Durham, N.C. – No. 14 Florida State (10-4-3, 5-2-2) wrapped up its North Carolina road trip with a 1-1 tie against No. 28 Duke (7-3-6, 2-2-4) Sunday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium. Freshman Amanda DaCosta registered the only Seminole goal, while goalkeeper Erin McNulty made a career-high eight saves in the draw. Mami Yamaguchi was credited with an assist on DaCosta’s goal as she tied Cindy Schofield for the single-season school record in points with 42 (17 goals, eight assists).
“This was another tough ACC road game,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “I was happy that we were able to come away with a point this afternoon. We certainly had some pretty good chances through the run of play that if we were a little more precise around the penalty box, we may have scored a few more goals. But these road trips are tough, especially after our game against Wake Forest on Thursday night. I thought we showed some character today to get a good result on the road.”
DaCosta concluded a fantastic weekend tallying five points on two goals and one assist. The assist by Yamaguchi was her team leading eighth of the season. With the tie, Florida State kept its hold on third place in the ACC standings with 17 points.
After a scoreless first half, Florida State countered with the first goal of the game by DaCosta in the 62nd minute. The Seminoles were 10 minutes away from securing their first ever victory at Duke, but Elisabeth Redmond ruined those plans with the game-tying goal in the 81st minute.
The Blue Devils outshot the Seminoles 25-14 for the game, while maintaining a 9-7 corner kick advantage.
Duke had the first great scoring opportunity of the game but freshman goalkeeper Erin McNulty made a two great saves to keep the Blue Devils off the scoreboard. Off Duke’s first corner kick of the game, Christie McDonald placed a header on goal but McNulty made a diving save to her right. The loose ball found its way to Kendall Bradley in the middle of the box who had a wide open shot on goal, but McNulty was able to get back to her feet in time for the save.
The Seminoles lone scoring chance came early in the first half off a corner kick by Mami Yamaguchi. The kick was headed out of the box by the Blue Devil defense and back to Yamaguchi. The Tokyo, Japan native made a quick pass to Erika Sutton, who one-timed a shot to the right side of the goal but Duke’s Allison Lipsher was there for the save.
Both teams played to a scoreless tie through the first 45 minutes of play as the Blue Devils outshot the Seminoles 10-3. Sutton led Florida State with two shots, while Annie Stalzer got off a shot in the closing seconds of the half.
The second half began much the same as the first with Duke getting the first scoring chance. Kelly Hathorn dribbled down the left side of the pitch where she found CJ Ludemann. Ludemann got a shot off on goal but McNulty was there for her fourth save of the game.
Florida State cracked the scoreboard with the game’s first goal in the 62nd minute on the Seminoles first shot of the half. Yamaguchi found DaCosta with a through ball down the middle of the field. The freshman midfielder took a quick dribble, and with Lipsher coming out of the net to breakup the play, DaCosta slipped the ball under the diving goalkeeper and scored on an empty netter for her second goal in as many games and fourth of the season
“Amanda’s mobility is a great strength for us,” explained Krikorian. “She does a great job of finding seems in odd places and of course Mami has fantastic vision and does a fine job of making that final pass.”
In the 71st minute, Florida State caught a break as Duke’s Rebecca Allen ripped a shot from 20 yards that went right through the hands of McNulty, but the freshman keeper quickly pounced on the rebound to keep the Seminole lead at one.
The Seminoles missed on a golden opportunity in the 76th minute as Rachel Lim took a shot from 12 yards out that went just high over the crossbar.
Duke would tie the game in the 81st minute on a goal by Redmond. Redmond fired a cross from the left side of the box into the upper right corner for her sixth goal of the season. Meaghan FitzGerald was credited with an assist on the play.
Both teams had one more scoring opportunity with less than two minutes in the second half. Hathorn’s shot bounced off the left post and out of bounce, while Lipsher made a diving save on a shot by Yamaguchi. DaCosta made a long dribble down the middle of the field beating a couple Duke defenders before the Katonah, N.Y. native made a nice pass to Yamaguchi. But Yamaguchi’s shot was saved sending the game into overtime.
The Seminoles got the first good look in extra frames as DaCosta took a nice pass from Sutton and dribbled the length of the field. DaCosta weaved to the inside and back to her right, one-timing a shot toward the right side of the net. But once again Lipsher was there with the save.
Duke was able to get two good looks before the end of the first overtime period as Hathorn’s header was saved by McNulty, while Allen’s shot went high over the crossbar. The save was McNulty’s eighth of the game establishing a career-high for the Winnipeg, Manitoba native.
“Erin was great; she turned in a very solid performance,” added Krikorian. “She did a great job of handling everything that came her way today.”
Neither team was able to find the back of the net in either overtime session as the game finished in a 1-1 tie.
Florida State wraps up the regular season schedule on Thursday, November 1 as the Seminoles travel to face Clemson at 7:00 pm. As always, fans can follow all the action over the Internet as gametracker will be available for the event.