Nov. 1, 2006
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."
Florida State will now wait to see who it will play Friday night for the right to advance to the school's third ACC title game. All the games from the ACC Women's Soccer Championship can be viewed on ACC Select and live stats will also be available via GameTracker. For more information on how to follow the Seminoles, please log on to the official athletic website for Florida State University at Seminoles.com.
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.