Oct. 5, 2006
College Park, MD - The third-ranked Seminoles continued to play stellar defense and score crucial goals as FSU went on the road and shutout Maryland 1-0 Thursday night. The win extended Florida State's unbeaten streak to four games as the team improved to 9-1-1 and 3-1-1 in ACC play. Kelly Rowland scored the game-winner for FSU just two minutes before the half and Ali Mims recorded her sixth shutout in 11 matches. The loss dropped Maryland to 4-7-1 and 0-4-1 in the conference.
"It was a solid effort," said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. "Our players worked hard. I don't think we were quite clever enough in breaking them down but we scored the goal we needed to and kept the ball for long periods of time. We were dangerous in a few situations. We probably need to be dangerous in a few more situations than we were. Overall it was a pretty good performance."
Rowland's goal came in the 44th-minute and the Seminole defense made it standup. It was the second game-winner of her career in ACC play and her fifth career game-winning goal. Rowland is now the only player in FSU soccer history to be in the top five in both career game-winning goals and game-winning assists.
"I thought we attacked well out of both sides," said Krikorian. "It seemed like the left side may have been even better in the attack in the first half but then Becky (Edwards) and Iraia (Iturregi) hooked up giving Becky the opportunity for a good quality service in. Kelly (Rowland) timed her run and had a pretty good finish. That is what you are looking for and it was just what we needed at the time. It was a good time to score a goal."
The assist for the freshman was the third of the season already for Edwards, which leads the team. It was her second game-winning assist and both have come in ACC play. It was a special assist for the Downingtown, PA native who had nearly a dozen friends and family members in attendance.
"It was great," said Edwards of the night. "I got to spend a little time with them and it was a good way to go into a game. This wasn't about me tonight. This was a team effort. I thought we played well tonight. Everyone came ready to play. Our effort was there tonight."
The FSU defense continued its dominance as the squad recorded its sixth shutout in 11 matches. Florida State has given up just six goals in 11 games and this was the third shutout of the season already in ACC play. For starting keeper Ali Mims it was the 15th career clean sheet as she continues to add to her all-time record.
"This shutout like all of them is a testament to the defense in front of me," said Mims. "They did a great job of limiting shots. The most important thing is limiting the opponent to low percentage shots. The defense did a great job of that. It is great to get another shutout but more importantly I am happy about the win."
"I am not only happy about the shutouts be we are limiting the opponents chances," said Krikorian. "Sometimes you are a little bit fortunate when you get a shutout because the other team gets chances but doesn't finish those chances. I thought their best chances tonight came on a couple of free kicks."
This was the second road win in conference play for FSU in its first three matches. Florida State is now 9-5-3 in ACC play on the road since 2001. In the four seasons before that run FSU had won just two conference road games in four seasons.
"Road games in the ACC are always tough," said Mims. "It is always a competitive game. Maryland put up a great fight and worked really hard. When they needed to press us we were able to contain their pressure pretty well. It is so important to get ACC wins away from home so we are pretty pleased."
In the first half, both teams had a few good chances on the opponent's net but it was the Seminoles that had the edge statistically. The Seminoles took 11 shots compared to five for the Terps and put four on goal compared to three for Maryland. FSU took one more corner than UMD and left the field at half with a 1-0 lead.
Six minutes into the game Trotter had the first opportunity for either team as she took a shot from about 22 yards away. She drove the ball low to the backpost requiring a save from Florida native and Maryland keeper Nikki Resnick.
Trotter generated another dangerous attack in the eighth minute. The senior picked up a loose ball and ran straight at the Terp defense. She played a ball through the legs of a defender and to Selin Kuralay. The striker touched it to Mami Yamaguchi who drove a shot to the near post requiring another diving save by Resnick.
The Terps first shot came in the 12th minute off a turnover by FSU as a cleared ball ended up right at the foot of Molly Dreska. The midfielder drove the ball right at Ali Mims though.
Less than a minute later another Seminole miscue almost led to the first goal of the game. Maryland picked up a loose ball along the far side and got around the corner and into the box. As Mims charged out the ball was played into Dreska staring at an empty net from about eight yards out. Her redirection was blocked wide by the FSU defense.
In the 25th minute Iraia Iturregi made a dangerous run at the top of the 18. She faked playing a ball down the wing and cut to the inside. She served an excellent diagonal ball through the box to a charging Rowland. The service was just out of the reach of the senior who made her run between two Terrapin defenders.
The Seminoles created another great chance with just over seven minutes remaining. The play started with a Kelly Rowland throw-in. As the ball was cleared to the left side Katrin Schmidt volleyed a ball high and towards the backpost. The drive looked to be headed in before a leaping Resnick was able to get her fist on the shot and save the sure fire goal.
With just 1:25 left in the first half FSU finally broke on top. Edwards received a ball from Iturregi and sent a service into the box around the six. Rowland came bursting through the middle and nodded her header down and into the side netting for her second goal of the season. It was the 14th career goal for Rowland.
"I saw Becky get the ball on the outside and I know she has a great service in," said Rowland. "I just tried to get to the backpost and put myself into position to finish the service. She sent in a great ball, I got on the end of it and flicked it past the keeper."
"Sel (Kuralay) and Iturregi did a great job of finding me wide," said Edwards. "I knew that through the course of the game there were plenty of opportunities for me to get forward. I saw I had an open look and Kelly was there in the box. I just played it in and she made me look good once again."
The second half began with a driving rain falling on Ludwig Field that really limited both offenses. Neither team generated much on goal until 22 minutes into the second half. With the Terrapins pushing up on an FSU throw-in deep in their own end, an errant pass come right out to Stevie Dunning about 18 yards from goal. The sophomore's shot went just wide at the near post as FSU dodged a bullet on the misplay.
A dangerous Maryland run to the top of the box ended with a Seminole foul setting up the Terps with an excellent opportunity on a set piece. The shot from about 25 yards out was driven right into the wall and deflected all the way back to midfield.
With just 7:30 to play another foul gave the Terrapins an opportunity to level the game. This set piece was from about 25 yards away again but it was right in front of the goal. The Ashley Kennedy shot was once again not even put on frame as it was blasted over the top of the frame.
"We were probably a little hasty going into some tackles where we had good numbers behind the ball," said Krikorian. "We could have just let the play continue on. Maybe we were a little too aggressive committing fouls that were unnecessary. The wall stayed tight on those free kicks and Mims had good position and the dangerous situations were averted."
With Maryland pushing up for the tying goal as the clock wound down, the Terps generated another chance. Dreska got into the box along the left side with Sarah Wagenfuhr marking her tightly. Dreska got a sliding shot off just around the defender but Mims was there to make the stop. It was the last chance of the night for Maryland.
Florida State returns to action this Sunday as the team makes it's first-ever trip to Chestnut Hill, MA. The Seminoles will take on Boston College (7-4, 1-2) at 12:00 p.m. Fans can follow all the action on Game Tracker. For information on Game Tracker or the FSU soccer team log on to the official website for Florida State athletics at Seminoles.com.