tonight.
“Virginia Tech is a good team and to shut them out and to knock in two on their home field is a good result for us.”
Tiffany McCarty and Tori Huster each tallied three points on a goal and an assist, while Jessica Price contributed with an assist in the second half as the Garnet & Gold remained unbeaten all-time against Virginia Tech in 11 games (10-0-1).
“I thought Tiff McCarty was the sharpest she has been all season long,” added Krikorian. “She was very good in collecting balls, holding balls while allowing others to join into the attack. She was quick on the turn and she made the people around her better tonight.
“Tori’s movement off the ball is always good; she is always difficult to deal with as she made some good runs into the box tonight.”
With three points, McCarty moved within one point of tying Cindy Schofield for the all-time scoring mark at Florida State with 102 points. In three years at FSU, McCarty has tallied 101 career points on 42 goals and 17 assists.
The Seminole defense kept the Hokies in check all evening long en route to posting their eighth shutout of the season, third in ACC play and second in the last three games. FSU keeper Kelsey Wys played all 90 minutes to record her fourth shutout of the season.
FSU dominated the first half of play Thursday night in Blacksburg controlling possession and out shooting the Hokies 7-1.
The first real scoring chance for FSU came in the 15th minute when Toni Pressley slipped a pass to McCarty. The redshirt junior forward dribbled along the 18-yard box before making a quick change of direction to her left to free up enough space to fire a left footed shot on goal. Virginia Tech’s Dayle Colpitts was there for the diving save to keep the game knotted at zero.
Virginia Tech’s only shot of the first half came in the 22nd minute as Kelly Conheeney sent a shot high over the crossbar from 25 yards out following a direct free kick.
Minutes later Jamia Fields got in on the action as she made a long run down the right pitch off a Seminole throw-in. The freshman midfielder sent a shot wide right from 20 yards out.
The Seminoles struck first in the 35th minute as Huster found McCarty for what would be the eventual game-winner. After receiving a pass from Huster, McCarty made a nice move to her right before firing a low liner inside the right post from about 16 yards out to give FSU a 1-0 lead.
The Seminoles increased their lead to 2-0 in the 56th minute on a goal by Huster off a great passing combination from McCarty and Price. Price began the scoring play as she flicked a no look pass toward the Seminole goal to McCarty running down the right side of the pitch. The Laurel, Md., native beat a Hokie defender before sending a cross into the box where Huster timed her run perfectly and one-timed a shot into the back of the net for the goal.
Virginia Tech looked to counter in the 64th minute but the shot by Conheeney was blocked by Ella Stephan just outside the 18-yard box denying the only real scoring threat for the Hokies in the second half.
Both teams took just two shots in the second half, while the Hokies registered the lone corner kick.
Florida State will now head south from Blacksburg to face North Carolina where they will square-off against the Tar Heels in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals on Sunday, October 30 at 1:00 p.m.