Oct. 8, 2006
Chestnut Hill, MA - The third-ranked FSU soccer team completed its two-game road trip with a 0-0 double OT tie versus Boston College (8-4-1, 2-2-1) Sunday. The draw improves FSU's unbeaten streak to five games leaving the Seminoles at 9-1-2 and 3-1-2 in the conference. The shutout was the seventh of the season for FSU in 12 games and the fourth of the season in seven conference matches. The Seminoles have now gone 253:06 without allowing a goal.
"I thought it was a fair result today," said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. "Both teams played hard and worked hard. I didn't think either team was dangerous enough in the final third but the organization and defending by both teams was pretty good. This was a good hard fought college soccer game."
"Today was a battle," said All-American India Trotter referring to the 42 fouls in the game of which 29 were whistled against BC. "It reminded me of the Boston Massacre. It was one of those games that happens every so often during the season. It was all about fight today. That was the name of the game."
Senior keeper Ali Mims had a big day in net for FSU as she set a new single season game high with nine saves. Boston College out shot Florida State 15-7 and put nine of those 15 shots on frame. Of the Seminoles seven shots only one tested Eagle keeper Sarah Buonomo.
"I knew it was a game where I needed to make the saves I should make and maybe come up big on one or two others," said Mims. "I knew I needed to remain focused through the entire 110 minutes. We struggled a little offensively and that meant the ball was in our half more than we would have liked. We gave the ball away too much today and that resulted in some chances for BC on the counterattack. I tried to stay focused. It was nice to get the shutout but as always we would have rather gotten the win."
"I thought Ali did very well today," said Sarah Wagenfuhr. "She made every save on every BC shot that was put on frame. She continues to impress."
Florida State continued its stellar defensive play as the team has allowed just one goal in the last 496:56. FSU has already tied the record for the most ACC shutouts in a season set by the 2003 squad. The seven shutouts this year overall are already the fifth-most ever by a Seminole team and Florida State has now recorded 18 clean sheets in the last two seasons under Krikorian, the most ever in a two-year span.
"I think our defending has improved every week," said Wagenfuhr. "The key is our communication and understanding of one another. We are covering for each other so even when there is a breakdown, someone is in the right spot to bail us out."
Offensively the Seminoles continued to struggle to find the back of the net. For the second time in the last four games FSU was held without a goal and the team has scored just three times in that stretch. Last year Florida State was shutout just once the entire regular season. This year it has already happened twice.
"Sure, I am concerned about our goal production," said Krikorian. "We have enough pieces and weapons where we should be scoring goals. Sometimes we have good chances and we haven't finished them. Today we didn't have as many chances. I am more concerned with that than the goals not coming but credit Boston College. I thought they were very organized, strong and physical. They interrupted our rhythm in our game, which is the tactic I would use if I played against us as well. We will go back and continue to work."
"We are a little frustrated the goals aren't coming," said Trotter. "The only thing we can do is keep a positive attitude. We will work harder and hope things get better next time we step out. We just want to try to improve from one game to the next."
In the first half both teams generated a couple of good chances on the opponent's goal. The Seminoles first opportunity came in the 10th minute. Libby Gianeskis made a run from her defensive position across the Eagles' 18. She laid a ball off inside the box to Mami Yamaguchi. The midfielder blasted a shot but the BC defense was there to block the attempt.
In the 22nd minute Yamaguchi again helped Florida State generate a chance. The sophomore won a ball out wide. She found Trotter making a run into the box but the All-American could only get a foot on the ball as her shot was weakly played back to Buonomo.
The action picked up a little more in the second half and just 11 minutes in FSU tried to capitalize on a quick free kick. The set piece was played to Trotter down the wing. The senior cut inside the 18 but her cross was blocked by an Eagle defender.
In the 65th minute Yamaguchi was the beneficiary of a great ball over the top of the defense on the left side. Yamaguchi first-timed the service to the head of Holly Peltzer but the strikers shot was just over the top of the goal.
In the 72nd minute BC was awarded with a dangerous free kick about 25 yards from goal dead on. After a little deception, the Eagles arched the ball over the top of the wall trying to beat Mims high but the senior was right there to make the save.
The Eagles had an almost identical set piece five minute later as a result of one of the 42 fouls called in the game. The shot was blasted over the top of the goal though.
With under six minutes remaining in regulation Iraia Iturregi beat two BC players and then won a 50-50 ball on a challenge. She played the ball into Selin Kuralay about 10 yards away from the goal. As she took her shot it was blocked right as she struck the ball and kept from even going on frame.
The Seminoles seemed to pick it up a in the overtime period and were probably more dangerous in that 20 minute span than any other time in regulation. In the 93rd minute Iturregi played a ball to Kuralay behind the defense and inside the box. The junior once again ran onto the ball inside the 18 but BC was there again to block another shot.
Florida State returns to Tallahassee for a rare 4:00 p.m. mid-week game versus Stetson. The game is scheduled for Wednesday at the Seminole Soccer Complex Fans can follow all the action on the third live web broadcast of the season. Game Tracker will also be available for the match. For information on the ACC Select broadcast and Game Tracker log on to the official website for Florida State athletics at Seminoles.com.