Oct. 15, 2006
Tallahassee, FL - Something about the Miami Hurricanes brings out the best in FSU All-American India Trotter. Coming into Sunday's ACC game the Ft. Lauderdale, FL native had a goal in two games and in assist in another in three career matches versus UM. The senior continued that streak Sunday as her game-winning goal helped Florida State (11-1-2, 4-1-2) down Miami (7-7-1, 1-6-1) 2-0 for the team's seventh straight win over the Canes.
"There really is no connection from any previous game versus Miami," said Trotter. "Today I was able to finish a goal because of a great play by Mami Yamaguchi. I was just there to finish it. I was just happy to help us get a big win in conference play."
The victory jumped Florida State into second place in the ACC standings. FSU has three remaining conference games and is in a four-way battle to finish second in the standings. The Seminoles will take on two of those four teams next weekend when they travel to Duke and Wake Forest.
"It is important any time you are at home, especially this time of the year, to find a way to get a result," said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian.
"Getting three points today with a win is very important," said Trotter. "When it comes down to tournament seeding you obviously wanted to be as high up in the standings as possible. That will situate us better to make a run at the conference championship."
The victory extended Florida State's home unbeaten streak to 13 games, which built on a school record streak that was set versus Stetson earlier in the week. It also improved FSU's 10 game win streak versus in-state competition as the Seminoles are now 39-4 versus Florida schools since the 2000 season. Florida State is also threatening the team record unbeaten streak as Sunday's victory extended the current run to seven games, just two shy of the record set in 2005.
Sunday's game was just the fourth match the Seminoles have won by more than one goal this season and it is the first time FSU has done that in the last six matches. After recording just two goals on 40 shots versus Stetson on Wednesday, the FSU offense was dangerous all game long and created numerous scoring opportunities. Of the 25 shots the Seminoles took Sunday, 11 were put on frame.
"I am happy with the way we played," said Krikorian. "I thought we played pretty good soccer today. We had a lot of different styles in our attacking. We had chances result from a longer ball and a number of combination passes as well. I was pretty satisfied with that."
"I think things are starting to come together as an offense," said Trotter. "We are clicking on and off the field and I can see things are getting better each time out."
As the offense continues to take shape once again the FSU defense was nearly impenetrable. For the eighth time in 14 games the Seminoles shutout an opponent. Florida State is now just one clean sheet from moving into second place on the single season shutout list. It was the fourth conference shutout of the season for FSU, which has already tied the single season record.
"Our collective defending was outstanding," said Krikorian. "I don't know if we gave up one big chance the entire game. Over the course of 90 minutes that is difficult to do. It was a good effort for us."
The Seminole attack looked as sharp as it has all season and it started early versus Miami keeper Lauren McAdam who came into the game with five shutouts and had a big game versus FSU. Just four minutes into the match Becky Edwards set up FSU's first serious chance. She played a ball to Iraia Iturregi. The Miami defense was there to win the pass but Iturregi won the ball back. She sent in a great cross to Kirsten van de Ven eight yards out right in front of McAdams. The Seminole junior blasted the shot but it was right at the Cane keeper who came up with the save.
In the 32nd minute Trotter got her first dangerous chance on goal on a fortuitous bounce. Keeper Ali Mims' punt bounced at midfield and right to a streaking Trotter. She went right down the middle of the pitch at McAdams. The keeper charged out and slid at Trotter's feet blocking the seniors shot and keeping the game level.
Ten minutes later Trotter was back torturing the Miami defense. Rowland played a ball over the top of the defense that Trotter once again ran on to. McAdams came out of her net but couldn't beat Trotter to the pass so she started to retreat back. With McAdams in poor position Trotter took her chance but the rushed shot was saved by the Miami keeper.
In the second half FSU continued to attack but found more success. Just over five minutes in Trotter got the goal that McAdams had denied her on two previous occasions. Yamaguchi was instrumental in the goal as her brilliant individual effort set up the game-winner. The sophomore held the ball on the left wing as the Seminole attackers crashed the box. Yamaguchi had to fight off a UM defender and then got around her and to the endline. Her out-swinging service went just off the hands off McAdams and landed right at the feet of Trotter who buried the shot into an open net.
"Anytime Mami gets behind the defense you want to get inside the box," said Trotter. "I was there and was fortunate. If I hadn't finished it, Kirsten was right there to score as well."
Just seven minutes after Trotter put FSU up 1-0 the Seminoles almost scored one of the prettiest goals of the season. Rowland did a fantastic job of winning a ball that the Miami defense was trying to shield out of bounds for a goal kick. Rowland fought hard, got around the defender and made a run along the endline. She played a ball back on the ground to Onnie Trusty who blindly back-heeled the pass to Yamaguchi at the far post. The pass was just out of the sophomore's reach about eight yards out of the goal mouth.
Two minutes later another Mims goal kick sprung Trotter. This one came on a 50/50 ball that UM won but headed back towards its own goal. Trotter ran on to the ball as McAdams came well out of her box to cut down the angle. Trotter got a shot off from about 23 yards out before McAdams could get there but it went just wide of the post.
In the 78th minute FSU put the game away. The goal was once again created by great play out wide. This time it was Katrin Schmidt who made a great run that split three Miami defenders. She played a diagonal ball onto the foot of Rowland who made a run inside the UM 18. Rowland took one touch to play the ball around a charging McAdams and then finished into an open net. It was the 15th goal of her career.
"I saw Schmidt look up and I knew if a made a run she would get me the ball," said Rowland. "I saw some space and made a run into it. She played a great ball in. I saw the goalie come out and I was able to take a touch by her and finish it."
"(Kelly) plays hard, she fights, she tackles and she does a lot of those little things that help us win games," said Krikorian. "She has so many intangibles and she got a nice goal today."
Florida State continues ACC play this Thursday as the team makes it final road trip of the season. FSU will face Wake Forest Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. and then face Duke Sunday at 12:30. Both games will go a long way to determining all three team's ACC seeding since each will enter the match among the top five in the conference and separated by just four points.
Both games this weekend will be available via live video on the web brought to you by ACC Select. Game Tracker will also be available for both matches. For information on FSU soccer, ACC Select and Game Tracker log on to the official website for Florida State athletics at Seminoles.com.
NOTES: This was the 10th straight win for the Seminoles against a Florida school...Florida State's crowd of 1,392 was the eighth largest ever and the second-highest attendance for an FSU day game...FSU has now drawn four of the top eight all-time crowds this season...FSU has drawn 11,488 fans so far this season with two home games left. It is the second-largest single season attendance ever...FSU extended its unbeaten streak to seven games and its home unbeaten streak to 13 games...the Seminoles tied a school record with its fourth ACC shutout of the year.