FSU Blanks Francis Marion 10-0 In Home Opener
Sept. 7, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. - No. 9 Florida State (2-1-0) moved its home unbeaten streak to 21 straight games with a 10-0 win over Francis Marion (1-1-1) in front of 1,109 fans at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Eight different Seminoles scored a goal in the home opener including Erika Sutton and Sanna Talonen who registered their first multi-goal game of their career.
The 10 goals scored Friday night marked the third time in school history that Florida State has reached double-digit goals, while it was the most goals scored at home since downing Jacksonville 11-0 back on September 13, 1995. FSU has now outscored its opponents 16-1 over the last two games. The Seminoles tallied back-to-back games of six or more goals for the first time since September of 2003 when the Garnet and Gold scored six against San Diego State and followed that with seven goals against Miami.
Sutton, who came into the game in the 24th minute, led all players with five points on two goals and one assist. She made an immediate impact scoring 20 seconds upon entering the game at 23:55 in the first half. The junior transfer from San Diego State took a pass from Becky Edwards and bent a long ball with her left foot in the upper left corner of the net to give the Seminoles a commanding 4-0 lead.
Freshman Amanda DaCosta got things started in the 17th minute blasting a shot from 18 yards out for her first collegiate goal to give the Seminoles an early 1-0 lead. Junior captain Sarah Wagenfuhr was credited with the assist as she found DaCosta charging in from the top of the box.
In a span of one minute and 31 seconds, Florida State increased its lead to 4-0 on goals by Talonen, Yamaguchi and Sutton.
Talonen scored the first of her two goals on Friday night finding the back of the net from 15 yards out. Schmidt and DaCosta assisted on the play, but it was the no look, behind the back pass from DaCosta that set up Talonen's goal.
Yamaguchi added her team-high fourth goal of the season off an assist from Wagenfuhr. The Tokyo, Japan native beat the Patriots keeper with a cross from the right side.
With the score 5-0 at the start of the second half, Florida State quickly added to its lead taking the opening kick-off and scoring just 18 seconds in. DaCosta took the ball down the right side of the pitch and pushed the ball back to the top of the box where Wagenfuhr finished it off scoring from just under the crossbar. The assist by DaCosta was her second of the game and fourth point of the evening.
It was just the second career goal for Wagenfuhr and her first since scoring against Wake Forest on October 21, 2005. Wagenfuhr finished the game with a career-high four points and two assists.
Talonen collected her second goal of the evening and third of the season putting away a beautiful cross by Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi made a nice move into the box and sent a cross that beat the Patriots goalkeeper giving Talonen a wide open look at the goal.
In the 67th minute, Kirsten van den Ven got in on the scoring heading in a corner kick by Sutton. It was the first goal of the season for van de Ven and first assist for Sutton.
Freshman Rachel Lim got her first collegiate goal in the 69th minute as she put away a nice pass from Schmidt at the top of the box. The assist for Schmidt was her second of the game, establishing a new career-high.
Annie Stalzer closed out the scoring for the Seminoles with her second career goal and first of the season at the 84:48 mark. Stalzer and freshman Margo McAuley played a little give and go from 15 yards out as Stalzer finished the play finding the lower left corner of the net for the goal.
Florida State finished the game with a 30-2 shot advantage, posting 15 shots in each half. The Seminoles held a 5-0 corner kick advantage in the game.
Erin McNulty and Kate Milstead contributed on the team shutout, the first of the season for the Seminoles. McNulty made her third consecutive start in goal and made two saves in over 56 minutes of action. Milstead did not face a shot tallying 33:39 in net.
Francis Marion played a pair of keepers in Jacque Sutphin and Emily Brandenburg. Sutphin started for the Patriots and made six saves, while Brandenburg collected two saves in 23:11 of action.
Florida State will return to the pitch on Sunday, September 9 as the Seminoles travel to Gainesville to face intra-state rival Florida, ranked tenth nationally, in a game shown live on Sun Sports at 1:30 pm. Fans can follow all the action over the Internet. Gametracker will be available for the contest along with a live radio broadcast which can be found on the Gators official website at www.gatorzone.com.