Oct. 25, 2012
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Under unfavorable weather conditions on Thursday evening down in Coral Gables, top-ranked Florida State fell to Miami 1-0 as the Hurricanes broke a scoreless tie with a goal in the 89th minute.
The game was moved up two hours to avoid severe weather conditions expected to hit the Miami area later in the evening courtesy of Hurricane Sandy in the tropics. But the weather came early as warm-ups and the entire 90 minutes was played in tropical storm like conditions with pelting rain and gusting winds.
"It's the game of soccer, you have to adjust to all kinds of conditions, you have to adjust to different players, different weather and so on," said head coach Mark Krikorian. "They had to play in the same conditions that we did and the fact of life is that they were better than we were tonight."
Miami's Ashley Flinn finished a through ball from Tara Schwitter from about 16 yards on the right side of the pitch curling a ball around a diving Kelsey Wys and inside the left post for the lone goal of the game.
"I though Miami was better than us the entire game," added Krikorian. "They created a lot of good chances and Kelsey came up with some very big saves early on. We can't rely upon Kelsey to make that many big saves for us. It was a nice finish by Miami at the end and tonight the better team won. We will go back and regroup and hopefully be more prepared for Sunday."
The victory for the Hurricanes (9-6-3, 4-4-2) snapped FSU's 12-game win streak in the series as it was Miami's first win over the Seminoles since 1999. It also marked the first time this year the Noles were held without a goal.
Florida State (15-2-0, 8-2-0) was outshot 9-4 in the game as both teams managed just three shots in the second half including one by the Seminoles as the weather conditions began to play havoc on the tempo of the game in the final 45 minutes.
Wys finished with three saves as they all came in the first half. The first came early on a one-on-one break away by Kate Howarth as the Seminole keeper made a great diving save punching the ball out of harm's way to her right.
The second came off a direct free kick from about 24 yards out in the 31st minute. Schwitter took the kick and send a bending shot toward the left post that Wys laid out and made another terrific save.
Wys' third save of the half came on another one-on-one situation this time from Schwitter. The Miami midfielder tried to go low, but the Seminole keeper was there with another save to keep the game scoreless going into the locker room.
Florida State's lone scoring chance in the game came off the foot of Jamia Fields in the 15th minute. The sophomore midfielder sent a bending ball that cleared the outstretched arms of Miami keeper Emily Lillard and was headed for the back of the net but a Miami defender was on the line with a header to keep the ball out of the back of the net.
Florida State will return home to host one of four ACC Tournament Quarterfinal matches on Sunday, October 28 at 1:00 p.m. The Seminoles, who clinched the top seed in the tournament, will face eighth-seeded Boston College in Tallahassee at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
Ticket prices for the quarterfinal round will be $8 for adults, $5 for children/students and seniors, while all ACC students are admitted free with a school ID.
Live stats for the match will be available via gametracker, while fans can always receive in-game updates on Twitter @FSU_Soccer. Also, do not forget to like the Seminole Soccer team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FSUSoccer.