ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - The Florida State soccer team continued their spring exhibition schedule today as they defeated the Louisiana State Tigers 1-0 during a warm Saturday afternoon match held at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.
“I didn’t think we were quite as sharp today as we have been in a couple of the other games, but I think a lot of that is a credit to LSU,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “LSU created some pretty good chances today, and easily could have scored a goal or two, but it’s nice that we found a way to win the game.”
Sophomore defender Ines Jaurena scored the game-winning goal, and only goal on the day, for the Seminoles on a header during the 70th minute of the match on an assist by Casey Short.
“I thought that play was quite nice,” Krikorian said. “We created a flying combination wide, which is something we have worked on, and Casey took it up the right flank from a beautifully placed ball by Jamia Fields and she put the ball towards the back post and Ines was able to head the ball into the back of the goal.”
With spring quickly coming come to a close, the match provided one more opportunity for the coaches to evaluate the progress that their players have made this offseason.
“Some of the things we have been working on this spring I thought we did very well today, but some other things I think we were perhaps a little naïve by taking risks in areas of the field we probably shouldn’t have.”
There were some positives taken from the win as well, “I think Tori Huster was very sharp and Casey Short continues to show her versatility,” added Krikorian. “I thought Ines also played quite well today, but there was a number of players who were not as sharp today as they need to be.”
The win marked the Seminoles third shutout in five spring matches, but with national championship aspirations there is always room for improvement to be made.
“I didn’t think our backline was quite as sharp as they have been and normally will be, but certainly part of it is they are tired,” said Krikorian. “We have been training hard and not tapering off for the games, but the mental part should be forcing them to have good position, and when we gain the ball we should be able to keep it. By doing that it will make the game a little easier for us.”
The Seminoles will now head home and focus on finishing their spring training before summer when the players will depart for various destinations all over the country to further develop their soccer skills.
“Now we continue on in our training and will work on individual aspects of different players games and help prepare them for exams and whatever their summer plans may be,” Krikorian concluded.