April 3, 2011
By Zach Mendelson, Seminoles.com
MELBOURNE, Fla. - The Florida State soccer team continued their successful 2011 spring exhibition season as they defeated the Florida Gators 3-2 during a sunny Sunday afternoon match held at the Viera Soccer Complex in Melbourne, Fla.
One might think the victory was sweet redemption for the Seminoles who fell to their instate rival 2-1 in an overtime loss at the Seminole Soccer Complex last September, but this time around the team wasn't focused on the outcome.
"For us it's not about the wins and losses in the spring," said associate head coach Eric Bell. "It's about developing the team and getting better individually and collectively. Sure it was nice to get the result, but at the end of the day that is not the most important thing."
Sensational freshman forward Jamia Fields, who has only been on Florida State's campus for a three months, scored all three goals for the Seminoles in the victory. Overall Fields has scored a team leading four goals this spring.
"It was nice for us to come out today and play in a different system we are implementing and to produce some goals," said Bell. "I thought Jamia played really well today. She took advantage of some opportunities that were created for her and some that she created for herself."
Not only did Florida State play well on the offensive end, but as usual the ACC's top defense continued their dominating play.
"I though Kelsey played very well in the goal today," said Bell. "Typically if the ball is anywhere within her range to catch it she does a very good job of holding on to it and not giving up rebounds, so that is certainly positive."
With the spring season quickly coming to a close, the Seminoles have played in four productive matches. The `Noles began their spring season with a 3-0 shutout victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks followed by a scoreless 0-0 tie against Georgia Bulldogs during a Feb. 26 double-header played in Athens, Ga. The Seminoles next went against the Atlanta Beat of the Women's Professional Soccer League on March 20, falling 1-0 in a competitive 90-minute game at Columbus State University's Walden Soccer Complex.
The team will now play its last match of the spring season against the Louisiana State Tigers on Saturday, April 9th in Orange Beach, Ala.
"I think we have been working on a lot of different things, and some of that is coming out in our play, so we look to build upon that as we play LSU this coming weekend," Bell concluded.