Maryland, VA - The eighth ranked Florida State women's soccer team run for a second straight ACC regular season title took a big hit as they fell 2-1 to the third ranked Maryland Terrapins on a Thursday night game at Ludwig Field. After a scoreless first period, the Seminoles took the lead just two minutes into the second period on a goal by senior Janice Cayman, her team leading ninth goal of the season. Maryland would quickly respond with two goals to give Florida State just their second ACC defeat.
“Overall I do think our performance was as good today as it has been recently,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “We didn’t keep the ball need to be successful. It looked like we were not very sharp; we were not sharp in our passing and not sharp in our movements and too many careless giveaways. Maryland did a good job, they are a good team and were able to hold the ball, hold possession and overall I would say the result was probably a fair representation of the game. We had a few big chances, but we didn’t put them away.”
The game started out as a defensive battle, but Florida State came out of the gates swinging in the second period as Janice Cayman scored her team leading ninth goal during the 47th minute of the game off an assist by junior Casey Short.
“Janice has been playing wonderful for us,” said Krikorian. “Casey Short created a very dangerous situation to put the ball across and Janice had good timing with a quality finish.”
Overall Florida State outshot Maryland 16-14 and finished the game tied with five corners for each team. The Seminoles committed only six fouls and was called for an offside’s infraction just once while Maryland was called for only seven fouls and was never whistled offside’s.
While the numbers suggest that the game was a close matchup, the Florida State coaches know that for the team to win tight matches likes this in the future they will need to perform better in aspects that don’t show up on a stat sheet.
“Our message to the team is the game is now over and we need to learn some lessons from it and apply them Sunday,” said Krikorian. “Probably the most important thing is for us to value the ball and have quality possessions off the ball, have good supporting angles, good supporting distances and if we do so then we will have a chance to be successful on Sunday.”
With the loss Florida State now falls to 12-4-1 on the season and 6-2-1 in ACC play while Maryland improves to 14-2-1 overall and matches FSU with a 6-2-1 conference record.
The Seminoles will now travel to Massachusetts to face the No. 11 Boston College Eagles on Sunday. Following Sunday’s match the Seminoles will return home shortly before heading to Cary, North Carolina for the ACC Tournament next weekend.
“Boston College is a very good team,” added Krikorian. “They are another very talented, top ten team from the ACC. They have some special players and are a good organization. We know we have our hands full going up to Boston for our game on Sunday. Hopefully we can come back with a better performance than we had today and if we do then we will be successful an if we don’t then we are going to struggle.”