Florida State Blanks South Alabama 8-0
Aug. 28, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Fifth-ranked Florida State (2-0-0) posted its second consecutive shutout defeating South Alabama (1-1-0) 8-0 Friday evening at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Seven different Seminoles contributed with a goal, while junior Rachel Lim set a career-high by scoring twice against the Jaguars. Sophomore Jessica Price tallied five points on a goal and three assists setting a career-high for points in a game, while tying the single-game school record for assists.
In just two games, Florida State has outscored its opponents 15-0 while 10 different Seminoles have tallied at least one goal so far this year. The 15 goals in the first two games are the most scored by a Seminole team to open a season.
On the defensive end, the Seminoles held South Alabama to just one shot on Friday night and have allowed just four shots in the first two games including one shot on goal.
"I thought we had a good level of intensity throughout most of the 90 minutes," head coach Mark Krikorian said. "Our focus was pretty good. Our concentration was pretty good for the most part. The collective defending I thought was very good. Our players are starting to show the concepts of defending that we are looking for.
"The transition of our attack came in several ways and it was nice to see us score on a couple of set pieces again."
The Seminoles grabbed a 3-0 first half lead thanks to Price who had a hand in all three goals. The Libertyville, Ill., native posted back-to-back assists before closing out the half with her first goal of the season.
The first assist came off a throw-in in the 11th minute as Price heaved a long ball into the box where Toni Pressley flicked a header to the far post to freshman Ines Jaurena who finished the play with a header of her own for her first collegiate goal.
Price used her speed to give the Seminoles a 2-0 lead in the 23rd minute of play beating two defenders to the end line before sending a low lining cross back towards the top of the box to a wide open Lim. Lim one-timed the pass into the back of the net for her first goal of the season.
Less than four minutes later, Price was at it again scoring her first goal of the season as she beat South Alabama keeper Katie Berry one-on-one from about 12 yards out. Alex Crown and Amanda DaCosta were credited with an assist on the play.
"Jessica is a handful," Krikorian added. "She is athletic as can be. She is elusive, she is tricky, and in some ways is deceptive in the way she plays."
The Seminoles went into the locker room with a 16-0 shot advantage.
Florida State broke the game open with five goals in less than nine minutes in the second half. Lim began the scoring in the 54th minute blasting a shot from 25 yards out inside the left post. The goal was Lim's second of the game and first career multi-goal game.
"I was concentrating on getting quality serves in and making attacking chances for our forwards," added Lim. "I kept taking shots and was fortunate enough to have two find the back of the net."
In the 58th minute, Becky Edwards added her team leading fourth goal of the season on a header off the only Seminole corner of the second half. Marissa Kazbour sent the corner into the box where Price out jumped everyone heading the ball right to Edwards who finished the play with a header from 10 yards out.
The assist for Price was her third of the game tying the single-game school record set just twice before by Erin Grimsley (at Jacksonville in 1996) and Mami Yamaguchi (vs. Kennesaw State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2007).
"I think we all collectively had a good game," said Price. "I think we all wanted to come out strong and set the tone early, and I think we did that."
Over two minutes later, Tori Huster was credited with her first goal of the season sending a shot off the Jaguar keeper and into the net to give FSU a 6-0 lead. Tiffany McCarty assisted on the play as she dribbled the ball towards the net before passing back to Huster for the goal.
McCarty added to the Seminole lead a minute and 16 seconds later flicking a cross for close range that skimmed off the arms of USA keeper Cassie Lythjohan and into the left side of the net for her second goal of the season.
Freshman Breezy Hupp closed out the scoring on Friday night one-timing a shot from 22 yards out off a pass from Pressley for her first collegiate goal. Pressley picked up the assist on the goal her second of the game setting a career-high. The Melbourne, Fla., native doubled her assists from last year in just one night with two against the Jaguars.
The defensive unit, which consisted of Pressley, Tiana Brockway, Ines Jaurena and Marissa Kabour, was solid once again for the Seminoles limiting South Alabama to just one shot which came with just over 18 minutes left to play in the game.
"Defensively, it was a collective effort," Pressley said. "It started with our forwards putting pressure on their defenders which trickled down to the midfield. The play up top made it easier for our back line to decipher where the ball was going."
Florida State will return to the pitch on Sunday, August 30 as the Seminoles travel south to play Stetson in their first road contest of the season. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m. as fans can follow all the action via gametracker on Seminoles.com.