Sept. 13, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Fourth-ranked Florida State (6-1-0) avenged Thursday night's loss to UCF by slaying No. 24 UAB (6-1-0) 8-0 Sunday evening at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The Seminoles tied a season-high with eight goals while Katie Bolinsky, Rachel Lim and Tiffany McCarty scored two goals a piece in the win.
FSU handed UAB its first loss of the season as the Blazers were off to their best start in school history. Entering Sunday's contest, UAB had given up just three goals in six games but allowed eight to the Seminoles including five in the first half.
Lim and McCarty tied a career-high for goals in a game while Bolinsky recorded her first two goals of her collegiate career. Toni Pressley picked up two assists for the second time on the year and Lauren Switzer tied a career-high with four points on a goal and two assists. The multi-assist game for Switzer was her second of the season and fifth of her career.
"I thought it was a very good performance tonight," said head coach Mark Krikorian. "Our attacking was very good, we were a little more patient, a little more deliberant in the attack. In recent games, we were a little too quick to go forward. Tonight, we slowed the game down a little bit and attacked in different manners."
After being held scoreless against UCF, Florida State wasted little time getting on the scoreboard against the Blazers as Lim found the back of the net just a minute and 18 seconds into the game. Freshman Tiana Brockway sent a beautiful ball into the box that Lim came charging in on and headed into the back of the net for the goal. The assist was Brockway's first of her collegiate career.
"Getting that first goal was very important," said Lim. "It provided us with the momentum and relaxed us a bit."
In the 10th minute, McCarty increased the Florida State lead to 2-0 as she bent a shot from just outside the 6-yard box on the left side for her sixth goal of the season. Switzer picked up the assist as she out jumped the competition on a goal kick flicking the ball down the field. McCarty collected the ball and dribbled toward the end line before changing directions back up field and smashing a shot into the back of the net for the goal.
The Seminoles broke the game open with three goals in a span of eight minutes and seven seconds. Lim began the scoring spree blasting a shot from 19 yards out inside the crossbar for her second goal of the evening and second two-goal performance of the season. Jessica Price and Switzer were credited with an assist on the play.
Just over four minutes later, McCarty tallied her second goal of the game to give FSU a 4-0 lead. McCarty took a pass from Pressley and made a long run down the middle of the field before finding the upper right corner from 14 yards out.
Bolinsky rounded out the scoring in the first half with her first collegiate goal in the 33rd minute. In similar fashion to McCarty's second goal, the redshirt freshman from Coral Springs, Fla., made a long run down the middle of the pitch and beat UAB keeper Kate Blankenship with a shot inside the right post from 16 yards out for the goal. Breezy Hupp assisted on the play.
The Seminoles continued to pour on the offensive pressure at the start of the second half as Switzer recorded her first goal of the season in the 51st minute. On a long pass into the box from Pressley, Price jumped up for a would be header but could not reach the ball. Blankenship lost sight of the ball on Price's jump and Switzer was there to one-time the shot from four yards out for the score.
Price gave the Seminoles a 7-0 lead in the 63rd minute as she beat a couple Blazer defenders with a long run down the right side before sending a cross passed a diving Blankenship and inside the left post for the score. Ines Jaurena played Price the ball to set up the goal.
The scoring concluded in the 84th minute on Bolinsky's second goal of the evening. Off a pass from Tori Huster, Bolinsky made a nice move towards the middle of the pitch to beat a defender setting up a one-on-one versus the keeper. Bolinsky finished the play sending a low liner inside the left post passed UAB keeper Alexis Braziel for the goal.
"I was pretty excited," added Bolinsky. "It was great to come out and score a couple goals tonight. I had a lot of good balls played by my teammates to get me in behind their backline, the rest was up to me to finish."
The Seminole backline dominated in the win allowing the Blazers just one shot all evening long. UAB was held without a shot until the 78th minute when Carolyn Polcari sent a shot on goal. Kimmy Diaz, who entered the game in the 64th minute, was there for the save.
"I thought it was very good," Krikorian said of his defenders efforts. "We are going to continue to experiment and try to get it right by the NCAA Tournament if we are fortunate enough to get there. These steps along the way are opportunities for us to evaluate and look at different players in different situations."
Erin McNulty picked up the win in goal as she finished the game with over 62 minutes of action.
Casey Short saw action for the first time in 2009 after suffering a foot injury during the pre-season. Short started the second half and played 15 minutes.
FSU finished Sunday's contest with a season-high 31 shots. The Seminoles also held a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Florida State returns to the pitch Friday, September 18 at Florida. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. down in Gainesville while live stats will be available via gametracker. Fans can also follow Seminole Soccer action all season long via Twitter and Facebook on Seminoles.com.