Oct. 23, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - In a must win game for Florida State, the fifteenth-ranked Seminoles (11-6-0, 4-5-0 ACC) scored three unanswered goals in the final 18 minutes of the second half to complete their first come-from-behind victory of the season in defeating Miami (9-6-1, 3-5-1 ACC) 4-2 Sunday afternoon on Senior Day inside the Seminole Soccer Complex.
The win kept Florida State alive for a berth in the upcoming ACC Tournament which will begin Sunday, October 30 at the site of the top four seeds. The Seminoles currently sit in seventh place in the league standings with 12 points and with one final game remaining in the regular season. FSU will travel to face Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on Thursday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m.
"I don't think we made it very easy for ourselves," said head coach Mark Krikorian. "We came out pretty good and sometimes when you score early, you take your foot off the gas, but I don't think we were as sharp as we have been this season.
"But as soon as we went down, we gained a couple of gears and I thought our quality (of play) was much, much better. It is nice to see that we can go down a goal and comeback and respond positively."
With the Seminoles trailing by one with less than 18 minutes remaining in the match, Florida State turned up the offensive intensity and scored the final three goals of the game to extend its win streak to 12 in a row over Miami. Tori Huster, Ines Jaurena and Tiffany McCarty all found the back of the net during that run, while Kelsey Wys recorded three second half saves to preserve the win.
"We needed that (win)," said Jaurena. "Coming back and being able to score three goals after being down a goal is huge. It was a real good lift for this team; nobody let down which was nice to see."
"We didn't lose hope when it was 2-1," said Huster. "It really didn't feel like we were down at all. We had everything that we needed. We just needed to score a goal. It wasn't coming but that gave us the extra push to get us going."
McCarty led all players on Sunday with three points as she tallied a goal and an assist in the win. The redshirt junior forward scored the final goal of the match in the 88th minute to solidify the victory for the Seminoles. The score also made McCarty the all-time goal scoring leader in school history as she moved ahead of Cindy Schofield for the top spot with 41 career goals.
"Obviously it's an honor (on becoming the all-time goal scoring leader in school history), but it is a testament to my teammates and the program and how much we have grown over these last 10 to 15 years," added McCarty.
The match was a tail of two halves as Florida State went into the locker room with a 1-0 lead thanks to a goal by senior Janice Cayman in the second minute of play.
Cayman put away a cross from McCarty from close range for her fourth goal of the season to give the Seminoles the early one-goal advantage. Kassey Kallman began the scoring play as she made a long run down the left side of the pitch before sending a pass to McCarty inside the box. With three Hurricane players around her, McCarty made a nice move toward the end line to free up space allowing her to send a pass across the box to a wide open Cayman. The Belgian one-timed the pass and found the back of the net on the Seminoles first shot of the match.
That would be the only goal of the first half as both teams combined for nine shots and four corner kicks.
The second half was a different story as Florida State outshot the Hurricanes 17-6, while maintaining the advantage in corner kicks at 3-1.
But in a span of three minutes, the Seminoles saw their lead evaporate as Miami scored twice to take its first lead of the match at 2-1. The first goal came on a penalty kick conversion by Kate Howarth in the 60th minute. The Seminoles were called for a foul in the box leading to a penalty kick opportunity for Howarth, who found the lower right corner of the net for her team leading 10th goal of the season.
The Hurricanes would go on top in the 63rd minute when Ashley Flinn found the back of the net for her third goal of the season. The freshman forward made a nice run down the left side of the pitch before sending a shot that deflected off a sliding Wys and into the net for the goal and a 2-1 Miami lead.
But the final 18 minutes belonged to the Seminoles as Huster began the scoring outburst with a goal in the 73rd minute to even the match at two goals apiece. Following a Miami foul deep in the Seminoles' offensive third, Tiana Brockway sent a touch pass into Huster, who finished the play with a cross inside the left post from 15 yards out for her fifth goal of the season.
"It was a good play," added Huster. "There was good non-verbal communication between Tiana and me, so it was good."
Less than three minutes later, Jaurena would put the Seminoles ahead for good as scored from short distance to give FSU a 3-2 advantage. The junior defender received a pass from Jessica Price and fired a shot on goal but it was saved by Miami's Vikki Alonzo. With the ball loose inside the box, Jaurena continue to fight for possession, leaped over a Miami player and a put away the ball for her third goal of the season and second game-winner.
"That goal was the most beautiful goal that I have scored in my career," said Jaurena. "I could not have hoped to have scored a better goal. JP gave me the ball and I was going to shoot with my left foot which I probably should have scored on, but thanks to Imaizumi I learned that the second ball is really important. So I followed, hopped over the girl and was able to push the ball with my right foot."
"Imaizumi has been working with all the attacking players on following up after their initial shot and that is what seemed to happen today with Ines," added Krikorian. "The ball kind of bounced around, we had a chance, it bounced out and finally that persistency paid off."
McCarty sealed the victory in the 88th minute as she one-time a shot inside the right post from about 15 yards out after receiving a nice pass from freshman Jamia Fields.
The Hurricanes attempted to mount a comeback in the waning minutes as Tara Schwitter got behind the Seminole defense and sent a shot on goal, but Wys was there for one of her four saves on the afternoon.
Cayman finished the match with a team-high five shots, while McCarty and senior Ella Stephan registered four shots each.
Florida State returns to the pitch on Thursday, October 27 as the Seminoles travel to face Virginia Tech in Blacksburg in the regular season finale for both schools.