Aug. 22, 2010

Courtesy of Florida State Athletics

PULLMAN, Wash. - The No. 6 ranked Florida State women's soccer team defeated Gonzaga, 2-0, Sunday at Lower Soccer Field to claim the championship of the Washington State Soccer Invitational. The Seminoles claimed the tournament championship with victories over Washington State on Friday and Gonzaga today to finish with a perfect 2-0 record in the event.

The Seminoles came out on fire against Gonzaga as junior Tori Huster scored what proved to be the game winning goal with only 1:27 elapsed in the match. Senior Janice Cayman scored Florida State's second goal of the game less than two minutes into the second half to give the Seminoles their game winning margin.

Goalie Kelsey Wys, a redshirt during the 2009 season, earned her second consecutive shutout as she was credited with one save. She recorded six saves in gaining the first shutout of her career in Friday night's victory over Washington State.

"It was a typical Sunday game," said Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian. "Neither team probably had as much in the tank as they did on Friday night, so it was nice to come out and score a goal early, then come out in the second half and score a second goal early. It kind of gives you a little more opportunity to have a little bit of breathing room, although Gonzaga pressed us and made the game difficult for us to play. We are happy to be coming back home with two wins against two good teams."

Florida State wasted little time, converting the game's first goal at the 1:27 mark on a chip shot by junior Tori Huster for her first goal of the season. Huster took advantage of an accurate pass by freshman defender Eirin Kleppa and blasted a shot from six yards out that ricocheted off Gonzaga's goalie Lauren Ames right arm and hit the inside of the left post. The goal was Huster's ninth of her career while Kleppa was credited with the first assist of her career.

"I took Tori to the side after the game (on Friday) and told her I don't often say it, but I thought she played like a national team player," said Krikorian. "She really showed her stripes then, and I thought she did so again today. It is nice and comforting to see that the experiences she had this summer playing with the U-23's were learning experiences. We are now reaping some of the benefits because she is as sharp as can be. She was dangerous the whole afternoon today as well as on Friday."

Cayman provided Florida State with a bit of extra security as she scored the second goal of the contest less two minutes into the second half. The goal was Cayman's first as a Seminole, as she delivered her shot off a header by a Huster. Huster began the play as she intercepted an errant kick by Gonzaga's keeper at midfield. The assist was Huster's first of the season and ninth of her career; she also finished the game with a team leading seven shots. "Janice timed it right very well behind the back line, and had a quality finish," said Krikorian. "That is something we are going to need from her and she showed she is capable and was quite good with the timing."

The Seminoles finished with 18 shots, including nine shots on goal. The Seminole defense shut down Gonzaga, holding the Bulldogs to just three shots on the afternoon.

"I thought our team defending was quite good today," said Krikorian. "We didn't give up a whole lot of shots, nor did we give up a whole lot of chances, so that is certainly something we are walking away feeling quite good about. I thought in our Friday contest, which was against a very competitive Washington State team, that we competed very favorably. Today I think scoring a goal early made our group relax a little too much, because Gonzaga was winning a lot of midfield battle in terms of 50-50 balls. Once we were able to get the game to settle down a little I thought we did a much better job controlling the elbows and first and second balls. Overall the defending was pretty good, but the attack was just okay. It is early in the season and it takes longer to develop an attack, but two shutout wins is pretty good at this point."

Wys was credited was credited with one save in earning her the second victory of her career. Wys enjoyed a tremendous moment as she prevented a goal by tipping the ball away on a high bending shot from Gonzaga's Catherine Cullen that was blasted from 25 yards out toward the far right post.

"Kelsey did what she had to do," said Krikorian. "Her kicking game was pretty good, her positioning was good, and communication was quite good. She made the game a little easier for her backs, thus making the game easier for her."

Florida State held an eight to four advantage on corners, as Casey Short just missed on one corner from close range after a Tiana Brockway corner was played toward the far post.

The Seminoles are now 2-0 to open the season as they head home to play host to Stetson on Sunday, August 29 at 2:00 p.m. in the home opener.