Sept. 18, 2009
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Fifth-ranked Florida State (7-1-0) got a golden goal from sophomore Toni Pressley less than three minutes into the first overtime as the Seminoles defeated No. 7 Florida (5-3-0) 1-0. The win came in front of 3,526 fans, the fifth largest crowd in UF history and the largest crowd to witness a Florida State/Florida match in Gainesville.
Following a Florida State throw-in during the first overtime session, Jessica Price made a long throw into the middle of the field where Lauren Switzer collected the ball and passed to Rachel Lim. Lim sent a shot that ricocheted off a Gator defender and right to Pressley who one-timed a shot inside the right post from eight yards out for the game-winner.
"First off Jess had a great throw," said Pressley. "It was a great team effort in keeping the ball alive. Limmy did a fantastic job of making sure the ball didn't go back into our end. When I saw the ball, I just told myself I have got to score. Actually at first I didn't think it was going to go in, but it did."
The goal and assist by Pressley and Lim, respectively were the first of the season for the Seminole duo.
With the win, the Garnet and Gold snapped a two-game losing streak to the Gators, while winning for the third time in the last four meetings in Gainesville. Tonight's game also marked the first overtime contest between the two schools in series history.
"What a great night for college soccer in Florida," said head coach Mark Krikorian. "Fantastic crowd, great opponent, super environment, Florida put on a heck of a show for us and our kids responded in kind. It was good to leave here with a win; it was good to leave here with no injuries. It was a hard fought win with good chances by both teams, but a great finish by Toni at the end."
The two schools finished with nine shots a piece, while the Gators held a slight edge in corners at 6-5.
The Seminole defense was once again up for the task on Friday night limiting the Gators to just two shots on goal. Erin McNulty made both saves en route to posting her second shut out of the season. The shut out was the fifth of the season for the Garnet and Gold.
"Our defensive effort was awesome tonight," said McNulty. "I think we are getting better every game. We are playing really smart and communicating very well with each other. We are doing a great job of keeping our opponents chances to a minimum."
Florida State registered the first shot of the contest in the ninth minute of play as Tiffany McCarty blasted a shot off a Gator defender from just outside the box.
Florida strung together three consecutive corner kick opportunities in the 13th minute but came up empty as the Seminole defense did not allow a shot.
The Gator defense denied the Seminoles a goal in the 22nd minute as Becky Edwards sent a low lining shot on goal but it was kicked out of the box by Lauren Hyde. Jessica Price sent a throw-in into the box, where the ball bounded around before Edwards was able to send a shot on goal.
Off a Florida throw-in, Erika Tymrak put a header on goal from 12 yards out but McNulty was there for the save to keep the game knotted at zero.
In the 35th minute, Edwards sent a free kick on goal from the right side of the 18-yard box as the ball went through the hands of Gator keeper Katie Fraine. But the UF goal minder recovered in plenty of time to collect the ball before it crossed the plane of the goal.
On the ensuing goal kick, Fraine booted the ball into the Gator offensive third where Lindsay Thompson collected the punt and took a few dribbles before sending a shot just wide of the right post.
The first half came to a close with the Gators out shooting the Seminoles 5-3, while maintaining a 6-2 corner kick advantage.
The first shot of the second half came off the foot of the Seminoles as McCarty made a long run towards the end line before making a nice cut back towards the top of the box. After a few dribbles to her right, McCarty bent a shot wide of the right post.
Twenty minutes into the second half, Lim sent a long pass down the right side where Switzer collected the ball and redirected the pass to Price. Price took one dribble to her right before forcing Fraine into a diving save.
Just over seven minutes later, Tori Huster sent a header wide of the far post off a corner kick from Edwards.
Tiana Brockway sent a shot from about 45 yards out that went just high over the crossbar in the closing minutes of regulation.
With the regular season non-conference schedule in the books, Florida State will now turn its attention to conference play as the Seminoles return to Tallahassee for three straight home games. FSU will host ninth-ranked Maryland at the Seminole Soccer Complex on Thursday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m. as live stats will be available via gametracker. Fans can also follow Seminole Soccer action all season long via Twitter and Facebook on Seminoles.com.