TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Women’s Soccer program turns 20 in 2014! In conjunction with celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Seminole soccer team is counting down the top 20 moments over the last 19 seasons.
Join the Seminoles throughout the fall on Seminoles.com and through their social media outlets on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as the program takes a look back in history to honor this monumentally occasion by unveiling the top 20 moments.
The countdown continues this week at No. 5 as Florida State captured its first ACC Championship title in 2011.
Florida State’s run to the title was filled with a series of firsts capped off with the Seminoles first league title in school history.
FSU’s tournament run began in Chapel Hill where the Noles received a golden goal from Jessica Price in double overtime as sixth-seeded Florida State upset third-seeded North Carolina 1-0 in the first round.
Five days later, the Seminoles continued to make history downing second-seeded Virginia 2-1 in the semifinals for Florida State’s first ever victory over the Cavaliers in school history, snapping UVa’s 20-game unbeaten streak in the series.
FSU finished off its incredible run to its first league championship as the Seminoles defeated Wake Forest in penalty kicks. As both teams played to a 1-1 tie after 110 minutes of action, Kelsey Wys made three saves in the penalty kick shootout and Hikaru Murakami, CC Cobb and Marta Bakowska-Mathews all converted on their kicks as the Seminoles won 3-1 in pks.
Wys was named MVP after finishing the tournament allowing just two goals in over 304 minutes of action. She registered 10 saves en route to posting a goals against average of 0.59 for the championship.
Kelsey Wys makes a save during the penalty kick shootout en route to being named Tournament MVP
Quarterfinals vs. North Carolina
A golden goal by Jessica Price in double overtime gave Florida State a 1-0 victory over North Carolina in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals at Fetzer Field.
The Seminoles dominated the Tar Heels in extra time and were rewarded for their efforts in the 105th minute as Price found the back of the net putting away a loose ball in the box following a Florida State corner. The game-winner was Price’s second of the season and 11th of her career, while it marked her second career golden goal.
The play was set up when Tiffany McCarty won the corner kick. Tiana Brockway took the corner and sent the ball to the far post where Ella Stephan put a header on goal. UNC keeper Anna Sieloff was there for the initial save as she tipped the ball off the crossbar, but Price made a great read and one-timed the rebound over the goal line for the game-winner.
With the win, Florida State also created a bit of history handing the Tar Heels their first ever loss in the ACC Tournament. UNC was 58-0-4 entering the quarterfinal match. It also marked the first time the Tar Heels have lost three straight games in their 33-year history. The win was the first for the Seminoles in Chapel Hill (1-7-2), while it marked the first win over UNC in 11 tries in the ACC Tournament.
Semifinals vs. Virginia
Florida State erased a one-goal halftime deficit scoring two second half goals in a span of 13 minutes and 22 seconds to advance to the conference championship for the sixth time in school history.
Tiffany McCarty got the Garnet & Gold on the board in the 55th minute as she ran in on a pass from Dagny Brynjarsdottir. The junior forward timed her run perfectly and out ran a pair of Cavalier defenders to force a one-on-one situation with UVa keeper Chantel Jones. From just inside the 18-yard box, McCarty slipped a low liner into the right side of the net to tie the match at one-goal apiece.
The goal for McCarty was her team leading 15th of the season, while making her the all-time leading scorer in school history. With 103 career points, McCarty moved past Cindy Schofield on the all-time points list at FSU.
Janice Cayman gave the Seminoles the lead for good in the 68th minute when she drilled a shot into the upper right corner of the net from 30 yards out for her fifth goal of the season. Toni Pressley assisted on the play as she fed a beautiful through ball down the middle of the field to Cayman. The game-winner by the Belgian native was her first of the season.
The win marked the Seminoles’ first victory over the Cavaliers in school history, snapping UVa’s 20-game unbeaten streak in the series.
Finals vs. Wake Forest
The series of firsts continued for Florida State as the Seminoles captured their first ACC title after downing fifth-seeded Wake Forest 3-1 in penalty kicks at WakeMed Park in Cary, N.C.
The ACC title comes after being the first team in league history to defeat North Carolina in the tournament and then beating Virginia for the first time in school history in the league semifinals. As the sixth-seed, the Seminoles became the lowest seeded team to win the league title. Prior to championship final, Wake Forest held that distinction winning the championship as the fifth-seed in 2010. The championship for the Seminoles is their first in six title appearances.
The two teams played to a 1-1 tie after 110 minutes of action. Both goals came in the second half with Wake Forest breaking on top first in the 64th minute to take a 1-0 lead. Off a Demon Deacon corner, Jackie McSally took a shot from inside the left corner of the 18-yard box but FSU keeper Kelsey Wys was there for the save deflecting the ball off the post. The loose ball went right to the feet of Katie Stengel, who one-timed the ball into the back of the net for her 14th goal of the season.
The Seminoles would find the equalizer in the 85th minute as Jessica Price found Tiffany McCarty for the goal to tie the game at one. On a ball that was deflected from the left side of the pitch to the top of the 18-yard box, Price flicked a pass inside the box which McCarty ran in on and went one-on-one with Wake keeper Aubrey Bledsoe before sending a low liner into the left corner of the net for the goal.
In the penalty kick shootout, both teams scored on their first attempts as Hikaru Murakami found the back of the net after Wake keeper Aubrey Bledsoe guessed correctly but the ball went off her finger tips and inside the post. Rachel Nuzzolese scored for the Deacs on their first attempt.
The goal by Nuzzolese would be the only pk Wake Forest would connect on as Wys stopped the next three attempts including the fourth pk by India Winford to give the Seminoles the title. After Murakami’s successful attempt, the Seminoles connected on two of the next three as CC Cobb gave the Seminoles a 2-1 lead and Marta Bakowska-Mathews scored the eventual game-winner for a 3-1 lead.
Wys was named the Tournament MVP after stopping three Wake Forest penalty kicks. She finished the tournament allowing just two goals in over 304 minutes of action. Wys registered 10 saves en route to posting a goals against average of 0.59 for the championship.
Five Seminoles were named to the All-Tournament Team as Wys was joined by Toni Pressley, Janice Cayman, Tiffany McCarty and Jessica Price.
Since FSU’s title in 2011, the Seminoles have captured two more league crowns while becoming just the second school in ACC history to repeat as champions (2013 & 2014). Florida State’s three league titles are the second most all-time.