Nov. 7, 2007
Lake Buena Vista, Fla. - Third seeded Florida State (12-4-3) advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Women's Soccer Championship with a 1-0 victory over the sixth seeded Boston College Eagles (11-5-3) on a cold and windy night at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. Junior Katrin Schmidt found a great time to notch her first goal of the season scoring on a pass from Mami Yamaguchi in the 72nd minute. The Seminole have now won three straight first round games in the ACC Tournament, while running their all-time record to 5-6-2 in the first round.
It was the second time this season that FSU defeated BC 1-0, downing the Eagles in Tallahassee earlier in the year. With the win, FSU remained unbeaten against Boston College in five previous meetings. The Seminoles also have not allowed the Eagles to score in the series, a span covering 490 scoreless minutes.
The goal pushed Florida State consecutive scoring streak to 25 straight games.
"It was a very competitive game tonight," stated head coach Mark Krikorian. "I thought Boston College played us very well. They were very organized; they were committed to defending and very quick into the attack. I thought their transition was quite good.
"With our group, I thought that we had a number of quality chances. Maybe we were a little unlucky not to finish on a couple earlier, but that's the nature of the game and you just have to take them as they come."
Boston College held the offensive advantage at the start taking three shots in the first 10 minutes. The Eagles best look came from Hannah Cerrone as she fired a shot from the right side of the pitch. Freshman goalkeeper Erin McNulty made a diving save to her right as the ball trickled away from her grasp. But she quickly recovered and reached out for the loose ball to end the BC threat.
Three Seminoles took two shots a piece in the first half including two from ACC Offensive Player of the Year Mami Yamaguchi. Her first attempt came 12 minutes into the game as her shot was blocked by the Eagle defense. She took her second shot in the 40th minute off a pass from Sanna Talonen, but the ball went wide.
In the 25th minute, Schmidt blasted a shot off the crossbar from just outside the box. The ricochet went right to the feet of Talonen, who sailed a shot high.
Talonen would get another scoring opportunity off a free kick in the 35th minute. Becky Edwards played the ball quickly to Amanda DaCosta, who sent a cross off the Eagle defense. Talonen gathered the loose ball and fired a shot off a BC defender.
Less than a minute later, the Seminoles were back on the attack again as Yamaguchi sent a beautiful pass to Schmidt streaking towards the net. The Schleiden, Germany native made two quick touches before firing a shot on goal. BC keeper Sarah Buonomo was there for the save to keep the game scoreless.
Florida State outshot Boston College 7-5 in the first half, while the Seminoles took the lone corner kick.
The Seminoles were on the attack out of the locker room as their first good look came off the foot of Yamaguchi. The Tokyo, Japan native was taken down just outside the box leading to a free kick from about 20 yards out. Yamaguchi took the kick and sent a shot high over the crossbar.
In the 65th minute, Talonen continued her strong play on the evening as she had a great scoring opportunity off a nice pass from sophomore Lauren Switzer. Talonen went near post with her shot, but Buonomo was there once again with a diving save to keep the game even at zero.
Florida State broke through with a goal in the 72nd on Schmidt's first goal of the season. The play started on a Seminole corner. The ball was cleared out of the box by BC, but right to Yamaguchi, who gathered herself and sent a beautiful pass to the far post where Schmidt was there with the finish. The junior defender came sliding in and punched the ball into the back of the net for her first goal of the season. The assist for Yamaguchi was her ninth of the season.
"Mami was very composed played a great ball to the back of the post and Schmidt was there for a class finish," said Krikorian. "You can't ask for a better play than that."
"Mami couldn't have played a better ball," said Schmidt. "I was just glad I get there for the finish."
BC put the pressure on late in the game, but the Seminole defense held strong keeping the Eagles off the scoreboard.
McNulty posted her sixth shutout of the season finishing the game with three saves.
The win for the Seminoles sets up a rematch with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, who defeated the Seminoles 3-2 in Winston-Salem back on October 25. The semifinal match is schedule for Friday, November 9 at 7:30 pm.
"Now we have a quick turnaround time in preparation for Wake Forest on Friday who we know is a good team," explained Krikorian. "We saw them work hard against Duke to get a result."
Fans can watch the game live over the internet as ACC Select will broadcast the event. Gametracker will also be available for the event.