Florida State Women's Soccer - 2006 Year In Review

Florida State Women's Soccer - 2006 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Mark Krikorian, Head Coach
Eric Bell, Assistant Coach
Pauliina Miettinen, Assistant Coach
Ileana Moschos, Volunteer Assistant

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2006 Soccer

Ali Mims, Kelly Rowland and India Trotter

2006 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Victoria Damren, 5-5, MF, Dumfries, VA

Kimmy Diaz, 5-8, GK, Boca Raton

Becky Edwards, 5-8, MF, Downington, PA

Iraia Iturreqi, 5-3, MF, Loiu, Spain

Brittney Marriott, 5-7, F, Melbourne

Maike Seuren, 5-7, D, Pulheim, Germany

Annie Stalzer, 5-5, MF, Palm Harbor

Becky Thompson, 5-7, GK, Palm Harbor

Onnie Trusty, 5-8, D, Media, PA

Melissa Wheeler, 5-2, MF, Boca Raton


2006 Roster - By Name

L
T                                             PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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* 24 Victoria Damren       MF      5-5   Fr        Dumfries, VA (Forest Park)
*  1 Kimmy Diaz            GK      5-8   Fr        Boca Raton (West Boca Raton Community)
* 19 Becky Edwards         MF      5-8   Fr        Downington, PA (Downington West)
* 12 Libby Gianeskis       D       5-5   Jr   **   Tarpon Springs (Tarpon Springs)
* 20 Iraia Iturreqi        MF      5-3   Jr        Loiu, Spain (University of Basque Country)
*  8 Sel Kuralay           F-MF    5-4   Jr   *    Melbourne, Australia (Strathmore Secondary)
*  6 Brittney Marriott     F       5-7   Fr-R      Melbourne (Satellite/Florida)
*  0 Ali Mims              GK      5-10  Sr-R **   Ponte Vedra Beach (Nease)
* 16 Holly Peltzer         F       5-5   Jr   **   Lake Mary (Lake Mary)
* 22 Toby Ranck            MF      5-4   Sr   ***  Wayne, PA (Radnor)
* 10 Kelly Rowland         D       5-7   Sr   ***  Wallingford, PA (Strath Haven)
*  9 Melissa Samokishyn    D       5-3   Jr   **   Littleton, CO (Chatfield Senior)
*  7 Katrin Schmidt        MF-D    5-5   So   *    Schleiden, Germany (SGS)
* 13 Maike Seuren          D       5-7   Fr        Pulheim, Germany (Geschwister)
* 11 Sage Sizemore         MF      5-6   Jr   **   Cape Coral (Mariner)
*  4 Annie Stalzer         MF      5-5   Fr        Palm Harbor (Palm Harbor)
* 25 Colette Swensen       MF      5-5   Sr   ***  Davie (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
* 28 Becky Thompson        GK      5-7   Fr        Palm Harbor (Central Catholic)
*  2 India Trotter         MF      5-8   Sr   ***  Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
*  3 Onnie Trusty          D       5-8   Fr        Media, PA (Penncrest)
* 14 Kirsten van de Ven    F       5-6   Jr   *    Heesch, Netherlands (Quinnipiac)
*  5 Sarah Wagenfuhr       D       5-3   So   *    Colorado Springs, CO (Pine Creek)
* 15 Melissa Wheeler       MF      5-2   Sr        Boca Raton (Saint Andrews/Tulane)
* 18 Mami Yamaguchi        MF-F    5-5   So   *    Tokyo, Japan (Tokyo Metropolitan Toyotama)

2006 Roster - By Number

L
T                                             PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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*  0 Ali Mims              GK      5-10  Sr-R **   Ponte Vedra Beach (Nease)
*  1 Kimmy Diaz            GK      5-8   Fr        Boca Raton (West Boca Raton Community)
*  2 India Trotter         MF      5-8   Sr   ***  Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
*  3 Onnie Trusty          D       5-8   Fr        Media, PA (Penncrest)
*  4 Annie Stalzer         MF      5-5   Fr        Palm Harbor (Palm Harbor)
*  5 Sarah Wagenfuhr       D       5-3   So   *    Colorado Springs, CO (Pine Creek)
*  6 Brittney Marriott     F       5-7   Fr-R      Melbourne (Satellite/Florida)
*  7 Katrin Schmidt        MF-D    5-5   So   *    Schleiden, Germany (SGS)
*  8 Sel Kuralay           F-MF    5-4   Jr   *    Melbourne, Australia (Strathmore Secondary)
*  9 Melissa Samokishyn    D       5-3   Jr   **   Littleton, CO (Chatfield Senior)
* 10 Kelly Rowland         D       5-7   Sr   ***  Wallingford, PA (Strath Haven)
* 11 Sage Sizemore         MF      5-6   Jr   **   Cape Coral (Mariner)
* 12 Libby Gianeskis       D       5-5   Jr   **   Tarpon Springs (Tarpon Springs)
* 13 Maike Seuren          D       5-7   Fr        Pulheim, Germany (Geschwister)
* 14 Kirsten van de Ven    F       5-6   Jr   *    Heesch, Netherlands (Quinnipiac)
* 15 Melissa Wheeler       MF      5-2   Sr        Boca Raton (Saint Andrews/Tulane)
* 16 Holly Peltzer         F       5-5   Jr   **   Lake Mary (Lake Mary)
* 18 Mami Yamaguchi        MF-F    5-5   So   *    Tokyo, Japan (Tokyo Metropolitan Toyotama)
* 19 Becky Edwards         MF      5-8   Fr        Downington, PA (Downington West)
* 20 Iraia Iturreqi        MF      5-3   Jr        Loiu, Spain (University of Basque Country)
* 22 Toby Ranck            MF      5-4   Sr   ***  Wayne, PA (Radnor)
* 24 Victoria Damren       MF      5-5   Fr        Dumfries, VA (Forest Park)
* 25 Colette Swensen       MF      5-5   Sr   ***  Davie (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
* 28 Becky Thompson        GK      5-7   Fr        Palm Harbor (Central Catholic)

2006 All-Americans

Name                     Organization
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Sel Kuralay              SoccerBuzz - 1st Team All-American
                         Nat Soccer Coaches Assoc of America - 2nd Team All-American

Kelly Rowland            Nat Soccer Coaches Assoc of America - 1st Team All-American

Katrin Schmidt           SoccerBuzz - 2nd Team All-American

India Trotter            Nat Soccer Coaches Assoc of America - 1st Team All-American
                         SoccerBuzz - 2nd Team All-American

All-Americans -  4

2006 Schedule and Results

DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
08/27
Ref
H
PORTLAND W 2-1
09/01
Ref
A
ARIZONA STATE
OT
W 1-0
09/03
Ref
N
LOYOLA COLLEGE-MD
Tempe, Az
W 3-1
09/08
Ref
H
FLORIDA W 1-0
09/13
Ref
H
CENTRAL FLORIDA W 2-0
09/17
Ref
A
FLORIDA ATLANTIC W 2-1
09/21
Ref
A
NORTH CAROLINA L 1-2
09/24
Ref
A
NORTH CAROLINA STATE W 2-0
09/28
Ref
H
VIRGINIA
2OT
T 0-0
10/01
Ref
H
VIRGINIA TECH W 2-1
10/05
Ref
A
MARYLAND W 1-0
10/08
Ref
A
BOSTON COLLEGE
2OT
T 0-0
10/11
Ref
H
STETSON W 2-1
10/15
Ref
H
MIAMI W 2-0
10/19
Ref
A
WAKE FOREST W 3-2
10/22
Ref
A
DUKE L 1-3
10/24
Ref
H
JACKSONVILLE W 3-0
10/28
Ref
H
CLEMSON
2OT
T 0-0
11/01
Ref
N
DUKE
ACC, Cary, NC
W 2-0
11/03
Ref
N
WAKE FOREST
2OT, 4-2 PK, Florida State advances, ACC, Cary, NC
T 0-0
11/05
Ref
N
NORTH CAROLINA
OT, ACC Championship, Cary, NC
L 1-2
11/10
Ref
H
JACKSONVILLE
NCAA
W 6-0
11/12
Ref
H
CALIFORNIA
NCAA
W 3-1
11/19
Ref
H
ILLINOIS
NCAA, Sweet 16
W 1-0
11/24
Ref
H
CLEMSON
NCAA, Elite Eight
W 2-1
12/01
Ref
N
NOTRE DAME
NCAA, College Cup, Final Four, Cary, NC
L 1-2
EOY Stats Ref

                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
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FSU RECORD IS   18- 4-4  11- 0-2   5- 2-1   2- 2-1


2006 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE RESULTS
 1  NORTH CAROLINA       10- 0    27- 1 
 2  FLORIDA STATE         5- 2-3  18- 4-4
 3  WAKE FOREST           6- 4    16- 6-1
 4t BOSTON COLLEGE        5- 3-2  12- 7-3
 4t CLEMSON               5- 3-2  11- 8-5
 6t VIRGINIA              5- 4-1  12- 8-2
 6t DUKE                  5- 4-1   9- 8-4
 8  NORTH CAROLINA STATE  3- 7     9- 9-2
 9t VIRGINIA TECH         1- 6-3   6- 8-4
 9t MARYLAND              1- 6-3   5- 9-4
11  MIAMI                 1- 8-1   8- 9-1

2006 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT, Cary, NC
   Date                    Score                                    Comments
==========  ==================================================  ==================================
11/01/2006  (1)NORTH CAROLINA 3, (8)NORTH CAROLINA STATE 0      Round 1
11/01/2006  (5)CLEMSON 2, (4)BOSTON COLLEGE 1                   Round 1
11/01/2006  (2)FLORIDA STATE 2, (7)DUKE 0                       Round 1
11/01/2006  (3)WAKE FOREST 2, (6)VIRGINIA 1                     Round 1
11/03/2006  (1)NORTH CAROLINA 3, (5)CLEMSON 0                   Round 2
11/03/2006  (2)FLORIDA STATE 0, (3)WAKE FOREST 0                Round 2, 2OT, 4-2 PK, Florida State advances               
11/05/2006  (1)NORTH CAROLINA 2, (2)FLORIDA STATE 1             Round 3, OT                                                

2006 EOY Stats

Offensive Stats Name GP GS Min G A Pts Sh Sh% SOG SOG% YC RC GW PK ATT =============================================================================== Sel Kuralay 26 24 2168 13 3 29 108 0.120 38 0.352 4 0 5 1 1 India Trotter 26 26 2134 8 3 19 66 0.121 31 0.470 2 0 3 0 0 Mami Yamaguchi 26 25 2290 6 4 16 64 0.094 26 0.406 1 0 2 0 0 Kelly Rowland 25 25 2212 5 4 14 69 0.072 22 0.319 4 0 4 0 0 Katrin Schmidt 26 26 2346 5 3 13 34 0.147 14 0.412 0 0 1 0 0 Becky Edwards 26 25 2241 1 8 10 13 0.077 3 0.231 0 0 1 0 0 Iraia Iturreqi 23 16 1342 1 4 6 27 0.037 7 0.259 2 0 0 0 0 Kirsten van de Ven 24 19 1444 1 3 5 32 0.031 12 0.375 0 0 0 0 0 Onnie Trusty 14 7 596 1 1 3 8 0.125 4 0.500 1 0 1 0 0 Toby Ranck 26 13 1249 0 3 3 4 0.000 2 0.500 0 0 0 0 0 Annie Stalzer 11 0 186 1 0 2 5 0.200 1 0.200 0 0 0 0 0 Brittney Marriott 5 0 98 1 0 2 4 0.250 2 0.500 0 0 0 0 0 Libby Gianeskis 24 24 2180 1 0 2 3 0.333 1 0.333 0 0 1 0 0 Colette Swensen 10 2 282 0 1 1 8 0.000 2 0.250 1 0 0 0 0 Holly Peltzer 19 4 778 0 1 1 8 0.000 1 0.125 0 0 0 0 0 Sarah Wagenfuhr 23 23 2135 0 1 1 8 0.000 5 0.625 4 0 0 0 0 Victoria Damren 6 0 78 0 1 1 4 0.000 2 0.500 0 0 0 0 0 Maike Seuren 4 0 85 0 0 0 2 0.000 1 0.500 0 0 0 0 0 Melissa Wheeler 3 1 28 0 0 0 1 0.000 1 1.000 0 0 0 0 0 Sage Sizemore 2 0 17 0 0 0 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0 0 0 0 Melissa Samokishyn 6 0 91 0 0 0 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0 0 0 0 Kimmy Diaz 2 0 28 0 0 0 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0 0 0 0 Becky Thompson 2 0 31 0 0 0 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0 0 0 0 Ali Mims 26 26 2355 0 0 0 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0 0 0 0 ========================================================= FSU 26 44 40 128 468 0.094 175 0.374 19 0 18 1 1 Opp 26 18 15 51 274 0.066 113 0.412 19 1 4 0 0 Defensive Stats Name GP GS Minutes GA Avg Saves Pct W L T Sho Faced ============================================================================= Kimmy Diaz 2 0 28:49 0 0.00 1 1.000 0 0 0 0 2 Libby Gianeskis 1 0 8:57 0 0.00 1 1.000 0 0 0 0 2 Becky Thompson 2 0 31:36 0 0.00 0 0.000 0 0 0 0 2 Ali Mims 26 26 2355:28 17 0.65 89 0.840 18 4 4 11 263 Kelly Rowland 1 0 5:42 1 15.79 0 0.000 0 0 0 0 1 Team 0 0 0:00 0 0.00 4 1.000 0 0 0 3 0 ======================================================= FSU 26 2430:32 18 0.67 95 0.841 18 4 4 14 270 Opp 26 2430:32 44 1.63 131 0.749 4 18 4 4 465

FLORIDA STATE 2, PORTLAND 1
08/27/2006, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 4 FSU Defeats Defending National Champion Portland 2-1

Seminoles record first-ever win over a No. 1 team in the NSCAA rankings.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - In 11 year's of soccer the Seminoles have accomplished many things. The team has been to six straight NCAA Tournaments. They have been to the College Cup in two of the last three years and they have gone to North Carolina and advanced past the Tar Heels in the NCAA Tournament. They had never defeated a team ranked No. 1 though until Sunday. Fourth-ranked Florida State opened its 2006 season in impressive fashion beating the top-ranked and defending National Champion Portland Pilots 2-1 in front of 1,625 fans, the second-largest crowd in school history.

"This is really the first time this group has played against any outside competition," said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. "Overall it was quite good. We still have a few pieces that are not here and that we are looking forward to getting back. I give our group an 'A' for effort and resiliency. I think we have something very positive to build upon."

"It was amazing out there today," said Edwards of the atmosphere. "I couldn't have asked for anything better. You could really feel the crowd out on the field. It was awesome. The entire atmosphere was incredible. It was a great introduction to what college soccer is all about."

The Seminoles had to come from behind to get the victory after Portland's Angie Woznuk put the Pilots in front on a long range goal 29 minutes in. Florida State came out in the second half and turned up the pressure under 90-plus degree temperatures and scored two goals within 10 minutes to secure the win. All-American India Trotter tied the game and sophomore Mami Yamaguchi won it recording the second game-winner of her career.

"In the first half I didn't think we were quite sharp enough keeping the ball to be truthful," said Krikorian. "One of the things we addressed at halftime was keeping the ball. Obviously the heat took a toll on their group and we were able to establish a nice rhythm in the second half. We thought it was just a matter of time before we would be able to score. We had enough good chances."

The Seminoles dominated the game statistically. They out shot Portland 25-5, took seven corners to just three for the Pilots and put nine shots on goal compared to just one for Portland. The disparity in the second half stats was obvious as FSU took 16 shots to one for Portland and six corners to none.

"I think if you just look at it in a superficial manner it is a little skewed," said Krikorian about the stats edge. "I don't believe the statistics really indicate the level of the teams. Portland is an outstanding team. They are National Champions. They have great players all over the field and they are well coached. They are going to be playing in December. We just hope we are around too.

"It was a great game. A great crowd. We had tremendous support. I was just happy we were able to find a way to win."

This was the 23rd comeback win in program history and the fourth for Krikorian in just 26 games in Tallahassee. It was also the fifth victory for Krikorian at FSU as the underdog and his fourth victory versus a top 10 squad. Despite controlling much of the game in the first half, it was Portland who was able to strike first putting FSU back on its heels.

"That was a great goal by Portland, upper 90," said Trotter. "It was a credit to them that they scored that amazing goal. I think we responded well. We came back and scored twice in the second half to win the game."

As well as FSU did in the first half, they were constantly stymied by Portland keeper Cori Alexander. The Pilot goalie recorded three point blank saves to keep FSU off the board. The first two came in the 12th minute when Holly Peltzer made a gorgeous run down the right flank. The sophomore played a ball around the defender and ran on to it at the endline. She fired a cross on to the head of Mami Yamaguchi but Alexander came up with the save. The rebound came right to Kirsten van de Ven but Alexander recovered and once again saved a sure goal.

The senior then helped Portland hang on to the lead just minutes into the second half. Kelly Rowland directed a corner kick on frame just a few yards out at the near post that Alexander batted away and out of danger.

"I give their goalkeeper all the credit," said Krikorian. "What a fantastic performance by that young lady."

"It was hard to get it past (Alexander)," said Selin Kuralay who assisted on the game-winning goal. "She put in a lot of good saves. At the end of the day we have to stay composed and we did do that. We didn't get frustrated. We kept waiting for our opportunities."

Staying patient had to be difficult for FSU as they had numerous chances to take the lead on Portland. Just three minutes into the game freshman Becky Edwards played a great free kick into Kuralay. The junior got on the end of the service but put the shot wide.

Edwards once again made her presence felt as Florida State searched for an early goal. The freshman played in a dangerous ball to Trotter. Alexander stormed out of her box and just beat Trotter to the ball 25 yards out from the goal.

After the two big back-to-back saves by Alexander in the 12th minute, Peltzer once again caused trouble for Portland. In the 19th minute she played a ball into the six-yard box the Kuralay once again got on the end of but once again put it just wide of the goal.

Florida State had another chance to go on top as Trotter made a dangerous run at the UP defense and then laid the pass off to van de Ven. The junior ripped a shot that was deflected, changed direction and rolled just wide of a diving Alexander.

After all FSU's pressure, it was Portland that found a way to go on top. On just the second shot of the game for the Pilots, Woznuk put Portland in front on a rip from 22 yards out. The junior beat Ali Mims near post for the early lead.

The first half saw FSU produce two more great chances. The first came on a van de Ven ball played in to Trotter. Trotter took a brilliant touch and sprung herself but was just tackled at the top of the 18 before she could pull the trigger.

FSU's last chance to tie at the half came on a great chip into the box by Kuralay into freshman Annie Stalzer. Stalzer was just shielded from the ball and couldn't get a shot off before Alexander came out to scoop up the ball.

In the second half, FSU and the weather both started to heat up. After two more near misses off a corner, the Seminoles started to attack Portland unmercifully. In the 58th minute Katrin Schmidt almost single handedly tied the game. She had a great run and got a clean look at the top of the 18. She tried to go over the top of the keeper but the shot was just high.

Three minutes later Schmidt started another attack with a great ball played across the face of the goal. van de Ven dummied the ball and it got to Trotter who was in all alone. Alexander charged Trotter and slide down to block the ball just as the shot left the Hermann Trophy candidate's foot.

Alexander came up huge once again in the 64th minute and once again the chance was created off a corner kick. Kuralay's shot was blocked in the box. She collected the rebound and fired it right on frame but Alexander snuffed out the chance again.

Five minutes later FSU finally broke through and it was the preseason All-Americans that combined on the goal. The play started with a free kick from about 40 yards out. Edwards played a ball into the box where Kuralay possessed and flicked a back heel pass to Trotter who buried the goal first time.

"What Sel did was awesome," said Trotter of the pass that set up the goal. "Whenever Sel is in the box you have to get in. That back heel was amazing. It was unbelievable. I was right in front of the goal and keeper kind of started to go far post so I hit it to the near post with my left foot."

"It is weird with me and India," said Kuralay when describing her assist. "I always feel like I know where she is running. I had a quick check over my shoulder before I passed the ball to her. I heard her call for it. Once you get the ball at her feet there is nothing she can't do. It was a nice bit of combination play."

The two pre-season All-Americans combined to score 29 goals in 2005, a record for a pair of Seminoles. They also led the team with nine assists apiece. Their 76 combined points is one of the reasons both players are up for the Hermann Trophy in 2006.

"They are great players," said Krikorian of Trotter and Kuralay. "They are smart and they combine well together. They always give you a good chance to score."

In the 78th minute Schmidt almost put FSU in front with a brilliant piece of individual effort. The sophomore received a ball between two defenders, turned and split the duo to run free across the top of the 18. She took a crack to the backpost but her low drive went just wide.

A minute later though the Seminoles got the goal they needed. The goal came off a rebound after a Yamaguchi pass hit a defender. Yamaguchi collected the loose ball and fired into the side-netting scoring the eventual game-winner.

"The first half I was a little tired and I felt like I disappeared," said Yamaguchi. "I had a great opportunity to score in the first half off the header. I didn't finish it but it made me confident that I could get one today. I kept telling myself it was coming. I just tried to stay positive and finally I scored. I am just so happy to help the team. I am so happy we were able to have a great start to the season.

"I had a shot with my right foot and it hit the defender. I was lucky to score. I kind of guessed where the rebound was coming. The ball came to me and fortunately my left foot was good and I was able to score."

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK   0 Ali Mims                       0      0  0                
MF   2 India Trotter                  4      1  0                
D    7 Katrin Schmidt                 2      0  0                
F    8 Sel Kuralay                    7      0  1                
D   10 Kelly Rowland                  1      0  0                
D   12 Libby Gianeskis                0      0  0                
MF  14 Kirsten van de Ven             5      0  0                
MF  16 Holly Peltzer                  0      0  0                
MF  18 Mami Yamaguchi                 5      1  0        1       
D   19 Becky Edwards                  0      0  1                
MF  22 Toby Ranck                     1      0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     4 Annie Stalzer                  0      0  0                
     9 Melissa Samokishyn             0      0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 25   0  2  2        1       
       Opp                        90  5      1  1                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Ali Mims                    90:00  1    0  1       
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  1    0  1       
Opp                         90:00  2    7    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  28:47 Opp  Opponent                  Opponent                  near post                                                                  
  2.  68:56 FSU  India Trotter             Sel Kuralay               finishes free kick                                                         
                                           Becky Edwards
  3.  79:17 FSU  Mami Yamaguchi                                      picks up rebound and scores low into side netting                          


  1 2 Total
PORTLAND
1
0
1
FLORIDA STATE
0
2
2

FLORIDA STATE 1, ARIZONA STATE 0
09/01/2006, TEMPE, AZ, OT

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Top Ranked Seminoles Work Overtime To Down Arizona State 1-0

Sel Kuralay nets the seventh golden goal of her short FSU career in the 93rd minute.

TEMPE, AZ - After a big win in 2005 to start the season, a then unranked Florida State team needed a golden goal to beat Loyola Marymount. If you ask FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian, he will tell you that was a big turning point for his team on the way to the College Cup. It was déjà vu all over again Friday night. After upsetting the defending National Champions in the season opener this year, Arizona State took FSU to the brink but once again Selin Kuralay scored the golden goal in the 103rd minute to send FSU (2-0) to a 1-0 overtime win over Arizona State (2-1) in Tempe.

"A year ago we were able to sneak up on some people because they didn't know us," said Krikorian. "This year there are no surprises. They are all going to come out, be ready to compete and want to knock us off, whether we are No. 1 in the country or not. We are going to be playing as the favorite in many games we play this year. You have to go in with a different mentality.

"I thought our players were relaxed coming into the game. I don't think we were sharp enough. There were sequences in that game where I though we were absolutely fantastic. It wasn't sharp enough when we needed it to be. I have to look at it and feel good that we were able to figure out a way to get a result in a hostile environment versus a good team. We walked away feeling good about getting a quality win on the road."

The Seminoles were frustrated most of the night by a tough Arizona State team and a brilliant performance by ASU starting keeper Kim Bingham. Florida State held a 17-6 edge in shots. Both teams put five shots on goal but it was Kuralay's strike off a Kelly Rowland throw-in just 2:14 into overtime that was the difference. The game-winner was the seventh of Kuralay's 25-game career. She is already tied for fourth all-time on FSU's career list.

"I think is all about focus and concentration," said Kuralay. "The effort this team puts in is amazing. If it wasn't for our girls constantly pressuring and trying to get that winner, I wouldn't have been successful. It was a team effort. We pushed forward well. Our defense was compact and composed. I think we moved the ball really well. We kept our composure and my number one priority is to always score goals. I am going take a shot no matter where I am at."

"Sel is a handful for opponents," said Krikorian. "She is the kind of player that finds a way to win games. She is a winner. She is clever and composed. Tonight we needed a big player to step forward and make a big play. She is the one who did it. Hats off to her. She made the right play at the right time."

This was the fourth overtime game for FSU since Krikorian took over the program in 2005 and the Seminoles remained undefeated in those matches moving to 3-0-1. Last season the Seminoles defeated Duke and Loyola Marymount and then tied North Carolina in the NCAA quarterfinals. Three of the four OT games under Krikorian have come on the road.

"Obviously this was our first away game and we came into a hostile environment," said Rowland who recorded her 16th career assist and her eighth game-winning assist. "Their crowd was definitely a factor. It is a great win. I am glad we got through it."

"This was a very important win," said Mims. "We knew we had to find a way to pull this one out. This sets the tone following the Portland win. We came into a trap tonight against a very good team after a huge program victory and showed we could find a way to get it done."

Both teams played pretty evenly through the first eight minutes with each team generating one dangerous opportunity on a free kick. In the 10th minute FSU had its best chance of the early going and it came off another set piece. A free kick was played onto the head of Kuralay and her shot required a diving save by Bingham.

Kuralay had three more chances to put Florida State in the lead. Two came on free kicks from about 25 yards out and another on a rebound but the Sun Devil defense blocked all three of her strikes before they could get on frame.

By the 15 minute mark FSU had started to gain control of possession as ASU relied on counter attacks but it was an FSU counter attack that almost produced the game's first goal. Mami Yamaguchi and Kirsten van de Ven broke out of the back together and ran up the field on the left side. van de Ven found Yamaguchi on the wing. She made a skillful run across the top of the 18 and when she got a look at goal she fired but once again the ASU defense was there to get a foot on it.

India Trotter got into the act as she had her first chance to try and beat Bingham. The All-American collected the ball on a clearance off a corner kick and one-timed a strike just wide of the goal.

Trotter started another chance for the Seminoles when she played a perfect ball in to Holly Peltzer. The junior got endline and crossed the ball but nobody was there to latch on to the pass.

In the 33rd minute van de Ven made an amazing run about 50 yards down the center of the pitch. She got to the 18 and pulled the trigger on a low liner just wide of the far post past a diving Bingham.

ASU didn't take its first shot until the 34th minute but just a few minutes later FSU had its best opportunity of the half. Kuralay played a great ball into the box onto the foot of defender Katrin Schmidt. The sophomore didn't do enough with the point blank shot and hit it wide.

The Sun Devils didn't test Mims until the 40th minute with a shot on goal but a turnover in the box almost staked the Devils to the lead. Christine Nieva picked up the loose ball on the left side about five yards out. She fired at Mims but the six-year senior made a brilliant save to keep the game even.

The last serious chance of the half came on FSU's 12th shot. Annie Stalzer made a great move to free herself at the top of the 18 on the left side. She ripped a shot to the back post that forced Bingham to punch wide of the net.

The Seminoles had the best chance in the beginning of the second half and it came on a Becky Edwards free kick from midfield. The freshman played a ball to the top of the 18 where Kuralay directed onto a streaking Stalzer. The freshman was taken down from behind just before she got to the ball 10 yards out but no whistle was blown.

In the 67th minute Libby Gianeskis came up big for FSU. ASU's Brittney Dotty ran through the entire Seminole midfield and got into the box before Gianeskis caught up to her inside the 18 and cleared the ball away before she was in 1-v-1 with Mims.

The play seemed to turn the momentum for ASU as the Sun Devils started to pressure the Seminoles and hold possession on FSU's half of the pitch. The Sun Devils continued to bring in fresh legs off the bench to keep constant pressure on the ball.

The Seminoles broke free of the Devil pressure in the 75th minute as Iraia Iturregi played a great ball into Trotter at the top of the 18. Trotter took one touch and went to the endline. She just got a cross off in front of Bingham at the near post put the keeper came out and beat Peltzer to the ball.

With 9:53 to go it looked like FSU was finally going to put the game away. Peltzer gathered the ball about 30 yards out and turned towards goal. Instead of feeding a streaking Toby Ranck down the flank she sent a ball into Trotter down the middle of the field. Trotter got in 1-v-1 with Bingham but the keeper came up with a huge sliding save to once again thwart an FSU attack.

The close call once again seemed to swing the pendulum as FSU now turned up the pressure and kept the ball in the Devil third of the field for long stretches to end regulation. ASU kept just one player up high looking for a quick counter seeming to be resigned to defend for the rest of the half.

With just over a minute to go, Kuralay played a ball to Yamaguchi on the left side. The sophomore just got to the pass and found Peltzer inside the box but in her attempt to trap the ball and bring it down, she was whistled for a hand ball ending the threat.

The first chance in the overtime belonged to the Devils as a diagonal pass was sent in to a streaking forward about 20 yards out. Mims came charging out to meet the ball and the forward but was able to clear the pass out as the senior continued to come up big for FSU.

"I knew I had to be focused especially with the energy and intensity ASU brought," said Mims. "I just know that they can hit the ball from one end of the field to another with one strike. I had to be ready. I felt good in warm-ups for this game and felt focused the whole night. Luckily a couple good saves built my confidence. That is what I ride on, knowing you can make the big save when your team needs you. It was an exciting night for our team."

"She was very solid," said Krikorian of Mims' effort. "Her distribution was solid as was her play with her feet. She came off her line the one time under duress and was able to clear the ball away. Her handling was very good today and we are comfortable with her back there. Our defending was very good and playing against a completely different style and system than we did against Portland; it was a good sign for us that we can adjust to different types of competition."

Then Florida State struck. With just over two minutes gone by, the Seminoles won a throw-in deep in ASU territory. The Rowland's long throw found Kuralay in the box where the junior netted the 17th goal of her career beating Bingham for the first time on the night.

"Kelly's throw-ins are always dangerous no matter where they come from on the field," said Kuralay. "That is a really good weapon for us especially in overtime. She is able to get the ball into the penalty box. I hung back a little bit and India called the shot. I was so frustrated from the game I put all the frustration into that shot and just smacked it home with my left foot."

"Anytime we get a set piece, we practice it so much, we know how dangerous they can be," said Rowland. "I just kind of threw it in there for Becky (Edwards) and Sel. Luckily Sel got a foot on it and put it in the back of the net."

NOTES: Iraia Iturregi made the first start of her FSU career...the Seminoles held an opponent to just two first half shots for the second straight game...Seminoles go to overtime for the fourth time under Mark Krikorian...FSU improves to 14-5-16 all-time in OT games...Rowland extends her record for assists and points by a defender to 16 and 40...Mims becomes just the third FSU keeper to ever record double digit career shutouts...FSU is the only team from the 2005 College Cup that has yet to lose a game in 2006.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK   0 Ali Mims                       0      0  0                
MF   2 India Trotter                  4      0  0                
D    7 Katrin Schmidt                 1      0  0                
F    8 Sel Kuralay                    7      1  0  1     1       
D   10 Kelly Rowland                  0      0  1  1             
D   12 Libby Gianeskis                0      0  0                
MF  14 Kirsten van de Ven             2      0  0                
F   16 Holly Peltzer                  0      0  0                
MF  18 Mami Yamaguchi                 2      0  0                
D   19 Becky Edwards                  0      0  0                
MF  20 Iraia Iturreqi                 0      0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     4 Annie Stalzer                  1      0  0                
    22 Toby Ranck                     0      0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        92 17   0  1  1  2     1       
       Opp                        92  6      0  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Ali Mims                    92:14  0    5  1      1
                          =========================
FSU                         92:14  0    5  1      1
Opp                         92:14  1    4    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  92:14 FSU  Sel Kuralay               Kelly Rowland             loose ball, lower right corner                                             


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FLORIDA STATE
0
0
1
1
ARIZONA STATE
0
0
0
0

FLORIDA STATE 3, LOYOLA COLLEGE-MD 1
09/03/2006, Tempe, Az

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 1 FSU Soccer Remains Perfect After 3-1 Win Over Loyola (Md)

Seminoles capture Heather Farr KICKS Against Breast Cancer Tournament title.

TEMPE, AZ - Top-ranked Florida State continued its perfect start to the 2006 season Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 win over Loyola (MD) in the Heather Farr KICKS Against Breast Cancer Tournament. The Seminoles responded to a sluggish first half that was even at 1-1 to score two second half goals highlighted by Kelly Rowland's game-winner to take home the tournament title. The win kept FSU a perfect 3-0 on the season.

"I think overall we are all a little disappointed in our performance today," said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. "I don't think we showed up fully prepared to play. Credit to Loyola. They frustrated us and did a heck of a job of making us have to work for everything. I thought we were a little bit arrogant, a little naïve and not very bright.

"If I step back and look at it, you could say we had a poor performance today and were still able to find a way to win. That is a good sign but that will catch up to us sooner or later. Probably sooner and we will be hurt if we don't show up everyday ready to compete and play hard. It is good to win but for me we have to play harder and smarter. This was a little bit of a step back for us."

For the first time in 2006 FSU was out shot in a game as the Greyhounds held a 16-12 edge. Loyola had more shots than Arizona State and Portland took versus FSU combined. The Seminoles allowed Loyola more shots in a half than they allowed all game to Portland and in an OT game versus Arizona State Friday night as well. After Selin Kuralay gave FSU a lead about 30 minutes in, Loyola answered within eight minutes. Florida State then came out in the second half and used goals by Rowland and Katrin Schmidt to put the game out of reach.

"We were pretty flat and a little complacent to begin with," said Kuralay. "The main thing is that we were able to step it up in the second half. I thought it was really good leadership by Kelly (Rowland) to be able to put in that second goal when we really needed it. It really gave us a lot more confidence especially coming from her. It was a sharp goal, a typically Kelly Rowland goal. It boosted our confidence a lot more."

Through the first 15 minutes of the game it was evident that Florida State would be in for a fight as the Greyhounds had the better of the play in the early part of the game though neither squad generated a serious threat on goal.

Florida State's first chance came off a set piece. A long Rowland throw-in was flicked on by Becky Edwards. Loyola keeper Brittany Henderson got to the flick just as FSU was ready to pull the trigger from about six yards out.

The Seminoles had another chance to break the scoreless draw in the 21st minute. Goalkeeper Ali Mims' long goal kick was flicked on by Kuralay to India Trotter. The All-American took a chance on goal but her shot was just wide of the far post.

Five minutes later Florida State started to find its offensive rhythm. Mami Yamaguchi and Schmidt ran a beautiful give-and-go to split the Loyola defense of the left side. Yamaguchi got the ball back and sent a perfect cross to the head of Iraia Iturregi. The Spanish National team player got her head on the service but put it over the top of the goal.

FSU broke on top at 30:30. Toby Ranck started the play with a run from her wide position to the center of the pitch. She saw Kuralay and slotted a ball through. The Hermann Trophy candidate went in 1-v-1 with the keeper and put her shot past Henderson and in at the backpost.

"I saw the space in behind their backline," said Kuralay. "I saw Toby running with the ball, holding the middle of their backline. Toby played a great ball in and I just tried to bend it around the keeper to the far post. The keeper did a good job of cutting off my angle but I was still able to sneak it by her."

The Seminoles almost added to the lead one minute later on another Rowland long throw. Kuralay, with her back to the post, got a head on the service and flicked it backwards. Henderson once again read the play right and came out to smother it before FSU could get off a shot.

Just over eight minutes after FSU broke through, Loyola got even. A defensive breakdown allowed Carolyn Loy Kennington to run in alone on the left side. The Seminole defense recovered to force the Greyhound endline but a phenomenal rip to the backpost left Mims with no chance at a save making it a 1-1 game.

After a lethargic first 45 minutes, FSU came out of half with more energy and resolve and the effort almost paid off four minutes in. Kirsten van de Ven played a ball into Trotter. The senior went endline, beat her defender and then got a cross off past a sliding Henderson. The service sailed in front of an empty net but the defense recovered in time to clear the ball away before it reached Holly Peltzer.

The early attack sparked FSU as the team continued to find ways to solve the Greyhounds. A few minutes after Trotter's run, Kuralay found the senior again with a great ball down the seam. Trotter got in 1-v-1 with Henderson and fired a low shot that the Loyola keeper went down to save once again keeping the score level.

Less than a minute later FSU would go on top. The play started with a great ball from the wing off the foot of Iraia Iturregi. The junior whipped in a cross to the front of the net that Rowland nodded home. It was the 13th goal and fifth game-winner of the senior's illustrious career.

"Iraia served a great ball in," said Rowland. "I was lucky to be there and put it in the back of the net. We didn't have our best game today. We needed someone to step up and get us in front in this game. I am just glad could make a play. It was a big goal to put us up 2-1."

The set piece continued to be a dangerous weapon for the Seminoles as they almost capitalized on another in the 76th minute. An Edward's free kick was floated in 10 yards from the goalmouth. Kuralay and Rowland were both there to receive the service but Rowland directed her header just over the bar.

With just under 10 minutes remaining Florida State put the game away with a bit of fortune. Schmidt was about 25 yards from goal on the far left wing when she bent a cross to the back post. The wind seemed to help the cross along as it hit the iron and went in for the second goal of her career as FSU went up 3-1.

"I wish I could say I was trying to shoot it," said Schmidt. "I wanted to cross it in and it just went further and further and went in. I thought when I hit it that it may go in but it kept going longer and longer. There was a little bit of luck but I'll take it."

Florida State generated one last great chance and once again it was Trotter who was the beneficiary of a great ball down the middle of the pitch. The senior ran on to the pass about 25 yards out and dribbled to the top of the 18. Trotter once again tried to beat Henderson low but the Greyhound keeper was up to the task again making her third save of the day.

This was the third straight game where FSU scored a game-winning goal in the second half or overtime. After being doubled up on shots in the first half, FSU and Loyola each had eight in the second 45 minutes. Florida State also put five of their eight shots on goal compared to none for the Greyhounds.

"We were much better in the second half," said Krikorian. "That was a real good sign for us."

NOTES: Kelly Rowland, Becky Edwards, Sel Kuralay and Ali Mims were all named to Heather Farr KICKS Against Breast Cancer All-Tournament team.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK   0 Ali Mims                       0   0  0  0                
F    2 India Trotter                  4   3  0  0                
D    7 Katrin Schmidt                 2   2  1  0                
F    8 Sel Kuralay                    2   1  1  0                
D   10 Kelly Rowland                  2   1  1  0  1     1       
MF  12 Libby Gianeskis                0   0  0  0                
F   14 Kirsten van de Ven             0   0  0  0                
F   16 Holly Peltzer                  0   0  0  0                
MF  18 Mami Yamaguchi                 1   0  0  0                
MF  19 Becky Edwards                  0   0  0  0                
MF  20 Iraia Iturreqi                 2   0  0  1  1             
       ---Substitutes---
     4 Annie Stalzer                  0   0  0  0                
     9 Melissa Samokishyn             0   0  0  0                
    22 Toby Ranck                     0   0  0  1                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 13   7  3  2  2     1       
       Opp                        90 16   6  1  0  2             

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Ali Mims                    90:00  1    5  1       
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  1    5  1       
Opp                         90:00  3    4    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  30:26 FSU  Sel Kuralay               Toby Ranck                breakaway, opposite post                                                   
  2.  38:52 Opp  Opponent                                            breakaway, left side                                                       
  3.  56:35 FSU  Kelly Rowland             Iraia Iturreqi            header, center of box                                                      
  4.  80:52 FSU  Katrin Schmidt                                      off farpost and in                                                         


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
1
2
3
LOYOLA COLLEGE-MD
1
0
1

FLORIDA STATE 1, FLORIDA 0
09/08/2006, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Record Crowd Of 4,582 Watches No. 1 FSU Down No. 24 Florida 1-0

Kuralay's long range goal seals Florida's fate as FSU records its first shutout in the series.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - With a record crowd 3,000 above listed capacity, 4,582 fans packed the Seminole Soccer Complex, the hills in the stadium and the parking garage across the street Friday night. They weren't disappointed. Selin Kuralay's goal from 30 yards out with less than three minutes remaining in the first half was the only score in the game as No. 1 Florida State (4-0) downed No. 24 Florida (2-2-1) 1-0. It was the first shutout ever recorded by FSU in the series and it gives Florida State six wins in the last nine meetings between the rivals.

"I thought for the first 60:00 we played pretty good," said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. "I think after that we took the foot off the gas a little bit. Give credit to Florida. I thought they increased their intensity. It was probably a combination of them imposing themselves on the game and us maybe not concentrating as much towards the end."

"To get a win over the Gators in your senior year is special," said FSU All-American India Trotter. "Florida put up a great fight. It was a great game, great crowd, great atmosphere. It was a 1-0 game and Sel's shot was amazing. What a night."

Kuralay's goal came on FSU's final shot of the first half and with just 2:57 on the clock. The junior buried a shot to the backpost, upper 90 from 30 yards out. It was the third goal for the Australian versus the Gators in two games and she is now third all-time in career game-winning goals.

"I saw (their keeper) off the line," said Kuralay. "Last year's keeper also did the same thing. I think they get a bit confident. I spotted her off her line and tried to bend it in over the top of her. This is a big rivalry so it is nice to be able to help my team out in these games."

"That was a nice goal," said Krikorian. "She's capable of striking balls from different distances and angles. I thought she took her chance very well. It is a ball that I don't think can be saved."

Last season Kuralay scored the first two goals for FSU in Gainesville versus the Gators. One was on another long range shot. With her game-winner in Friday's game, Kuralay joins former Seminole Jez Ratliff as the only FSU players to ever score three career goals versus UF.

"It was a different kind of goal but it was similar to the long distance strike from last year," said Krikorian. "We know she can do that against any team. It was a heck of a strike. Anytime someone hits one of those balls, on our team or the opponent, you pat them on the back and tell them well done. Then you move on."

In a game that was decidedly different from last year's six-goal match, Ali Mims and the Florida State defense were in the spotlight Friday night. It was the first time Florida State had ever held the Gators scoreless in a game and it has now been 150:50 since the last time a Gator scored versus Florida State.

"Getting a shutout feels pretty good," said Florida State sophomore defender Katrin Schmidt. "When Florida was able to break us down in the back, Ali (Mims) was there and did a great job. It was a great game."

The clean sheet was the 11th in Mims' career. She is now just three away from establishing a new career mark at Florida State. Although she is still behind two former keepers, she is the only one who will be able to say one of her shutouts came against Florida.

"Shutting out Florida is a great accomplishment for this team," said Mims, a sixth-year senior. "I just felt this was a complete team effort tonight. The shutout was just the icing on the cake. The defense played awesome tonight. We had a couple lapses. We bent but didn't break."

The fact that FSU's first shutout of the Gators coincided with the return of Sarah Wagenfuhr, wasn't lost on her teammates or coach. The sophomore returned home from Russia where she was playing in the FIFA World Championships with the US U-20's. The freshman All-American missed the first three games of the season while playing with her country.

"I think we adjusted very well to having Wags back and it happened pretty quickly as well," said Schmidt. "She started every game in the middle last year so we are familiar together. She did a great job."

"I think it was an adjustment for Wags coming back from Russia just a few days ago," said Krikorian. "I don't think this will be her best performance on the year but she was good when she needed to be. She won a number of balls and made some good hard tackles. We are pretty confident she will be a pretty good player for the next three years."

The largest soccer crowd in Florida State history began to arrive an hour before game time when a crowd was gathered outside the gates and the Seminole faithful didn't stop showing up all night. The 4,582 fans beat FSU's previous record of 1,912 set last season versus North Carolina. It was the second largest crowd to ever watch an FSU/UF soccer game. The record was set in Gainesville in 1999 when 4,745 showed up to watch the first match of the season for each team.

"This crowd was simply amazing," said Trotter. "It is always great to play at home but I would never have imagined 4,500 people showing up. Are you kidding? They are all behind you and you want to play well for them to thank them for coming out to the game."

"The crowd was magnificent," said Krikorian. "They came out and showed their affection for our team. The home crowd advantage was certainly felt tonight. Our players feel very good about themselves tonight and that has a lot to do with this wonderful support we received."

NOTES: FSU record crowd of 4582. Previous record was 1912. FSU has now won six of the last nine versus Florida. Kuralay has three career goals versus the Gators. Seminoles record their first-ever shutout in the series.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK   0 Ali Mims                       0   0  0  0                
F    2 India Trotter                  3   0  0  0                
D    5 Sarah Wagenfuhr                0   0  0  0                
D    7 Katrin Schmidt                 0   0  0  0                
F    8 Sel Kuralay                    4   1  1  0        1       
D   10 Kelly Rowland                  3   0  0  0                
D   12 Libby Gianeskis                0   0  0  0                
MF  14 Kirsten van de Ven             1   1  0  0                
MF  18 Mami Yamaguchi                 1   1  0  0                
D   19 Becky Edwards                  0   0  0  0                
MF  20 Iraia Iturreqi                 0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     4 Annie Stalzer                  0   0  0  0                
    11 Sage Sizemore                  0   0  0  0                
    22 Toby Ranck                     0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 12   3  1  0        1       
       Opp                        90 14   2  0  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Ali Mims                    90:00  0    2  1      1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    2  1      1
Opp                         90:00  1    2    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  43:02 FSU  Sel Kuralay                                         rips it over the top of the gk off her line                                


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
1
0
1

FLORIDA STATE 2, CENTRAL FLORIDA 0
09/13/2006, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 1 FSU Wins Fifth Straight In A Driving Rain Storm 2-0 Over UCF.

Selin Kuralay records her fourth goal and third game-winner of the season.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Wednesday night's conditions were anything but ideal for a soccer match but with conference schedule to begin next week No. 1 Florida State and UCF didn't have much choice but to play. For the second year in a row and third time in the last four, the Seminoles and Golden Knights played a game in a driving rain and just like the two previous matches, FSU came out in front. Top-ranked Florida State (5-0) got goals from Selin Kuralay and Mami Yamaguchi while recording their second consecutive shutout downing the Golden Knights (3-2-1) 2-0.

"It was an unbelievable condition to play a game in, but soccer is one of those games that no matter what Mother Nature throws at you, you need to deal with," Florida State Head Coach Mark Krikorian said. "I'm very pleased with our effort. There was nothing artistic or beautiful about this one, but we had good fight and concentration and we did the best we could under the conditions we had."

Rain had been threatening all day long in Tallahassee but the skies didn't open up until FSU and UCF took the field for warm-ups and hour before kick-off. With the rain continuing to pour down throughout the first half, the ball was skipping on the wet field and then getting stuck in puddles making it hard for either team to play its game.

"It's funny because you don't really practice in these conditions," Krikorian said. "Usually when you have standing water on the field, it's dangerous and you don't want to put your players in that environment. But you talk to your players a little bit about playing a lot of air balls and try to poke the ball out of puddles. Unless you've done that a few times, it's hard to make adjustments like that. I thought our kids did a great job of it to be pretty honest with you."

"It was, pretty much in the first half, impossible to play soccer," said Kuralay. "It was more like a rugby game than anything. The key was trying not to keep possession or dribble around at all. Just pretty much boot the ball as far up the field as you can and hope for the best. Both teams were really struggling through the first 20 with the conditions. I think we adapted really well towards the end of the first half when we started to lift the ball off the ground instead of playing it on the deck."

The wet conditions didn't seem to bother Kuralay though who scored a goal in her fourth straight game, the second longest streak in Seminole soccer history. With the goal Kuralay now has recorded a point in all five games this season and had the game-winning goal in three of the Seminoles' five victories.

"For me, I always want to score," said Kuralay of her early season success. "I am always going to try to get into the right position and hopefully put the ball in the back of the net. I have been fortunate that has happened for me so far."

With the ball skipping and jumping all over the field, Ali Mims and the Seminole defense also didn't seem to have too much trouble with the weather. The group recorded its second straight shutout and third of the season. Mims has never allowed a goal to the Golden Knights in three games and more than 245 minutes of action.

"The defense is playing at a very high level now," said Mims who notched the 12th shutout and 33rd win of her career. "I am very confident in their ability even in the wet weather tonight. The defense did a great job of getting their bodies behind the ball and clearing them out. Once we started to get the ball up in the air because of the wet surface, the defense played phenomenal. They helped me out in a lot of situations I got caught up in. Overall, we are playing well and want to build on it."

The start of the game was near impossible for both teams. Every pass or run was foiled by the ball stopping in a puddle. Just four minutes in the weather halted a would-be India Trotter goal when the senior get in alone with UCF keeper Jennifer Manis. Trotter got about five yards from the goalmouth but slipped before she could pull the trigger.

The weather almost cost UCF a goal later in the first half. A turnover in the back led to a Mami Yamaguchi pass to Kuralay. The junior ripped a shot that went just wide left. Kuralay had two more great shots but both went wide to the right this time as she piled up seven shots on the evening.

As many chances as FSU had, UCF probably had the most dangerous opportunity in the scoreless match. The chance came off a corner kick and Mims got caught trying to get the ball but was unable to come up with it. After the service bounced around, Sarah De Leon got a shot on the open goal but Katrin Schmidt was there to save the ball.

That opened the door for Kuralay who scored an opportunistic goal at the 37:03 mark. The play started with a great free kick by Sarah Wagenfuhr. Kuralay went up between two UCF defenders and won the header. She was unable to get the ball back until a failed Golden Knight clearance set the All-American up with a look at a wide open net. The junior fired past a sliding defender for the 1-0 lead.

"It was a long free kick and we won the first touch," Krikorian said. "Then it was a knockdown and (Kuralay) has a good sense of timing. She reads the play well and she has the quality to finish."

"All I saw was the empty goal with no goalkeeper in it," said Kuralay. "I pretty much eliminated the other girl, my defender, and then I just went in and hoped for the best. Somebody has to put their body on the line and anything can happen. I am just glad I could help us get a victory."

After securing a 10-5 lead in shots in the first half, the rain let up at halftime and the field dried so there was hope for a much prettier second half. While the rain did return the field held up much better after draining and FSU went on to take 12 shots to just one for the Golden Knights. The Seminoles limited UCF to no shots through the first 32 minutes of the second.

"It wasn't quite our normal style of soccer, that's for sure," Krikorian said. "We adjusted to the conditions pretty well and did the best we could. Our field drains as well as any field in the country, so as soon as the field started draining we were able to put the ball in play a little bit. I would have liked to put the ball in play for 90 minutes."

With the field conditions more accommodating, the Seminoles began to generate more opportunities and just five minutes in it looked as if they had cashed in. A free kick was played into Kuralay who buried the shot only to see a questionable offsides flag in the air.

Five minutes later FSU generated another chance. This one began with a stellar Trotter run to the top of the 18 where she played a square ball to Yamaguchi. The sophomore drove a shot to the backpost but Manis just got a hand on it to push it wide.

Two minutes later Yamaguchi and Trotter once again combined on a near goal. This time it was a beautiful 1-2 that got Trotter an open look but her shot was put wide of the near post.

In the 66th minute a cleared free kick in the Seminole box sprung Trotter at midfield. She made a run to the net being marked by two Golden Knight defenders. As she got to the top of the 18 she was dispossessed but recovered to win the ball and get a shot off. Her shot was once again low and required a diving Manis save.

The run by Trotter may not have resulted in a goal but the ensuing corner she won sure did. Kuralay's set piece was cleared out to Yamaguchi right at the top of the 18. The sophomore one-timed her shot into the side netting at the near post.

"I just kicked the ball, to be honest I was trying to shoot to the other side," said Yamaguchi. "It went in though so I am happy. It was a bit lucky but I am happy I was able to score."

The Seminole onslaught continued in the 70th minute on another rip from Yamaguchi that required Manis to dive and turn away just wide of the post.

Kelly Rowland fueled the next Seminole attack when she played a perfect long ball up the field 40 yards to Trotter. The All-American ran to the 18 and found Yamaguchi one more time. The midfielder fired but it was right into Manis' chest.

Manis once again was able to just get a hand on a potential FSU goal as she came up with her sixth save of the night. This time it was a brilliant piece of individual effort by Trotter. The senior played a back heel to herself to create space and then fired low to the backpost where Manis was just able to get a piece of the shot.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK   0 Ali Mims                       0   0  0  0                
MF   2 India Trotter                  6   3  0  0                
D    5 Sarah Wagenfuhr                0   0  0  0                
D    7 Katrin Schmidt                 0   0  0  0                
F    8 Sel Kuralay                    7   1  1  0  1     1       
D   10 Kelly Rowland                  0   0  0  0                
MF  14 Kirsten van de Ven             0   0  0  0                
F   18 Mami Yamaguchi                 8   4  1  0                
D   19 Becky Edwards                  1   0  0  0                
MF  20 Iraia Iturreqi                 0   0  0  0  1             
MF  22 Toby Ranck                     0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     4 Annie Stalzer                  0   0  0  0                
     9 Melissa Samokishyn             0   0  0  0                
    24 Victoria Damren                0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 22   8  2  0  2     1       
       Opp                        90  6   3  0  0  1             

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Ali Mims                    90:00  0    2  1      1
Team                         0:00  0    1          
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    3  1      1
Opp                         90:00  2    6    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  37:03 FSU  Sel Kuralay                                         free kick, botched clearance, finishes loose ball                          
  2.  66:04 FSU  Mami Yamaguchi                                      corner kick cleared to Yamaguchi, one-times shot                           


  1 2 Total
CENTRAL FLORIDA
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
1
1
2

FLORIDA STATE 2, FLORIDA ATLANTIC 1
09/17/2006, BOCA RATON, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Trotter And Iturregi Lead No. 1 Seminoles To 6-0 Start.

Florida State downs Owls 2-1 in front of a record-setting crowd at FAU.

BOCA RATON, FL - No. 1 Florida State remained perfect on the 2006 season with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Florida Atlantic Sunday afternoon in Boca in front of a school record 612 fans. The Seminoles got a goal and an assist from Iraia Iturregi and from hometown hero India Trotter to improve to a perfect 6-0 on the season. The winning streak is the third-longest in school history and the second longest win streak to start a season. With the win over Florida Atlantic (3-3-1), FSU improved to 34-4 this decade versus in-state opponents.

"(FAU Head Coach) Brian (Dooley) and his team are a good group," said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. "They created a couple of problems for us, which we expected. They are well coached, organized and disciplined. They gave themselves a good chance to win the game. I give our kids credit for coming down to a tough environment, working hard and finding a way to win."

Trotter, who grew up playing her club soccer on the fields of FAU had a huge impact on the game in her last regular season appearance in South Florida. She recorded an assist on FSU's first goal and then scored the game-winner in the 63rd-minute. It was the 18th goal of her career and the sixth game-winner. She has now scored three times in her last two games versus the Owls.

"It is a good feeling," said Trotter. "It is always nice to be playing in front of your family and friends and players you grew up playing against. To get a good result in front of familiar faces is nice."

"India is a big time player," said Krikorian. "She has a bright future in front of her. She is going to continue to get better and better. My biggest regret is that she is a senior. I would have loved to have had the opportunity to work with her for a couple more years. She came in here and we needed a big time player to step forward and she did it."

The game was also a coming out party for Spanish National Team player Iturregi. The junior recorded three points on the day as she scored the first goal of her collegiate career and had her first assist as well.

"The first thing is the team winning," said Iturregi. "When the team wins and you score a goal or get an assist, you feel better for contributing to that. Today I was happy to help us win."

The Seminoles controlled play throughout much of the first half and didn't have to wait long to go in front. With just over two minutes gone, FSU broke on top with an opportunistic goal. An FAU turnover in the back led to an uncontested Trotter shot. Owl keeper Megan Coyne came up with the save but she could not control the rebound. The shot came right to Iturregi who buried the rebound for the first goal of her collegiate career. The goal was the quickest scored by the Seminoles this season at 2:36 and the quickest since an own goal versus Maryland at the 2:09 mark October 6 of 2004.

"I thought that we imposed ourselves on the game pretty well early on," said Krikorian. "I thought we had a couple of other chances where we could have scored. We weren't precise enough around the penalty box."

"India shot the ball and I was thinking that the keeper might not hold on to it," said Iturregi. "That is exactly what happened and I was there to finish the goal."

FSU almost got back on the board in the 15th minute on a set piece. Mami Yamaguchi's corner kick was played to the backpost where freshman Onnie Trusty was waiting. The defender's header from about five yards out hit the post.

The Owls didn't really mount their first attack until 21 minutes in but Florida State continued to put the pressure on and had another scoring chance about eight minutes after that and it was a Trusty header once again. This time Sarah Wagenfuhr launched a free kick into the box. Trusty was there with her back to the goal and flicked a header shot on frame but Coyne was there to save the chance.

Florida Atlantic started to turn the tide with about 15 minutes remaining in the half and at 36:37 the effort paid off. Owl junior Alicia Tirelli made a long uncontested run through the Seminole defense and inside the 18. The midfielder fired low past a charging Ali Mims evening the match. It was the first goal ever surrendered by FSU to FAU in three meetings and ended the Seminoles shutout streak at 267:44.

"We are still trying to find our way," said Krikorian. "It is still early in the season for all the teams and obviously we want to clean that up a little bit. The kid made a heck of a run out the back third and right through our midfield. It was a good finish. We have to address that but I give the kid a lot of credit. It was a heck of a run.

"It is a 90:00 game and there are going to be peaks and valleys throughout. We are not going to get too panicked too often. Obviously we had a breakdown. Florida Atlantic took advantage of it and scored a nice goal. We knew in the second half we would come out and basically do the things that made us successful. Keep the ball on the ground, move and try and attack. We want to come out strong in the second half but we knew we had 45:00 to get control of the game and play it at the tempo we wanted."

FSU did just that coming out of the half and ten minutes in the Seminoles had the first chance at breaking the 1-1 tie. Trotter and Selin Kuralay played off one another and Trotter got endline on the left side of the goal. FSU had three attackers in the box and nobody pressuring the ball. Trotter bent her service to the backpost but it was over all three Seminoles.

In the 62nd minute the Seminoles almost broke the tie once again. Becky Edwards came down the right wing and served a great ball to Kuralay at the top of the 18. The junior worked herself free and fired a shot. The strike was blocked but still rolled just wide of the post.

Just minutes later FSU broke back on top. Iturregi continued to have an impressive day. The junior from Spain collected a pass outside the 18 down the right side. She muscled her way past the defender and sent a great driven service into the box about eight yards out where Trotter re-directed the pass past new keeper Jessica Badders.

"After they scored the first thought is to react, respond," said Trotter. "They scored now it is up to us to get it back. You can't take it back. You can't go back in time. All you can do is react or respond to it.

"I saw Iraia get in. She was able to get endline. There was nobody really in the box so I decided to make a run and was in position to finish it."

Mami Yamaguchi came close to extending the Seminole lead in the 72nd minute. The play started with Toby Ranck's run to the endline. The senior's cross was cleared out to Yamaguchi at the top of the 18. The midfielder hit a shot with the outside of her left foot off the crossbar.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK   0 Ali Mims                       0   0  0  0                
MF   2 India Trotter                  6   4  1  1        1       
D    3 Onnie Trusty                   2   1  0  0                
D    5 Sarah Wagenfuhr                0   0  0  0                
D    7 Katrin Schmidt                 1   1  0  0                
F    8 Sel Kuralay                    1   0  0  0                
F   10 Kelly Rowland                  1   0  0  0                
MF  14 Kirsten van de Ven             1   1  0  0                
MF  18 Mami Yamaguchi                 3   1  0  0                
D   19 Becky Edwards                  0   0  0  0                
MF  20 Iraia Iturreqi                 1   1  1  1                
       ---Substitutes---
    16 Holly Peltzer                  1   0  0  0                
    22 Toby Ranck                     1   0  0  0                
    25 Colette Swensen                0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                           18   9  2  2        1       
       Opp                            8   4  1  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Ali Mims                    90:00  1    3  1       
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  1    3  1       
Opp                         90:00  2    7    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.   2:36 FSU  Iraia Iturreqi            India Trotter             off the rebound after a turnover in the box                                
  2.  36:37 Opp  Opponent                                            dribbled ball from midfield into box                                       
  3.  62:49 FSU  India Trotter             Iraia Iturreqi            crossed from outside the box, tapped in                                    


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
1
1
2
FLORIDA ATLANTIC
1
0
1

NORTH CAROLINA 2, FLORIDA STATE 1
09/21/2006, CHAPEL HILL, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 1 FSU Soccer Falls To No. 4 North Carolina 2-1 On Late Goal.

Seminoles' season-opening win streak ended by Carolina for the second straight year.

CHAPEL HILL, NC - The top-ranked FSU soccer team came into its showdown with No. 4 North Carolina having not allowed a second half goal all season. Unfortunately the first one the Seminoles allowed was the costliest of the season. After falling behind the Tar Heels (9-1, 1-0) 1-0 just 22:22 into the game, FSU's India Trotter evened the match in the 62nd minute only to watch Heather O'Reilly clinch the game with her second goal coming with just 6:54 remaining in the match. The 2-1 defeat ended the Seminoles (6-1, 0-1) second-best start in school history as they lost for the first time this season.

"I don't think we dealt with their pressure very well tonight," said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. "They were very organized, very disciplined in their defending and we weren't sharp enough. Our movements when we gained the ball weren't sharp enough. We paid the price for it.

"If you are going to come in here and try to play the ball around the back and thru the midfield and your movement isn't crisp and your passes aren't sharp, you will pay the price for it. I thought we did. We played ourselves into some very difficult situations. In my estimation it is a credit to (UNC). They forced us to make mistakes and then took advantage of those mistakes. It was a learning experience for us."

While the Tar Heels out shot FSU 17-7 both teams combined to put just six shots on frame and Carolina scored on half of their four shots on goal. The first was an unstoppable shot bent to the backpost and off the crossbar by O'Reilly. The second was more bizarre as the entire Seminole backline and goalkeeper Ali Mims seemed to stop as O'Reilly hit a spinning ball that looked like it was going wide but spun backwards and into the net past a stunned Ali Mims.

"(O'Reilly) faced up at the goal and looked at me," said Mims. "I was off my line a little bit more trying to cutoff the angle. If they are going to beat me, I wanted them to do it on the chip. She picked a corner and placed it. She saw it the whole way. I was frozen. I was pretty disappointed in my effort in that. I can't go back on it now.

"It is easy to forget about the mistakes, dropped balls and balls I should have gotten when you win the game. They are magnified when you lose. Credit to Carolina."

O'Reilly wasn't the only one to take advantage of an odd play in the back. FSU's game-tying goal also came on a play nobody in the stadium expected when Anna Rodenbough misplayed a long ball and India Trotter was right there to bury the mistake.

"I don't know what happened," said Trotter when recounting the goal. "Our center back played a great ball in the air behind the backline. The goalkeeper just got kind of tripped up and I was there luckily to just finish it off."

Despite being even with North Carolina with under seven minutes remaining, the Tar Heels once again found a way to continue their dominance in the series. It was the 18th win for the Heels in 20 meetings between the teams as UNC struck the first blow in the race for the ACC title.

"I have said all along that I don't think we have developed a very good rhythm in our play in any of our games yet," said Krikorian. "You factor that in with the Carolina factor and the intensity and pace they are going to play with and it seems natural to me that if we are not sharp enough we are going to make mistakes and pay the price for those mistakes.

"We know we have to get better. We also know we have a big upside. We are not pushing the panic button. We know we have a bunch of ACC games left then we will play the ACC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament. In my estimation we have a long way to go but we have a lot of pieces. When we get those pieces on the same page, we will have an opportunity to be successful."

UNC and Florida State combined for just one shot in the first ten minutes and that one chance was put wide of the goal by the Tar Heels. FSU did generate one chance and that came on a service into the box from the far left wing. Iraia Iturregi was making a run but Rodenbough was there to collect the service.

The Tar Heels continued to test their luck from distance. In the 15th minute it was Ali Hawkins who volleyed a hard shot from 25 yards out that sailed wide of the net at the near post.

In the 19th minute Trotter, who was able to win long balls out of the back with her head most of the game, won another one. This time she flicked the ball toward the Carolina goal where Mami Yamaguchi ran onto the ball. The sophomore got past her defender with three runners in the box. As Yamaguchi started to turn toward the center of the pitch Jessica Maxwell chopped the Seminole down from behind. Maxwell received the yellow card and set FSU up with a set piece on the far wing outside the box. Selin Kuralay drove a shot to the backpost but it bent wide.

In the 22nd minute a long Kelly Rowland throw-in produced another FSU chance. This time the header didn't have much behind it but it did almost pop over the top of Rodenbough who trapped the ball against the crossbar and made the save.

Less than two minutes later the Heels broke on top. The Seminole defense gave O'Reilly some space about 25 yards from goal. The senior took a look and fired a high arching shot to the backpost over the top of Mims and off the bottom of the crossbar for the early 1-0 lead. It was the 55th career goal for O'Reilly.

In the 30th minute the Seminoles continued to test UNC on set pieces. This time it was a free kick from just inside midfield by Sarah Wagenfuhr. The sophomore sent a deep service into the box about 10 yards from goal. Rodenbough came out but couldn't clear the ball. Kuralay took a stab at the loose ball with an off-balance shot that went just wide at the near post.

In the 34th minute Iturregi played a great ball in to Trotter. A bouncing service came to the top of the 18. The Spanish national somehow back-heeled the pass out of the air and got Trotter in alone on the right side. The angle was just too sharp though as Trotter's shot went over the bar as she tried to bend it in at the backpost.

Carolina came out and had the best opportunity early on in the second half. Sterling Smith's service from the right wing to the back post was lofted and Mims seemed to lose it as it came down at the far post. She and a defender collided and the ball bounced just wide of the goal mouth.

A Carolina mistake allowed FSU to even the match. A long ball played over the top to Trotter ran long and Rodenbough came out to clear the pass with her feet. The keeper missed the ball allowing Trotter a free shot at an open net that the senior buried. It was the first goal this season allowed by UNC in the second half.

In the 84th minute, after a dangerous UNC opportunity, the Seminoles started a dangerous counter attack. Florida State worked the ball down the left wing and found Rowland at the top off the 18. The senior looked up and fired but her shot was blocked.

Moments later the Heels went back in front for good on as odd of a goal as you'll see. Carolina pushed the ball down the center of the pitch to O'Reilly. As the senior got to the top of the 18 she looked to miss-hit her shot. The Seminoles all watched as the shot took an odd backspin and spun back past Mims and into the Seminole net.

"We tried to come in and impose our style on them," said Trotter of FSU's strategy. "It didn't happen because they played amazing. It was a hard fought game and two great finishes by Heather O'Reilly. We wanted to knock the ball around but by the time we started to do that it was too late."

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK   0 Ali Mims                       0   0  0  0                
MF   2 India Trotter                  2   1  1  0  1             
D    5 Sarah Wagenfuhr                0   0  0  0                
D    7 Katrin Schmidt                 0   0  0  0                
F    8 Sel Kuralay                    3   1  0  0                
F   10 Kelly Rowland                  1   0  0  0                
D   12 Libby Gianeskis                0   0  0  0                
MF  14 Kirsten van de Ven             1   1  0  0                
MF  18 Mami Yamaguchi                 0   0  0  0                
D   19 Becky Edwards                  0   0  0  0                
MF  20 Iraia Iturreqi                 0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     3 Onnie Trusty                   0   0  0  0                
    16 Holly Peltzer                  0   0  0  0                
    22 Toby Ranck                     0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90  7   3  1  0  1             
       Opp                        90 17   5  2  4  1     1       

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Ali Mims                    90:00  2    3    1     
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  2    3    1     
Opp                         90:00  1    2  1       
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  22:22 Opp  Opponent                  Opponent                  clipped the crossbar, unsavable                                            
                                           Opponent
  2.  61:54 FSU  India Trotter                                       miscue by keeper, empty net goal                                           
  3.  83:04 Opp  Opponent                  Opponent                  spinning shot, lower left bent around keeper                               
                                           Opponent


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
1
1
NORTH CAROLINA
1
1
2

FLORIDA STATE 2, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 0
09/24/2006, RALEIGH, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Kuralay And Trotter Lead No. 1 FSU To 2-0 Win Over NC State.

Seminoles defeat Wolfpack for the sixth time in a row and are undefeated in last eight.

Raleigh, NC - After a disappointing Thursday night loss to No. 4 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, the top-ranked Seminoles bounced back in a big way Sunday afternoon. Florida State (7-1, 1-1) downed ACC rival NC State (6-2-2, 1-1) 2-0 for the team's sixth straight win over the Wolfpack, an FSU record versus any ACC opponent. Hermann Trophy candidates Selin Kuralay and India Trotter each scored a goal and Ali Mims recorded her fourth shutout of the year. Mims is now tied for first all-time at FSU with 13 career clean sheets.

"I thought our effort was good and at times we played some decent soccer," said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. "It was a hard fought win on the road versus a good ACC team."

Florida State held a distinct edge in every offensive category Sunday. The Seminoles dominated possession while taking five corners to none for the Pack, out shooting NC State 13-7 and putting two more shots on frame than the Wolfpack as well.

"We were able to keep the ball a little better today than we were Thursday," said Krikorian. "We still have some things to work on like our passing and timing. We saw some good signs."

"I think we were better than previous game," said Trotter when asked about the FSU offense. "We connected and found each other better. Our runs off the ball were better today as well."

For Mims, the shutout was a big milestone. The sixth-year senior keeper now either owns or shares ownership of every major record for a Seminole goalkeeper. She is already the winningest keeper in school history picking up her 35th victory Sunday. Now she is even with Joy McKenzie and Melissa Juhl with 13 career shutouts.

"I didn't realize that record was close but it is always nice to accomplish something like that over your career," said Mims. "A shutout is a team stat but it is great to be in the record books at Florida State with all the great keepers that have played here. Whatever records are broken, you can always contribute more to the team's success and that is what I want to do."

For Kuralay, the junior has now scored a goal in five of Florida State's games this season and she has scored four game-winners. In just over a season the Australian striker has 10 game-winning goals and she is just one away from tying for the career record at Florida State.

"It doesn't really matter because it is all about the team being successful," said Kuralay about the record. "I just want to help the team win and getting those game-winning goals comes from just trying to help this group when they need it the most. I like to step up and try help us win whether that is scoring myself or setting someone else up. It is a team sport."

The goal for Trotter marks her third straight game with a goal. After scoring in the season opener versus Portland, the All-American was held without a goal for four straight games. She has now scored in back-to-back ACC games and her two goals in conference play are already half as many as she had in her previous three years combined.

"I think we are just connecting better up front," said Trotter of her recent success. "We have been making better runs and the passes are more precise. That has been the main difference the last few games."

The Seminole offense showed signs of life right off the bat. In the sixth minute Trotter's aggressiveness almost paid off for FSU. The senior was running shoulder-to-shoulder with a defender trying to get around the corner on the right side. Trotter got around the end but her service was blocked out for a corner kick.

Six minutes later FSU launched another dangerous attack. This time it was Iraia Iturregi who started the play. She made a great move at the top of the 18 to hold the ball and gain a little space. She then played a square ball to Kuralay who ripped a shot just wide of the goal.

Kuralay didn't miss on her next opportunity though as she put FSU up 1-0 at 27:18. Kelly Rowland started the play doing a great job of holding the ball at the top of the 18 with her back to the net. She played a ball back to Becky Edwards who bent her service to the backpost where Kuralay was waiting to bury the header.

"That was a really good ball in by Becky," said Kuralay. "She had a good look. I have been trying to get in behind the backline a little bit more. Trying to penetrate from the middle. A lot of times defenders get caught ball watching in those situations. I was able to get in behind and Becky served a great ball. I was there to finish it off."

"Kelly played the ball back to me," said Edwards. "I knew from our previous games that my teammates wanted that ball served to the backpost. So I hit it with my right foot and bent it so the keeper wouldn't be able to get to it. Sel made me look good."

Just 2:49 seconds out of half, the Seminoles doubled their lead. Once again it was Rowland who helped generate the attack. She and Trotter played a great 1-2 as Rowland delivered the ball right back to Trotter. The senior blasted her shot over top of the keeper and to the backpost.

"We talked about that exact thing at halftime," said Rowland. "India is obviously a very dangerous player running at a defense with the ball. She told me to get to the top of the box and lay it off for the 1-2. That's what we did and it worked out well."

"The coaches told us at half that Kelly needed to post up so we could work the 1-2 combination," said Trotter. "That is exactly what happened. It was a good job on their part and we just made it happen on the field."

About 10 minutes after the Seminole goal, FSU went back on the attack. Katrin Schmidt made a dangerous overlapping run down the wing. Mami Yamaguchi hit her in stride with a wonderful back heel pass. As Schmidt cut towards the box she was chopped down from behind ending the attack.

Two minutes later Iturregi had another dangerous attack. This time she dribbled around in a tight space atop the 18 making three defenders miss. She fired a shot to the right side but the keeper just got her fingers on the ball.

A heavy rain followed and slowed play down for the final part of the match. The skies opened up but then the rain stopped for the final minutes of the game.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK   0 Ali Mims                       0   0  0  0                
F    2 India Trotter                  1   1  1  0                
D    5 Sarah Wagenfuhr                1   0  0  0  1             
D    7 Katrin Schmidt                 0   0  0  0                
MF   8 Sel Kuralay                    6   2  1  0        1       
F   10 Kelly Rowland                  0   0  0  1                
D   12 Libby Gianeskis                0   0  0  0                
MF  14 Kirsten van de Ven             0   0  0  0                
MF  18 Mami Yamaguchi                 2   1  0  0                
D   19 Becky Edwards                  0   0  0  1                
MF  20 Iraia Iturreqi                 2   1  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     4 Annie Stalzer                  0   0  0  0                
    13 Maike Seuren                   0   0  0  0                
    16 Holly Peltzer                  0   0  0  0                
    22 Toby Ranck                     0   0  0  0                
    24 Victoria Damren                1   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 13   5  2  2  1     1       
       Opp                        90  7   3  0  0  1             

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Ali Mims                    90:00  0    3  1      1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    3  1      1
Opp                         90:00  2    3    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  27:18 FSU  Sel Kuralay               Becky Edwards             header                                                                     
  2.  47:49 FSU  India Trotter             Kelly Rowland             give and go                                                                


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
1
1
2
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
0
0
0

FLORIDA STATE 0, VIRGINIA 0
09/28/2006, TALLAHASSEE, FL, 2OT

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 3 FSU And No. 8 Virginia Battle To 0-0 Double Overtime Tie.

Florida State's Ali Mims records her record 14th career shutout.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Usually when Florida State and Virginia play it is a close game. Each of the last eight regular season meetings between the two premier programs was a one-goal game. The problem for FSU is that they were on the losing end of each and every one of those close matches. Not only did FSU lose every regular season game with the Cavaliers they lost six of those games in the final 10:00. Thursday night that did not happen. While FSU (7-1-1, 1-1-1) may not have gotten the program's first ever win over Virginia (7-2-2, 2-0-1), the Seminoles did not leave the game with a broken heart as the two squads battled to a 0-0 double overtime draw.

"This isn't a loss, that's about all we can say," said senior All-American India Trotter. "Next time we come out we just have to finish some goals and hopefully get the win."

Opportunities on the opponent's goal were few and far between for both teams. The squads each put just four shots on goal in 110 minutes of play and much of that credit has to go to both defenses. The Florida State and Virginia backlines were both very difficult for the offense to solve on the night.

"I really liked our shape, I really thought our defending was pretty good," said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. "In the first half we were outstanding. In the second half we may have been a little bit fatigued and some seams opened a little more than the first half but on balance it was a good performance by our group."

The match was about as even as you can get statistically. Florida State held a slight edge in shots at 15-13 while Virginia took three corners to two for FSU. Both keepers were forced to make four saves and each side had a quality chance or two to win the match.

"I thought it was a good game between two good teams playing nice soccer," said Krikorian. "There was a lot of organization in the defending both ways. We had a couple chances but you know we didn't finish the chances. That's how the game goes. I thought we had a couple of chances. I thought they had a couple of chances. That's how the game goes. Probably 0-0 was a fair score tonight."

"It is fun to play against another team that plays soccer," said Sarah Wagenfuhr on the similar style FSU and Virginia play. "You know you won't be doing sprints, you get to have fun and play."

While the scoreboard didn't get much of a workout, the night was special for senior Ali Mims who recorded a school-record 14th shutout of her career. The six-year senior has now recorded five clean sheets on the year and shutout back-to-back ACC opponents.

"I think the back four did a good job of communicating today and it was nice to be a part of Ali getting a record," said Wagenfuhr. "We all knew our responsibilities of not letting them in behind us and keeping players wide. We all did a very good job tonight defensively."

While the Seminole defense was stellar, the offense continued to struggle to put up goals. This was the fourth straight game where FSU was unable to score against Virginia as the team has now gone 410:41 without a goal in games versus UVA.

"We played very well today but it was hard because they are very good and play a similar style of soccer to us," said Trotter. "You keep saying to yourself the only thing you can do is finish the ball to change the game. It was a step up for us. We played well. I just think their back four is phenomenal. They are a good group. I played with them growing up. I just think if we had made a better final pass a few times we could have put one in. Give them some credit."

"I certainly think that is a credit to them. Their organization and defending," said Krikorian. "We had a couple of chances. You have to have concentration in the penalty box, take your chances and finish them. I think it is as much about us as it is about them."

The game started as even as it ended. The first 15:00 were played strictly between the 18's. The first sign of any offense was a Virginia corner kick in the 14th minute.

It took 32 minutes until either side had a shot and it came on maybe Florida State's best chance of the night. Becky Edwards played Trotter into the Virginia box. The senior got in alone with UVA keeper Christina de Vries. Trotter drove her shot low to the near post but de Vries just got a finger on the shot to push it wide.

The only other serious chance of the first half came on a Kelly Rowland shot. The senior made a run to about 25 yards from goal. She tried to loft a shot over the top of de Vries but the shot was just a little high and over the top.

The Seminoles came out in the second half and for the first five minutes applied a lot of pressure to the Cavaliers. Just five minutes in Trotter got another chance when she took a shot from 20 yards from goal and she too tried to go over the top of de Vries and once again the ball landed atop the net just over the crossbar.

"In the first half it was a little hard to figure out for the backs and the forwards," said Wagenfuhr. "The forwards were obviously having a hard time connecting. We talked about it at half and figured it out. What kind of runs to make. To get the ball wide and I think we did better in the second half."

After a dominating start to the half for FSU, Virginia came right back and started to control the play for the next five minutes except for one serious FSU chance that came on an Iraia Iturregi service. The junior whipped a ball into the box that Selin Kuralay nudged to the far post but the glancing header went just wide.

The first shot of the game for Virginia came in the 57th minute but it was FSU that still was manufacturing the most dangerous chances. In the 67th minute Trotter waited on her run and received a ball at the back post at a very sharp angle. The senior tried to squeeze the shot between de Vries and the near post but she hit the side netting.

With just over a minute left in regulation Rowland once again tried to test de Vries over the top but once again the shot was just a little too high as the game moved into extra time for the first time in the series since a four OT game in the 2001 ACC Tournament semi-finals.

Virginia had the most dangerous opportunity of the first overtime and it came just under a minute in. Kara Frederick caught Mims just a step off her line and decided to chip a shot over the keeper and to the backpost. Mims was unable to catch up to the shot which hit off the crossbar and bounced out.

The best chance for FSU in the first OT period came with less than one minute on the clock. This time it was Rowland who played a great diagonal ball into Kuralay. The junior got in on the right side and ripped a shot that hit de Vries right in the chest.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK   0 Ali Mims                       0   0  0  0                
MF   2 India Trotter                  4   2  0  0                
D    5 Sarah Wagenfuhr                0   0  0  0                
D    7 Katrin Schmidt                 0   0  0  0                
MF  10 Kelly Rowland                  5   1  0  0                
D   12 Libby Gianeskis                0   0  0  0                
MF  14 Kirsten van de Ven             0   0  0  0                
F   18 Mami Yamaguchi                 1   0  0  0                
D   19 Becky Edwards                  1   0  0  0                
MF  20 Iraia Iturreqi                 0   0  0  0                
MF  22 Toby Ranck                     0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     8 Sel Kuralay                    4   1  0  0                
    16 Holly Peltzer                  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                       110 15   4  0  0                
       Opp                       110 13   4  0  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Ali Mims                   110:00  0    4      1  1
                          =========================
FSU                        110:00  0    4      1  1
Opp                        110:00  0    4      1  1
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================


  1 2 OT O2 Total
VIRGINIA
0
0
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
0
0
0

FLORIDA STATE 2, VIRGINIA TECH 1
10/01/2006, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Yamaguchi Completes FSU's Comeback Versus Virginia Tech 2-1.

Seminoles fight back from 1-0 halftime deficit to down Hokies 2-1 in front of 1,895 fans.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - For just the second time this season the Seminoles played at home on a Sunday. Both games were played during the day, both saw record-setting attendances and in both FSU was trailing at halftime, but just like they did versus Portland the third-ranked Seminoles fought back form a 1-0 halftime deficit to win 2-1. Florida State (8-1-1, 2-1-1) needed a Mami Yamaguchi goal in the 86th minute to finally put away Virginia Tech (5-5-1, 1-3-0) as the Seminoles recorded their 24th all-time come-from-behind victory.

The Seminoles dominated the possession and statistics. FSU out shot Virginia Tech 21-3 and put nine shots on frame to just two for the Hokies. Florida State created numerous chances throughout the game but once again struggled to finish off their opportunities until late in the match.

"I thought we started out pretty good," said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. "We are still not good enough in the final third. I will tell you I thought this is the best soccer we have played. We were able to get a hold of the ball, create a lot of dangerous chances but the final pass still isn't good enough. The goal we created to win the game came off the movement that you needed and a good individual effort by India (Trotter). Of course, Mami is a clutch player."

Florida State fell behind 1-0 in a first half that saw Virginia Tech take just two shots compared to FSU's 11 of which seven were on goal. Mauri Liberati converted an errant clearance in the 37th minute to stake the Hokies to a 1-0 lead. The Seminoles created nearly 10 dangerous chances in the first 45:00 but couldn't find the key to end a scoreless streak that had reached 197:11 when the team went into the locker room down 1-0 at half.

"The first half we played the best soccer of the season and it was so much fun," said Yamaguchi. "There were a lot of great combinations we just needed to finish. We had the confidence even though we were losing 1-0. In the second half we knew we just needed to play the same soccer. We just needed to finish the goal."

"I thought in the first half we played with great composure," said Krikorian. "I thought the whole half was good outside of their goal, which was significant. The second half we started out a little flat. I am not sure why that is. Then we regained our composure and started to play again. Once we spread them out, I thought it was pretty good."

Florida State finally did get on the board and even the game but the goal came on a Selin Kuralay penalty kick not from the run of play. The goal was created by Katrin Schmidt's dangerous run into the box. Kuralay nailed the PK for her sixth goal of the year ending the Seminole goal drought at 210:47 seconds.

"I just passed it by the defender, she kicked it a little bit and I knew I could get in more," said Schmidt of the play. "She fouled me and I went down. I didn't know if they would call the PK. I didn't even know if I was inside or outside the box. I didn't know where I was exactly."

"They congested the game, especially when they were ahead 1-0 they compacted the game, which they should do," said Krikorian. "We said before the game that we knew we would be successful if we had Becky Edwards and Katrin Schmidt in the attack a lot and they were in the attack a lot, particularly Katrin. She drew the penalty on the first goal. She is a heck of an attacking weapon. It is a luxury for us to have her and Becky in the backline knowing when they get forward they will be dangerous."

The penalty kick sparked the record daytime crowd of 1,895, which was the third-largest crowd in school history. It also seemed to spark FSU, which put continual pressure on the Virginia Tech defense for the next 30 minutes.

"After Sel's goal I thought we can win, we will win," said Yamaguchi. "I was so sure."

It looked as is FSU had won in the 84th minute. Edwards played a ball to Trotter at the top of the 18. The senior All-American touched the ball around the defender and ran onto the pass. The senior was all alone with Tech keeper Mallory Soldner on the right side. Trotter went backpost but missed by two yards wide of the frame.

"Oh gosh," said Trotter of the missed opportunity. "It kind of hit off my shin guard. I didn't place it as accurately as I wanted to."

The missed chance seemed to spark Trotter who aggressively started the play that would secure the win for FSU. Trotter used her speed and strength to get around the corner on the right side. She sent a square ball along the top of the 18 where Holly Peltzer was waiting. The junior just got a piece of the pass and redirected it backwards to Yamaguchi. The sophomore struck the pass first time driving the ball low and inside the post.

"None of us really wanted to play for 20 more minutes after going to OT Thursday versus Virginia," said Trotter. "We wanted to end the game. I made a play on the outside and saw Holly. I pulled back and tried to play her. She found Mami and Mami did nothing but finish it beautifully."

"That was a fantastic finish," said Krikorian. "I think Holly got a piece of it. The ball came across and was played off Holly. Give Mami credit for finishing it."

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK   0 Ali Mims                       0   0  0  0                
MF   2 India Trotter                  1   0  0  1                
D    5 Sarah Wagenfuhr                1   1  0  0                
D    7 Katrin Schmidt                 1   0  0  0                
F    8 Sel Kuralay                    4   2  1  0                
MF  10 Kelly Rowland                  6   3  0  0                
D   12 Libby Gianeskis                0   0  0  0                
MF  14 Kirsten van de Ven             1   0  0  0                
MF  18 Mami Yamaguchi                 4   2  1  0        1       
D   19 Becky Edwards                  0   0  0  0                
MF  20 Iraia Iturreqi                 2   1  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     3 Onnie Trusty                   0   0  0  0                
    16 Holly Peltzer                  1   0  0  1                
    22 Toby Ranck                     0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 21   9  2  2        1       
       Opp                        90  3   2  1  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Ali Mims                    90:00  1    0  1       
Team                         0:00  0    1          
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  1    1  1       
Opp                         90:00  2    7    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  36:54 Opp  Opponent                                            collects ball off clearance and fires low to the back post                 
  2.  58:37 FSU  Sel Kuralay                                         penalty kick                                                               
  3.  85:55 FSU  Mami Yamaguchi            India Trotter                                                                                        
                                           Holly Peltzer


  1 2 Total
VIRGINIA TECH
1
0
1
FLORIDA STATE
0
2
2

FLORIDA STATE 1, MARYLAND 0
10/05/2006, COLLEGE PARK, MD

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Post Sixth Shutout In 1-0 Win Over Maryland In ACC Play.

Kelly Rowland scores her second career ACC game-winning goal as FSU improves to 9-1-1.

COLLEGE PARK, MD - The third-ranked Seminoles continued to play stellar defense and score crucial goals as FSU went on the road and shutout Maryland 1-0 Thursday night. The win extended Florida State's unbeaten streak to four games as the team improved to 9-1-1 and 3-1-1 in ACC play. Kelly Rowland scored the game-winner for FSU just two minutes before the half and Ali Mims recorded her sixth shutout in 11 matches. The loss dropped Maryland to 4-7-1 and 0-4-1 in the conference.

"It was a solid effort," said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. "Our players worked hard. I don't think we were quite clever enough in breaking them down but we scored the goal we needed to and kept the ball for long periods of time. We were dangerous in a few situations. We probably need to be dangerous in a few more situations than we were. Overall it was a pretty good performance."

Rowland's goal came in the 44th-minute and the Seminole defense made it standup. It was the second game-winner of her career in ACC play and her fifth career game-winning goal. Rowland is now the only player in FSU soccer history to be in the top five in both career game-winning goals and game-winning assists.

"I thought we attacked well out of both sides," said Krikorian. "It seemed like the left side may have been even better in the attack in the first half but then Becky (Edwards) and Iraia (Iturregi) hooked up giving Becky the opportunity for a good quality service in. Kelly (Rowland) timed her run and had a pretty good finish. That is what you are looking for and it was just what we needed at the time. It was a good time to score a goal."

The assist for the freshman was the third of the season already for Edwards, which leads the team. It was her second game-winning assist and both have come in ACC play. It was a special assist for the Downingtown, PA native who had nearly a dozen friends and family members in attendance.

"It was great," said Edwards of the night. "I got to spend a little time with them and it was a good way to go into a game. This wasn't about me tonight. This was a team effort. I thought we played well tonight. Everyone came ready to play. Our effort was there tonight."

The FSU defense continued its dominance as the squad recorded its sixth shutout in 11 matches. Florida State has given up just six goals in 11 games and this was the third shutout of the season already in ACC play. For starting keeper Ali Mims it was the 15th career clean sheet as she continues to add to her all-time record.

"This shutout like all of them is a testament to the defense in front of me," said Mims. "They did a great job of limiting shots. The most important thing is limiting the opponent to low percentage shots. The defense did a great job of that. It is great to get another shutout but more importantly I am happy about the win."

"I am not only happy about the shutouts but we are limiting the opponents chances," said Krikorian. "Sometimes you are a little bit fortunate when you get a shutout because the other team gets chances but doesn't finish those chances. I thought their best chances tonight came on a couple of free kicks."

This was the second road win in conference play for FSU in its first three matches. Florida State is now 9-5-3 in ACC play on the road since 2001. In the four seasons before that run FSU had won just two conference road games in four seasons.

"Road games in the ACC are always tough," said Mims. "It is always a competitive game. Maryland put up a great fight and worked really hard. When they needed to press us we were able to contain their pressure pretty well. It is so important to get ACC wins away from home so we are pretty pleased."

In the first half, both teams had a few good chances on the opponent's net but it was the Seminoles that had the edge statistically. The Seminoles took 11 shots compared to five for the Terps and put four on goal compared to three for Maryland. FSU took one more corner than UMD and left the field at half with a 1-0 lead.

Six minutes into the game Trotter had the first opportunity for either team as she took a shot from about 22 yards away. She drove the ball low to the backpost requiring a save from Florida native and Maryland keeper Nikki Resnick.

Trotter generated another dangerous attack in the eighth minute. The senior picked up a loose ball and ran straight at the Terp defense. She played a ball through the legs of a defender and to Selin Kuralay. The striker touched it to Mami Yamaguchi who drove a shot to the near post requiring another diving save by Resnick.

The Terps first shot came in the 12th minute off a turnover by FSU as a cleared ball ended up right at the foot of Molly Dreska. The midfielder drove the ball right at Ali Mims though.

Less than a minute later another Seminole miscue almost led to the first goal of the game. Maryland picked up a loose ball along the far side and got around the corner and into the box. As Mims charged out the ball was played into Dreska staring at an empty net from about eight yards out. Her redirection was blocked wide by the FSU defense.

In the 25th minute Iraia Iturregi made a dangerous run at the top of the 18. She faked playing a ball down the wing and cut to the inside. She served an excellent diagonal ball through the box to a charging Rowland. The service was just out of the reach of the senior who made her run between two Terrapin defenders.

The Seminoles created another great chance with just over seven minutes remaining. The play started with a Kelly Rowland throw-in. As the ball was cleared to the left side Katrin Schmidt volleyed a ball high and towards the backpost. The drive looked to be headed in before a leaping Resnick was able to get her fist on the shot and save the sure fire goal.

With just 1:25 left in the first half FSU finally broke on top. Edwards received a ball from Iturregi and sent a service into the box around the six. Rowland came bursting through the middle and nodded her header down and into the side netting for her second goal of the season. It was the 14th career goal for Rowland.

"I saw Becky get the ball on the outside and I know she has a great service in," said Rowland. "I just tried to get to the backpost and put myself into position to finish the service. She sent in a great ball, I got on the end of it and flicked it past the keeper."

"Sel (Kuralay) and Iturregi did a great job of finding me wide," said Edwards. "I knew that through the course of the game there were plenty of opportunities for me to get forward. I saw I had an open look and Kelly was there in the box. I just played it in and she made me look good once again."

The second half began with a driving rain falling on Ludwig Field that really limited both offenses. Neither team generated much on goal until 22 minutes into the second half. With the Terrapins pushing up on an FSU throw-in deep in their own end, an errant pass come right out to Stevie Dunning about 18 yards from goal. The sophomore's shot went just wide at the near post as FSU dodged a bullet on the misplay.

A dangerous Maryland run to the top of the box ended with a Seminole foul setting up the Terps with an excellent opportunity on a set piece. The shot from about 25 yards out was driven right into the wall and deflected all the way back to midfield.

With just 7:30 to play another foul gave the Terrapins an opportunity to level the game. This set piece was from about 25 yards away again but it was right in front of the goal. The Ashley Kennedy shot was once again not even put on frame as it was blasted over the top of the frame.

"We were probably a little hasty going into some tackles where we had good numbers behind the ball," said Krikorian. "We could have just let the play continue on. Maybe we were a little too aggressive committing fouls that were unnecessary. The wall stayed tight on those free kicks and Mims had good position and the dangerous situations were averted."

With Maryland pushing up for the tying goal as the clock wound down, the Terps generated another chance. Dreska got into the box along the left side with Sarah Wagenfuhr marking her tightly. Dreska got a sliding shot off just around the defender but Mims was there to make the stop. It was the last chance of the night for Maryland.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK   0 Ali Mims                       0   0  0  0                
MF   2 India Trotter                  1   1  0  0                
D    5 Sarah Wagenfuhr                0   0  0  0                
D    7 Katrin Schmidt                 1   1  0  0                
F    8 Sel Kuralay                    2   0  0  0                
MF  10 Kelly Rowland                  4   1  1  0        1       
D   12 Libby Gianeskis                0   0  0  0                
MF  14 Kirsten van de Ven             2   1  0  0                
MF  18 Mami Yamaguchi                 3   0  0  0                
D   19 Becky Edwards                  1   0  0  1                
MF  20 Iraia Iturreqi                 0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
    16 Holly Peltzer                  0   0  0  0                
    22 Toby Ranck                     0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 14   4  1  1        1       
       Opp                        90  9   4  0  0  2             

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Ali Mims                    90:00  0    3  1      1
Team                         0:00  0    1          
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    4  1      1
Opp                         90:00  1    3    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  43:35 FSU  Kelly Rowland             Becky Edwards             header after pass into box over defenders                                  


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
1
0
1
MARYLAND
0
0
0

FLORIDA STATE 0, BOSTON COLLEGE 0
10/08/2006, CHESTNUT HILL, MA, 2OT

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Soccer Remains Unbeaten In Five Straight After 0-0 Tie With BC.

Seminoles get seventh shutout in 12 games as they record back-to-back road shutouts.

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - The third-ranked FSU soccer team completed its two-game road trip with a 0-0 double OT tie versus Boston College (8-4-1, 2-2-1) Sunday. The draw improves FSU's unbeaten streak to five games leaving the Seminoles at 9-1-2 and 3-1-2 in the conference. The shutout was the seventh of the season for FSU in 12 games and the fourth of the season in seven conference matches. The Seminoles have now gone 253:06 without allowing a goal.

"I thought it was a fair result today," said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. "Both teams played hard and worked hard. I didn't think either team was dangerous enough in the final third but the organization and defending by both teams was pretty good. This was a good hard fought college soccer game."

"Today was a battle," said All-American India Trotter referring to the 42 fouls in the game of which 29 were whistled against BC. "It reminded me of the Boston Massacre. It was one of those games that happens every so often during the season. It was all about fight today. That was the name of the game."

Senior keeper Ali Mims had a big day in net for FSU as she set a new single season game high with nine saves. Boston College out shot Florida State 15-7 and put nine of those 15 shots on frame. Of the Seminoles seven shots only one tested Eagle keeper Sarah Buonomo.

"I knew it was a game where I needed to make the saves I should make and maybe come up big on one or two others," said Mims. "I knew I needed to remain focused through the entire 110 minutes. We struggled a little offensively and that meant the ball was in our half more than we would have liked. We gave the ball away too much today and that resulted in some chances for BC on the counterattack. I tried to stay focused. It was nice to get the shutout but as always we would have rather gotten the win."

"I thought Ali did very well today," said Sarah Wagenfuhr. "She made every save on every BC shot that was put on frame. She continues to impress."

Florida State continued its stellar defensive play as the team has allowed just one goal in the last 496:56. FSU has already tied the record for the most ACC shutouts in a season set by the 2003 squad. The seven shutouts this year overall are already the fifth-most ever by a Seminole team and Florida State has now recorded 18 clean sheets in the last two seasons under Krikorian, the most ever in a two-year span.

"I think our defending has improved every week," said Wagenfuhr. "The key is our communication and understanding of one another. We are covering for each other so even when there is a breakdown, someone is in the right spot to bail us out."

Offensively the Seminoles continued to struggle to find the back of the net. For the second time in the last four games FSU was held without a goal and the team has scored just three times in that stretch. Last year Florida State was shutout just once the entire regular season. This year it has already happened twice.

"Sure, I am concerned about our goal production," said Krikorian. "We have enough pieces and weapons where we should be scoring goals. Sometimes we have good chances and we haven't finished them. Today we didn't have as many chances. I am more concerned with that than the goals not coming but credit Boston College. I thought they were very organized, strong and physical. They interrupted our rhythm in our game, which is the tactic I would use if I played against us as well. We will go back and continue to work."

"We are a little frustrated the goals aren't coming," said Trotter. "The only thing we can do is keep a positive attitude. We will work harder and hope things get better next time we step out. We just want to try to improve from one game to the next."

In the first half both teams generated a couple of good chances on the opponent's goal. The Seminoles first opportunity came in the 10th minute. Libby Gianeskis made a run from her defensive position across the Eagles' 18. She laid a ball off inside the box to Mami Yamaguchi. The midfielder blasted a shot but the BC defense was there to block the attempt.

In the 22nd minute Yamaguchi again helped Florida State generate a chance. The sophomore won a ball out wide. She found Trotter making a run into the box but the All-American could only get a foot on the ball as her shot was weakly played back to Buonomo.

The action picked up a little more in the second half and just 11 minutes in FSU tried to capitalize on a quick free kick. The set piece was played to Trotter down the wing. The senior cut inside the 18 but her cross was blocked by an Eagle defender.

In the 65th minute Yamaguchi was the beneficiary of a great ball over the top of the defense on the left side. Yamaguchi first-timed the service to the head of Holly Peltzer but the strikers shot was just over the top of the goal.

In the 72nd minute BC was awarded with a dangerous free kick about 25 yards from goal dead on. After a little deception, the Eagles arched the ball over the top of the wall trying to beat Mims high but the senior was right there to make the save.

The Eagles had an almost identical set piece five minute later as a result of one of the 42 fouls called in the game. The shot was blasted over the top of the goal though.

With under six minutes remaining in regulation Iraia Iturregi beat two BC players and then won a 50-50 ball on a challenge. She played the ball into Selin Kuralay about 10 yards away from the goal. As she took her shot it was blocked right as she struck the ball and kept from even going on frame.

The Seminoles seemed to pick it up a in the overtime period and were probably more dangerous in that 20 minute span than any other time in regulation. In the 93rd minute Iturregi played a ball to Kuralay behind the defense and inside the box. The junior once again ran onto the ball inside the 18 but BC was there again to block another shot.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK   0 Ali Mims                       0   0  0  0                
MF   2 India Trotter                  0   0  0  0                
D    5 Sarah Wagenfuhr                0   0  0  0                
D    7 Katrin Schmidt                 1   0  0  0                
F    8 Sel Kuralay                    2   0  0  0                
MF  10 Kelly Rowland                  1   1  0  0                
D   12 Libby Gianeskis                0   0  0  0                
MF  18 Mami Yamaguchi                 0   0  0  0                
D   19 Becky Edwards                  0   0  0  0                
MF  20 Iraia Iturreqi                 2   0  0  0                
MF  22 Toby Ranck                     0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
    16 Holly Peltzer                  1   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                       110  7   1  0  0                
       Opp                       110 15   9  0  0  2             

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Ali Mims                   110:00  0    9      1  1
                          =========================
FSU                        110:00  0    9      1  1
Opp                        110:00  0    1      1  1
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================


  1 2 OT O2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
0
0
0
BOSTON COLLEGE
0
0
0
0
0

FLORIDA STATE 2, STETSON 1
10/11/2006, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 3 Florida State Records 40 Shots In 2-1 Victory Over Stetson.

Selin Kuralay ties the career record for game-winning goals with her 11th.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The Seminoles' game versus Stetson (8-6-1) Wednesday was one of those good news/bad news scenarios. The 2-1 victory helped FSU set a new school record as they extended their home unbeaten streak to 13 games. It also pushed the team's overall unbeaten streak to six in a row while improving the squad's overall record to 10-1-2, but on the flip side Florida State once again struggled to finish their chances. The team took 40 shots in the match and generated numerous scoring opportunities but was only able to put two goals away.

"If I knew what wasn't working I would solve it," said Kirsten van de Ven when asked about the FSU attack. "We don't know why we are struggling. We had 40 shots today. We created chances it's just the final pass isn't there or the last touch isn't on. We will keep working."

"Obviously we created enough chances but I don't think we did a good enough job finishing those chances," said Sarah Wagenfuhr. "I mean 40 shots and only two goals? It needs to be better than that."

Florida State's 40 shots were just one shy of a school record set versus Mercer in 1999. Of those 40 shots 14 were put on goal but only two got past Stetson keeper April Eilering. This is the second straight time FSU and Stetson have played a lopsided match statistically but to a one-goal result. In 2004 FSU needed overtime to down the Hatters 1-0 despite holding a 32-5 edge in shots.

"This is a constant theme now," said Becky Edwards. "We are not putting goals away. I think it is something we need to work on and improve upon. It will come eventually. We just need to keep pushing forward."

While the offense continued to struggle to finish their opportunities they did come through when they needed to. After Stetson stunned FSU on a free kick goal struck from nearly 50 yards out. The Seminoles answered 15 seconds later. The equalizer set a new FSU record for the shortest amount of time in answering an opponent's goal.

"That first goal for us was huge because against a good team that is trying to come in and get a signature win you don't want to be trailing for long periods of time," said van de Ven. "It was important to answer their goal quickly and not allow them to build momentum."

The goal for Stetson was the first ever scored by the Hatters in the series between the teams. In the 13th minute Brittany Jones struck a free kick from the sideline near midfield. The shot skipped through the box to the backpost where it somehow snuck into the net.

"That goal was a result of miscommunication," said Wagenfuhr. "In the opening part of the game we didn't come out with enough fight or the willingness to take the initiative to win balls. We sat there and figured the person next to us would get the ball and nobody did."

After stunning FSU with the goal, the Seminoles took the ball straight down the middle of the pitch on the restart. van de Ven got inside the Hatters' box and took a shot that was deflected back to her about 15 yards away. With her back to the goal she laid a ball back to Mami Yamaguchi who tied the game with her fourth goal of the season.

"I was a little disappointed in myself for not finishing the original shot," said van de Ven. "I was able to get the ball back and saw Mami right there and played it back to her."

"Kirsten worked hard on that play," said Yamaguchi. "I just was able to finish of a goal that she set up for me perfectly. I kicked it as hard as I can. I had so many chances I am glad I at least finished one of them."

Despite numerous chances the score remained 1-1 until the 75th minute when Kuralay once again came to Florida State's rescue. The play that resulted in the game-winning goal started with Iraia Iturregi winning a ball on the endline. She played it back to Edwards near the top of the 18 on the nearside touchline. Edwards saw Kuralay all alone about 20 yards from goal. The junior hit a bent shot that started out down the middle and swung back to the near post beating a diving Eilering.

"Iraia ran it down on the endline and it was a great effort to get the ball and play it back to me," said Edwards. "I saw Sel open at the top of the box. I know she has a good long range shot so I found her. It was a great finish and a relief after missing so many chances throughout the course of the match."

The assist was the fourth of the season for Edwards and the third game-winning assist. She is now already in second place on the single season list for game-winning assists by a freshman, just one away from tying the record. She is also on her way to becoming the fifth true freshman to ever finish the season as FSU's assist leader.

"I don't think about the stats too much I just play the game and so far I have been able to assist on a few goals," said Edwards. "It is a product of the players around me and the system we play. I just try to do my best to help the team out in any way possible."

For Kuralay the game-winner was her fifth of the season in 13 games. It has taken her just 35 matches to tie the career game-winning goal record set by Cindy Schofield and then tied by Leah Gallegos. Schofield needed 89 games to set the record and Gallegos needed 60 to tie it.

NOTES: This was the ninth straight win for the Seminoles against a Florida school...Florida State surpassed 10,000 fans for the third time in school history. It took FSU just six home games to break 10,000, which is a program record...this is the second time this year FSU has gone six straight games without a loss...Mami Yamaguchi now has twice as many goals in 13 games this season as she did in 24 matches in 2005...this was just the second time in school history FSU has recorded 40 shots in a game.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK   0 Ali Mims                       0   0  0  0                
F    2 India Trotter                  4   1  0  0                
D    5 Sarah Wagenfuhr                1   1  0  0                
D    7 Katrin Schmidt                 3   0  0  0                
MF   8 Sel Kuralay                    7   5  1  0        1       
MF  10 Kelly Rowland                  7   2  0  0                
D   12 Libby Gianeskis                0   0  0  0                
MF  14 Kirsten van de Ven             3   1  0  1                
MF  18 Mami Yamaguchi                 7   3  1  0                
D   19 Becky Edwards                  2   0  0  1                
MF  20 Iraia Iturreqi                 5   0  0  1                
       ---Substitutes---
    16 Holly Peltzer                  0   0  0  0                
    22 Toby Ranck                     1   1  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 40  14  2  3        1       
       Opp                        90  5   3  1  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Ali Mims                    90:00  1    2  1       
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  1    2  1       
Opp                         90:00  2   12    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  12:42 Opp  Opponent                                            free kick from midfield that skips in at far post                          
  2.  12:57 FSU  Mami Yamaguchi            Kirsten van de Ven        give and go in the box scores low                                          
  3.  74:22 FSU  Sel Kuralay               Iraia Iturreqi            bent upper 90 past diving keeper                                           
                                           Becky Edwards


  1 2 Total
STETSON
1
0
1
FLORIDA STATE
1
1
2

FLORIDA STATE 2, MIAMI 0
10/15/2006, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Trotter Gets Miami Again As She Leads No. 3 FSU Past The Canes 2-0.

Seminoles get their eighth shutout and extend unbeaten streak to seven games.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Something about the Miami Hurricanes brings out the best in FSU All-American India Trotter. Coming into Sunday's ACC game the Ft. Lauderdale, FL native had a goal in two games and in assist in another in three career matches versus UM. The senior continued that streak Sunday as her game-winning goal helped Florida State (11-1-2, 4-1-2) down Miami (7-7-1, 1-6-1) 2-0 for the team's seventh straight win over the Canes.

"There really is no connection from any previous game versus Miami," said Trotter. "Today I was able to finish a goal because of a great play by Mami Yamaguchi. I was just there to finish it. I was just happy to help us get a big win in conference play."

The victory jumped Florida State into second place in the ACC standings. FSU has three remaining conference games and is in a four-way battle to finish second in the standings. The Seminoles will take on two of those four teams next weekend when they travel to Duke and Wake Forest.

"It is important any time you are at home, especially this time of the year, to find a way to get a result," said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian.

"Getting three points today with a win is very important," said Trotter. "When it comes down to tournament seeding you obviously wanted to be as high up in the standings as possible. That will situate us better to make a run at the conference championship."

The victory extended Florida State's home unbeaten streak to 13 games, which built on a school record streak that was set versus Stetson earlier in the week. It also improved FSU's 10-game win streak versus in-state competition as the Seminoles are now 39-4 versus Florida schools since the 2000 season. Florida State is also threatening the team record unbeaten streak as Sunday's victory extended the current run to seven games, just two shy of the record set in 2005.

Sunday's game was just the fourth match the Seminoles have won by more than one goal this season and it is the first time FSU has done that in the last six matches. After recording just two goals on 40 shots versus Stetson on Wednesday, the FSU offense was dangerous all game long and created numerous scoring opportunities. Of the 25 shots the Seminoles took Sunday, 11 were put on frame.

"I am happy with the way we played," said Krikorian. "I thought we played pretty good soccer today. We had a lot of different styles in our attacking. We had chances result from a longer ball and a number of combination passes as well. I was pretty satisfied with that."

"I think things are starting to come together as an offense," said Trotter. "We are clicking on and off the field and I can see things are getting better each time out."

As the offense continues to take shape once again the FSU defense was nearly impenetrable. For the eighth time in 14 games the Seminoles shutout an opponent. Florida State is now just one clean sheet from moving into second place on the single season shutout list. It was the fourth conference shutout of the season for FSU, which has already tied the single season record.

"Our collective defending was outstanding," said Krikorian. "I don't know if we gave up one big chance the entire game. Over the course of 90 minutes that is difficult to do. It was a good effort for us."

The Seminole attack looked as sharp as it has all season and it started early versus Miami keeper Lauren McAdam who came into the game with five shutouts and had a big game versus FSU. Just four minutes into the match Becky Edwards set up FSU's first serious chance. She played a ball to Iraia Iturregi. The Miami defense was there to win the pass but Iturregi won the ball back. She sent in a great cross to Kirsten van de Ven eight yards out right in front of McAdams. The Seminole junior blasted the shot but it was right at the Cane keeper who came up with the save.

In the 32nd minute Trotter got her first dangerous chance on goal on a fortuitous bounce. Keeper Ali Mims' punt bounced at midfield and right to a streaking Trotter. She went right down the middle of the pitch at McAdams. The keeper charged out and slid at Trotter's feet blocking the seniors shot and keeping the game level.

Ten minutes later Trotter was back torturing the Miami defense. Rowland played a ball over the top of the defense that Trotter once again ran on to. McAdams came out of her net but couldn't beat Trotter to the pass so she started to retreat back. With McAdams in poor position Trotter took her chance but the rushed shot was saved by the Miami keeper.

In the second half FSU continued to attack but found more success. Just over five minutes in Trotter got the goal that McAdams had denied her on two previous occasions. Yamaguchi was instrumental in the goal as her brilliant individual effort set up the game-winner. The sophomore held the ball on the left wing as the Seminole attackers crashed the box. Yamaguchi had to fight off a UM defender and then got around her and to the endline. Her out-swinging service went just off the hands off McAdams and landed right at the feet of Trotter who buried the shot into an open net.

"Anytime Mami gets behind the defense you want to get inside the box," said Trotter. "I was there and was fortunate. If I hadn't finished it, Kirsten was right there to score as well."

Just seven minutes after Trotter put FSU up 1-0 the Seminoles almost scored one of the prettiest goals of the season. Rowland did a fantastic job of winning a ball that the Miami defense was trying to shield out of bounds for a goal kick. Rowland fought hard, got around the defender and made a run along the endline. She played a ball back on the ground to Onnie Trusty who blindly back-heeled the pass to Yamaguchi at the far post. The pass was just out of the sophomore's reach about eight yards out of the goal mouth.

Two minutes later another Mims goal kick sprung Trotter. This one came on a 50/50 ball that UM won but headed back towards its own goal. Trotter ran on to the ball as McAdams came well out of her box to cut down the angle. Trotter got a shot off from about 23 yards out before McAdams could get there but it went just wide of the post.

In the 78th minute FSU put the game away. The goal was once again created by great play out wide. This time it was Katrin Schmidt who made a great run that split three Miami defenders. She played a diagonal ball onto the foot of Rowland who made a run inside the UM 18. Rowland took one touch to play the ball around a charging McAdams and then finished into an open net. It was the 15th goal of her career.

"I saw Schmidt look up and I knew if a made a run she would get me the ball," said Rowland. "I saw some space and made a run into it. She played a great ball in. I saw the goalie come out and I was able to take a touch by her and finish it."

"(Kelly) plays hard, she fights, she tackles and she does a lot of those little things that help us win games," said Krikorian. "She has so many intangibles and she got a nice goal today."

Florida State continues ACC play this Thursday as the team makes it final road trip of the season. FSU will face Wake Forest Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. and then face Duke Sunday at 12:30. Both games will go a long way to determining all three team's ACC seeding since each will enter the match among the top five in the conference and separated by just four points.

NOTES: This was the 10th straight win for the Seminoles against a Florida school...Florida State's crowd of 1,392 was the eighth largest ever and the second-highest attendance for an FSU day game...FSU has now drawn four of the top eight all-time crowds this season...FSU has drawn 11,488 fans so far this season with two home games left. It is the second-largest single season attendance ever...FSU extended its unbeaten streak to seven games and its home unbeaten streak to 13 games...the Seminoles tied a school record with its fourth ACC shutout of the year.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK   0 Ali Mims                       0   0  0  0                
F    2 India Trotter                  4   3  1  0        1       
D    5 Sarah Wagenfuhr                1   1  0  0                
D    7 Katrin Schmidt                 1   0  0  1                
MF   8 Sel Kuralay                    6   3  0  0                
MF  10 Kelly Rowland                  5   1  1  0                
D   12 Libby Gianeskis                0   0  0  0                
F   14 Kirsten van de Ven             1   1  0  0                
MF  18 Mami Yamaguchi                 0   0  0  1                
D   19 Becky Edwards                  0   0  0  0                
MF  20 Iraia Iturreqi                 2   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     1 Kimmy Diaz                     0   0  0  0                
     3 Onnie Trusty                   1   0  0  0                
     4 Annie Stalzer                  0   0  0  0                
     9 Melissa Samokishyn             0   0  0  0                
    11 Sage Sizemore                  0   0  0  0                
    13 Maike Seuren                   0   0  0  0                
    15 Melissa Wheeler                1   1  0  0                
    16 Holly Peltzer                  1   0  0  0                
    22 Toby Ranck                     0   0  0  0                
    24 Victoria Damren                1   1  0  0                
    25 Colette Swensen                1   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 25  11  2  2        1       
       Opp                        90  9   4  0  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Ali Mims                    86:05  0    3  1       
Kimmy Diaz                   3:55  0    1          
Team                         0:00  0    0         1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    4  1      1
Opp                         90:00  2    9    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  50:01 FSU  India Trotter             Mami Yamaguchi            Yamaguchi gets endline, keeper can't handle cross and Trotter scores       
  2.  77:31 FSU  Kelly Rowland             Katrin Schmidt            Schmidt slips ball into Rowland on diagonal run - touch around keeper      


  1 2 Total
MIAMI
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
0
2
2

FLORIDA STATE 3, WAKE FOREST 2
10/19/2006, WINSTON-SALEM, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 3 FSU Stages Two Comebacks To Win First Ever Game At Wake 3-2.

Gianeskis' first career goal secures Mark Krikorian's 200th career collegiate victory.

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Thursday was a night of firsts for the third-ranked FSU soccer team. For the first time this season the Seminoles staged two comebacks in a game. For the first time this season FSU had a player record a multi-goal game. For the first time in her career Libby Gianeskis scored a goal and for the first time in 12 seasons FSU won a game versus Wake Forest at Spry Stadium. The Seminoles (12-1-2, 5-1-2) staged comebacks from 1-0 and 2-1 down thanks to Selin Kuralay's fourth career multi-goal game and defeated the ninth-ranked Demon Deacons (12-4, 4-3) 3-2 thanks to Gianeskis' first career game-winner.

It was the fourth time this season that FSU has come back from a 1-0 deficit to win a game and the sixth all-time win for Florida State when trailing 2-1. The last time Florida State came back from a 2-1 deficit was in 2005 versus Florida in Gainesville. For the Seminoles it was also the fifth win over a top 10 team under FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian as the team improved to 6-2 in its last eight regular season matches versus a team ranked in the top 10.

"We were resilient tonight," said Krikorian. "Wake Forest gave us a heck of a battle and I was proud of our players. It was a hard fought victory tonight."

The Seminoles fell behind 1-0 and 2-1 as Wake Forest took advantage of some rare miscues in the back by a Seminole defense that has been stellar all year. Two turnovers led to the Demon Deacon's becoming just the second team this season to score twice versus FSU joining No. 2 North Carolina.

"We were pretty good defending for the most part," said Krikorian. "They took advantage of the opportunities and that's why when you play against good teams you can't make mistakes. You make mistakes and they are going to punish you for it. We made at least a couple tonight and they punished us for them."

"They took advantage of our mistakes," said Gianeskis. "It was just miscommunication and they punished us. Overall it was a good game for us defensively but the two mistakes we made give them credit for finishing them off. I think we will look at the positives from tonight and go forward."

Every time Wake Forest capitalized on an FSU mistake Kuralay was there to pick the team up. It was her first multi-goal game of the season as she scored her team-leading eighth and ninth goals. With the two goals Kuralay moved into fifth place all-time at FSU as she increased her career goal total to 25. After FSU players recorded nine multi-goal games in 2005, this was the first by an FSU player this season.

"The first two goal game of the year came at a pretty good time," said Kuralay. "We have been struggling a bit as a team to get a lot of goals. For me today was a big confidence boost. For me to score some goals when we needed it and equalize a couple times was a good way to begin an important weekend for us."

"It was fantastic for Selin to get two goals tonight," said Krikorian. "I thought she may have had a third on a free kick that she smacked pretty good but it went just wide. It is important."

This was the first win on the road versus a ranked team for the Seminoles this season. It was the first road win of Krikorian's FSU career on the road versus a top 10 team and the first for FSU since 2003 when FSU downed Florida in Gainesville in the NCAA Quarterfinals.

"I thought we played pretty well," said Krikorian. "A couple breakdowns cost us a couple of goals. Overall we stayed focused and kept plugging away. We created enough chances to equalize and then win the game."

For Gianeskis her first career goal couldn't have come at a better time. Less than a minute after Kuralay equalized the match the junior scored for the first time in her breakout season as a starter.

"It was nice to see Libby check in with a goal and a big goal at a big time," said Krikorian. "One of the things that will help us down the stretch is having a variety of players score goals and not just one person. Libby did that tonight."

The win was also special for Krikorian in another way as he recorded the 200th victory of his collegiate coaching career. Krikorian is now the 50th coach in NCAA history to reach the 200 win plateau.

"I am looking forward to getting number 201," said Krikorian.

The first half was as well played as one would expect between two top 10 teams in an ACC game. Both squads generated chances and both took advantage of an opponent's miscue. The Seminoles took one more corner and out shot the Deacons 7-3 but both teams put two shots on frame.

Just two minutes in FSU generated its first chance on a corner kick. Mami Yamaguchi drove a ball into the middle of the 18 about 12 yards out. Kuralay nodded the header shot just wide of the far post.

In the sixth minute India Trotter started a Seminole attack by serving a great ball in after beating a defender. The cross was headed out to Wake but after a hard challenge Kuralay won the ball and ripped a shot from 20 yards out that once again was just wide of the post.

In the 16th minute another FSU corner almost resulted in the games first goal. Kuralay drove the set piece in to Kelly Rowland. The senior's header hit the underside of the crossbar just missing by inches before being cleared out of danger.

The first Wake shot of the game came 19 minutes into the game as Elizabeth Remy bent a shot in from the top of the box on the left side right into the waiting arms of FSU keeper Ali Mims.

The Demon Deacons broke on top in the 23rd minute off an FSU turnover on just their second shot of the match. A throw-in deep in Florida State's end was played backwards where Remy picked off the pass. She ran into the box uncontested and played a ball back to the top of the 18 to Sarah Winslow. Winslow one touched right back to Amanda Lebo setting her up for a perfect low drive to the back post beating a diving Mims.

The Seminoles stormed right back just a minute after the goal in an effort to equalize. Katrin Schmidt whipped a ball in from the left wing off a Wake defender that skipped to Iraia Iturregi. The midfielder one-timed a hard shot that was just deflected out for a Seminole corner.

With 13:59 remaining in the half FSU equalized the match. Florida State was trying to build an attack about 25 yards out from goal. Kirsten van de Ven played a square ball on to a charging Kuralay. The junior ran on to the pass and fired a hard drive right at Wake's keeper. The low shot went off the keeper's hand and through her legs.

"I haven't been taking as many long range shots this year as I did last year," said Kuralay. "I took my chance. The ball was coming across my body. Nobody really closed me down. I felt like it might go in because (the keeper) kind of had her legs open. It was a slippery surface and anything could happen so I took a chance from distance."

Wake Forest broke the 1-1 tie just over three minutes into the second half. Once again a Seminole miscue led to the goal as the Deacons continued to punish FSU for mistakes. An errant clearance set Remy up inside the 18 about 10 yards out on the right side. She sent her hard shot to the backpost around Mims for the goal. It was just the second time FSU had allowed a team to score a goal in the second half.

Within a minute Florida State countered off the restart and almost tied the game. A glancing header by Gianeskis redirected a Seminole service just enough to freeze new Wake keeper Laura Morse but the shot hit the post and went wide.

In the 58th minute the Seminoles got inside the Wake defense and tested Morse. Katrin Schmidt made a great run up the field a slipped a ball inside the box to Rowland who was making a diagonal run. The run took Rowland to the far side of the box and her shot was put right at the near post where Morse was covering.

The Seminoles did even the game a few minutes later. In the 59th minute Becky Edwards played a ball down the right wing to an unmarked Toby Ranck. The senior floated a service into the box about eight yards out where Kuralay buried the header.

"Becky played me a good ball down the line," said Ranck. "She set me up with a ball that was easy to run onto. I had a lot of time to run with the ball and that helped. Then Sel did a great job finishing it off with the header."

"That was a great ball by Becky to start the play and a good service in by Toby," said Kuralay. "I feel pretty confident in the air and we felt that might be one area we would be able to score in this game. I was able to finish it off. I had my eyes on the ball and put it in the net."

Just 53 seconds later FSU took the lead. Sarah Wagenfuhr's set piece was played into the box. Onnie Trusty got a touch on it but Morse was there to seemingly make the save. The freshmen keeper could not control the deflection though and Libby Gianeskis was right there to poke in the rebound for the 3-2 lead.

"It was a good ball in," said Trusty. "I went up to challenge and was hoping to get something off it. Libby finished it off. She played hard and stayed with the play and it turned out to be the game-winner."

"This is really exciting," said Gianeskis. "Being in the backline you don't get many opportunities. I love going up on set pieces. Onnie challenged the keeper. It was a great challenge and I was just there to finish it off. I didn't realize the ball was there until I turned around. It was kind of crazy. It was a new feeling for me. I didn't know what to do but it helped our team out and that is gratifying."

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK   0 Ali Mims                       0   0  0  0                
F    2 India Trotter                  0   0  0  0  1             
D    5 Sarah Wagenfuhr                0   0  0  0                
D    7 Katrin Schmidt                 1   1  0  0                
MF   8 Sel Kuralay                    9   3  2  0                
MF  10 Kelly Rowland                  2   1  0  0                
D   12 Libby Gianeskis                1   1  1  0        1       
F   14 Kirsten van de Ven             0   0  0  1                
MF  18 Mami Yamaguchi                 0   0  0  0                
D   19 Becky Edwards                  0   0  0  1                
MF  20 Iraia Iturreqi                 2   1  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     3 Onnie Trusty                   0   0  0  0                
    16 Holly Peltzer                  0   0  0  0                
    22 Toby Ranck                     0   0  0  1                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 15   7  3  3  1     1       
       Opp                        90  8   4  2  1  2             

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Ali Mims                    90:00  2    2  1       
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  2    2  1       
Opp                         90:00  3    4    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  20:37 Opp  Opponent                  Opponent                  pass back in center of box                                                 
  2.  31:01 FSU  Sel Kuralay               Kirsten van de Ven        slipped through keepers legs                                               
  3.  48:31 Opp  Opponent                                            took ball from defender, far corner of net                                 
  4.  58:26 FSU  Sel Kuralay               Toby Ranck                header in front of box                                                     
                                           Becky Edwards
  5.  59:19 FSU  Libby Gianeskis                                     mix up  in the center of the goal                                          


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
1
2
3
WAKE FOREST
1
1
2

DUKE 3, FLORIDA STATE 1
10/22/2006, DURHAM, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles' Unbeaten Streak Snapped At Eight In Loss At Duke.

No. 3 Florida State takes an early 1-0 lead but surrenders three second half goals in loss.

DURHAM, NC - After establishing a handful of firsts in Thursday night's big victory over No. 9 Wake Forest, the third-ranked Seminoles established a few more Sunday versus No. 23 Duke, although they wish they hadn't. For the first time this season FSU lost a game in which the team led in the second half as Florida State surrendered three unanswered goals to fall 3-1 to No. 23 Duke (8-6-2, 4-3-1). The loss snapped FSU's eight-game unbeaten streak dropping the Seminoles to 12-2-2 and 5-2-2 in the ACC.

Coming into Sunday's match FSU had surrendered just two second half goals all season yet Duke staged a furious comeback from 1-0 down to take a 2-1 lead. Then with time winding down the Seminoles surrendered a third goal as they sent numbers forward looking for the equalizer. It was the only time this season that FSU allowed three goals in a game.

Florida State controlled much of the attacking play in the first half of the game and recorded just the team's ninth first half goal of the season. The Seminoles attacked early on and sustained the momentum through much of the half.

In the third minute the first attack of the match was generated by FSU. Katrin Schmidt and Mami Yamaguchi combined down the left side. The pair worked a give-and-go, which got Schmidt endline behind the defense. She sent a dangerous service through the box but nobody was in range to direct the cross into the net.

In the 11th minute Thursday night's star almost staked Florida State to the lead. Selin Kuralay took a crack from 25 yards out. Her shot beat the keeper to the backpost but caught the crossbar and bounced out of danger.

In the 15th minute Florida State decided to test Duke keeper Allison Lipsher from distance. This time Kelly Rowland tried her luck and drove a shot from deep just over the top of the crossbar.

Nineteen minutes in the Blue Devils took their first shot. The opportunity came off a careless play in the back setting Duke up for a look from the center of the pitch about 23 yards out. The shot was struck hard but well over the top of the crossbar.

In the 24th minute Florida State mounted another dangerous attack but this one came from the right side. Iraia Iturregi whipped a ball into the box about eight yards from goal. Lipsher came out and got a fist on the cross but was out of position to protect the goal on the rebound but no Seminole was able to get to the loose ball and put a shot on frame.

Just 9:57 before the first half the Seminoles struck. All-American India Trotter got loose on the right side near the corner flag. The senior sent a ball in front to Kuralay. The Australian put a header right on frame. Lipsher was able to get a hand on the shot but unable to save it as Kuralay recorded her third ACC goal of the week.

The Blue Devils came out of halftime strong and dictated the tempo. Duke controlled the entire second half and wasted little time getting back in the game. Just 1:10 into the second half a FSU turnover in the back led to a combination play deep in the Seminole box. The Blue Devils sent a cross through the box and off of Ali Mims' hands. Duke's Rebecca Moros was right there to put away the deflection from 10 yards away. It was just the third second half goal allowed all year by FSU and the second in two games.

In the 60th minute Florida State generated a dangerous attack. Kuralay played a ball out to a wide open Iturregi on the wing. The midfielder took a touch to the top of the 18. She drove a ball into the backpost where Kuralay got her head on the service but it was not put on frame.

Duke punished FSU for another miscue in the 77th minute. This time keeper Mims let a slippery ball escape her grasp and go out of bounds for a Blue Devil corner kick. The set piece was driven to the near post where Elisabeth Redmond got a head on the ball. The initial shot was deflected to Darby Kroyer who put Duke in the lead. It was the first time all season Florida State had given up two goals in the second half of a match.

With FSU pushing forward for the comeback, Kelly Rowland was put into net so the Seminoles could in essence have an extra attacker. Rowland sent a free kick to the middle of the field and right to a Duke player. Rowland couldn't recover in time to get back in position as the Blue Devils ripped a shot from deep out over the top of Rowland who was running back to try and get into the net for the final goal of the match.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK   0 Ali Mims                       0   0  0  0                
F    2 India Trotter                  1   0  0  1                
D    5 Sarah Wagenfuhr                0   0  0  0                
D    7 Katrin Schmidt                 0   0  0  0                
MF   8 Sel Kuralay                    4   1  1  0                
MF  10 Kelly Rowland                  1   0  0  0                
D   12 Libby Gianeskis                0   0  0  0                
F   14 Kirsten van de Ven             0   0  0  0                
MF  18 Mami Yamaguchi                 1   0  0  0                
D   19 Becky Edwards                  0   0  0  0                
MF  20 Iraia Iturreqi                 0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     3 Onnie Trusty                   0   0  0  0                
    22 Toby Ranck                     0   0  0  0                
    25 Colette Swensen                0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90  7   1  1  1                
       Opp                        90 17   5  3  5        1       

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Ali Mims                    84:18  2    2    1     
Kelly Rowland                5:42  1    0          
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  3    2    1     
Opp                         90:00  1    0  1       
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  35:02 FSU  Sel Kuralay               India Trotter             header off keeper's hands                                                  
  2.  46:08 Opp  Opponent                  Opponent                  open right side                                                            
                                           Opponent
  3.  76:22 Opp  Opponent                  Opponent                  kicked in from in front of net, off corner                                 
                                           Opponent
  4.  86:22 Opp  Opponent                  Opponent                  to empty net                                                               


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
1
0
1
DUKE
0
3
3

FLORIDA STATE 3, JACKSONVILLE 0
10/24/2006, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 6 FSU Extends Home Unbeaten Streak To 14 With 3-0 Win Over JU.

Seminoles take a school-record 42 shots and win their 11th straight over a Florida team.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The sixth-ranked Seminoles bounced back quite nicely Tuesday night from just their second loss of the season. After dropping their first game since September 21 this past Sunday, FSU came out and got right back on track in convincing fashion. Florida State (13-2-2) took a school-record 42 shots as the team extended its record home unbeaten streak to 14 with a 3-0 victory over Jacksonville (9-8). It was the ninth straight win for FSU over JU and the team's 11th straight victory over an in-state opponent.

"If anyone takes a look at the college game, on balance every team has gone through their ups and downs," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian who is the only Seminole coach to ever win 13 regular season games twice in their career. "We were very good in the first half versus Duke and in the second half we weren't. I was not going to panic over a half of bad soccer.

"I thought this performance was quite good. We created all kinds of chances, moved the ball beautifully, got ourselves into scoring positions and finished three. We could have done a little bit better in front of the goal."

The Seminoles held a 42-1 advantage in shots, a 12-0 edge in corners and the Dolphins did not force the FSU keepers to make a single save. On the other hand, almost half of Florida State's 42 shots were put on goal. Dolphin keeper Michelle Kmiotek had a brilliant night making 17 saves including a handful of spectacular stops.

"I saw we had 42 shots and I think that is a record," said All-American candidate Katrin Schmidt. "I think we played pretty good today. When we get a chance we just need to do a better job of finishing them but credit their keeper for a very good game. With a little more luck we would have had a few more."

Schmidt didn't need any luck as she had the best offensive game of her career. The star defender not only recorded the first game-winning goal of her young career but she also assisted on FSU's third goal of the game. Mami Yamaguchi and Kirsten van de Ven also recorded goals as FSU scored three goals for just the third time this season but the second time in the last six days.

"It was very positive that we had three players score goals in this game," said Krikorian. "We talked before the game that we wanted to get production in different areas. I think that those three players stepped forward and put the ball in the back of the net for us."

Despite 22 shots in the first half, FSU went to half with just a 1-0 lead. The Seminoles had numerous quality scoring chances that Kmiotek either made outstanding saves on or just missed their mark. The Seminole offense did get on the board twice within five minutes in the second half but there was little urgency due to JU's limited attack. Florida State possessed and controlled the game making it easy for the FSU defense to record their ninth clean sheet of the season.

"Jacksonville didn't threaten very much," said Krikorian. "Our performance tonight was very good. I feel good about it. In games like this when you have the run of play you want to put opponents away and take the life out of them. I think we let them hang around much longer than we should have."

"Coming off the last game at Duke we struggled as a defense so it was nice to get a shutout and get some confidence back," said Becky Edwards. "Hopefully we will go on from here and build on this performance."

After Kmitoek frustrated the Seminoles with save after save through the first 29 minutes, Schmidt finally put the Seminoles in the lead. Edwards served a ball into the box that was flicked to the backpost by Yamaguchi where Schmidt had worked herself into position. The sophomore drove a shot low solving the JU keeper for the first time in the match.

"The ball came to me inside the box," said Schmidt. "I was happy I was in the right place and I was able to just put it in the corner."

For Edwards the assist was her team-leading sixth of the season of which four have led to game-winning goals. The freshman has assisted on four goals in the last seven games and she is now just one game-winning assist away from equaling the record set in 2002 by Amber Tollefson.

"I am getting more comfortable and starting to really understand the players around me," said Edwards. "I am finding my role on this team. I am happy to help whatever way I can and the front players continue to make me look good."

Yamaguchi, who also recorded three points in the game, extended FSU to a 2-0 lead in the 69th minute. The play started with a throw-in from Colette Swensen. The senior put the ball right on to the head of freshman Onnie Trusty who had her back to the goal. Trusty flicked the ball back to Yamaguchi who headed it past Kmitoek.

"Colette has come into two straight games and made an impact," said Kirsten van de Ven. "Onnie fought for that ball and Mami found a way to finish it."

Just over five minutes later it was van de Ven who got into the act. The play was made by Schmidt's brilliant effort to dig a ball out on the endline right by the goal and float the ball back into the box where van de Ven was able to finish. It was the first goal of the season for the Seminole striker.

"I don't know how come it took so long to get that goal," said van de Ven. "I guess sometimes you are unlucky but when it takes all season you start to wonder if it is just being unlucky. I kept fighting and I was glad I got a goal. I want to carry that into the postseason."

NOTES: Kelly Rowland's school record 87-game start streak came to an end Tuesday night due to a minor injury suffered in practice this week...freshman Onnie Trusty made the first start of her FSU career filling in for Rowland...FSU takes a school record 42 shots...Seminoles have won 11 straight versus Florida schools...FSU is 13-0-1 in the last 14 home games...Schmidt and Yamaguchi both record career highs with three points in a game.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK   0 Ali Mims                       0   0  0  0                
F    2 India Trotter                  2   1  0  0                
MF   3 Onnie Trusty                   1   1  0  1                
D    5 Sarah Wagenfuhr                0   0  0  0                
D    7 Katrin Schmidt                 5   2  1  1        1       
MF   8 Sel Kuralay                    6   3  0  0                
D   12 Libby Gianeskis                0   0  0  0                
F   14 Kirsten van de Ven             6   3  1  0                
MF  18 Mami Yamaguchi                10   5  1  0                
D   19 Becky Edwards                  2   1  0  0                
MF  20 Iraia Iturreqi                 2   1  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     4 Annie Stalzer                  2   0  0  0                
     6 Brittney Marriott              0   0  0  0                
     9 Melissa Samokishyn             0   0  0  0                
    11 Sage Sizemore                  0   0  0  0                
    13 Maike Seuren                   2   1  0  0                
    15 Melissa Wheeler                0   0  0  0                
    16 Holly Peltzer                  1   0  0  0                
    22 Toby Ranck                     0   0  0  0                
    24 Victoria Damren                1   1  0  0                
    25 Colette Swensen                2   1  0  1                
    28 Becky Thompson                 0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                           42  20  3  3        1       
       Opp                            1   0  0  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Ali Mims                    78:30  0    0  1       
Becky Thompson              11:30  0    0          
Team                         0:00  0    0         1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    0  1      1
Opp                         90:00  3   17    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  29:17 FSU  Katrin Schmidt                                      served by Edwards, flicked on by Yamaguchi and Schmidt finishes it         
  2.  68:13 FSU  Mami Yamaguchi            Onnie Trusty                                                                                         
                                           Colette Swensen
  3.  73:57 FSU  Kirsten van de Ven        Katrin Schmidt            give and go                                                                


  1 2 Total
JACKSONVILLE
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
1
2
3

FLORIDA STATE 0, CLEMSON 0
10/28/2006, TALLAHASSEE, FL, 2OT

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Hits Everything But The Back Of The Net In 0-0 Tie With Tigers.

Seminoles will finish the season in the top three of the ACC for the second straight year.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The sixth-ranked Florida State soccer team concluded its regular season Saturday with its third scoreless draw in ACC play this season. The Seminoles hit the post, the crossbar, a Clemson defender standing on the goal line and everything else but could not find the back of the net as they tied Clemson 0-0 in both team's final conference game. FSU (13-2-3, 5-2-3) out shot the Tigers (10-6-2, 5-3-2) 32-9 and, took 10 corners to two and forced Clemson into 11 saves but could not find a way to get on the scoreboard.

"I wouldn't describe it as frustrating," said senior India Trotter of the game. "I mean we out shot them 32-9 so I think it is going to come. Once the goals start to come for us they will come in bunches because we are creating chances. Hopefully they will start to go in as we move into the postseason."

"I thought our attacking play was quite good today," said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. "It was a little frustrating but we created a lot of chances in a lot of different ways. I feel good that we were able to get a lot of players into the game and get them meaningful minutes. The bottom line is you have to put the ball into the net and we didn't finish our chances. Credit to Clemson and their goalkeeper for playing well. It was a good, hard fought game."

For Florida State the Seminoles controlled most of the play for 110:00. In the first 20 minutes of the match FSU had already banged a shot off the crossbar and knocked one off the post. Later in the second half Clemson goalkeeper Ashley Phillips, who had a brilliant game making 10 saves half of which saved goals, was caught out of the net. Trotter blasted a shot towards an empty net but the Tiger defense was there to clear the ball off the line.

"That's the game of soccer," said Trotter. "It happens. All you can do is keep trying. Eventually these will start to go in."

"It has always been part of my philosophy if you create enough chances you are going to score goals," said Krikorian. "We were a little unlucky in finishing today. We have to be more precise in the box. Overall, I thought our players did great."

Another encouraging sign on top of the chances created in the attack, was the FSU defense. The Seminoles recorded their record-setting sixth ACC shutout of the season. It was also the tenth overall shutout of the season, which is the most ever recorded by a Florida State team in the regular season.

"The defense did a heck of a job today," said senior Ali Mims who increased her school record for shutouts to 17. "This is a testament to the work ethic of this entire team. We knew Clemson was going to come out and pressure. The defense adjusted and did very well against a team that had won four straight games coming in."

With all six of FSU's seniors starting, Clemson had control of the game for the first few minutes while the Seminoles adjusted to three new starters on the field but in the sixth minute things began to click for Florida State. The first scoring chance came on a great free kick by Sarah Wagenfuhr. The sophomore floated a ball into the box over the top of the Tiger backline. Three Seminoles timed their runs perfectly and found themselves alone behind the defense. Selin Kuralay was in perfect position but her header went just over the top of the crossbar.

In the 15th minute FSU almost broke the tie as Rowland ripped a shot from 22 yards out on the left side. Her drive beat Phillips at the near post but banged off the post.

Five minutes later another senior caught iron. Making just the second start of her career, Colette Swensen almost had a senior day to remember for the ages. On a ball that was cleared out, Swensen blasted a half-volley that caught the underside of the crossbar that was hit so hard that it bounced out of danger after catching the frame.

Phillips came up with her first game-changing save in the 30th minute. Iraia Iturregi did a great job of picking the pocket of a Clemson defender at the top of the 18. She pulled the trigger immediately and forced a diving save by Phillips at the near post. On the ensuing corner Mami Yamaguchi put her service right onto the head of Rowland who nudged her header just wide of the backpost.

Another senior got into the act in the 38th minute. This time an attempted clearance landed right at the foot of Trotter about six yards from goal. The ball bounced up and Trotter did the best she could to finish the play but pushed her shot just wide.

After a 16-1 advantage in first half shots, the second half wasn't much different as FSU continued to test the Clemson defense and Phillips. Just over 10 minutes into the second half Trotter picked up a turnover and ran at the Tiger backline. With Yamaguchi right by her side, the two broke into the Clemson 18. Trotter broke off and was in alone. She played a ball across to Yamaguchi but her shot was blocked by a Clemson defender.

In a span of less then five minutes in the middle of the second half, Florida State generated three more big time chances. In the 67th minute Yamaguchi played a great square ball to Kirsten van de Ven at the top of the box where she seemed to have a free look. Her shot though was blocked by a Tiger defender who recovered and got a leg in to break up the play.

One minute later Iturregi made a run along the top of the 18. She got a free look and bent a wicked shot to the backpost. The drive was just wide glancing off the far post as it went out of bounds.

Then in the 71st minute the Seminoles got another set piece as Clemson was whistled for 28 fouls in the match. This one was taken by Yamaguchi who put it onto the head of Rowland but her shot was directed right into the waiting arms of Phillips.

In the final 10 minutes FSU generated a couple more good attacks and in the 81st minute it looked like the tie would finally be broken. Phillips came out to break up a Seminole attack and the rebound of a pass came right to Trotter. With Phillips out of the net, Trotter banged a shot toward the goal where two Clemson defenders were positioned and one was able to block the drive keeping it out of the net.

Then with seven minutes remaining another set piece by Wagenfuhr was played to Iturregi's head. The junior's shot though was once again right at the keeper.

Phillips came up huge once again just over a minute into the OT period. Another Wagenfuhr set piece was played into the box and onto the head of Rowland. This time the senior knocked it down at the near post but a sprawling one-handed save by Phillips foiled another Seminole chance.

In the 94th minute it was a corner kick that almost resulted in an FSU goal. Kuralay drove her service to the near post where Becky Edwards was waiting. Phillips came out to try and grab the service but Edwards got there first and headed her shot back over the top of Phillips but over the top off the goal as well.

The last chance for FSU came in the 104th minute and it was another header by Rowland who battled with Phillips all day. This time the two collided on a corner kick service. Rowland got a shot on goal but Phillips frustrated her again.

With the tie, Florida State has assured itself of at least a third place finish in the ACC standings marking the first time ever Florida State has finished in the top three of the conference in back-to back seasons. The Seminoles will not know where they will be seeded or who they will face until late Sunday evening when Wake Forest and Duke make up a game postponed earlier this season.

"I wasn't worrying about seeding for the ACC Tournament today," said Krikorian. "We always take each game as it comes and don't look ahead. If we finish second or third, we are still going to go, play and do our best. That is something we can't control. We had control here today and we let it slip away a little bit. That's OK. We will move on and be better for it."

"We fell pretty good going into the postseason," said Mims. "We have a couple days to regroup and get ready. The ACC Tournament is a great chance to get another crack at teams. We are excited about the opportunities that we have this coming week in Cary."

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK   0 Ali Mims                       0   0  0  0                
F    2 India Trotter                  5   2  0  0                
D    5 Sarah Wagenfuhr                0   0  0  0                
D    7 Katrin Schmidt                 0   0  0  0                
MF   8 Sel Kuralay                    4   2  0  0  1             
MF  10 Kelly Rowland                  9   4  0  0                
D   12 Libby Gianeskis                1   0  0  0                
F   15 Melissa Wheeler                0   0  0  0                
D   19 Becky Edwards                  2   0  0  0                
MF  22 Toby Ranck                     0   0  0  0                
MF  25 Colette Swensen                1   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     3 Onnie Trusty                   1   1  0  0                
     4 Annie Stalzer                  0   0  0  0                
     6 Brittney Marriott              1   0  0  0                
    14 Kirsten van de Ven             1   0  0  0                
    18 Mami Yamaguchi                 3   0  0  0                
    20 Iraia Iturreqi                 4   2  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                       110 32  11  0  0  1             
       Opp                       110  9   4  0  0  2             

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Ali Mims                   110:00  0    4      1  1
                          =========================
FSU                        110:00  0    4      1  1
Opp                        110:00  0   11      1  1
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================


  1 2 OT O2 Total
CLEMSON
0
0
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
0
0
0

FLORIDA STATE 2, DUKE 0
11/01/2006, ACC, Cary, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 6 FSU Downs Duke 2-0 To Advance At The ACC Championships.

Seminoles move into the semi-finals for the fifth time in the last seven seasons.

CARY, NC - For the fifth time in the last seven years the Florida State soccer team has advanced to the semi-finals of the ACC Tournament. The difference is in 2006 this was the first time FSU did it versus Duke and the first time against a team the Seminoles had lost to in the regular season. Florida State avenged an earlier 3-1 loss to Duke (9-8-2) behind the first career goal from freshman Onnie Trusty and a two-assist game from sophomore Mami Yamaguchi. The win improves FSU to 14-2-3 on the year and the Seminoles will face the winner of Wake Forest/Virginia Friday at 7:30 p.m.

"We feel very good about coming out of here with a win," said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. "Duke is an outstanding team. They fought hard. We scored a couple decent goals which is nice. I thought our defending was quite solid through the balance of the 90 minutes. Overall, I am pretty happy with our performance."

"I thought, over the last couple years, it was a typical Florida State/Duke game," said Duke Head Coach Robbie Church. "It was wide open, back-and-forth game. I am very proud of our team. I thought we played very hard."

Just like the first meeting 11 days ago in Durham, Florida State broke out to the early lead as Trusty scored off a corner kick at 32:50. It was just the third start of Trusty's career as she continues to get increased playing time.

"It was a good feeling," said Trusty of her first career goal. "We all came out with intensity from the beginning. It was a great ball and I was glad I was able to finish it. This is a great way to start the ACC's."

The Seminoles remained in the lead going into half, which was exactly how the first game between the team's played out. In the first game the Blue Devils answered with an equalizing goal 1:08 out of the half and then tacked on two more for the 3-1 win.

"We sure did (remind the team of the last game)," said Krikorian. "I am not sure we had to remind them. We knew Duke had been in this situation before. They'd probably come out and try to create a similar situation to what they did a little over a week ago at Duke. I am proud of the effort our group put in. I thought it was solid. We bent a little bit but we didn't break."

"It was mentioned," said Darby Kroyer of the Duke comeback in the last meeting. "We knew if we came out and battled hard we could come back like we had before. That's what we did. Unfortunately we got scored on in the first five minutes."

The game seemed eerily similar when Duke came out strong and just one minute into the second half Sara McCabe launched a shot off the crossbar that would have tied the game. Instead of going in the ball went off the frame and out of bounds. Just two minutes later FSU struck again and turned the tide.

"I think a big turning point of the game was early in the second half when Sarah McCabe made a nice run, a nice shot and it went off the crossbar," said Church. "They go down the field. They hit a shot. It deflects of our kid's hands, goes under the crossbar and goes in. Now it is 2-0 and with a quality team like Florida State it is a tough thing to overcome."

"I think it was very important," said Krikorian of the second goal. "In the second half Duke came out and pressed us a little bit. They had the ball in our end. Mami played a nice ball; Sel got on the end of it and took it pretty well. We felt pretty good about that."

After the second goal Duke was forced to up the pressure looking to get back into the game but for the 11th time this season the FSU defense was up to the task recording a shutout. The clean sheet was the team's second straight in the opening round of the ACC Tournament.

"This was a really key game for us," said Selin Kuralay. "It was a bit of a grudge match. We needed to prove to everyone that we were a better team than we showed at Duke earlier this season. Now that it is crunch time things are starting to click for us. We want to peak at this time of the season and this was a great win for us versus a very good team. We want to build on this win."

The Seminoles first goal was set up by a Kuralay free kick. The junior All-ACC first team selection drove a ball over the top of the wall from about 25 yards out that forced Duke keeper Allison Lipsher to leap up and deflect the ball over the crossbar. That set up the corner kick that Yamaguchi drove right to the head of Trusty who buried the set piece opportunity.

"It was a perfect ball, perfect ball," said Trusty. "Mami did a great job with the service and I was able to get my head on it."

"The first goal I was able to place the service exactly where I wanted to put it," said Yamaguchi. "Onnie was great. She was right there to knock it in. She scored a beautiful goal."

The goal that cemented the victory came just a few minutes after Duke's near miss and just 3:53 into the second half. India Trotter started the attack with a ball down the left side to Yamaguchi. The midfielder worked back to the top of the box and played a ball back towards the middle of the pitch. Trotter, who had worked her way into scoring position, stepped over the service holding the Duke defense and giving Kuralay an open look. The junior hit it with her left foot and caught the underside of the cross bar for her 11th goal of the season."

"India faked it and let the ball go through," said Yamaguchi. "It went to Sel and she did a great job with it. Fortunately she was able to finish that one because it was an important goal for us."

"It was a good pass by Mami," said Kuralay. "India dummied it and I just swung my left foot. It wasn't really a pretty goal but I connected with it. I think the keeper misjudged it a little bit so there was a bit of luck involved. At the end of the day it counts the same."

The two assists for Yamaguchi tied a single game high for FSU in the ACC Tournament. The last time any Seminole had multiple assists in an ACC Tournament game was in 2001 when Amber Tollefson and Summer Corum both recorded two assists in a 7-2 win over Maryland.

"I don't care if I score or I get an assist," said Yamaguchi. "I am just very happy we won. I am really excited to be playing another game at the ACC Tournament."

NOTES: This is the first time Duke has lost an opening game at the ACC Tournament since 2001. A four game streak...Ali Mims now has 18 shutouts in her career, which is a school record...FSU's 11 shutouts this season ties the record set in 2005...this is the first time ever FSU has recorded double digit shutouts in back-to-back seasons...Onnie Trusty joins Camie Bybee as the only true freshmen in FSU history to record a game-winning goal in the ACC Tournament...FSU surrendered a season high 14 corner kicks to Duke...FSU is just 5-4-2 all-time under Krikorian when they are out-shot by an opponent...Krikorian is 16-1-1 all-time when taking a lead to the half...the Seminoles improved to 4-1-2 in the last seven ACC quarterfinal games.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK   0 Ali Mims                       0   0  0  0                
MF   2 India Trotter                  1   0  0  0                
MF   3 Onnie Trusty                   1   1  1  0        1       
D    5 Sarah Wagenfuhr                0   0  0  0                
D    7 Katrin Schmidt                 2   0  0  0                
MF   8 Sel Kuralay                    3   3  1  0                
MF  10 Kelly Rowland                  3   0  0  0                
D   12 Libby Gianeskis                0   0  0  0                
MF  18 Mami Yamaguchi                 0   0  0  2                
D   19 Becky Edwards                  0   0  0  0                
MF  22 Toby Ranck                     1   1  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     6 Brittney Marriott              0   0  0  0                
    20 Iraia Iturreqi                 0   0  0  0                
    25 Colette Swensen                0   0  0  0                
       Team                                  0  0  1             
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 11   5  2  2  1     1       
       Opp                        90 16   5  0  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Ali Mims                    90:00  0    5  1      1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    5  1      1
Opp                         90:00  2    3    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  32:50 FSU  Onnie Trusty              Mami Yamaguchi            header off corner kick                                                     
  2.  48:53 FSU  Sel Kuralay               Mami Yamaguchi            goes over top of keeper                                                    


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
1
1
2
DUKE
0
0
0

FLORIDA STATE 0, WAKE FOREST 0
11/03/2006, 2OT, 4-2 PK, Florida State advances, ACC, Cary, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 6 FSU Will Play For The ACC Title Advancing Past Wake In PK's.

Yamaguchi hits the clinching penalty kick and Mims comes up with a big PK save.

CARY, NC - For Florida State's six year senior goalkeeper Ali Mims Friday night's ACC semi-final versus Wake Forest was déjà vu all over again. While nobody else on the team or coaching staff was here in 2001, that season Mims put together one of the most memorable goalkeeping performances in FSU history saving three Virginia PK's sending Florida State to the school's first ever ACC Championship game. Five years later FSU once again went to PK's in another 0-0 game at the ACC semi-final and Mims came up with another penalty kick save as Florida State (14-2-4) advanced past Wake Forest (15-5-1) 4-2 in the shootout to face No. 1 North Carolina for the ACC Title Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

"It feels like I have been here before," said Mims. "I had a feeling once we went into the second overtime and the clock was winding down that this may go into PK's. I hate PK's but thought about it. I have been in this situation before. I needed to do whatever I could. Coach gave me a good strategy and I just tried to stick to that. I saved one and that was all it took thanks to some clutch performances by our shooters."

"She was fantastic," said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian of Mims' performance. "I thought she was very good all night. She was solid and did a good job in the penalties. She did what she needed to do to get the result."

Florida State will play in the ACC Title game for the third time in the last six years, second only to North Carolina over that span. The Seminoles have lost both of their title game appearances to the Tar Heels dropping a 4-0 result in 2001 and a 3-2 game in 2003, the closest ACC Title game in 15 years up to that point.

"Winning an ACC Championship is something we have been striving for," said Mims. "We haven't been here since 2003 and I haven't played in an ACC Title game since 2001. Out of any year, this would be the year the seniors would love to accomplish that goal for FSU soccer."

"I am really excited," said Mami Yamaguchi. "Carolina is the best team. We get to play in the final of the ACC Tournament after losing in the semi-finals versus Virginia last year. We have a great opportunity to test ourselves against the best team. I am really excited. We need to take care of our bodies and try to be ready for a big challenge."

Yamaguchi was the hero for Florida State Friday night. After the Seminoles missed the first PK in the shootout, Mims made a save and then Wake missed their second shot. Katrin Schmidt, Becky Edwards and Libby Gianeskis all converted leaving FSU up 3-2 with one kicker left for each team. Yamaguchi stepped to the line and buried the PK past new Demon Deacon keeper Kaitlyn Doe to send FSU through.

"I wasn't nervous because we practiced PK's before we came to the tournament," said Yamaguchi. "We tried to look at this just like practice. Ali made a great save and then another Wake player missed so we had the advantage. I just went up there with confidence."

"Mami is as technical as it gets," said Krikorian. "She is able to use that technique at different times. On the penalty she took it well. She is wonderful with the ball and showed her composure and technique on the penalty."

Overall, both teams had their opportunities to win the match in regulation and in overtime. The 110-minute game was much like a title fight with both teams controlling play and creating some chances at times. While FSU held a slight statistical advantage in the first half, Wake controlled the possession but it was FSU that had the best chances on goal.

Just five minutes in Florida State almost scored what could have been the game-winning goal. On a free kick that was cleared out to the top of the 18, a Wake defender made a mistake playing the ball back into the middle of the box where Katrin Schmidt was all alone with starting keeper Laura Morse. Schmidt took her shot but put it right back at Morse.

Kelly Rowland had a close miss in the 18th minute. After a nice break by the Seminoles, Rowland got the ball at the top of the box on the right side. The senior drove a shot through the Wake Forest defense, including between one player's legs, forcing a diving save by Morse at the backpost.

With 15 minutes remaining in the first half, Florida State had another close miss. Gianeskis fed a ball inside the box to Yamaguchi. The ball went off a Deacon defender and came back to Yamaguchi. She drove a left-footed shot wide of the backpost.

With just eight minutes remaining in the half Selin Kuralay generated the best chance for either team. The All-ACC first team selection showed individual brilliance inside the box on the left hand side. She stepped over the ball a few times, took on the defenders and fired a shot to the backpost that caught the frame and bounced out to the corner flag.

In the second half FSU continued to create opportunities but it was Wake Forest that dominated the stats. The Deacons out-shot Florida State 13-2 and put six of those shots on frame but Ali Mims continued to be up to the task as the offense countered looking for the first goal but was continually hampered by 10 offsides call, six of which came after the half.

The best chances for both teams came with in a couple minute span about 18 minutes into the second half. Florida State had the first opportunity. Kuralay played a great bent ball behind the defense to Yamaguchi. Morse charged out trying to beat her to the pass. The two both reached the loose ball at the same time. The collision sent the ball backwards towards an empty Wake Forest net but high in the air. Morse charged back as Yamaguchi chased the ball and jumped over the Seminoles' back to punch it away before it could be finished.

A minute later Wake had a flurry inside the Seminole box that almost put an end the FSU's title hopes if it weren't for Mims coming up with two huge saves. The senior keeper charged out to cut down the angle on the first shot that was taken from about 12 yards out. Mims made the save but was unable to hold on to the rebound. Wake Forest got control of the loose ball and once again fired a shot inside the box but Mims recovered in time to make another big save from close range.

"I lost the first shot in the lights," said Mims of the sequence. "I kind of had to get my hand in front of it and bat it away. It dropped down right in front of the Wake player. She shot it back and I just tried to be as big as possible. It wasn't pretty but they didn't score. Obviously that was a big moment in the match."

In the 90th minute FSU had one last great chance to end the game in dramatic fashion. Kuralay lofted a ball over the top of the backline to Rowland. The midfielder was once again chasing a ball at the top of the 18 trying to get there before a charging Morse but once again the Wake goalkeeper won the foot race and cleared it out of danger.

If the first half went to FSU and the second to Wake, the two overtimes belonged to the Seminoles as FSU created the three best chances of the OT. Two minutes into extra time India Trotter played a perfect ball into the middle of the box where Yamaguchi was all alone, dead center about 15 yards out. The sophomore fired but missed the ball as it rolled through the box and out of danger.

Two minutes after that a long throw-in was cleared out by Wake to the far side of the field. Yamaguchi had another chance and this time she connected firing back the other way but missing the goal by inches.

Just a minute in to the final period FSU had another golden chance to get a golden goal. This time a long ball was played up to Trotter between two Wake Forest defenders. The ball bounced between them and Trotter split the pair. She had to slide to get the shot off as Morse was charging. The keeper did just enough to influence Trotter's shot that went wide of the frame.

"Overall it was pretty good," said Krikorian of the game. "Our defending again was pretty good. I thought we created enough chances during the run of play that we could have scored a goal or two. Credit Wake's goalkeeper for playing off the line and doing a good job in that regard. They played hard tonight. I thought they were good."

The Seminoles will now face North Carolina for the second time this season, the fourth time in the last two years and the 20th time in 12 seasons. Earlier this season the Tar Heels downed FSU 2-1 in Chapel Hill. The last time the two teams met in the postseason was 2005 when Florida State advanced past North Carolina and into the teams second-ever College Cup in a shootout following a 1-1 tie. Carolina has won 16 ACC Championships, the last time they did not capture the conference crown was in 2004 when they tied Virginia and fell in a shootout.

"It is nice to play in the championship," said Krikorian. "It is a lot of games in a short span and would love a little more rest before having to face North Carolina. We will go out and do battle. I am sure it will be an intense, physical, competitive game."

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK   0 Ali Mims                       0   0  0  0                
MF   2 India Trotter                  2   0  0  0                
MF   3 Onnie Trusty                   0   0  0  0                
D    5 Sarah Wagenfuhr                0   0  0  0  1             
D    7 Katrin Schmidt                 1   1  0  0           1   1
MF  10 Kelly Rowland                  1   1  0  0  1             
D   12 Libby Gianeskis                1   0  0  0           1   1
F   14 Kirsten van de Ven             0   0  0  0                
MF  16 Holly Peltzer                  0   0  0  0                
MF  18 Mami Yamaguchi                 3   0  0  0           1   1
MF  22 Toby Ranck                     0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     6 Brittney Marriott              0   0  0  0                
     8 Sel Kuralay                    3   1  0  0           0   1
    19 Becky Edwards                  0   0  0  0           1   1
    25 Colette Swensen                0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                       110 11   3  0  0  2        4   5
       Opp                       110 20   9  0  0           2   4

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Ali Mims                   110:00  0    9      1  1
                          =========================
FSU                        110:00  0    9      1  1
Opp                        110:00  0    3      1  1
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================

Penalty Kicks
Sel Kuralay                 No Good
Opponent                    No Good
Katrin Schmidt              Good
Opponent                    No Good
Becky Edwards               Good
Opponent                    Good
Libby Gianeskis             Good
Opponent                    Good
Mami Yamaguchi              Good


  1 2 OT O2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
0
0
0
WAKE FOREST
0
0
0
0
0

NORTH CAROLINA 2, FLORIDA STATE 1
11/05/2006, OT, ACC Championship, Cary, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 6 Seminoles Drop ACC Championship Game 2-1 In OT To No. 1 UNC.

Tar Heels score game-winning goal in 99th minute.

CARY, NC - For the second time in the last three seasons Florida State and North Carolina played an epic ACC Tournament championship game. In 2003 the teams went back-and-forth in a 2-2 game before a UNC penalty kick in the 86th minute secured the title for the Heels. This season FSU and Carolina battled to a 1-1 tie in regulation before a 99th-minute overtime goal once again broke the hearts of the FSU faithful. It was the third time Florida State (14-3-4) fell to UNC (21-1-0) in the ACC title game in the last six years and it was the first overtime loss for Florida State since 2002.

"It was a great game today," said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. "These are two pretty good teams. Both brought their 'A' games and got after each other. Credit to Carolina for the way they played and winning the game. I am as proud as I can be of my team. We battled hard for the duration of the game. We created enough chances and maybe with a little more luck we would have scored a second goal. We didn't do that and Carolina did. Credit them. We gave ourselves a chance to win and that was what we were looking for."

"It was a typical Florida State/North Carolina game and that is what we thought it would be," said All-ACC Tournament goalkeeper Ali Mims. "They do a very good job of defending their title. Being on this team for three ACC finals, it is an honor to be in that position but we want to eventually get past Carolina and win this thing."

Despite taking a lead on the Tar Heels, Florida State was unable to hold on for long. India Trotter scored in the fourth straight game for FSU versus UNC just over five minutes out of half. Less than seven minutes later though the Heels scored the goal that would eventually force OT.

"We didn't feel that way," said Krikorian when asked if he felt his team might hold on for the win after going up 1-0. "We knew during the course of the game we would get our chances and they would get their chances. The reality of it is we weren't efficient enough on the chances we had. If you don't finish the chances you have, you are not going to win the game. Especially versus North Carolina you have to take advantage of the opportunities you get."

With just 1:42 remaining in the first overtime Carolina struck as Elizabeth Guess secured the 18th ACC Championship for North Carolina in 20 seasons. It was the sixth overtime game for Florida State in 2006 and just the first loss in any of those games. The last time Florida State lost in overtime was October 12, 2002 versus Wake Forest. Overall, it was just the fifth OT loss for Florida State in 38 all-time OT matches.

"Being golden goal, once that ball crosses the line the game is over," said Mims. "Fortunately we have not suffered an OT loss since 2002. That is a testament to the character of the teams we have had here at FSU the last few years. I think you learn a lot more from losses than wins and we hopefully will learn from today."

Mims was brilliant in net for Florida State recording a season-high 11 saves. She was up to the task on almost every occasion as UNC recorded 21 shots of which 13 were put on frame. With her effort versus Carolina Sunday Mims moved into second place all-time in conference history for saves in ACC Tournament play.

"Mims was great tonight," said defender Becky Edwards. "I think her experience in big games paid off. She came up big over and over. Without her it would have been a different game."

North Carolina dominated the first half statistically but after surviving an opening flurry, the Seminoles settled down and owned the better of the chances in the middle past of the first 45. Carolina did pressure once again to close out the half but neither team was able to get on the board.

Mims came up with the first of numerous big saves in the 13th minute. UNC launched a corner into the middle of the box. The first touch was a header to the backpost where Whitney Engen tried to squeeze the ball between Mims and the near post but the senior keeper was there to make the save.

Five minutes later a turnover led to UNC's Elizabeth Guess staring right down at Mims from 10 yards away on the right side. Guess pulled the trigger but it was right at Mims who came up with the stop.

The first FSU chance came in the 20th minute. Selin Kuralay laid a ball off in the midfield to Toby Ranck. She sent a diagonal ball to the left wing to Kelly Rowland. UNC keeper Anna Rodenbough came out and then retreated backwards. Rowland saw the keeper off her line and fired low to the backpost just missing with her bending shot.

"Any time you play Carolina, when you get a chance you need to capitalize on that," said Rowland. "We had them pinned in their end for a stretch there and had more chances than they did in that span. We were a bit unlucky at times but that's soccer. Carolina is a great team and it was a hard fought win."

In the 23rd minute Florida State generated another opportunity. This one started on a set piece. UNC cleared the original service to the endline where Trotter beat the defense to the ball. She centered a pass back through the box. Colette Swensen got a piece of the ball and redirected it to the far post where it was wide of the goal.

In the 26th minute Florida State continued to attack. This time Rowland played a ball through to Trotter who timed her run perfectly. She made a run at the goal with two Tar Heels on each side of her. As Trotter got to the top of the 18 she fired right at Rodenbough for the fairly easy save.

In the 35th minute Mims came up huge again. The Seminoles deflected a cross that ended up right at the feet of Robyn Gale on the far side of the box. The Tar Heel once again had a clean look at goal but Mims charged out, cut down the angle and blocked the shot fired right at her chest.

Florida State broke on top of the Tar Heels just out of the half at 50:45. Edwards slipped a ball in between the Carolina defense and Trotter ran on to the service. The senior ran towards goal and fired a low shot to the backpost staking the Seminoles to the lead. It was Edwards' team-leading seventh assist of the year.

"We talked at half about trying to exploit any gaps we could find in their backline," said Edwards. "Mark (Krikorian) talked to us about playing through balls at the half. It was on that time. India made a great run and finished it."

"We talked at halftime about breaking through because they like to play a high backline," said Trotter. "Becky played a great ball through. I ran on to it and just placed it."

In the 57th minute Carolina had an opportunity to level the game with a free kick right outside the box straight on the goal and they took advantage. A dangerous play was whistled versus FSU and Yael Averbuch took a pass on a short roll from Ali Hawkins on the set piece. Averbuch blasted the shot to the low corner of the net for the first goal allowed by FSU in the tournament.

In the 64th minute the Seminoles' Rowland had another chance to put FSU back in the lead. Trotter played a ball into the senior who was bracketed by two UNC defenders. She pulled the ball back to get a look at the goal and bent a shot wide of the backpost.

"We have played Carolina enough to know they play a high backline," said Rowland. "We were trying to play ball behind them to India and myself, that's what we were trying to do. India got one, I was close a few times. When you get those chances versus Carolina you have to finish and we didn't do that."

With just under 20 minutes remaining a UNC corner kick was cleared out by Florida State but the Heels were able to play the ball back in to the far side of the box. Tobin Heath had a look from the top of the 18 and fired a knuckling shot low to the near post. Once again Mims was there to keep the ball out of the back of the net.

UNC had the best chance before the game moved into OT. A ball was sent into the FSU box and Robyn Gale streaked on to the end of the pass. She deflected a shot high over a charging Mims but it caught the crossbar and bounced out of play.

The game moved into overtime, the sixth OT game of the season for the Seminoles. Neither team really created much of a serious chance until Guess ended the match thanks to a great give-and-go in the middle of the field.

"Give credit to Carolina," said Mims. "They pressured us and broke us down. We were able to break them down a few times as well. It was a great game. A lot of players stepped up on our team. The defense was solid. We did well. We are disappointed but going into the NCAA's we have good momentum from this tournament run."

This was the second straight overtime game in the postseason between FSU and UNC. The last one was played in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals in 2005. Each of the last three meetings between the teams have either been a tie or one-goal games and this is the second straight final between the teams that wasn't decided until the 85th-minute or later.

"I think an ACC Championship is coming for this program," said India Trotter. "We have a great team this year. We competed for almost 100 minutes with the number one team in the nation. This isn't over yet. We are going to turn our attention to the NCAA Tournament now."

NOTES: Florida State placed four players on the All-ACC Tournament Team. Seniors Kelly Rowland, Ali Mims and India Trotter all picked up honors along with Mami Yamaguchi. The four selections tied a program-best set in 2003. Rowland's selection made her the first two-time member of the All-ACC Tournament team in program history.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK   0 Ali Mims                       0   0  0  0                
F    2 India Trotter                  2   2  1  0                
D    5 Sarah Wagenfuhr                0   0  0  0  1             
D    7 Katrin Schmidt                 0   0  0  0                
F    8 Sel Kuralay                    0   0  0  0                
MF  10 Kelly Rowland                  2   0  0  0                
D   12 Libby Gianeskis                0   0  0  0                
MF  18 Mami Yamaguchi                 0   0  0  0                
D   19 Becky Edwards                  0   0  0  1                
MF  22 Toby Ranck                     0   0  0  0                
MF  25 Colette Swensen                1   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     3 Onnie Trusty                   0   0  0  0                
    14 Kirsten van de Ven             0   0  0  0                
    16 Holly Peltzer                  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        98  5   2  1  1  1             
       Opp                        98 21  13  2  2        1       

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Ali Mims                    98:18  2   11    1     
                          =========================
FSU                         98:18  2   11    1     
Opp                         98:18  1    1  1       
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  50:45 FSU  India Trotter             Becky Edwards             through ball leads to breakaway goal into left net                         
  2.  57:14 Opp  Opponent                  Opponent                  free lick from just outside the box beats keeper lower left                
  3.  98:18 Opp  Opponent                  Opponent                  give-and-go, beats keeper lower right                                      


  1 2 OT Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
1
0
1
NORTH CAROLINA
0
1
1
2

FLORIDA STATE 6, JACKSONVILLE 0
11/10/2006, TALLAHASSEE, FL, NCAA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Opens The 2006 NCAA Tournament With 6-0 Win Over JU.

Katrin Schmidt records Florida State's first-ever postseason hat trick in the win.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - In the opening game of the NCAA tournament in Tallahassee, No. 2 national seed Florida State defeated the Jacksonville University Dolphins 6-0 Friday night. The Seminoles attack was powered by sophomore Katrin Schmidt who recorded the first postseason hat trick in school history. The Atlantic Sun Conference champion Jacksonville Dolphins end the season with an 11-10-1 record, while the Seminoles improve to 15-3-4. With the victory, the Seminoles will face the winner of the nightcap between Auburn and Cal.

Florida State opened the scoring with Kelly Roland's (Wallingford, PA) fourth goal of the season in the fourth minute. Selin Kuralay (Melbourne, Australia) played the ball wide to Becky Edwards who delivered a low cross to Rowland in the center of the box. Rowland found the net with a ground shot to the back post. The goal was the earliest for the Seminoles in NCAA tournament play.

"I thought that we came out early and imposed ourselves into the game in a very positive fashion," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "We were looking to bring a lot of energy early and I thought we did that and it certainly helped us score an early goal, and then follow up with a few by Katrin (Schmidt)."

The Seminoles' second goal of the contest was recorded on a header by sophomore Katrin Schmidt (Schleiden, Germany) in the 23rd minute from just outside the six yard box. The ball was delivered on a long throw into the box from Rowland. The goal was the third of the season for Schmidt.

Katrin Schmidt scored her second goal just fourteen minutes later on a set piece play. The freekick was delivered to the head of Iraia Iturregi (Loiu, Spain) who flicked it backwards to Schmidt. With the goal, Schmidt became the first Seminole to score two goals in the first forty five minutes of an NCAA tournament game.

Seven minutes later, Schmidt earned the hat trick as she netted a delivery by Kirsten van de Ven (Heesch, Holland). The goal came in the 44th minute from inside the six yard box. The hat trick was not only the first for a Seminole player this season, but also it was the first hat trick for a Seminole in NCAA tournament play.

"Overall I think that it was a good result. We got a lot of players into the game, and we got a little bit of rest for our players for Sunday," added coach Krikorian.

Freshman Brittany Marriott (Melbourne, Fla.) netted her first career goal in the 48th minute. The unassisted goal came off a deflected pass that bounced around the box. The goal was the earliest in the second half for the Seminoles in NCAA tournament play.

The sixth goal came from freshman Victoria Damren (Dumfries, Va.). Her attempted service from 40 yards found the net in the 67th minute. The goal was Damren's first of her career.

Jacksonville's main scoring chances both bounced off the crossbar. The first came in the 11th minute on a Janie Kuykendall (Oakton, Va.) freekick put on goal from 25 yards out. The second scoring opportunity came in the dying seconds as Michelle Lavine's (Orange Park, Fla.) effort bounced high off the woodwork.

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK   0 Ali Mims                       0   0  0  0                
F    2 India Trotter                  0   0  0  0                
MF   3 Onnie Trusty                   1   0  0  0  1             
D    5 Sarah Wagenfuhr                0   0  0  0                
D    7 Katrin Schmidt                 6   4  3  0                
F    8 Sel Kuralay                    4   0  0  1                
MF  10 Kelly Rowland                  7   3  1  1        1       
D   12 Libby Gianeskis                0   0  0  0                
MF  18 Mami Yamaguchi                 2   2  0  0                
D   19 Becky Edwards                  0   0  0  1                
MF  22 Toby Ranck                     0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     1 Kimmy Diaz                     0   0  0  0                
     4 Annie Stalzer                  1   0  0  0                
     6 Brittney Marriott              3   2  1  0                
     9 Melissa Samokishyn             0   0  0  0                
    13 Maike Seuren                   0   0  0  0                
    14 Kirsten van de Ven             4   1  0  1                
    16 Holly Peltzer                  3   1  0  0                
    20 Iraia Iturreqi                 0   0  0  1                
    24 Victoria Damren                2   1  1  0                
    25 Colette Swensen                3   1  0  0                
    28 Becky Thompson                 0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 36  15  6  5  1     1       
       Opp                        90  5   0  0  0  1             

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Ali Mims                    45:00  0    0  1       
Kimmy Diaz                  24:54  0    0          
Becky Thompson              20:06  0    0          
Team                         0:00  0    0         1
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    0  1      1
Opp                         90:00  6    9    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.   3:09 FSU  Kelly Rowland             Sel Kuralay               middle of the box                                                          
                                           Becky Edwards
  2.  22:40 FSU  Katrin Schmidt            Kelly Rowland             long throw-in bounces through the box - high finish over GK                
  3.  36:38 FSU  Katrin Schmidt            Iraia Iturreqi            Iturregi heades backwards to Schmidt who finishes                          
  4.  43:02 FSU  Katrin Schmidt            Kirsten van de Ven        redirects pass into net                                                    
  5.  47:42 FSU  Brittney Marriott                                   finishes deflected pass                                                    
  6.  66:28 FSU  Victoria Damren                                     long service to backpost bounces past keeper and into net                  


  1 2 Total
JACKSONVILLE
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
4
2
6

FLORIDA STATE 3, CALIFORNIA 1
11/12/2006, TALLAHASSEE, FL, NCAA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 5 Seminoles Move Into Round Of 16 With 3-1 Win Over California.

FSU will play in the NCAA Tournament third round for the third time in four years.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - For the third time in four years and the fourth time in program history, the Florida State soccer team will play in the round of 16 at the NCAA Soccer Tournament. The second-seeded Seminoles scored three goals in the first 27 minutes of its match with California (12-5-5) and won 3-1 to move into the third round of NCAA Tournament play versus third-seeded Illinois (16-7) next week. Florida State (16-3-4) got goals from three different players to storm out to a 3-0 lead that Cal was never able to recover from.

"If we can play better than we did in the first half, I'd been surprised," said Florida State Head Coach Mark Krikorian. "I thought in the first half we were absolutely fantastic. The attacking was great, the defending was crisp and solid and I thought it was a heck of a performance.

"Whatever it was I said to them at halftime, I'll have to get rid of that halftime speech. It didn't work too well. I thought we came off slow and sluggish and we let Cal back into the game. Credit to Cal for the work and the pushing and getting themselves back into the game. Overall it's nice to move on to the round of 16. We're looking forward to next weekend's game."

For the second straight game FSU scored three goals in the first half after never scoring more than three goals in an entire game the first 21 games of the season. With six goals Friday and three Sunday, the Seminoles scored more goals this weekend than they did in the previous six games entering postseason play.

"We talk often about creating chances," said Krikorian. "Good players when they get enough chances are going to finish their chances. Throughout the balance of the season we've had a lot of chances. Some games the ball has been bouncing around the penalty box, we have a free shot and hit the ball right at the goalkeeper or right at the post or off a defender. Sometimes that's a little bit of momentum and we are trying to stay on the same path of wanting to create those chances."

Selin Kuralay recorded the game's first goal and assisted on India Trotter's second goal, which proved to be the game-winner. It was the seventh NCAA Tournament goal for Trotter and the fourth game-winner both are records for Florida State. Mami Yamaguchi completed the Seminoles scoring just 27 minutes into the match.

Just like they did Friday in a 6-0 win over Jacksonville, the Seminoles wasted little time getting ahead. Just seven minutes into the match Kuralay struck. After going three games without a goal for the first time all season coming into Sunday's match, Kuralay broke her longest goalless streak of the season in beautiful fashion. She combined with Mami Yamaguchi on an attack developing down the left wing. The Golden Bear defense was able to win the ball but the clearance ended up right back at Kuralay. The junior took a look and sent a picture-perfect shot to the near-post, upper 90 from about 22 yards away.

"Coach was telling me before the game to have a couple of shots if I can, I don't think I've been shooting enough in the past few games," said Kuralay. "I felt really confident in the warm-up and I just let one fly and who knew?"

"We talked about Selin Kuralay's shot she has from midfield, it's an incredibly dangerous and a great shot she has," said California Head Coach Kevin Boyd. "No one's ever going to save that ball. We should have been tighter on her, we didn't close that ball and our clear was right into the middle to her so we kind of helped her a little on it. But what a great shot."

With California still a little shell-shocked from the early goal FSU struck again just over four minutes later. Kuralay was once again at the center of the goal. This time the Australian saw Trotter making a run down the left side of the pitch. Kuralay hit a bending service with the outside of her foot that was placed perfectly for Trotter to run onto. The senior picked up the service and streaked to the far side of the box. When she got about eight yards away, Trotter sent a low shot back the other way for FSU's second goal.

"We were concerned with India Trotter's pace, her running behind us and her ability to run at us and obviously that second goal came out of her running behind us," said Boyd.

The Seminoles continued the first half attack and once again got on the board. Senior Toby Ranck made a great play down in the corner of the box on the left side. The midfielder, who was being defended one-on-one, beat her player and sent a service to the backpost where Yamaguchi won the ball in the air and headed it home for the goal.

After dominating the first half, Cal came out and chipped away at the Florida State lead just 3:14 out of the lockeroom. The goal came after a very dangerous Golden Bear attack. Katie Ratican sent Lisa Kevorkian in on the left side of the box where she was one-on-one with FSU keeper Ali Mims. The sixth-year senior made a remarkable save on the shot blocking it out of bounds but setting California up with a corner and they cashed in. Ratican sent a ball through the box that Mims misjudged the service and it ended up going in at the backpost untouched.

"After it went over my head I have no idea what happened to it," said Mims of the corner kick. "I tried to go up for it and I thought I could time it well, it kind of got caught up in the wind a little bit. I know Cal's strategy as far as how they want to offensively do corner kicks and there was a lot of traffic in there. I tried to get a hand on it but once it went over my head I misjudged it and I really have no idea what happened."

"We've always been dangerous on corner kicks and primarily myself and a few other players have been taking them this year and we know exactly where we need to hit the ball," said Ratican. "The wind was just wicked today and the wind just took it and it kind of went in on its own. That's kind of where I was going anyways and our players were supposed to be there so if it hadn't gone in on its own I know someone would have been there for it."

California continued to apply heavy pressure over the next 20 minutes or so but could not get any closer. The Seminoles, who out shot Cal 16-3 in the first half and took five corners to none, were on their heels for a great deal of the second period. California held a 9-2 shot advantage in the second period and a 4-0 edge in corners but they could never get any closer than 3-1.

"I felt our group showed some character and kind of played uphill in the second half," said Krikorian. "After we gave an early goal, sometimes you can let that really put you down, but they fought hard and fought tough. I'm not sure we always played the smartest ball that we could have to break their pressure, but it is a good sign of character that they can stay in there and defend and do what they had to do. Cal came out with a lot of energy and did a great job in the second half."

"Like Ali (Mims) said, I don't think we came out as sharp and that put us into some sticky situations," said defender Libby Gianeskis of the second half. "But we fought through it and only allowed one goal. So we kept fighting to keep the score 3-1 and came out of it with a win."

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK   0 Ali Mims                   90  0   0  0  0                
F    2 India Trotter              79  1   1  1  0        1       
MF   3 Onnie Trusty               24  1   0  0  0                
D    5 Sarah Wagenfuhr            90  2   1  0  0                
D    7 Katrin Schmidt             90  3   0  0  0                
F    8 Sel Kuralay                69  3   1  1  1                
MF  10 Kelly Rowland              90  2   0  0  0                
D   12 Libby Gianeskis            90  0   0  0  0                
MF  18 Mami Yamaguchi             90  1   1  1  0                
D   19 Becky Edwards              90  0   0  0  0                
MF  22 Toby Ranck                 78  0   0  0  1                
       ---Substitutes---
    14 Kirsten van de Ven         21  2   1  0  0                
    16 Holly Peltzer              22  0   0  0  0                
    20 Iraia Iturreqi             40  1   0  0  0                
    25 Colette Swensen            26  0   0  0  0  1             
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 16   5  3  2  1     1       
       Opp                        90 12   3  1  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Ali Mims                    90:00  1    2  1       
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  1    2  1       
Opp                         90:00  3    2    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.   6:52 FSU  Sel Kuralay                                         upper 90                                                                   
  2.  10:55 FSU  India Trotter             Sel Kuralay               Kuralay bends ball to Trotter who dribbles into box and goes far post      
  3.  26:27 FSU  Mami Yamaguchi            Toby Ranck                Ranck beats her player on left wing and finds Yamaguchi at back post       
  4.  48:14 Opp  Opponent                                            corner kick directly into goal at back post                                


  1 2 Total
CALIFORNIA
0
1
1
FLORIDA STATE
3
0
3

FLORIDA STATE 1, ILLINOIS 0
11/19/2006, TALLAHASSEE, FL, NCAA, Sweet 16

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 5 FSU Moves To NCAA Quarterfinals With 1-0 Win Over Illini.

Kelly Rowland's lone goal sends FSU to third final eight in the last four seasons.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Unlike the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament where the Florida State offense exploded for nine goals, the second-seeded Seminoles scored just once versus third-seed Illinois Sunday but that was all it took. Florida State (17-3-4) recorded its 14th shutout of the year as the Seminoles downed third-seeded Illinois (16-8-0) 1-0 to move to the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals for the third time in the last four seasons. FSU moves on to face Clemson for the right to advance to the College Cup.

"It was a heartfelt win today," said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. "I give Illinois all the credit in the world. They came in and battled us real hard. We're fortunate to have gotten that goal in the first half. I thought that our team defending was good for the most part we were organized and we did what we had to do to advance. It wasn't as artistic today as it has been in other games, but when you get to this point in the year it's all about advancing and moving on. I give our group an awful lot of credit for being so mentally tough and hanging in there and finding a way to win the game."

"First of all, congratulations to Florida State," said Illinois Head Coach Janet Rayfield. "I think like we have throughout this tournament, saw a terrific women's college soccer match. I said before the game started that I thought this would be decided by the team that could finish the chances that they got. I felt both teams didn't get a lot of chances until it was, as predicted the team that was able to capitalize on an opportunity was the victor today."

Kelly Rowland scored her second NCAA Tournament goal this season and her fourth career postseason goal just 20 minutes into the match. It was the fourth goal scored this tournament by FSU in the first 20 minutes of a game. With the goal, Rowland moved into second place all-time at Florida State for career postseason points and second all-time in postseason goals.

The Seminole defense then held the Fighting Illini off the board the rest of the way. FSU has now allowed just one goal in 270:00 in the NCAA Tournament as they continue to shatter the single season shutout record. With the 14th clean sheet of the season, the 2006 Seminoles now have three more shutouts than the 2005 team, which was the previous record holder. FSU limited Illinois to just six shots of which just one was put on goal.

This is the second straight season FSU has won a third round match at home and for the second year in a row FSU will need to beat a conference opponent to move to the school's third College Cup. FSU has never lost an NCAA Tournament quarterfinal match going 1-0-1. The team advanced past North Carolina in Chapel Hill last year and this season they will face Clemson with a host site and game time to be determined later Sunday night. FSU is looking to move to the final four teams for the third time in four seasons.

"What I said when I came here is we want to develop a consistency in the program," said Krikorian. "The foundation that Ali Mims and Kelly Rowland help to establish long before I arrived, now coupled with the addition of Katrin Schmidt and Kirsten van de Ven and the rest of the team I think we're starting to develop that consistency. We won't be satisfied until we get back to the College Cup and get the chance to compete in the College Cup. We're thankful that we had a good day today. We found a way to get a result. But now our focus completely turns to Clemson and we get ourselves prepared for that game."

"I think it speaks a lot about this program; where it's going and where it's been," said Rowland of the team's NCAA Tournament success lately. "It's another Elite Eight and another milestone to reach. I think we're happy to get another game in and get on the field again. I think we'll keep riding it as far as we can."

The win extended the Seminoles home unbeaten streak to a school-record 19 games. Florida State is now 17-0-2 at home since a loss to North Carolina in September of 2005. For the second time in the NCAA Tournament FSU set a new attendance record as 1,206 fans attended the game Sunday, besting the record set versus Jacksonville when 1,076 fans were in the stadium.

"I think it speaks a lot about the support we have here at Florida State from the administration to all the fans," said Rowland of the team's record home unbeaten streak. "Obviously it's a huge boost playing in front of our fans. I love it, I love seeing the student support and all of our parents. The weather helps a bit too, I love it."

"I think it's a fantastic advantage," said Krikorian of playing at home. "Most teams can't come in here and compete as well. I think every team in the country prefers to play at home. So for us to be here and playing in front of our crowd on our beautiful field in beautiful Florida I think is a big advantage for us. I think all of us feel comfortable here and we're getting our fair share of good results."

The 2006 NCAA Tournament has been a story of fast starts for FSU. In the opening round the Seminoles scored the earliest NCAA Tournament goal in program history scoring just three minutes in versus Jacksonville. Versus Cal Florida State scored three times in the first 27:00. Versus Illinois it looked like FSU would get on the board early again as just 14 minutes in the Seminoles looked like they would jump in front. Rowland's long throw-in to the near post was cleared by Illinois but right to Selin Kuralay at the top of the box. The junior drove a shot that seemed headed for the side of the net but a deflection by a Fighting Illini defender kept the game scoreless.

Just five minutes later though FSU did find the back of the net. Katrin Schmidt lofted a perfect service from the left side to the backpost where Rowland was making a run. The senior latched on to the pass and headed it past Illinois keeper Lindsey Carstens for the lone goal of the match.

"I saw Kelly making that run and she was asking for the ball and I tried to find her," said Schmidt of the service. "She's a great header and she got on the end. I saw her run and hit it into the goal."

"Katrin served a great ball and I was able to get a handle on it," said Rowland. "It felt good that it went in and that we were able to hold it to 1-0."

The goal was the fifth of the season for Rowland who has now scored 17 in her illustrious career. For Schmidt, the assist was the third of the season for the Soccer Buzz Player of the Year finalist. All three have come in the last 11 matches.

"I tell her almost every day that she's the best left back in the country," said Krikorian of Schmidt. "She's a fantastic defender and attacker and we're fortunate to have her here. She came in as an attacking midfield player and was open-minded to doing what it took to help our team a year ago. She's just developed, developed, developed and don't be surprised to see her playing for the German women's team one day."

"Florida State has a lot of attacking weapons," said Rayfield. "The thing that makes Schmidt dangerous is getting the ball to India Trotter and Selin Kuralay. I think we knew we were going to have to defend collectively together because of the talent they have top to bottom. It was a battle of teams that both have weapons. Katrin is a great player as is everyone who was on the field today."

Illinois had its best chance to tie the match coming out of the lockerrom. In the 49th minute a free kick was played into the box where Jacki Santacaterina was waiting. The midfielder got her head on the service and played it to the near post but Kirsten van de Ven was standing right on the line to keep the potential equalizer out of the net.

"Yeah I saw it," said van de Ven with a chuckle. "Actually it just hit me but that's why you have to do when you're on the post, right?"

"It was a free kick and I was thinking should I put people on the post or not," said Mims. "Kirsten stepped up and took that initiative and took the post and knew that was something that needed to happen. That was all her decision. That's what this team is able to do, we're able to read each other and give that support where it needs to be."

The Fighting Illini pressed for most of the second half looking to tie the game but the FSU defense would not break. After the near goal four minutes in, Illinois did not put another shot on frame the rest of the match.

"Well they needed to score so they were pressing us and pressuring us," said Mims of the second half. "We had a couple of miscues on our part, but as far as I'm concerned everything was under control. I did what I had to do, everyone else did what they had to do to sacrifice themselves. I didn't have a save but we had a team save. That shows you right there what this team is made of. We help each other out and that's what matters."

"I think part of it is you're ahead and you try to protect the lead some," said Krikorian about Illinois' in the second half. "I think the wind was pretty strong today and I think it was a big advantage to whoever had it at their back. I thought our collective defending was good and we limited the amount of big chances they had."

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK   0 Ali Mims                   90  0   0  0  0                
F    2 India Trotter              81  0   0  0  0                
MF   3 Onnie Trusty               32  0   0  0  0                
D    5 Sarah Wagenfuhr            90  1   0  0  0                
D    7 Katrin Schmidt             90  2   2  0  1                
F    8 Sel Kuralay                90  2   0  0  0                
D   10 Kelly Rowland              90  2   1  1  0        1       
D   12 Libby Gianeskis            90  0   0  0  0                
MF  18 Mami Yamaguchi             90  2   2  0  0                
D   19 Becky Edwards              90  0   0  0  0                
MF  22 Toby Ranck                 77  0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
    14 Kirsten van de Ven         58  0   0  0  0                
    16 Holly Peltzer               9  0   0  0  0                
    20 Iraia Iturreqi             13  0   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90  9   5  1  1        1       
       Opp                        90  6   1  0  0                

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Ali Mims                    90:00  0    0  1      1
Team                         0:00  0    1          
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  0    1  1      1
Opp                         90:00  1    4    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  19:08 FSU  Kelly Rowland             Katrin Schmidt            Schmidt serves it ti back post and Rowland heads it in to side netting     


  1 2 Total
ILLINOIS
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
1
0
1

FLORIDA STATE 2, CLEMSON 1
11/24/2006, TALLAHASSEE, FL, NCAA, Elite Eight

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

BACK-TO-BACK CUPS! FSU Soccer Heads Back To College Cup Defeating Clemson 2-1.

FSU comes back from 1-0 down to reach the College Cup for the third time in four years.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Just seven seasons ago Florida State soccer played the first NCAA Tournament game in school history. Seven years later the Seminoles are headed to the College Cup for the third time. Florida State rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to score two second half goals and punch the team's ticket to a second straight College Cup. The Seminoles (18-3-4) downed ACC rival Clemson (11-8-5) by a 2-1 score as freshman Becky Edwards recorded the first goal of her career, which sent FSU back to soccer's version of the Final Four for the third time in the last four seasons.

"It was a great soccer game tonight," said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. "We had two very good soccer teams battling as hard as they could to get a result to advance to the College Cup. I think that all of us had great respect for Clemson coming in and we still have great respect after the game. I felt that their effort was outstanding. Once again, I thought that our team showed their resilience in fighting back from a 1-0 deficit at halftime to score a couple goals and win the game. I thought our effort was very good, and I'm really proud of our group."

"Just like to congratulate Florida State on advancing to the College Cup," said Clemson Head Coach Todd Bramble. "They're a team we have a ton of respect for and hopefully we earned their respect tonight. But they're a good team."

The Seminoles join UCLA as one of just two teams that have gone to at least three of the last four College Cups. The Seminoles, who had never made it to the College Cup before the 2003 season are now a regular on soccer's biggest stage as the team joins powers like North Carolina, Notre Dame, UCLA, Portland and Santa Clara who have followed up a College Cup appearance by going again the following year.

"I think that's a credit to them," said Bramble of Florida State's third College Cup. "The parity of women's soccer has grown every year. There used to be just three of four teams that had a fair chance of winning the National Championship every year and now that number has grown into the double-digits. I think the consistency of their program is definitely worthy of some attention. But I think a lot of the credit goes to our conference. I think what makes North Carolina so good and Florida State so good and you can go down the list and name seven teams from our conference that are good enough to play in the College Cup."

Clemson, who had scored just one goal in 330 minutes of NCAA Tournament play coming into the quarterfinal match, stunned FSU early on. Despite holding a 16-6 edge in shots in the first half, it was the Tigers that went to the lockerrom at half with a 1-0 lead. Of the 15 NCAA Tournament wins in FSU history, only one had come when a Seminoles opponent scored first.

"That was huge for us, especially with the way the last three games have gone," said Franklin who scored the Tiger goal. "It put us in a great spot but we knew we had our work cut out for us. That's just the way it went in this game. I don't think we could have played any harder. I give credit to these girls."

The goal came on a brilliant strike by Franklin. The freshman collected the ball about 35 yards away from the goal. She struck a shot that went upper 90 at the near post giving FSU keeper Ali Mims no chance at the save. It was just the second goal of the tournament allowed by FSU and the first in the first half of a game.

"I thought we were able to go into the locker room at halftime and talk about some things that I thought were going well for us," said Bramble. "But there certainly were some things that we were giving up that we weren't happy about, we felt like if we could go out and continue to do the good things and clean up a few areas then we'd have a chance."

FSU made some tactical changes at half. Krikorian moved Katrin Schmidt out of the backline and into the midfield as the Seminoles pushed looking to equalize the match. The strategy paid off almost immediately. Just 9:17 into the second half, Florida State got on the board.

"The things that we saw were that we weren't playing in the space behind our forwards," said Krikorian of his adjustments. "We thought that that was a space that we were getting too high and playing with three across the front. We weren't really utilizing that space. I've said for a long time that Katrin Schmidt is just an outstanding midfielder, and we decided to put her into that role to try and put those balls into that space in the front. We put India (Trotter) into the back, because we know that India is secure no matter where she plays. We thought that we were able to play into Katrin's feet often and play off of her quite often and she gave us a big boost in to that spot. To be honest it isn't something we have trained a lot for but we saw Katrin playing in the attacking midfield spot in the spring."

"India plays for the national team there, so she is very accustomed to that position, and I thought she played very well," said Edwards. "(Katrin) Schmidt moved into the offensive mid, she's just a great player, and she created some great chances for us and everyone worked in their role and it all clicked together."

The spark FSU needed started when Clemson keeper Ashley Phillips came out of her box and played a ball out of bounds on the near side leading to a Kelly Rowland throw-in. The senior's long throw was sent in to the near post where Phillips punched the ball out. The clearance seemed to be headed out of bounds before Sarah Wagenfuhr headed it back into the box before the ball went out. Selin Kuralay got onto the end of the service and volleyed her shot past Phillips to even the match.

"I just realized that the ball was going to go out of bounds and I figured I might as well head the ball back into the mix and see if one of my teammates could do something with it," said Wagenfuhr. "I just kept it in and hoped that someone could do something with it, and Sel did."

"Heck of a finish, world class", said Krikorian of Kuralay's strike.

With the game now even both teams attacked looking for the game-winner. Clemson's best chance came in the 58th minute when Katie Vogel launched a brilliant shot from the far right side to the backpost that looked to be headed in but caught the crossbar.

Less than five minutes later FSU had its chance and the Seminoles made it count. The play started with a free kick as the teams combined to be whistled for 36 fouls, receive three yellow cards and one red card. Wagenfuhr drove the ball inside the Tigers' box. The service was cleared by Phillips back to the top of the box where Edwards collected the loose ball. The freshman took a few touches and then drilled a low liner that bounced off a Clemson defender just enough to alter the direction and go in.

"Wags (Sarah Wagenfuhr) took the free kick and the Clemson goalie came out and punched it away," said Edwards. "I was just standing at the top of the 18 (yard box) and I took two touches and it went off a few Clemson players and it found the net."

The goal wasn't just the first game-winner for Edwards' it was the first goal of her career. The freshmen, who leads the team with eight assists, couldn't have scored her first career goal at a better time for the Seminoles.

"It was pretty exciting, something I will never forget," said Edwards. "I'm just happy to help the team in every way I could, I'm just happy that it could come now.

"I just wanted to win the game, I was trying to help the team in any way I could. We stayed confident even after they scored and trusted each other that we would come back and do it. I'm just proud of everyone."

The Edwards goal held up sending FSU to the College Cup from the team's home field for the first time after advancing on the road in 2003 and 2005. A school-record postseason crowd of 1,754 came out to the game marking the third time in four NCAA Tournament matches the Seminoles have set and broken an attendance record.

"That (the fireworks after the game) was something I never imagined," said Mims about a string of firecrackers that were ignited after the win outside the stadium. "I didn't really ever imagine the size of the crowd that we had tonight after a holiday, it is just real exciting to have the type of atmosphere with the band and the people on the parking garage that get the things that we are tying to do here."

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK   0 Ali Mims                   90  0   0  0  0                
F    2 India Trotter              90  6   1  0  0                
D    5 Sarah Wagenfuhr            90  1   1  0  1                
D    7 Katrin Schmidt             90  1   0  0  0                
F    8 Sel Kuralay                71  6   3  1  0  1             
MF  10 Kelly Rowland              90  1   0  0  0                
D   12 Libby Gianeskis            90  0   0  0  0                
MF  14 Kirsten van de Ven         90  2   0  0  0                
MF  18 Mami Yamaguchi             90  4   0  0  0  1             
D   19 Becky Edwards              90  3   2  1  0        1       
MF  22 Toby Ranck                 55  0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
    20 Iraia Iturreqi             54  1   0  0  0                
                          =======================================
11     FSU                        90 25   7  2  1  2     1       
       Opp                        90 11   4  1  0  2             

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Ali Mims                    90:00  1    3  1       
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  1    3  1       
Opp                         90:00  2    5    1     
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
==== ====== ==== ========================= ========================= =========================
  1.  30:27 Opp  Opponent                                            shot upper 90                                                              
  2.  49:17 FSU  Sel Kuralay               Sarah Wagenfuhr           started with long throw-in - volley off header back into the middle        
  3.  62:43 FSU  Becky Edwards                                       clearance off free kick - beats keeper                                     


  1 2 Total
CLEMSON
1
0
1
FLORIDA STATE
0
2
2

NOTRE DAME 2, FLORIDA STATE 1
12/01/2006, NCAA, College Cup, Final Four, Cary, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU's National Championship Dream Falls Short In 2-1 Loss To Irish.

Seminole seniors finish their careers as one of the most successful senior classes in America.

CARY, NC - The fifth-ranked FSU soccer team returned to the College Cup for the third time in four years and vowed to make this trip different. After suffering shutout losses in both previous trips, the 2006 Seminoles lived up to their word but fell just short of advancing to the school's first ever National Championship game. Notre Dame (25-0-1) ran out to a 2-0 lead on Florida State (18-4-4) and then held on during a furious second half attack for a 2-1 victory.

"I thought it was a very good soccer game," said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. "The two teams were very interested in playing good soccer. The first half I thought that Notre Dame was in more control of the game, in the second I felt our team was. But very hard fought and credit to Notre Dame for protecting the lead. Good game, tough result for us but that's the way this game goes."

For FSU the 2006 national semi-final started to play out in an all too familiar fashion to the 2005 game versus UCLA. The Seminoles once again played an opponent to a 0-0 tie before allowing two goals in the last 10 minutes of the first half. Last year versus the Bruins, FSU could not get back in the game but this year was different. India Trotter cut the Fighting Irish lead in half just 6:22 into the second period. The Seminoles then continued to pressure Notre Dame but could not cash in and score the equalizer.

"A two-goal lead in probably the most dangerous lead to have," said Notre Dame Head Coach Randy Waldrum. "You're probably better off to only be up one often times. We didn't want to give up an early goal in the second half and we didn't want to sit and we wanted to continue to attack. But then they got the goal early."

The goal came when FSU moved Trotter up top in the second half. The first team NSCAA All-American started the game in the back to try and deal with Notre Dame's M.A.C. Hermann Trophy finalist Kerrie Hanks. After Florida State fell behind 2-0, Krikorian changed the formation and pushed Trotter into the attack.

"I think there were a lot of factors that led to it in the second half," said Krikorian. "First of all, there wasn't a decent wind in the first half so putting her in the back line helped us protect the game a little bit. When she moved up front it gave us even more energy.

"We know that India's going to be a National Team back, we've trained her there some and she's played for us some there. We thought in the match-up today the tactics might suit us best to start that way and then read the game as it went on."

The energy Trotter provided was evident immediately and lasted the entire 45 minutes. The Seminoles out shot the Irish 8-6 in the second half and took three corners to none for Notre Dame.

Six-year senior Ali Mims recorded seven saves in the game and kept FSU in the contest early on as Notre Dame found some success attacking. Mims came up with big save just 14 minutes before the end of the first half. The Seminoles played a ball back but a miscommunication allowed Notre Dame to win the ball deep in FSU territory. The Irish worked the ball to Courtney Rosen who fired a quick strike from the right side that was going near post to the upper corner but Mims punched the strike away.

Rosen did get Notre Dame on the board though in the 36th minute. The Seminole defense played a ball towards its own goal and the freshman out raced Libby Gianeskis to the loose ball. Rosen turned and fired in the right side of the goal putting Notre Dame in front 1-0.

Just three minutes later the Irish struck again. The second goal started with a corner kick from Hanks. The All-American played a ball in at the near post on to the head of Brittany Bock. Her header was redirected on to the goal and passed Mims by Jill Krivacek.

After Krikorian switched to a 4-4-2 formation with Trotter running up front coming out of half, the Seminoles came out with more aggressiveness in the attack and it almost produced an early result. Three minutes out of the lockerrom FSU had a good shot to half the Notre Dame lead. Selin Kuralay chipped a ball between the Notre Dame defense that Rowland ran on to. The senior took a touch and fired low to the backpost but wide of the frame.

FSU did get the lead down to a goal when two seniors combined to make it a 2-1 game in the 52nd minute. Rowland played a ball into the box to Trotter. The senior cut back and lost her defender. Trotter then fired to the far side netting for her eighth goal of the season and career leading eighth NCAA Tournament goal.

"I've actually played against Trotter before growing up when our regions teams played each other at a regional event," said Notre Dame defender Christine Shaner. "It doesn't surprise me I know she's very fast-paced. You have to know how to defend her and one of the things you can't let her do is you can't let her turn with the ball and run at you because you know you're going to get burnt. She's a very good player and I give credit to her. She broke us down a couple times but we stuck together and hung in there and defensively we got the job done."

The Seminoles continued to press and looked to have evened the game with 26 minutes to play. Sarah Wagenfuhr sent a free kick from midfield into the box. Kuralay, with her back to the goal, headed the service into the top corner of the net. Notre Dame keeper Lauren Karas got a piece of the shot that ricocheted off the underside of the crossbar and bounced out of bounds.

In the 72nd minute another header almost leveled the match. This time the play started with a corner kick that was cleared out. The ball was played back into the 18 to Rowland. The senior had a chance but just put the shot over the crossbar.

With 13:22 left Trotter and Rowland combined once again as Florida State pressured for that second goal. This time it was Trotter who played a diagonal ball into the box to a streaking Rowland. The ball arrived at Rowland's foot just as Karas charged the pass. Rowland got her foot on the ball but the keeper was there to smother the attempt.

With just two minutes left Rowland generated a final chance. The senior won a ball played forward by Iraia Iturregi. She won the ball, turned the corner and sent a ball back through the box from the endline where Mami Yamaguchi was waiting. The ball was just out of the reach of the midfielder.

"We're down 2-1, if we don't get a goal back the game's over," said Rowland. "We're fighting for our lives out there. I think we had chances and that's all you can ask for. It just wasn't our day finishing. We got chances when we needed them, with Notre Dame maybe they go in and maybe they don't. At the end of the day I thought we played well and I'm proud of our team."

"The last 20 minutes we were under a lot of pressure," said Shaner. "One of the things we talked about was just collectively getting organized and finding marks because there was a lot of space open in the midfield and players were kind of running free. We needed to organize better. I was telling them when it got down to 10 minutes, if worse comes to worse and you get the ball just get it out, just dump it in their end and we'll try to play in their end."

For FSU's five seniors that were a part of three College Cups, the ending was once again bitter but with an 11-3-2 record in the NCAA Tournament and 67 wins in four seasons, the class leaves FSU as the most successful group in program history and one of the most successful senior classes in the nation in 2006.

"It's very frustrating actually," said Trotter of how her career ended. "Having our team play well and not be successful and win the game is like coach says its how soccer goes. Credit to Notre Dame for protecting the lead. It's very frustrating being my senior year but I had a great four years and I couldn't ask to play with anyone else than who I played these last fours years and we had a good run.

"I hope we have laid a foundation. I hope that we're back each and every year. I hope that we set the cornerstone and the foundation for Florida State to win the National Championship."

 
POS ##        NAME               MIN SH SOG  G  A YC RC GW PK ATT
=== == ========================= === == === == == == == == == ===
GK   0 Ali Mims                   81  0   0  0  0                
F    2 India Trotter              90  2   1  1  0                
D    5 Sarah Wagenfuhr            90  0   0  0  0                
D    7 Katrin Schmidt             90  0   0  0  0                
MF   8 Sel Kuralay                90  2   0  0  0                
MF  10 Kelly Rowland              90  3   1  0  1                
D   12 Libby Gianeskis            90  0   0  0  0                
MF  14 Kirsten van de Ven         90  0   0  0  0                
F   18 Mami Yamaguchi             90  1   0  0  0                
D   19 Becky Edwards              90  1   0  0  0                
MF  22 Toby Ranck                 73  0   0  0  0                
       ---Substitutes---
     4 Annie Stalzer               0  0   0  0  0                
    20 Iraia Iturreqi             26  1   0  0  0                
    24 Victoria Damren             0  0   0  0  0                
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11     FSU                        90 10   2  1  1                
       Opp                        90 15  10  2  2  2     1       

 
       Goalie             Minutes GA Saves W L T SO
========================= ======= == ===== = = = ==
Ali Mims                    81:03  2    7    1     
Libby Gianeskis              8:57  0    1          
                          =========================
FSU                         90:00  2    8    1     
Opp                         90:00  1    1  1       
 
Scoring Summary
Goal  Time  Team Goal Scorer               Assists                   Description
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  1.  35:32 Opp  Opponent                                            shot to right side of net off turnover                                     
  2.  38:21 Opp  Opponent                  Opponent                  second header off corner kick from right side                              
                                           Opponent
  3.  51:22 FSU  India Trotter             Kelly Rowland             lofted to top left corner - right side                                     


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