Nov. 14, 2008
AUBURN, Ala. - Florida State (15-2-3) opened the 2008 NCAA Tournament in fine fashion with a 7-0 victory over Mississippi Valley State (10-11-2) on Friday afternoon in Auburn, Ala. Six different Seminoles scored in the first round including two goals from sophomore Sanna Talonen. With Friday's win, the Seminoles remained unbeaten in the first round of the NCAA Tournament moving to 8-0-1, while improving to 22-7-2 all-time including a mark of 8-7-2 on the road.
With seven goals on Friday afternoon, Florida State set the school record for goals in a postseason game. The previous record was six set against the Jacksonville Dolphins back in 2006.
The win extended Florida State's school record road unbeaten streak to 11 games in 2008. FSU is 8-0-3 away from home on the year outscoring the opposition 31-8.
"Our kids came out and played hard against a hard working Mississippi Valley State team," said head coach Mark Krikorian. "I am satisfied with our kids and our performance. I have a lot of respect for our opponent and the effort they put in today. Overall, I am very pleased with the way we came out and played today."
"I thought we came out and played hard," said Lauren Switzer. It was a good first win for us and hopefully we can continue to progress from here."
Talonen registered two first half goals to stake the Seminoles to a 3-0 lead. It marked her third career multi-goal game in the postseason. In just seven postseason games, the Finnish native now stands as the Florida State career leader in points (21) and goals (10).
Talonen led all players with five points on two goals and an assist as she had a hand in the first three goals of the game. Three Seminoles, including Lauren Switzer, Julie Lancos and Toni Pressley, all notched a goal and an assist, while Tiffany McCarty and Marissa Kazbour accounted for the other Seminole goals in the win.
The goal and an assist for Lancos were her first points of the season. The Belford, N.J. native set a season-high for minutes played with 74. Jessica Price notched a career-high with two assists.
Mississippi Valley State looked to capitalize right from the start recording the game's first corner kick in the second minute of play. But FSU keeper Kate Milstead came out and maintained possession of the ball to end the threat.
Despite a heavy down pour before the start of Friday's first game, Florida State worked around the wet and slippery conditions to grab the early lead in the seventh minute of action on a goal by ACC Freshman of the Year Tiffany McCarty. Off a Devilette goal kick, sophomore Amanda DaCosta gained possession of the ball for the Seminoles off a header winner. After two quick dribbles to her left, DaCosta sent a pass out wide to Talonen. The sophomore forward took the ball down towards the end line sending a cross into the box to a wide open McCarty for the first goal of the game.
The Seminoles increased their lead to 2-0 just over four minutes later. Talonen registered her team leading 15th goal of the season one-timing a shot from about six-yards out. Katrin Schmidt and Rachel Lim picked up assists on the play. Talonen one-timed a shot off a chest pass from Lim. Schmidt started the scoring play sending a long cross into the box from the left side.
The assist for Schmidt was her seventh in 16 career postseason games.
Talonen gave the Seminoles a 3-0 lead in the 26th minute knocking in a header from about five yards out off a nice ball by Lancos. The freshman defender sent a bending ball into the box from just outside the 18-yard mark for her first assist of the season.
"The conditions were hard for the goalkeepers, so we wanted to go after every ball aggressively," said Talonen. "It was key for us to get a couple goals early and set the momentum.
The Seminoles took a three-goal lead into the half out shooting the Devilettes 16-0, while maintaining a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Florida State benefited from the first Mississippi Valley State foul of the game in the early part of the second half to increase its lead to 4-0. Switzer took the free kick and played the ball back to Lancos at the top of box. Lancos one-timed a shot on goal off the hands of Devilette goalkeeper Kristin Swanson and into the back of the net for her first collegiate goal of the season. The assist was Switzer's team leading ninth of the season.
"I'm kind of excited about that," said Lancos on scoring her first goal of the season. "Switzer played a quick ball back off a foul and I was able to get a great look on goal."
The Seminoles exploded for three goals in a span of three minutes and one second to take a commanding 7-0 lead. Switzer was credited with her fifth goal of the season in the 61st minute. Price started the play as she blasted a shot from about 16 yards out off the hands of Swanson. Switzer collected the loose ball and put away the rebound to give FSU a five-goal lead. Price was credited with her fifth assist of the season on the play.
Pressley added to the Florida State lead in the 63rd minute to increase the Seminole lead to 6-0. Pressley dribbled a good 35 yards, weaving in and out of MVSU players, before finishing the play with a low line drive passed a diving Swanson for her fourth goal of the year.
The final Seminole goal came off a header by Kazbour for her second career postseason goal. Off a near side throw-in by Price, the red-shirt freshman hurled a deep pass into the box where Pressley flicked a header back towards the middle of the field where Kazbour one-time a header just inside the crossbar for the seventh goal of the game.
For the first time in 31 career postseason games, Florida State limited the opposition to zero shots. The Seminoles also set a tournament record for corner kicks in a postseason game with 13.
Milstead and Kimmy Diaz split time in goal as each keeper accumulated 45 minutes between the posts. The shutout for the Seminoles was their 11th in postseason action.
The Seminoles advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament where they will await the winner of Auburn/Belmont. Second round action will take place on Sunday, November 16 at 3:00 p.m. EST in Auburn, Ala.
Florida State set the school record for goals in a postseason game with seven in the first round against Mississippi Valley State. The previous record was six set against the Jacksonville Dolphins back in 2006.
With two goals in the first half, Sanna Talonen registered her third career multi-goal game in the NCAA Tournament. The Finnish native became the school's all-time career leader in postseason points (21) and goals (10) accomplishing the feat in just seven career games.
Florida State posted team tournament records for corner kicks (13) and fewest shots taken (0).
Florida State improved its all-time postseason record to 22-7-2 including a mark of 8-7-2 on the road. The Seminole remained unbeaten in the first round of the NCAA Tournament moving to 8-0-1 all-time.
Freshman Julie Lancos registered her first career goal and assist on Friday in the win over Mississippi Valley State.