No. 7 Florida State (12-3-1, 6-1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) has yet to record a loss to the Virginia Tech Hokies (8-8-1, 2-5-1 ACC) since their series began in 2002 and in the final home game of the season the Seminoles’ senior class ensured that it didn’t change as evident in Sunday’s 2-0 victory.
“I thought we were solid as could be,” FSU head coach Mark Krikorian said. “I thought not only did we keep a clean sheet, we really limited the quality of chances that they got.”
The match marked the 10th meeting between the two ACC opponents, and the last regular season game in Tallahassee for seniors Janice Cayman, Amanda DaCosta and Rachel Lim who were instrumental in extending FSU’s all-time series lead over the Hokies, 8-0-1.
“It was really cool to score on senior day,” Cayman said. “Thanks to the people like Rachel Lim and other seniors and overall it was a great performance by us. We played good and kept the ball and made the other team tired.”
In less than eight minutes into the match, Cayman led off for the seniors and the Seminoles with her seventh goal of the season. Junior midfielder Casey Short crossed to Cayman in the box to set her up for the eventual score on two back-to-back shots. The Brasschaat, Belgium native found the net after rebounding off her initial shot that was blocked by the Hokies to give the ’Noles the 1-0 lead.
“Janice has done a great job. I think it’s good for her to score those two goals when she has great opportunities,” Lim said. “It sort of looked like she scored three times because the first one went in then it came back out and then she scored another time and that was the third. She did very well.”
The senior class continued to shine after Lim connected with Cayman 12 yards out for the second goal of the game, increasing Florida State’s lead, 2-0. Lim’s assist marked her fourth of the season - slating her second on the team behind Cayman and junior Tori Huster who are tied with five.
Meanwhile Cayman, who also leads the team in points (21) and goals (8), garnered her second double-scoring game of the season––her first came two games prior in the Seminoles’ 4-0 win over NC State. Thus far, Cayman has recorded an assist or goal in 9-of-16 games of the regular season.
“She’s been dangerous and created some chances and was on the end of two very good goals,” Krikorian said of Cayman. “It’s great for her and great for the seniors, great careers, and now they move on and go on the road again.”
FSU outshot Virginia Tech 9-3, while FSU’s freshman goal keeper Kelsey Wys tallied her 10th shutout of the season, beating out Virginia’s Chantel Jones to lead the ACC alone in shutout games of the 2010 season.
“Overall our possession was quite good today,” Krikorian continued. “We dictated the play pretty well and I think if we are able to continue to do so we can continue to have success, but sometimes when you’re keeping the ball you put yourself at a little bit of risk. If you turn the ball over, it can be a little nerve racking, but the good news is that we have Kelsey Wys. So, it was a solid performance collectively and by Kelsey as well.”
Virginia Tech registered 14 fouls compared to Florida State’s three.
“That’s part of the game, and Virginia Tech is a fine team, they come in and they use their strength, their power, their fight – competitive as can be – and they make it difficult for us to play, but that’s part of the game and I thought overall it was a good solid game and we did what we needed to.”
The Seminoles will wrap up the regular season on the road against Maryland on Thurs., Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. and then at Boston College on Sun., Oct. 31 at 1 p.m.