Oct. 25, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Seventh-ranked Florida State (13-2-1, 6-1-1 ACC) closed out its regular season home schedule undefeated with a 2-0 victory over NC State (7-8-2, 2-6-1 ACC) on Senior Day at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The Noles scored a pair of second half goals in a span of two minutes and 32 seconds to down the Wolfpack for the ninth time in a row.
With a victory on Sunday, Florida State maintained its lead a top the ACC standings with 19 points.
"I didn't think we came out sharp enough," head coach Mark Krikorian said. "That's a credit to NC State. They were organized, disciplined, they had a good game plan and they followed their game plan. Maybe today was a sign of the youth of our team."
"We definitely started off a little slow," said Price. "We were sluggish but were fortunate to find a way to get a result."
Price broke the scoreless tie in the 63rd minute putting away a header from five yards out that went through the hands of NC State goalkeeper Kim Kern and into the back of the net. Senior Lauren Switzer and freshman Ines Jaurena were credited with an assist on the play.
"Switzer was working really hard, she got into a tackle and got the ball out to Ines," explained Price. "Ines served a great ball in and I just got up in the air, won the ball and it went in."
Switzer started the scoring play sending a pass out to Jaurena, who lofted a cross from the right side to the far post. Price one-timed the pass with a header as the ball went through the out stretched hands of Kern for the goal.
"I was able to get in their first and get the ball back out to Ines," said Switzer. "It was a good ball by Ines and Jess Price once again did her thing."
The goal by Price was her 11th of the season and fourth game-winner to lead all Seminoles.
Minutes later, Price and McCarty combined on the second goal of the afternoon to give FSU a 2-0 advantage. Off a throw-in, Price heaved the ball to McCarty in the box, who then took a few dribbles and slipped a low-liner inside the far post for her team leading 13th goal of the season.
The Seminole backline of Jaurena, Tiana Brockway, Ella Stephan and Toni Pressley were outstanding in the second half as they held the Wolfpack without a shot. NC State managed just three shots in 90 minutes of action as both shots that came on goal in the first half were fired from long range.
The two schools played to a scoreless first half with FSU outshooting NC State 7-3. Junior Rachel Lim registered the first scoring threat for the Seminoles in the sixth minute sending a low-liner from about 14 yards on goal but it was blocked by the Wolfpack defense.
Tori Huster, who finished the game with a team-high four shots, had two good looks in the first half both on blasts from the top of the box forcing Kern into a couple saves.
NC State's Gia Cipollini almost slipped a long range shot under the cross bar in the 25th minute, but Seminole keeper Erin McNulty came up with the save tipping the ball over the crossbar to keep the game knotted at zero.
The Seminoles almost broke through with a goal in the waning minutes of the first half as Marissa Kazbour one-timed a pass from Switzer down on the end line but Kern was there for the save.
McNulty picked up the win in goal as she made two saves in over 81 minutes of action. Kimmy Diaz saw action in between the posts playing over eight minutes on Senior Day.
This year's senior class, which includes Becky Edwards, Diaz and Switzer, have posted a career record to date of 66-15-11, good for an overall winning percentage of .777. They have made two trips to the College Cup including a berth in the national championship game in 2007. They have also played in two ACC Championship games in 2006 and 2007 and have compiled an NCAA Tournament record of 12-3-0 over the last three seasons.
"It was cool," said Edwards on getting the win on Senior Day. "Having my parents here was nice too, in our last guaranteed home game, so I am thankful for all that and glad that we were able to pull out the win."
"I am thrilled with them and happy for them," Krikorian said of his seniors. "They have had great careers. Kimmy Diaz has been as great of a teammate as it gets. She has always been there when we need her. Lauren Switzer transferred in and had three very good years for us. Becky Edwards, what can you say about her? She has matured from a shy, young lady into our captain here."
Sunday's victory was also significant as it marked just the second time in school history that FSU finished the regular season undefeated at home going a perfect 10-0-0. Florida State extended its home winning streak to a school record 15 wins in a row. The Seminoles' first undefeated season at home came back in 2001 when the Garnet and Gold went 8-0-0.
"It was exciting to get the win," added Switzer. "Hopefully we will be able to come back and play in front of our home fans again. If not, it was our last game so it was a pretty big deal to get a win."
"Now we need to go on the road for a Friday and Sunday game - Virginia and Virginia Tech," Krikorian said of the upcoming challenges. "Neither of those teams will be easy to beat, especially in their back yard. So we will go up there and measure ourselves against two of the best teams in the conference. Virginia, I know their record doesn't look good, but believe me they are very talented. Virginia Tech - their record speaks for itself."
Florida State will hit the road for the final two games of the regular season as the Seminoles will play Virginia and Virginia Tech on Friday and Sunday, respectively. Live stats will be available for both matches on Seminoles.com.