Tallahassee, Fla. - No. 10 ranked Florida State (8-2-0, 2-0-0 ACC) was pushed to another overtime battle, and for the second time in two weeks was on the winning side of a golden goal as they defeated #19 Wake Forest 1-0 in their ACC home opener at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Senior Rachel Lim scored the game-winning goal in the 95th minute off an assist by fellow senior Janice Cayman. Florida State improves to 8-2-0 on the season and 2-0 in ACC play with the win while Wake Forest falls to 8-4-0 and 2-1 in the ACC.
”We have talked to them and have said to them you know in the past we can score two, three, four goals and there will be games that we do, but we know that it’s not going come as easy for us,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “Losing Jessica Price and Tiffany McCarty and having to move different players in different positions, it changes a dynamic of a team, and for us we know that the focus has to be on collective defending first and we have to be preventing good chances by the opponent. Kelsey Wys has handled everything that’s come her way. We have a different mentality; even though we always take pride in our defending we know that our offense isn’t going to bail us out with three or four goals.”
The golden goal was Lim’s first score of the season, and it certainly came at the best of times. “It did, it felt good. That was my first goal for my senior season,” said an excited Lim. “What I remember is that AD (Amanda DaCosta) had the ball, she turned it, it popped up, she had a touch pass off the defender, I took a touch inside, drew the defender in, played it to Jan (Cayman), it was a little bit hard but she got to it, she played it across, I just tapped it, it went off someone and it went in.”
Lim continued to add, “We had seventeen shots, they had five, it’s frustrating, of course it is. I mean you have so many chances, you just can’t find the back of the net, but you know I told the team from the beginning of overtime that we need to keep our intensity, keep our enthusiasm, we’re getting our chances, we’re getting our opportunities, we’re going find one in the back of the net, and we did.”
The strategy going into overtime was a simple, but effective one, “We told them, the game is going to be decided in one moment in time,” remarked Krikorian. “It’s going to be a chance that is going to be created on one end or the other and if we are precise in our defending, then we’ll limit their chance and if we time our run and we give a proper ball then we’re going to finish the game in our favor, and fortunately for us we did so.”
The Seminole attack was powered by junior Tori Huster, who scored the game-winning goals the last two games against Miami and Arkansas. Tonight Huster took a team high seven shots, all on goal. “Tori did very well,” said Krikorian. “If you look at the end of the game, she was playing as a holding mid-fielder, so she started off as a holding mid-fielder and the flow of the game we moved her into attacking mid-fielder she played as a front player and we moved her back, so her versatility is something that is very important to us and she provides a lot of different abilities with that versatility she has.”
The Seminoles defense was once again dominant, as they held Wake Forest to just one shot in the first half and then just four shots in the second half. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Wys registered her seventh shutout win of the season as the Seminoles have now kept seven of their ten opponents without a goal. Wys finished the game with three saves as Wake Forest created only three shots on goal.
“I think that everybody embraces attacking and tolerates defending,” added Krikorian. “I love the attack too, I love the creativity and the beauty of the ball, but we know that we need to be strong and committed to our defending and to this point they have done a good job with it.”
Overall Florida State out-shot Wake 17 to 5 on shots, and also had a six to two advantage over Wake on corner kicks. Florida State committed only four fouls, but junior Casey Short was called for a yellow card, only the Seminoles second such infraction on the season.
The Seminoles improve to 5-3 all-time against Wake Forest at home and pushes the all-time record to 8-9-3 against the Demon Deacons. The victory was Seminole head coach Krikorian's fifth win over Wake Forest, as the Seminoles have gone an outstanding 5-2-1 against the Demon Deacons during his tenure.
“They are a very good team. It’s the ACC now, from here on out we are playing really good opponents and we have to respect them in every way and try to find their weaknesses and capitalize using our strengths.”
Florida State will return to action this Sunday, October 3rd at 1:00pm to face #16 Duke (6-2-3, 0-1-1 ACC) at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The team will continue to stay in Tallahassee to face off against Clemson next Thursday, October 7th at 7:00pm for the annual "Paint it Pink" game.
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The 10th ranked FSU soccer team just pulled out an ACC victory in overtime Thursday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
A Golden goal by Rachel Lim gave FSU the 1-nil overtime victory against Wake Forest. The win improves FSU to (2-0) in ACC play and hands the Lady Demon Deacons their first conference defeat of the season.
Tori Huster led all Noles with 7 shots on goal.
FSU is now (8-2) on the season and are (2-2) this year in overtime matches.
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