Feb. 27, 2007
Contributed by Melissa Wheeler, Florida State Sports Information
Tallahassee, Fla. - The Florida State Women' s Soccer team took to the field on Saturday, February 24th for their first competitive match of the spring against the University of Georgia. With only 11 players in uniform on Saturday, the Seminoles fought hard earning a 3-0 victory over the Bulldogs in a game segmented into three 30 minute periods. Florida State's Sarah Wagenfuhr found the back of the net off a corner kick service in the first 30 minute period to put the Seminoles a head 1-0. In the second segment, Mami Yamaguchi was the difference maker contributing two more goals and sealing the Seminole victory.
"The results were good, we played hard and competed," Assistant Coach Eric Bell stated. Reflecting on head coach Mark Krikorian's post-game speech to the team, coach Bell continued by stating, "Defensively, we were very good. To keep a team from scoring after 90 minutes is certainly a good thing."
The Seminoles took the field this weekend with three newcomers in the starting lineup. Sophomore Kate Milstead, a transfer from Penn State University contributed with minutes in goal. Junior Erica Sutton, a transfer from San Diego State University, and sophomore Lauren Switzer, a transfer from UCLA, both added some new flare to the midfield and defensive lines. Milstead helped keep the match scoreless against the Bulldogs with her play at the goalkeeper position.
"In goal, Kate had a pretty solid performance," Coach Bell stated.
Adding to the newcomers' impact was Sutton as she immediately made her mark on the field by tallying an assist on the third goal of the match.
"Sutton was impressive on Saturday and we know that she will provide Florida State with plenty of good days in the coming future."
Switzer also had a solid game in the midfield. "Lauren did well and is still finding her way around," Coach Bell commented.
The Seminole defense was the highlight of the match as they minimized the Bulldog scoring opportunities for a good portion of the game, while Seminole goalies Milstead and Kimmy Diaz each contributed to keep the Bulldogs off the scoreboard. The team has dedicated their focus to defending thus far during their spring training, which benefited their play in the match on Saturday.
"We were able to keep the play predictable. We won the ball and we kept them scoreless," said coach Bell. "The team defense was good, but we know there is always room for improvement."
The majority of the attack came in the second 30 minutes as Yamaguchi added the second and third goals of the game.
"The second half was the best. We did well in both defending and attacking. We moved the ball better and didn't allow Georgia to have as many chances as we did," junior Iraia Iturregi stated.
"The results were indicative of how we played. We did well but we need to be mentally tougher and smarter. Our possession was decent but the speed of play needs to improve," said Bell.
The outcome of the Seminole's first spring match was not only positive in its result, but it was also a helpful benchmark for the team's improvement and continued success as they get ready for the 2007 season.