Oct. 21, 2005
Tallahassee, FL – For the fifth time in a row and the sixth time this season the sixth-ranked FSU soccer team scored three or more goals in an ACC game and won that game by a multiple goal margin. Friday night it was a 4-1 win over No. 18 Wake Forest (8-6-1, 3-5-0) that was more difficult than the score indicates. FSU (13-2-0, 6-2-0) trailed 1-0 for over 72:00 before the team exploded for four goals in a span of 13:49 to extend the longest active win streak in the conference to five in a row. The win tied FSU with North Carolina for the longest ACC win streak this season.
“I thought we played pretty good throughout the entire game but it took us an awful long time to break them down,” said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. “Fortunately the persistence paid off. I thought all along if we were able to get that first one we might knock some more in.
“Credit to Wake Forest though. They were organized and disciplined. They stuck to their game plan and remained very organized in their defending including some chances in the counter attack as well. I thought overall we responded in the fashion we needed to and it was a good win for us.”
With four goals Friday night, FSU has reached the 20-goal mark in ACC play for the first time in school history and the team now has six conference wins for the first time-ever as well. This was also FSU’s sixth game with three or more goals in conference play which is just three shy of the total number of ACC games with more or more goals from the last 10 years combined.
Florida State’s previous record ACC win streak was three games and the previous record unbeaten streak was five games. The Seminoles have not lost an ACC game since September 29 when they fell 1-0 to Virginia in Charlottesville. During the five-game win streak the Seminoles have outscored their opponents 16-3.
“Every game in the ACC is a tough game,” said Krikorian. “It is wonderful to win five in a row in this league. The competition is difficult every day. Our players have proven they are pretty resilient through this stretch.”
After Wake Forest got out to an early 1-0 lead just over three minutes in, FSU continued to create chances but were unable to get on the board. Florida State had three shots hit either the post or crossbar and six others put on frame while holding a 15-5 edge in shots overall with just 15 minutes remaining on the clock and Wake still leading 1-0.
“I knew the goals were going to come but it was difficult because they out numbered us in the midfield,” said Kirsten van de Ven. “I give credit to India (Trotter) and Viola (Odebrecht) and our outside players in the midfield. They stayed strong and it paid off. Better late than never.”
“I don’t think we were frustrated because we created so many chances and we felt like it was coming,” said India Trotter. “I knew if we could stick one we would have a chance to get some more. That’s exactly what happened.”
Teresa Rivera and junior Kelly Rowland ended FSU’s frustration and finally brought the team level on a corner kick at 75:08. Rowland latched on to the service and headed it past Wake keeper Kaitlyn Doe. It was the second straight game the pair teamed up for a corner kick goal. Last week it was the game-winner versus Miami.
“Teresa is just playing in great corners,” said Rowland. “Me and Viola have been working on our placement in the box on set pieces and I was just able to get on the end of it. If Teresa continues to play balls in like that, there is a good chance someone is going to get on the end of it.”
“That was nice,” said Krikorian of the corner kick goal. “We have been saying all year long that we have some very good players in set piece situations and we should be able to take advantage of it. Maybe now it is finally starting to come together with our second one in two games.”
The goal was the 11th of Rowland’s career and she now holds both the career record for goals and assists by a defender. She is tied with current team manager Kristin Boyce with 11 goals and already owns the assist record by a back with 14. Her 36 career points are eight more than any defender in team history.
“It feels good to help my team win,” said Rowland. “It’s not about the records. Those goals and assists are a product of my teammates over the last three seasons.”
That goal set the stage for freshman defender Sarah Wagenfuhr who was playing in front of her parents, who were in from Colorado. The first-year starter netted the first goal of her career and it turned out to be the game-winner. The center back was up in the attack and was the beneficiary of a loose ball about five yards out from net that she finished to make it a 2-1 game. Her goal came just 1:51 after FSU equalized.
“That felt good especially to do it in front of my parents,” said Wagenfuhr. “I was supposed to make a run in to the top of the six and that is where I was when the ball came loose. My player wasn’t marking me and I just thought I better finish this. Luckily I did.”
The onslaught continued less than 10 minutes later as Viola Odebrecht was the beneficiary of a brilliant run by Trotter. The junior All-American candidate made an incredible run down the right side of the pitch shredding the Demon Deacon defense. As she went to goal she laid off a square ball that Odebrecht placed into the side netting uncontested from about 12 yards away.
“I was able to dribble through and saw V (Viola Odebrecht) was wide open on the other side,” said Trotter. “I committed the defender and just slid it through and she finished it perfectly in the corner. You couldn’t ask for a better finish.”
“Most of the work was done by India,” said Odebrecht. “I only had to put it in the corner. She made it easy for me. That was more India’s goal than mine.”
The Seminoles capped off the scoring less than three minutes later. This time it was Kirsten van de Ven who pounced on a loose ball in the box. The play was started by Odebrecht who had her shot deflected off the line and it caromed right to van de Ven who scored in her third straight game. The transfer from Quinnipiac now has five goals on the season with three coming in the last two weeks.
“I feel like I am a little sharper right now than I have been most of the season,” said van de Ven. “I am just happy I can contribute to what was a great team effort tonight.”
After giving up a goal just 3:03 in, the FSU defense limited Wake Forest to just five shots the rest of the way with only three coming in the second half. The Demon Deacons put just one other shot on frame over the next 87:00.
“The defense decided that it was going to be our game and we were going to do our best to control as much as we could,” said Wagenfuhr. “I think the back four did very well tonight after giving up that early goal.”
Next up for the Seminoles is eighth-ranked Duke (11-3-1, 5-3-0) who comes to town for a Sunday afternoon showdown slated for a 1:00 p.m. start. The home schedule wraps-up Tuesday night versus the Citadel. Florida State will honor its two seniors before the 7:00 p.m. match.
Live radio coverage will be available for both games versus Duke and the Citadel. Game Tracker will also be available. Both services are free and available at www.seminoles.com, the official athletic website for Florida State athletics.