TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - No. 10 ranked Florida State (9-2-0, 3-0-0 ACC) scored three consecutive goals to earn a come from behind 3-1 victory over No. 16 Duke (6-3-3, 0-2-1 ACC) at the Seminole Soccer Complex. With the win the Seminoles remain undefeated in the ACC in winning its fifth consecutive game. During the five game winning streak Florida State has outscored its opponents by a 10-2 margin.
“That’s a big win for us,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “Duke’s a very good team. We had a game on Thursday night that took an awful lot of energy out of us and to come back with very little rest against a very good Duke team is a very good result for us at this stage of the season.”
The Seminoles showed resilience as they fell behind as Duke to an early 1-0 lead on an own goal in the fifth minute of action.
Florida State quickly responded as senior Rachel Lim scored the game-tying goal in the 17th minute. The goal was made possible by a double assist from senior Janice Cayman and junior Tori Huster.
From that point forward the Seminoles began to gain control of the game.
“I thought that there were periods in that first half that we played absolutely beautiful soccer,” said Krikorian. “The two goals that we scored were top class. I was a little disappointed that we gave up the first goal as we did. We had talked about it; we had prepared for it and it was a bit of a lapse in concentration on the service into the box in winning the ball.
Twenty minutes after Lim’s goal, senior captain Amanda DaCosta scored the game-winning goal on an assist by Breezy Hupp. Hupp was not quite done, as she who would later score on a Tiana Brockway corner kick to provide Florida State with its third and final goal in the 69th minute. The score gave the Seminoles a two point lead and put the game out of reach.
Krikorian knew that the third goal was a key to the victory.
“We knew that if we just sat in the whole time (with the 2-1 lead) that they would keep on putting balls into the box and sooner or later that’s a recipe for disaster. Fortunately there was a great service on the corner kicks from Tiana and Breezy is s very good finisher. She went up above the crowd and I think it was a heck of a finish. Sometimes it’s about being precise and sometimes it’s about luck. It was a quality serve, a quality header and a good result.”
Lim’s score was her second goal of the season, as she scored the team’s second golden goal of the season to defeat Wake Forest in overtime on Thursday. Lim believes her leadership is exhibited not in words, but by her play on the field.
“Just the flow of the game, I feel like we did dominate,” Lim said. “We could keep the ball and realize that we could really just play our game around them and frustrate them. I feel like that was one of the biggest that helped us win the game.”
“I’m not really too much of a vocal leader,” said Lim. “I do say some things when I feel like its necessary, but at the same time I feel like I can lead by example. Just by hard work and the biggest the thing we were having is commitment to the box, I was up there and it was a great lay off from Janice and I was able to have had the opportunity to put it in.”
With the assist to Lim, Huster and Cayman improved their team leading assist totals to four and five assists respectively. Huster and Cayman also extended their team leading point totals to fourteen and eleven each.
The Seminoles defense was once again dominant, holding Duke players scoreless, as the Blue Devils only goal came by an own goal kicked in by a Seminole player.
“It was a mistake that we made,” said Lim. “Give them credit -- they found a way to get the ball in the back of the net. I figured there was still so much time left in the game that if we played our game, we can find the back of the net ourselves.”
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Wys made several key saves as she registered her ninth win on the season. Wys finished the game with a career high fifteen saves.
Krikorian was quite pleased with the defensive performance.
“We let too many balls drop in the box and we were a little uncertain,” said Krikorian. “Kelsey came up big and made a couple of absolutely fantastic saves. She’s working hard and today we had to rely upon her quality. The defense in front of her has been very, very good. As we continue in the ACC, all of us in the ACC are going to get better from game to game and there are going to be more chances that people are going to get and we just have to rely on Kelsey when those moments come.
Despite the victory, Florida State was outshot by the Blue Devils 18 to 14, but held a six to four advantage over Duke on corner kicks. Florida State committed a season high fifteen fouls.
The victory was Krikorian’s 101st victory as the Seminoles head coach, as he registered his 100th victory on Thursday in the thrilling overtime victory over Wake Forest.
“Overall, I’m pretty happy with it,” said Krikorian. “At the end of the game it was about killing the game and preserving what we needed to get the three points and the ACC win. Overall a good solid performance.”
Florida State will return to action this Thursday, October 7th at 7:00pm to face Clemson (5-5-0, 0-2-0 ACC) at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The game will be the annual "Paint it Pink" game to support breast cancer and will be televised on SunSports.
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