Aug. 21, 2009
|Mark Krikorian Post-Game Interview|
|Becky Edwards Post-Game Interview|
|Tiana Brockway Post-Game Interview|
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Sixth-ranked Florida State (1-0-0) registered a goal from five different Seminoles including a hat trick from Becky Edwards as the Garnet and Gold opened the 2009 campaign with a 7-0 victory over Jacksonville (0-1-0). The Seminoles won for the fourth straight time at home to open the season, while improving to 9-5-1 all-time on opening day.
With seven goals on Friday night, the Seminoles set the school record for the most goals scored on opening day surpassing the previous mark of five set just last year against UCF. The win was the 10th straight for Florida State over Jacksonville.
"I thought the second half was significantly better than the first," said head coach Mark Krikorian. "I thought we were a little sloppy in the first half of play. Our commitment in defending wasn't good enough. But in the second half, our team came out and responded very well. We came in and put the pressure on Jacksonville in the appropriate places. Overall, for the first game of the year, it was a pretty good outcome for us. We still have a long way to go and we have to continue to get better."
Edwards registered her first career hat trick in the win while it marked just her second career multi-goal game. With three goals in the season opener, the Downingtown, Pa., native tied her career-high for goals in a single-season as she tallied three as a sophomore in 2007. Edwards entered her senior season with just five career goals.
After leading the team in assists a year ago, senior Lauren Switzer picked up where she left off tying a career-high with her fourth, two assist game.
Sophomore Ella Stephan had a career night recording her first collegiate goal and assist. The sophomore defender picked up an assist on Edwards first goal of the evening and scored the first goal of the second half to give the Seminoles a 4-0 lead.
Junior Amanda DaCosta got in on the scoring as well picking up a goal and an assist against JU. DaCosta has thrived in home openers in her career recording 11 points on four goals and three assists in her first three seasons.
With Stephan the only returning player from last year's backline, the new look defense which included Toni Pressley, Ines Jaurena and Tiana Brockway held Jacksonville to just three shots all night including one shot on goal which came in the first half.
"Jacksonville definitely came after us tonight," Stephan said. "We struggled a little bit early on to stay organized. We realize it was our first game and there is definitely room for improvement. It wasn't perfect but we did come away with the shutout which was what we were looking for. It can only go up from here."
"We are interested in making sure we limit our opponent's chances at our goal," added Krikorian. "We certainly don't want to give up goals. All the players that played tonight helped contribute to tonight's shutout."
The Seminoles converted on their first shot of the game scoring in the seventh minute off a long free kick played into the box by Switzer. Stephan headed the ball across the box to Edwards who finished the play with a header from about 4 yards out to give FSU the early 1-0 lead.
Sophomore Tiffany McCarty pushed the Seminole lead to 2-0 scoring in the 16th minute. After some crafty moves down the middle of the field by DaCosta, the junior midfielder found McCarty streaking down the right side of the pitch. The reigning ACC Freshman of the Year took the pass in stride, dribbled into the box and beat JU keeper Alexa Rooney with a low cross inside the left post for her first goal of the season.
Jessica Price set up the third Florida State goal of the evening as the Seminoles were awarded a penalty kick after Price was taken down from behind inside the Dolphin box. Edwards stepped up and converted the penalty kick for her second goal of the evening.
The Seminoles threatened once more with just under 10 minutes remaining in the first half but an outstanding diving save by Rooney off a flick from McCarty from 16 yards out kept the Seminole lead at three.
Florida State stormed out of the gates to open the second half firing a shot on goal in the 47th minute. Off a corner kick from Switzer, Edwards put a header on goal from just inside the box but the ball went right into the arms of Rooney for the save.
The Seminoles would convert on their second corner of the half less than nine minutes later to push their lead to 4-0. Switzer played a long ball to the far post where Stephan was there for the header recording her first collegiate goal.
"It was really exciting," said Stephan. "To come away tonight with a goal and an assist is really cool."
DaCosta made it 5-0 Florida State in the 67th minute as a series a nifty moves inside the Seminoles' offensive third got her behind the JU defense to set up the goal. DaCosta beat the JU keeper with a lower liner inside the left post from 12 yards out for her first goal of the season.
Edwards notched her third goal of the evening in the 81st minute bending a free kick from outside the box inside the right post for the goal. Edwards became the first Seminole to record a hat trick since Sanna Talonen scored three times in FSU's 3-2 victory over Connecticut in the quarterfinals of 2007 NCAA Tournament. It also marked the fifth time a Seminole tallied a hat trick against Jacksonville and first since Katrin Schmidt performed the feat in the first round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament.
Just over a minute later, freshman Alex Crown notched her first collegiate goal lofting a shot under the crossbar from 23 yards out to round out the Seminole scoring on Friday night.
FSU outshot Jacksonville 26-3 in the season opener, while holding an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks.
"Coming a way with a win tonight was a good start," added Edwards. "It gives us some confidence for the rest of our journey."
Florida State will return to the field on Friday, August 28 as the Seminoles host South Alabama on Friday, August 28 at 7:00 p.m.