CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The No. 12 ranked Florida State women’s soccer team needed just one goal, but added a second insurance goal late in the second half to defeat in-state rival Miami, 2-0, in the ACC opener for both teams at Cobb Stadium. Junior Tori Huster scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the games 11th minute. Senior captain Amanda DaCosta put Florida State up 2-0 in the final minute of action to give Florida State its winning margin of victory. Seminole goalkeeper Kelsey Wys registered her sixth shutout win of the season. Wys finished the game with three saves as Miami created only three shots on goal.
Florida State improved to 7-2-0 on the season and 1-0 in ACC play with the win while Miami fell to 6-3-1 and 0-1 in the ACC. The victory was Florida State’s eleventh straight victory over Miami. The Hurricanes won the first two games in 1998 and 1999, but the Seminoles have a not lost a game to their rival since as Florida State improves their all-time record to 11-2 against the Hurricanes.
The victory was Seminole head coach Krikorian’s second ever in an ACC opener.
‘’It’s a very difficult challenge to go on the road and come down here to Miami to open ACC play and to come out with a victory,” said Krikorian. “I thought our kids battled very hard and certainly created enough opportunities to get the two goals and had a chance with maybe one or two others.”
Huster, who scored the game-winning goal in overtime last Sunday against Arkansas, once again scored the game-winning goal – this time in the first half. The goal was Huster’s fifth of the season, the most among Seminole players. Senior Rachel Lim and freshman Kassey Kallman were both credited with assists on Huster’s game-winning goal.
DaCosta, a three-time All-ACC member, added a second goal during the final minute of action for her second goal of the season. DaCosta took a cross from senior Janice Cayman and blasted a shot from 10 yards out that deflected off of the Miami goalkeepers’ hand.
When speaking about two of his star players coming up big with goals, the coach had this to say: “I think both players, Tori and Amanda, are both playing like national team players, and that is what we need from them, that is what we expect from them, and I like the level of commitment they have made. Not just because they scored the goals, but because of their influence on for the team dictating the play and doing all the little things that make your teammates better. Both are just helping to carry us and have done a very good job for us.”
Florida State finished the game tied with Miami with nine shots a piece, while Miami took six corner kicks to Florida State’s zero. Florida State committed only five fouls and was not called for a single offside infraction while the Hurricanes racked up a whopping 19 fouls and were whistled for being offside twice.
Florida State will now return to Tallahassee for three home straight games, including two games next week versus Wake Forest and Duke. The Seminoles will face Wake Forest and Duke on Thursday, September 30th at 7:00pm and Sunday, October 3rd at 1:00pm, respectively.
“Our focus right this minute turns to Wake Forest, said Krikorian. “We know that Wake won a heck of a game against Duke on Thursday evening and we know Wake is always a good team. They are talented, have an outstanding coach and I think their organization as a team is always very good. Their personnel has changed a lot due to graduation, but they have some very talented kids. We will viewing tape immediately and start our preparation and get ready to play Wake Thursday night.”