Sept. 18, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. (seminoles.com) - Third-ranked Florida State (7-3-0, 0-2-0 ACC) dropped its second straight ACC contest falling to No. 5 Duke (9-1-0, 1-0-0 ACC) 2-1 Sunday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.
FSU could not overcome a late two-goal deficit despite finding the back of the net on a header by Janice Cayman with just over a minute in regulation as the Seminoles fall to 0-2 in the ACC for the first time since 2000.
"It's a long season," said head coach Mark Krikorian. "We tell the kids all the time that it is a marathon not a sprint. We can't continue to have the same type of situation where we are creating the chances and not scoring and giving up goals. Once we start scoring goals, I think we can probably score a bunch of them. But we need to start finishing these chances. There are too many really good chances that we are not burying. We will keep working and hopefully get better."
Florida State outshot Duke 15-14 in the match, while holding the advantage in corner kicks at 6-3. But it wasn't enough as the Seminoles remain winless inside Koskinen Stadium all-time in nine matches falling to 0-5-4.
With the Seminoles trailing 2-0, Florida State attempted a furious comeback starting with a goal by Cayman with a minute and two seconds left in regulation. Cayman took a pass from Jessica Price and headed the ball into the back of the net for her third goal of the season to cut the deficit to one.
Following the restart, Florida State managed to gain possession of the ball and pushed forward trying to find the equalizer when Jamia Fields was fouled from behind from about 35 yards out. With 10 seconds remaining, Toni Pressley attempted a quick restart but the ball was kicked off a Duke player and floated into the air as time expired.
"In some ways this game was similar to our match Thursday night against Wake Forest," added Krikorian. "I thought we created quite a bit in the first half and could not put one in the back of the net."
Tori Huster registered the first shot of the game in the third minute of play on a header off a Seminole throw-in. Price sent a floater into the box that Kassey Kallman won with a header. Huster then out jumped the competition to the ball placing a header on frame forcing Duke keeper Tara Campbell into a save situation.
Minutes later, Tiffany McCarty had a one-on-one opportunity after making a great move to get past the Blue Devil keeper. But the junior forward could not get a good look on goal as she dribbled down the left side of the pitch with a Duke defender at her side sending a shot wide of the left post.
Duke got its first great scoring chance off the first corner kick of the game in the 10th minute of play. Gilda Doria sent the corner into the far side of the 18-yard box where Kaitlyn Kerr fired a header high over the crossbar.
Florida State countered as Pressley one-timed a shot wide of the left post off a great cross from Cayman with less than eight minutes remaining in the first half. Huster and Cayman combined on a give-and-go from the right side of the pitch with Cayman taking the pass down toward the end line before sending a cross back towards the top of the box. Pressley ran in on the pass a fired a shot wide.
The Blue Devils scored first in the 40th minute off a goal by Chelsea Canepa. Molly Lester sent a cross into the box from the right corner of the pitch that Kelsey Wys dove and deflected. The ball bounced to the feet of Canepa, who one-timed a shot inside the left post for her second goal of the season.
Duke came out of the locker rooms aggressive taking the first seven shots of the second half with its best scoring chance coming off the foot of Laura Weinberg in the 54th minute. But the shot was saved by Wys to keep the Seminole deficit at one.
"The only thing I was disappointed about was the way we came out to start the second half," said Krikorian. "The first 10 to 15 minutes our group seemed a little disinterested and maybe frustrated but after that I thought we settled it back down and created some pretty good chances. But credit to Duke, they stood strong and denied whatever decent chances we had on goal. We know that we need to put the ball into the back of the net if we want to win."
The Seminoles looked for the equalizer in the 59th minute on a shot by Tiffany McCarty but Campbell was there for the save. Jaurena sent a long cross from the right side of the field to the far post that McCarty one-timed with a header on goal. Campbell was able to get enough of her hand on the ball for the initial save and then recovered in enough time to keep the ball from crossing the line.
On a direct free kick from about 35 yards out, Brockway sent a low lining kick that made it through the Blue Devil wall but was saved by Campbell.
In the 67th minute, Jaurena and Fields worked on a give-and-go with the French native finding space in the middle of the field before sending a shot just wide of the left post to keep the score at 1-0.
Kelly Cobb gave the Blue Devils a 2-0 lead as she put away her own rebound after hitting her initial shot off the post. The freshman forward redirected a pass on goal but the shot ricocheted off the post. With Wys tangled in the net after make a save attempt on the first shot, Cobb easily put away the rebound to give Duke the two-goal lead with less than two minutes remaining.
Florida State will remain on the road and will visit Clemson on Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. to wrap-up its current three-game road trip. Gametracker will be available for the contest, while fans can receive updates throughout the game on Twitter at @FSU_Soccer.