March 17, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State women's soccer team fell to Sky Blue on Wednesday evening in a spring exhibition match at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The match marked the first of two games the Seminoles will play against a professional team from the Women's Professional Soccer League right here in Tallahassee.
In Sky Blue's first live action since arriving in Tallahassee last Thursday to begin their two-week training session, the defending WPS champions registered five goals while holding the Seminoles scoreless.
The two teams played three 30 minute periods on Wednesday as each period was scored separately.
Sky Blue's Natasha Kai scored two goals to lead all players, while Heather O'Reilly tallied a pair of assists.
Florida State's Tiana Brockway registered the first shot of the game firing from just outside the 18-yard box forcing Sky Blue keeper Karen Bardsley to come up with a save. Kai broke the scoreless tie in the ninth minute putting away a header from close range on a cross from the left side by O'Reilly to give Sky Blue an early 1-0 lead.
Sky Blue capped the scoring in the first 30 minutes on a goal by Laura Kalmari at the 22:15 mark. The forward from Finland took a pass from Jessica Landstrom and lofted a shot inside the upper right corner from 25 yards out for a 2-0 advantage.
Tori Huster notched FSU's second shot of the period in the 27th minute firing wide of the net.
Sky Blue wasted very little time getting on the scoreboard in the second 30 minutes of action scoring on a left footed shot from about 30 yards out off the foot of Rosana. Kai gave Sky Blue a 2-0 lead as she registered her second goal of the evening in the 14th minute finding the back of the net once again on a header off a cross from O'Reilly. The Blue went up 3-0 with less than three minutes remaining as Kristen Edmonds squeezed a shot from inside the right post off a double assist from Carli Lloyd and Kalmari.
The final 30 minutes finished in a 0-0 tie as FSU keeper Kimmy Diaz made four saves including a pair of nice stops from close range. Diaz finished the game with nine saves.
Florida State will return to the field this Saturday, March 20 as the Seminoles travel to Melbourne to take on the University of Florida.