NEWTON, MA. - The No. 8 Florida State women's soccer team finished their regular season with a victory as they defeated the No. 11 Boston College 1-0 at the Eagles Newton Soccer Field. Junior All-American defender Toni Pressley scored the games only goal during the 53rd minute on a penalty kick that Pressley blasted to the right of the Eagles keeper and into the goal. With the victory Florida State improves to (13-4-1) on the season and finishes tied in for second in the ACC with Virginia and Maryland with a stellar (7-2-1) conference record.
“I think it’s a great way to finish the ACC regular season,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “We just finished a very difficult road trip going up to play at Maryland and then turning right around and playing Boston College. They were two very difficult games, and I thought Boston College played very well against us. We were very fortunate to come away with a win and we feel good that we were able to.”
“The win felt good,” added junior Tori Huster. “We came up here and played in some pretty adverse conditions. Its much colder here then it is in Florida and we had to play on turf, but I think it played into our advantage. We kind of pushed that out of our minds. Boston College is a great team and put up a great fight, but I think today was our day.”
The Florida State defense was once against dominant, delivering their ACC best eleventh shutout of the season. Led by redshirt freshman keeper Kelsey Wys, the Seminoles have allowed only five goals in conference action, and just eleven goals on the season, both conference best marks. Wys, who leads the ACC in save percentage, finished the game with four saves and her tenth shutout of the season.
“Our defending was very good. I thought overall our team defending and the work of the entire team in defending was quite good. We did enough to get a clean sheet, the win, and now we move on.”
In what was a hard fought defensive battle, the Seminoles capitalized on their best opportunity during a penalty kick by Pressley to give the Seminoles the lead, a lead in which they would never relinquish.
“The ball was bouncing in the box and one of our kids went to strike it and hit the ball which bounced off one of the Boston College players arms,” added Krikorian. “The referee saw it and called the penalty to give us the penalty kick.”
While Florida State came away with the victory, Boston College held the edge in shot opportunities with a 16-10 advantage, but the Seminoles lead the Eagles 6-4 in shots on goal. The Seminoles did not attempt a single corner kick while the Eagles failed to convert on nine corner opportunities. The Seminoles, who have committed the lowest amount of fouls in the ACC this season, continued to play clean soccer as they were called for only six fouls while Boston College was whistled for ten, including three yellow cards.
Overall Florida State improves to 7-0-2 all-time against Boston College, including 7-0-1 during Krikorian’s six-year tenure. The Seminoles will now return home shortly before heading to Cary, North Carolina for the ACC Tournament, which kicks off next Wednesday.
“It has been difficult with all of this travel,” said Krikorian. “We will get back tonight at probably one or two in the morning and then have to turn right back around and head up to North Carolina on Tuesday. The team is in a very good place right now. I think we knew we needed to compete today to get a result and if we did so we would give ourselves a chance to win. We also know that as we go into ACC tournament and hopefully beyond that the competition will continue to be good and we have to be ready for it.”