Nov. 10, 2006
Tallahassee, FL -- In the opening game of the NCAA tournament in Tallahassee, No. 2 national seed Florida State defeated the Jacksonville University Dolphins 6-0 Friday night. The Seminoles attack was powered by sophomore Katrin Schmidt who recorded the first postseason hat trick in school history. The Atlantic Sun Conference champion Jacksonville Dolphins end the season with an 11-10-1 record, while the Seminoles improve to 15-3-4. With the victory, the Seminoles will face the winner of the nightcap between Auburn and Cal.
Florida State opened the scoring with Kelly Roland's (Wallingford, PA) fourth goal of the season in the fourth minute. Selin Kuralay (Melbourne, Australia) played the ball wide to Becky Edwards who delivered a low cross to Rowland in the center of the box. Rowland found the net with a ground shot to the back post. The goal was the earliest for the Seminoles in NCAA tournament play.
"I thought that we came out early and imposed ourselves into the game in a very positive fashion," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "We were looking to bring a lot of energy early and I thought we did that and it certainly helped us score an early goal, and then follow up with a few by Katrin (Schmidt)."
The Seminoles' second goal of the contest was recorded on a header by sophomore Katrin Schmidt (Schleiden, Germany) in the 23rd minute from just outside the six yard box. The ball was delivered on a long throw into the box from Rowland. The goal was the third of the season for Schmidt.
Katrin Schmidt scored her second goal just fourteen minutes later on a set piece play. The freekick was delivered to the head of Iraia Iturregi (Loiu, Spain) who flicked it backwards to Schmidt. With the goal, Schmidt became the first Seminole to score two goals in the first forty five minutes of an NCAA tournament game.
Seven minutes later, Schmidt earned the hat trick as she netted a delivery by Kirsten van de Ven (Heesch, Holland). The goal came in the 44th minute from inside the six yard box. The hat trick was not only the first for a Seminole player this season, but also it was the first hat trick for a Seminole in NCAA tournament play.
"Overall I think that it was a good result. We got a lot of players into the game, and we got a little bit of rest for our players for Sunday," added coach Krikorian
Freshman Brittany Marriott (Melbourne, Fla.) netted her first career goal in the 48th minute. The unassisted goal came off a deflected pass that bounced around the box. The goal was the earliest in the second half for the Seminoles in NCAA tournament play.
The sixth goal came from freshman Victoria Damren (Dumfries, Va.). Her attempted service from 40 yards found the net in the 67th minute. The goal was Damren's first of her career.
Jacksonville's main scoring chances both bounced off the crossbar. The first came in the 11th minute on a Janie Kuykendall (Oakton, Va.) freekick put on goal from 25 yards out. The second scoring opportunity came in the dying seconds as Michelle Lavine's (Orange Park, Fla.) effort bounced high off the woodwork.
NCAA Soccer first round action continues at Tallahassee, FL tonight at 8:00 pm as Cal and Auburn meet at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The winner will face Florida State Sunday at 1:00 p.m.