Oct. 12, 2008
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Ninth-ranked Florida State (10-2-1, 4-1-0 ACC) moved into a tie for second place in the ACC with a 2-0 blanking of Miami (7-6-2, 0-4-1 ACC) on a warm South Florida Sunday. FSU recorded a goal in each half as the Seminoles extended their win streak over their intra-state rival to nine straight including a 5-0 mark since the Hurricanes joined the ACC in 2004.
The win extended Florida State's road unbeaten streak to seven games in 2008 as the Seminoles moved to 6-0-1 on the year. The shutout was the third straight for the Seminoles and eighth of the season. FSU has not allowed a goal in over 294 consecutive minutes.
"Anytime in the ACC you can go on the road and get three points is a good result," said head coach Mark Krikorian. "We didn't play as sharp as we should have and need to, but our team came in, adjusted to the conditions of the game, fought hard and found a way to get a good result. Now we move forward and start looking towards Wake Forest next week."
Freshman Tiffany McCarty and sophomore Sanna Talonen accounted for the Seminole goals on Sunday afternoon, while Casey Short and Sarah Wagenfuhr picked up assists. McCarty's first half goal ended as the game-winner her first of the season. Wagenfuhr's second half assist extended her point streak to four straight games as she matched her career point total with her eighth point of the season in Sunday's victory.
The first shot of the game was registered by the Seminoles in the fourth minute as sophomore Amanda DaCosta sailed a shot high over the crossbar after collecting a clear off a corner from Hurricane keeper Vikki Alonso.
Minutes later Talonen got a great look on goal sending a low line drive towards the left post but Alonso was there for the save to keep the game knotted at zero.
McCarty gave the Seminoles an early 1-0 lead beating Alonso with a low ball inside the right post in the 11th minute. Freshman Casey Short got the play started sending a pass beyond the reach of the Hurricane backline where McCarty timed her run perfectly. The freshman midfielder made a move to her right and bent a shot inside the right post for her seventh goal of the season.
Florida State had a great chance to increase its lead in the 28th on back-to-back shots by DaCosta and Talonen. DaCosta took a pass from Becky Edwards and made a nice move to get inside the middle of the pitch where she one-timed a shot towards the right corner. Alonso was there for the save but couldn't control the shot. Talonen was there for the rebound sailing a shot high over the crossbar.
With just over a minute left to play in the first half, sophomore Marissa Kazbour just missed adding to the Seminole lead bending a shot from the left side of the pitch wide of the right post.
The Seminoles closed out the first half out shooting the Hurricanes 7-1, while FSU took the lone corner.
Florida State opened the second half with barrage of shots on goal including two off the foot of Rachel Lim. Lim's second shot came in the 53rd minute as she fired just left of the goal.
Miami got a great scoring chance off its first corner of the game as Julianne Rickers redirected the corner on goal but FSU keeper Kate Milstead was there for the save on the left post.
The Seminoles got some breathing room in the 66th minute as Wagenfuhr found Talonen for a 2-0 Florida State advantage. Wagenfuhr lofted a deep pass into the box from about 40 yards out where Talonen found the back of the net on a header for her team leading eighth goal of the year.
Wagenfuhr came within inches of adding to the Seminole lead following a Miami foul deep in the Florida State final third. The senior defender took the free kick from just outside the box and clipped the crossbar. FSU was called for a foul seconds later to end the threat.
The Hurricanes got the same scoring chance just over a minute later as the Seminoles were called for a foul deep in Miami's offensive third. Brittney Macdonald sent a lower liner on goal from about 20 yards out, but Milstead was there for her second save of the game.
Florida State out shot Miami 15-5 on Sunday, while the Seminoles held the advantage in corner kicks at 4-1. Milstead finished the game with two saves as she recorded her fifth career shutout.
Florida State returns home to face nationally ranked Wake Forest on Thursday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m., in a game honoring Breast Cancer Awareness. Fans are encouraged to come out and support the Seminoles while helping the team raise funds to support a great cause. Proceeds from the game will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The Seminole soccer team will help `Paint the Plex Pink' by wearing special pink Nike jerseys for the game. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase the authentic gear as all 22 game jerseys will be auctioned off online at Seminoles.com beginning Tuesday, October 14 and ending Tuesday, October 21. The game will also be shown on FSN Florida, while live stats will be available via gametracker on Seminoles.com.