Oct. 24, 2006
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."
Florida State concludes the regular season at home Friday, October 27 versus Clemson. The match is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. and FSU's six seniors will be honored before the game. There is no admission charge and the game will be played at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Fans can watch the key ACC battle live via ACC Select in the final regular season web broadcast of the year. GameTracker will also be available for the match. For links to the live video broadcast and live stats, please log on to the official athletic website for Florida State University at Seminoles.com.
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.