No. 12 Florida State (10-3-2, 5-1-1) used three first half goals en route to a 4-1 victory over Miami (9-4-3, 4-2-1) Sunday afternoon on Senior Day at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Freshman Sanna Talonen scored a pair of goals, junior Mami Yamaguchi notched her nation-best 17th goal of the season and junior Erika Sutton rounded out the scoring to give the Seminoles their fourth straight win of the season and eighth consecutive victory over the Hurricanes.
"The game was really a game of two different halves today," said head coach Mark Krikorian. "I thought we had very good control on the field in the first half with great movement off the ball. Overall I was pretty satisfied with our performance. In the second half, I felt we laid back a little bit too much, but credit Miami for pressing us and scoring a goal to get back in the game. Fortunately, we were able to get that fourth goal to give us that needed cushion."
The two goals by Talonen moved her into a tie with Camie Bybee for second all-time for goals by a Seminole freshman with 10. She also moved into a tie for third all-time in points with 24 tying Kasey McCall. The multi-goal performance was her third of the season. The goal by Yamaguchi proved to be the game-winner, her fourth of the season to lead the team.
Florida State dominated the first half out shooting Miami 14-5, while holding a 5-1 corner kick advantage. Talonen got the Seminoles on the board first with a goal in the seventh minute. Junior Katrin Schmidt began the play with a throw-in to freshman Marissa Kazbour. Kazbour gave it right back to Schmidt who fed a nice pass to Talonen in the box. The freshman from Tampere, Finland beat the Hurricane defender with a touch to her left, took a pivot and one-timed a shot into the back of the net for an early 1-0 lead.
Less than 10 minutes later, Yamaguchi would increase the Seminole lead to 2-0 on her 17th goal of the season. Becky Edwards and Amanda DaCosta were credited with assists on the play. Following a Miami foul, Edwards started the play sending a free kick down the field to DaCosta. The freshman midfielder gathered the ball and dribbled down the right side sending a cross to Yamaguchi inside the box. Yamaguchi made one quick move and fired a shot into the lower left corner for the score.
Miami looked to answer a minute later as senior Sheuneen Ta blasted a shot from 20 yards out, but Seminole goalkeeper Erin McNulty was there with a huge save to keep FSU's lead at two.
FSU would take a three goal lead into the locker room on Talonen's second goal of the afternoon and 10th of the season. Yamaguchi sent a pass down the right side of the pitch to freshman Rachel Lim. Lim made a run towards the endline while avoiding a diving defender and found Talonen open at the near post where she put the ball away for a 3-0 advantage.
Miami came out of the break and immediately put the offensive pressure on the Seminoles. The Hurricanes were able to cut into the lead with their first goal of the afternoon as freshman Brittney Steinbruch notched her team-leading 16th goal of the season. Off a free kick by Lauren Singer, Steinbruch collected the ball and dribbled a good 20 yards before finding the back of the net from10 yards outs.
Florida State pushed its lead back to three with a goal in the 65th minute by Erika Sutton. Sutton put away a loose ball inside the box from about four yards out for her fifth goal of the season. The goal followed yet another Miami foul as Edwards sent a ball into the box where senior Libby Gianeskis and Hurricane goalkeeper Lauren McAdam both went up to make a play. The ball feel to the ground, right to feet of Sutton who finished the play to give FSU a 4-1 cushion.
McNulty finished the game with four saves while earning her 10th win of the season. McAdam had three saves in the loss.
Before the game, Florida State honored its four senior members as Sunday's game marked the final home regular season contest of the season. This year's senior class which included Libby Gianeskis, Holly Peltzer, Melissa Samokishyn and Kirsten van de Ven, currently rank as the winningest, four-year senior class in school history posting a career mark to date of 60-15-11. With today's win over Miami, they became just the second, four-year class to finish all four seasons with an above .500 league mark.
Florida State returns to the pitch on Thursday, October 25 as the Seminoles take on Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C. Game time is slated for 7:00 pm. As always, fans can follow all the action over the Internet as gametracker will be available for the contest.