Nov. 30, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. - Florida State is headed back to the Women's College Cup for the third consecutive season and for the fourth time in five years defeating Connecticut 3-2 in double overtime Friday evening in front of a jammed back crowd of 1,703 at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Freshman Sanna Talonen capped off an incredible evening scoring the golden goal in the 104th minute for her third goal of the evening and second hat trick of the tournament.
The Seminoles fought back from a goal down twice in the match before Talonen capped off the come-from-behind victory with a diving header into the lower right corner to give Florida State its first overtime victory of the season. The win also kept the Seminoles perfect at home in the NCAA Tournament running their all-time record to 14-0-0.
The victory was the first over Connecticut in this the third meeting between the two teams. All three meetings have come in the NCAA Tournament.
Connecticut was first to strike in the quarterfinal match scoring just 3:51 into the match as Brittany Tegeler scored off a corner kick for her third goal of the season. Meghan Schnur sent a bending ball into the box where Tegeler connected from 15 yards out to give the Huskies an early 1-0 lead. The goal was the first allowed by the Seminoles in the postseason snapping FSU's scoreless streak in the tournament at 324:34 which dated back to last year's semifinal match against Notre Dame.
Florida State drew even in the 18th on Talonen's first goal of the evening. Junior Katrin Schmidt sent a cross to Mami Yamaguchi who one-timed a shot from 14 yards out. Huskie keeper Stephanie Labbe made a diving save to her left, but was unable to control the ball as Talonen was there to put away the rebound to tie the game at one. The assist was Yamaguchi's seventh of the tournament.
The Huskies took their second lead of the game on a goal from Annie Yi at 57:47 in the second half. Yi took a long dribble down the middle of the field and fired a shot from just outside the box. The ball found the back of the net for an unassisted goal to give UConn its second lead of the evening at 2-1.
With less than 10 minutes left in the game, Talonen brought the Seminoles even once again deflecting a shot into the back of the net off a pass from Schmidt. Yamaguchi and Schmidt played a give and go from the left corner of the box allowing Schmidt enough room to fire a shot on goal. With Labbe falling to her right to make a save, Talonen was there to redirect the shot for her second goal of the game.
After 90 minutes of action, the two teams would head into overtime tied at 2-2. Both teams each registered a shot on goal in the first overtime period with either team able to find the back of the net. In the second extra frame, the Seminoles outshot the Huskies 5-0 but no shot was sweeter than Talonen's diving header for the game-winner. Schmidt send a beautiful cross to the far post where Talonen came rushing in to find the lower right corner of the net for the game-winner, her team-leading sixth of the season.
The goal was Talonen's 17th of the season and seventh goal of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
Florida State outshot Connecticut 23-12 for the game, while each team took three corner kicks apiece. Labbe made 10 saves on Friday night, while Seminole goalkeeper Erin McNulty made three saves.
The Seminoles will now advance to the Women's College Cup in College Station, Texas where they will meet Notre Dame in the semifinals, a rematch of last year's semifinal game in Cary, N.C. The Irish defeated Florida State 2-1 last year, before falling to North Carolina 2-1 in the championship game.
FLORIDA STATE QUOTES
On making it to the third straight College Cup:
On the aggressiveness of the game:
"Well I thought that they did a very good job of compacting the space and eliminating the opportunities for us to get to the goal, but I do think also we did create a number of decent chances where maybe if we're a little more precise, maybe we finish those chances. We had one or two that were called back for offside, which again that's small details and if we're a little bit better on our timing of our movement, the ball's in the back of the net and the game comes easier to us. But I thought that we had enough chances we probably could have scored a couple of earlier goals to make the game easier for us. But I tell you what, their first goal was absolutely fantastic. As I said to the kids at half time, that's the kind of goal you go and pat the kid on the other team on the back and say that's a great goal and you move on. I felt that our attacking was pretty good for an awful long period of the game, at this stage of the tournament you don't expect to go and win 3, 4, 5 to zero. If you can squeeze out a result in some fashion, whether it be in overtime or penalty kicks or whatever it is, you smile at each other and move on."
"We're playing total soccer, our outside backs can go ahead and go forward and we'll balance back and protect the space with other players. But it very easily could have been Sutton serving that ball in, and Sanna [Talonen] getting on the end of it. We want to play beautiful soccer. Part of the reason that [Amanda DaCosta] is here and the other kids are here and Sanna is here, is because they want to become better technical players. They want the ball on the ground and I thought for the first three or four minutes of the game we absolutely played beautiful soccer. Then they go down to the other end of the field and get a corner kick and we're down one nothing before we even blink. Then we came and established a rhythm again through much of the first half. Part of our philosophy is, we want to play attacking soccer. I mean yeah sometimes you leave yourself open here and there, but we want to make the game and develop the game. [Schmidt] is an attacking midfield player who was playing in the back and she's developing into one of the best left backs as a defender that there is in the country, her attacking quality is second to none, so we could be having the best of both worlds in her. And Sutton is also a midfield player who's now taking the role as a right back and her defending is fantastic now too. She can lead the attack just as easily, so we think that we're pretty multidimensional right now whether it be with our outside backs, our outside midfield, or our central players--[DaCosta] and [Kirsten] van de Ven aren't half bad either."
#13 Amanda DaCosta
On the game in general:
On UConn scoring a goal in the fourth minute of the game:
#7 Kartrin Schmidt:
On going to her third-straight College Cup:
"Overall we did okay defending. I think we disrupted them a lot. I mean, 11 [Mami Yamaguchi] did not really do the stuff that she normally does. And number 25 [Sanna Talonen] she was not that free to go. I think what happens is with the backs coming forward--which is not a problem, it should have been to our advantage really. But if we played them again I think it would be to our advantage--we're going to counter. And I think we did that, but what happened was, we didn't get that high tempo going forward at the right time, we did it a couple of times but not consistent. If somebody does that consistent it's going to be a problem and the other thing that we normally don't do, we normally don't give up the ball that much. And I think it's a tribute to them for coming forward and disrupting our play as well. But to answer your question, I mean every team is different and I know my team, I can't tell somebody else how to play. Every team is different."
"We were ahead most times. We should have won this game. That's the cruelty of the game. We scored the goal for them, the second goal. Maybe they should have scored on the play before that the keeper made a great save, and when I saw that I thought maybe we're going to win here. The other team has got to do what they've got to do and we've got to do what we're good at. If I'm going to take something out, we could have done two things better: keep the ball--I thought we defended very well. They only scored one good goal. Usually this team scores good goals--we watch them, we know how they score goals. But they got two goals that they normally don't score. Defensively we did very well everywhere. We disrupted them. They were not very comfortable, 11 [Mami Yamaguchi] was not very comfortable today. I think that's what gave room to number 7 [Katrin Schmidt] to go and she's a good player and she did a lot of good things for the team. The things that we did not do is that we could have kept the ball better and we could attack quickly--we could attack in the restraining line. We didn't get our players there quick enough. We made a lot of changes, we almost got it. We changed and we had a lot of diversity on our team and that I don't know it maybe was the day, maybe was the travel, I don't know what it was but we did not do that. Had we done that well maybe it's a different game because at this stage of the game you've got to perform at a high level and do it consistent throughout the game and I didn't think we did that."
#11 Meghan Schnur:
On the contribution of Katrin Schmidt:
#24 Karyn Riviere