Oct. 22, 2006
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 India0020Trotter 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.
Florida State returns home for its final two regular season games this week. The Seminoles host Jacksonville Tuesday, October 24 and the match is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. There is no admission charge and the game will be played at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Game Tracker will also be available for the match. For links to live stats and more information on FSU soccer, please log on to the official athletic website for Florida State University at Seminoles.com.