TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State women's soccer team continued their amazing postseason run as they defeated the Marquette Golden Eagles 3-0 in the third round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. With the victory Florida State improves to (16-5-1) on the season and advances to the Elite Eight for the sixth straight year. Next up for the Seminoles is a trip to No. 1 Stanford (21-0-2) on Friday, November 26 in a battle to advance to the College Cup.
“We’re thrilled to be moving on,” head coach Mark Krikorian said. “The group from Marquette was very good and certainly pushed us to the limit. Kelsey made a huge save with the score 2-0 to keep the clean sheet. Breezy (Hupp) was able to knock one in at the end to give us a bit of separation. I’m very proud of our group. We came out and worked hard. Our collective defending was outstanding today. We created a number of very good chances – Janice Cayman I thought was special today on the right-hand side with lot of attacking play and creating a number of dangerous chances. Top to bottom it was a good, solid performance by a number of players and we’re thrilled to be moving on, and we’re excited to go out to California next week.”
The Seminoles struck early with a goal by senior Rachel Lim, her first goal of the postseason, as she connected on a beautifully placed pass by freshman Kassey Kallman.
“Kassey (Kallman) had the ball, and I made a move and Tori came across me, dummied the ball and I turned on the goal and had a left-foot hit to the corner,” explained Lim.
The goal was quite the moment for Lim, playing her last game at the Seminole Soccer Complex and had just come into the game to replace senior Amanda DaCosta who had to leave the match just four minutes into the contest.
“Amanda’s been carrying a little stomach virus for a few days now,” Krikorian revealed. “She wasn’t able to go, and although the game was important, the health and well-being of our players is always going to be paramount here. We have good players who can come off the bench and contribute to the team as you saw today, and Limmy (Rachel Lim) scored a big one for us today.”
Although she didn’t start the game, Lim’s presence on the field was huge boost for the team needing her senior leadership without senior captain DaCosta in the match.
“Limmy’s pretty special, we see her in practice every day, and Breezy is the same,” remarked Krikorian. “For folks here watching us train, we see those types of goals from those two kids quite often. For us, it doesn’t come as a surprise. With Limmy’s strength and Breezy’s craft around the box, and the quality of the finish was fantastic. From 1-25 we have a very good team, and on any day any of those players may be called upon to come in and give us a boost and contribute. I think once again the kids came off the bench and gave us some very good minutes and helped lead us into the round of eight.”
The Seminoles would enter halftime with a 1-0 edge and would take very little time to strike again in the second half, scoring their second goal during the 54th minute. The play occurred in a blink of an eye as junior Toni Pressley blasted the ball across the length of the field to junior Tori Huster who quickly headed the ball over to junior Ella Stephan who headed the ball into the back of the net for her first goal on the season.
The Seminole defense was once against dominant, delivering their 13th shutout of the season. Led by redshirt freshman keeper Kelsey Wys, the Seminoles have allowed just fifteen goals on the entire season. Wys finished the game with seven saves and her 12th complete game shutout of the season.
“I thought our defending was very good, certainly with Kelsey back there,” Krikorian said. “I think we’ve put a premium on not giving up a lot of chances to opponents and today again was another example of us not giving up a lot of chances, and quite honestly I thought we had some more chances and with a little more luck maybe we finish.”
“I think we stayed organized with our communication in the locker room before the game,” Wys added. “We made an effort in that, and I think it really helps with staying organized and keeping their chances minimal.”
Junior Breezy Hupp would put the game out of reach during the 83rd minute when she scored off a pass by sophomore defender Ines Jaurena to put the Seminoles’ up 3-0. Florida State now advances to the Elite Eight for the sixth straight season, and aim to make it to the College Cup for the fifth time in school history.
With the victory the Seminoles improve to 30-9-2 all-time in their NCAA tournament history. Florida State continues to be dominant at home during the postseason, as they improve to 21-1-0 all-time at home in NCAA Tournament play. Florida State has also had tremendous success in the Sweet Sixteen, going 7-2 in nine NCAA Tournament third round games.
“I think we had a sound game plan and our players executed it very well, and we get to move on,” concluded Krikorian.
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