Oct. 30, 2008
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Sixth-ranked Florida State (13-2-2, 7-1-1 ACC) erased a two-goal deficit to register a hard fought 2-2 tie against second-ranked North Carolina (15-1-2, 8-0-1 ACC) on a clear, cold night inside Fetzer Field. Sophomore Sanna Talonen recorded both goals for the Seminoles as Florida State remained unbeaten on road in 2008 pushing its season streak to eight (6-0-2) in a row.
Thursday night's result marked the second time this season that Florida State has come back from two goals down to record a tie on the road. It also marked the second time in eight visits to Chapel Hill that the Seminoles earned a tie.
"Carolina brings so much pressure when you play against them," said head coach Mark Krikorian. "Even if you think you're prepared for them you're probably not. I thought early on we weren't quite as prepared for the quickness that they had and the amount of pressure that they brought to the field. But as the game went on, I thought we did a good job of making the necessary adjustments and settling the game down.
"Overall, I thought for our kids to fight back from being down 2-0 here at Carolina and getting a tie was favorable for us."
Talonen recorded her third multi-goal game of the season and eighth of her career as the Finnish native scored a goal in each half. Of the 13 goals scored by Talonen in 2008, eight have come on the road.
Freshman Tiffany McCarty recorded the first shot of the game one-timing a cross from the right side of the pitch from about 25 yards out that sailed wide of the left post. Tori Huster began the play sending a quick pass to Amanda DaCosta in the middle of the pitch. DaCosta made a long run straight down the middle of the field before passing off to McCarty who was coming on from the right side.
The Tar Heels found the back of the net in the 10th minute on Allie Long's fifth goal of the season. The score came off the first Tar Heel corner as Yael Averbuch sent a bending ball into the box where Long flicked a header over a crowd of players and into the net for the goal.
Less than two minutes later, DaCosta sent a blast from about 40 yards out that sailed just high over the crossbar. UNC keeper Ashlyn Harris had come out to play a ball out of the box and the play almost cost the Tar Heels as the ball found DaCosta at midfield. With Harris retreating back to the net, the sophomore midfielder took a few dribbles and tried to sneak one over the head of Harris but the ball sailed high.
McCarty came right back with another great scoring chance for the Seminoles but Harris made an outstanding diving save to her right. Lauren Switzer sent a pass into the box to Talonen. With her back towards the goal, the Tampere, Finland native made a quick pass back up the field where McCarty one-timed a shot.
The Tar Heels pushed their lead to 2-0 as Tobin Heath took advantage of a failed Seminole clear deep in North Carolina's offensive third. Off a Meghan Klingenberg cross from the end line, the ball bounced of the head of Seminole defender and right to Heath who flicked the ball inside the left post for her seventh goal of the season.
Florida State cut into the Tar Heel lead right before halftime as Talonen registered her team leading 12th goal of the season with 40 seconds left on the clock. Following a UNC goal kick, Talonen received the ball and dribbled a good 35 yards beating Harris with a low liner inside the left post for the score. It marked the fifth straight game that Talonen has scored a goal and the seventh in the last eight games. The goal was also her seventh in league play setting the single-season school record for goals in the ACC. The previous record was held by both Cindy Schofield and Mami Yamaguchi who tallied six goals in league play in 2002 and 2008, respectively.
"That goal was awesome," explained Talonen. "Kaz told me to watch out for the second ball. The ball was dropped right to her feet and she made a nice pass. I was fortunate enough to score before half. We knew we could play much better than we did; that first goal was very important as it helped build momentum for us in the second half."
North Carolina went into the locker room with a 10-5 shot advantage as the Tar Heels' Casey Nogueira led all players with four shots.
Like the first half, the Seminoles recorded the first shot of the second half. In the 55th minute, McCarty and Talonen fired back-to-back shots forcing new Tar Heel keeper Anna Rodenbough into a pair of save situations.
It wasn't until the 61st minute before North Carolina got off its first shot of the second half when Nogueira sailed a shot wide right.
Florida State evened the game at two on Talonen's second goal of the evening in the 69th minute. Talonen timed her run perfectly as Short sent a cross that cleared the Tar Heel backline. After a couple dribbles down the right side of the pitch, Talonen sent a low shot passed the diving Rodenbough for the goal. The assist for Short was her third in as many games and fourth in the last five. She tied the single-season school record for assists in ACC play, set earlier this season by Sarah Wagenfuhr, with her fifth on Thursday night.
"I was running down the field and I saw Sanna making that sharp run," added Short. "I put a good kick on the ball and Sanna did the rest."
In the 71st minute, Talonen narrowly missed on her third career hat trick. McCarty flicked a no look, behind the back pass to Talonen inside the box. Talonen took one dribble to her right and fired a shot on goal but Rodenbough was there for the save.
North Carolina threatened in the 80th minute as Jessica McDonald sent a blast from just inside the box. Kate Milstead cradled the ball for her fifth save of the game.
McDonald had another great look less than two minutes later but her shot went wide right.
The Seminole backline of Sarah Wagenfuhr, Ella Stephan, Katrin Schmidt and Erika Sutton did an outstanding job on the Carolina offense in the second half and overtime session limiting the Tar Heels to just seven shots. The Seminoles equaled that shot total with seven during the same stanza. Florida State out shot UNC 6-4 in the second half as all six Seminole shots went on goal.
"Our group competed tonight," added Krikorian. "We worked hard and limited some of their opportunities on goal. But I also thought that there were a couple chances that we had that if we were more precise with the ball that we sneak out of town with a win."
In the first overtime session, Milstead made the save of the game on a blast off the foot of Nogueira. The Tar Heel forward sent a shot on goal in the 93rd minute but Milstead was there with a fantastic save tipping the ball over the crossbar and out of play.
Milstead finished the game with six saves, while Harris and Rodenbough combined for five saves for the Tar Heels.
The Garnet and Gold will remain in North Carolina to wrap up their regular season schedule on Sunday, November 2 at 1:00 p.m. as the Seminoles visit NC State. The game will be shown live over the internet on ACC Select while fans can catch up to minute stats on the Wolfpack website at www.gopack.com.