Tallahassee, FL - No. 9 Florida State (10-2-0, 4-0-0 ACC) scored the game-winning goal during the 29:53 marks in the first period of action from an unassisted goal by senior captain Amanda DaCosta as the Seminoles coasted to a 3-0 victory over Clemson (5-7-0, 0-4-0 ACC). The Seminoles added to their lead in the second period with a goal by junior Tori Huster during the 59th minute, and then again in the 76th minute from senior Janice Cayman. With the win the Seminoles remain undefeated and first place in the ACC while winning its sixth consecutive game.
“It was a good solid performance from the start to the end,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “I thought our defending was pretty good. We didn’t have as much energy tonight as I think we would come out with, but still the same, to win a game again in the ACC 3-0, I think it’s another quality win for us and we move and start our preparation for the next opponent.”
The game was the annual “Paint It Pink” game for the Seminoles to support breast cancer, and the crowd came out in full force to support the team. “Fantastic,” remarked Krikorian, “We got a nice crowd, nice evening, and great cause. All of us here in the athletic department embrace and support breast cancer awareness and search for the cure.”
During the six game winning streak, Florida State has outscored its opponents by a 12-2 margin, including four shutouts. Three of the wins have come against top 25 opponents Central Florida, Wake and Duke. The win was the Seminoles sixth this season at the Seminole Soccer Complex as they move to 6-1 at home.
Krikorian believes that his first place Seminoles have been exhibiting a positive attitude on the field, “I think right now it’s a confident team, it’s a happy team, but you’re only happy until your next game and then you have to measure yourself again and see how that goes. Right now we’re giving the kids a couple days off, and let them have a little break and then we’ll come back together and start training Sunday for preparation for next week’s games.”
The game started out a little slow for the Seminoles, but they would turn on the heat at the 30-minute mark with DaCosta’s goal. The Seminoles would continue the onslaught with two second period goals by team point’s leaders Huster and Cayman. With the game-winning goal, DaCosta ties Huster for three game winners on the season and moves into sole possession of third place on the Seminoles scoring list. Not bad way to spend one’s birthday.
“It feels good, I wanted one today, not so much for my birthday, but I was feeling good in warm ups and wanted it to carry over in the game,” said DaCosta. “We were struggling a little bit in the beginning, we had some good attacks, but just couldn’t find one so I think that (the goal) kind of changed it for us and turned things around a little bit.”
With her goal, Huster extends her team lead with six goals and 16 points on the season, as Cayman follows closely behind with four goals and 14 points of her own. The three scoring leaders, Huster, Cayman and DaCosta have really helped keep the Seminoles attack strong despite the loss of two key players in the preseason.
“Yea, I don’t know if it was just by chance that happened but we’ve been the three triangles up top, really trying to pull through with the loss of Jessica Price and Tiffany McCarty we’ve had some voids to fill so we’ve definitely taken that upon our shoulders” added DaCosta.
The Seminoles defense was once again dominant, as they held Clemson scoreless. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Wys was rarely tested as she earned her tenth win on the season and finished with two saves. Wys also registered her ACC best eighth shutout of the season.
Florida State out-shot the Tigers by a 16 to 3 margin, and held a decisive nine to one advantage over Clemson on corner kicks. Florida State played nearly flawless in the penalty department as they committed only one foul in the match.
Overall the Seminoles improve to 12-7-2 all-time against Clemson. The victory was Seminole head coach Krikorian's 102nd victory at Florida State, and his sixth win over Tigers as the Seminoles head coach as Florida State has gone an outstanding 6-0-1 against Clemson during his tenure.
Florida State will return to action next Thursday, October 14th at 7:00pm to face two-time defending national champion #2 North Carolina (10-1-1, 2-1-0 ACC) at Chapel Hill where the Seminoles have never won a game, but have twice tied the Tar Heels. North Carolina has won a total of 21 soccer national titles dating back to 1981, and the Seminoles know they have a big opportunity ahead of them.
“We’re looking forward to it,” remarked Krikorian, “we’ll take a few minutes now and enjoy this one and then start our preparation for Carolina.”
Tonight’s “Paint it Pink” game worn jersey’s will be available to bid on at Seminoles.com starting this Monday, October 11th and running through the following Monday, October 18th. All of the proceeds will benefit the Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.