Sept. 22, 2011
CLEMSON, S.C. (seminoles.com) - Tenth-ranked Florida State (8-3-0, 1-2-0 ACC) broke out of its scoring slump on Thursday night with a season-high six goals en route to a 6-2 victory over Clemson (5-4-0, 0-2-0 ACC) inside historic Riggs Field. The win snapped FSU's two-game losing streak while marking its first win in the ACC this year.
The Garnet & Gold continued their dominance over the Tigers running their win streak to six in a row while extending their unbeaten streak in the series to 13 games (11-0-2).
Tiffany McCarty recorded a career-high with three goals in the win as it marked the first hat trick by a Seminole in over two years when Becky Edwards netted three against Jacksonville in the 2009 season opener. The other three goals came off the foot of Jessica Price, Tori Huster and Janice Cayman.
The six goals are the most scored by the Seminoles since equaling that amount in a 6-0 shutout against Stetson last year. The goal outburst was a great sight for the Seminoles after scoring just one goal in back-to-back road losses at Wake Forest and Duke last weekend. The six goals by the Seminoles were also the most in an ACC regular season contest in school history.
"Six goals is a lot of goals," said McCarty. "But on the other end we had to score that many tonight because we got a little off balanced tonight and lost our focus halfway through the second half. All those goals helped us, but we are happy that we got three points."
Jamia Fields, Kristin Grubka and Cayman registered multi-point performances on Thursday night with Fields and Grubka recording career-highs with two assists each, while Cayman tied a career-high with four points on a goal and two assists. It was the Belgians first career two assist game.
FSU ran out to a 5-0 lead before Clemson struck back with two unanswered goals in the second half to cut the deficit to three. McCarty silenced any thoughts of a Tiger comeback as she found the back of the net in the 88th minute for her third goal of the evening.
With three goals on the night, McCarty moved within two of the Seminole all-time record held by Cindy Schofield, who scored 40 from 1999 to 2002.
"I thought we came out and played pretty well tonight," said head coach Mark Krikorian. "We had a great start and finished the first half strong. We also came out strong to start the second half, scored two goals in the first 15 minutes of play and had control of the game. But then we got a little bit sloppy and allowed Clemson to get back in the game. It definitely changed the momentum. I thought their kids fought hard and did a great job battling, competing and making it difficult for us to play."
The Seminoles wasted very little time to crack the scoreboard on Thursday night as Price found the back of the net just a minute and 54 seconds into the contest. On a failed clear by the Tiger defense, Price dribbled through a pair of Clemson defenders along the top of the 18-yard box before sending a low-lining shot on goal. Tiger keeper Lauren Arnold made a diving stab at the ball but it trickled off her fingertips and inside the right post for Price's third goal of the season and a 1-0 FSU lead.
Florida State added to its lead in the 12th minute on Cayman's third goal of the season. With the Seminoles maintaining possession on a throw-in, Price hurled the ball into the box with Kassey Kallman out jumping the competition and flicking the ball back toward the top of the 18-yard box. Fields settled the ball and passed back behind to Ines Jaurena, who one-timed a shot from about 20 yards out. Arnold made the initial save as the ball deflected off the crossbar. Cayman was all alone to put away the rebound and give the Seminoles a two-goal advantage. Jaurena was credited with an assist on the play her second on the year.
The Noles capped the scoring in the first half as McCarty and Fields connected for the first of two scoring opportunities on the night. Fields sent a pass forward to McCarty, who made a long run down the middle of the field. From 10 yards out, the junior forward stopped on a dime and sent a cross inside the left post for the goal to give FSU a 3-0 lead.
The Seminoles went into the locker room with a 10-3 advantage in shots, while taking three corner kicks and holding Clemson to zero attempts. Jaurena, Fields and Cayman led the Noles with two shots apiece. Kelsey Wys started in goal and made two saves in 45 minutes of action.
"Jess just exploded and the quality of the finish was quite good giving us a bit of a boost in the early going," added Krikorian. "We attacked in a lot of different ways and I thought it was pretty good for the first 60 minutes. Unfortunately, we let down a little bit and they certainly picked up their intensity and made it a tough game tonight."
Fields and McCarty connected for the second time on Thursday night needing just 40 seconds into the start of the second half to give the Noles a 4-0 lead. Fields sent a pass to McCarty, who dribbled toward the middle of the field and nailed a bending shot into the upper right corner from about 22 yards outs.
The Seminoles pushed their lead to 5-0 when Huster found the back of the net for her third goal of the season on a double assist from Grubka and Cayman.
Clemson answered 56 seconds later with its first goal of the evening when Liska Dobberstein put away a loose ball to make the score 1-0. Vanessa Laxgang created the scoring chance for the Tigers as her initial shot was saved by Taylor Vancil. The ball trickled away from the Seminole keeper and Maddy Elder put a shot on goal was it was blocked by the Seminole defense. The loose ball came to the feet of Dobberstein who put the ball away for the goal.
The Tigers' second goal came on a penalty kick from Stacey Huddleston in the 68th minute. FSU was called for a foul in the box leading to the second pk allowed by the Seminoles this year.
McCarty finished the scoring in the 88th minute as Kristin Grubka and Cayman combined for the assist on FSU's sixth goal of the match.
McCarty and Huster finished with a team-high four shots.
Vancil played the entire second half and made a career-high four saves in 45 minutes of action.
"Tonight was definitely a confidence booster for us," added McCarty. "I think the fact that we got three points is good in itself. Now we have to move on and bring our A-game against North Carolina next Thursday."
Florida State will now have the week off before returning to the pitch to face No. 5 North Carolina on Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 pm. The game will live on ESPN3.com, while gametracker will be available for the contest. As always fans can receive updates throughout the game on Twitter at @FSU_Soccer.