Oct. 2, 2005
Blacksburg, VA - Midfielder Viola Odebrecht recorded the first hat trick of her collegiate career and only the second hat trick ever by a Seminole in an ACC game leading No. 7 FSU to a 3-0 win over Virginia Tech Sunday. The German Olympian scored all three goals in a span of over just 16 minutes into the second half as Florida State once again bounced back from a tough Thursday night conference loss to get a win Sunday. FSU is now 9-2 overall and 2-2 in the ACC.
"It was a hard fought victory on the road today," said Florida State Head Coach Mark Krikorian. "We feel good walking away with a "W". It feels good to bounce back from the loss and get a result today. Virginia Tech was a good team. They fought hard and posed some problems for us. Fortunately we continued to fight and play hard. We created some chances and were able to finish them."
For Odebrecht, the goals represented her third, fourth and fifth of the season. It was the first multi-goal game of her FSU career and she now is second on the team with three game winning goals. Odebrecht has now recorded a game-winning goal or assist in five of FSU's nine victories. Her hat trick was the first by a Seminole since Leah Gallegos scored three times versus FAU in 2003. It was the first in an ACC game since Gallegos scored three in a 2002 win over Clemson.
"I was a little lucky today," said Odebrecht. "I think I was fortunate on all three goals but I credit my teammates for putting me in position to score with great service. It felt great to help my team because both teams had their chances today. It was good to score but even better to get some goals that helped produce a win."
"We have an awful lot of good players and on different days different players are going to take on that added responsibility," said Krikorian. "Today was Viola's day. Besides scoring the goals she helped to control the game for us. She did an outstanding job today."
After Virginia Tech raced out to a 6-0 edge in shots, three of which hit the post or crossbar, FSU settled down and out shot the Hokies 22-10 the rest of the way. Thirteen of the 22 shots were put on frame, which was the second highest number in any game this season forcing Tech keeper Mallory Soldner to make 10 saves. FSU limited Virginia Tech to just one corner kick and took nine, one resulting in an FSU goal. Three different Seminoles recorded assists in the match.
"There was a little bit of chaos in the beginning," said keeper Ali Mims. "They had some good chances and luckily the balls went off the post. Those are going to happen sometimes and we did a good job of not giving up a second chance goal on those. We showed good composure and resilience after starting out a little unsettled."
The shutout was the sixth of the season for FSU and the first of the year in an ACC game. The last time Florida State recorded a shutout in an ACC game was last season in a 1-0 win over Miami. The three goal win was the widest margin of victory in an ACC game for FSU since a 3-0 win over Duke in 2003. Coupled with the squad's 3-1 win over NC State, this marks the first time in school history that FSU has won two conference matches by two or more goals in the same season.
"It is always tough playing against ACC teams," said Mims. "It felt great to get a shutout and it was nice to see our offense capitalize on three chances. We know how difficult that is to do but it is nice to see both the offense and defense step up. We will just try to build on that with two more big ACC games next weekend."
After Virginia Tech's initial flurry in the first 15 minutes of the game, FSU settled down and proceeded to out shoot the Hokies 10-2 the rest of the way in the first 45 minutes. Florida State generated five or six great scoring chances in the last 15 minutes of the first half, which turned out to be a precursor of what was to come in the second.
Just six minutes out of half, FSU finally got on the board. The play started with a long throw-in from Kelly Rowland. She found Odebrecht's head and the junior flicked it backwards toward the back post beating Soldner. It was the 10th career assist for Rowland off of a throw-in and her third this season.
Rowland almost recorded another assist of yet another throw four minutes later. The junior once again found Odebrecht. This time the German flicked it to Mami Yamaguchi at the top of the box. The Tokyo native tried to chip Soldner who was off her line but recovered to make the save.
Just three minutes later Odebrecht was back at it. Libby Gianeskis played a great ball from the right wing into Holly Peltzer. The sophomore had her back to the goal and was forced to dribble out of the box where she laid the ball off to Odebrecht. The junior fired a low liner to the back post. It caught the inside of the frame and bounced in for her second goal of the match.
Sel Kuralay almost got FSU its third goal on a beautiful ball from Peltzer. The Lake Mary, FL native sent a great diagonal ball down the middle of the pitch that split the Hokie defense and hit Kuralay in stride. The Australian Olympian was in one-v-one with Soldner but tried to dribble the keeper and couldn't get the shot off.
Moments later the Seminoles got their third goal. This one came off a corner kick, the first of the season for FSU. Yamaguchi found Odebrecht at the top of the 18. The junior fired to the right post with a low shot that deflected off a Virginia Tech defender and into the side netting.
Florida State had two more golden opportunities to add to the lead in the 78th and 80th minutes both off of great services by Rachel McDowell. The first was sent into to Sarah Rosseau. The ball was bouncing and the redshirt junior was all alone in front of the net but her volley was just over the top of the goal. The second was to India Trotter who got by the keeper on the left side but just missed burying the ball into the open net when her shot went just wide of the far post.
Florida State will be back in action Thursday, October 6 versus Maryland (3-6-2, 1-1-1) at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The match is slated for a 7:00 p.m. start and live stats will be available via Game Tracker. Campo's live Internet radio broadcast will also be available free of charge at the official athletic site for Florida State University at www.seminoles.com.