Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 15 Florida State (9-3-2, 4-1-1) notched its third straight win Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 victory over No. 7 Boston College (8-2-3, 1-2-2), tying the Seminoles’ longest win streak of the season. Junior Mami Yamaguchi netted the game-winner in the 83rd minute converting on FSU’s first penalty kick opportunity of the season. The win was also the first for the Seminoles over a ranked opponent this season.
“It was a great result for us today,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “We were able to impose our style of play enabling us to keep the ball which certainly played into our hands. I thought our probing play was quite good today. Our backs maintained very good composure making the right choices at the right time and not forcing too many balls down the field.”
Florida State remains unbeaten against Boston College running its all-time record to 2-0-2. Both wins over the Eagles have come within the friendly confines of the Seminole Soccer Complex. With today’s shutout, the Seminoles have not allowed the Eagles to score in the series.
The Seminole defensive effort was solid once again posting its third straight shutout and eighth of the season. Katrin Schmidt, Libby Gianeskis, Becky Edwards and Erica Sutton limited a Boston College team, who entered today’s game averaging 17.5 shots per game, to just seven shots on Sunday. The Eagles’ first shot of the game and only shot of the first half didn’t come until the 34th minute off the leg of Hannah Cerrone.
Florida State controlled the offensive flow in the first half but managed just four shots. The best scoring opportunity for the Seminoles came in the 37th minute on a header shot that sailed high by senior Kirsten van de Ven. BC was called for a foul setting up a free kick for the Seminoles from about 32 yards out. Edwards took the free kick and sent a ball into the box where van de Ven was able to get a good look with a header, but the ball went high over the crossbar.
Boston College got the first good look of the second half in the 47th minute. Kelly Henderson gathered a deflection off the FSU defense took two touches to her left and went near post with her shot. Seminole goalkeeper Erin McNulty was there for the save to keep the score tied at zero.
In the 50th minute, Florida State went on the offensive as van de Ven sent a long ball down the right side of the field to freshman Sanna Talonen. Talonen dribbled toward the endline and one-timed a pass to Yamaguchi streaking inside the box. The Tokyo, Japan native blasted a shot toward the upper left corner, but Eagle goalie Sarah Buonomo made a spectacular save tipping the ball out of bounds.
On the ensuing corner, Yamaguchi sent a ball into the box where freshman Marissa Kazbour got a header shot on goal but Buonomo was there once again for the save.
Kazbour would get a second opportunity on a header shot in the 66th minute off another Florida State corner, this time taken by Sutton. Kazbour went to the far post with the shot, but an Eagle defender was there for the save as she headed the ball out of harms way.
Schmidt looked as though she would give the Seminoles the lead in the 78th minute blasting a shot from 25 yards out. The ball beat Buonomo but couldn’t find the back of the net as it ricocheted off the crossbar.
Less than three minute later, the Eagles were called for a foul in the box as a BC defender tripped freshman Amanda DaCosta from behind setting up the first penalty kick attempt of the season for the Seminoles. Yamaguchi took the pk and fired a shot into the lower left corner of the net for her team leading 16th goal of the season. The goal was also her third game-winner in 2007, tying her with Talonen for the team lead in that category.
“Amanda DaCosta’s ability to turn with pressure on her back is magnificent,” added Krikorian. “Her escape was fantastic and we saw it in her creating that foul which lead to the goal. Mami stepped up and put a nice finish on the ball for the goal.”
“I stepped up to the ball knowing I had to make the kick,” explained Yamaguchi. “I was a little nervous, but I told myself that I could score the goal.”
With the goal, Florida State has now scored in 20 straight games dating back to last year’s ACC Championship final against UNC in Cary, N.C. The school record for consecutive games with a goal scored is 21 set during the 2002 season.
Florida State finished the game out shooting Boston College 14-7, while maintaining an 8-1 corner kick advantage.
McNulty, who started her 14th consecutive game in goal for the Seminoles, recorded her ninth win of the season and fourth career shutout. Both marks set a new school record for wins and shutouts in a season by a Seminole freshman. The previous wins record of eight was set in 2001 by Ali Mims, while Kerry York posted three shutouts that same season. McNulty played all 90 minutes against the Eagles Sunday afternoon making three saves.
“Erin is really starting to understand the game better,” said assistant coach Paul Rogers. “She has really improved her play since the North Carolina game. Erin has made some big saves, her communication has really improved and she has really shown a lot of leadership in the backfield these past few weeks.”
Florida State returns the pitch next Sunday, October 21 as the Seminoles welcome the Miami Hurricanes to Tallahassee on Senior Day for the last regular season home game of the season. Game time is slated for 1:00 pm at the Seminoles Soccer Complex. The game will be shown live on Sun Sports. As always, fans can follow all the action over the Internet as gametracker will be available for the contest.