Florida State 3, Florida Atlantic
Florida State 3, Florida Atlantic 0Nov. 10, 2005
Gainesville, Fla. -- The second-seeded Florida State Seminoles played their fourth NCAA Tournament game in Gainesville's James G. Pressly Stadium Friday and raised their record to 3-0-1 at UF. The Seminoles (18-3-0) opened the 2005 NCAA Tournament with a 3-0 victory over A-Sun Champion Florida Atlantic (16-4-1). Seminole midfielder India Trotter scored two goals, her ninth and tenth of the year, as FSU won its record-setting 18th game of the season. The Seminoles will advance to face the winner of the Illinois/Florida match Sunday.
The victory ended FAU's 14-game undefeated run into the tournament as Florida State remained unbeaten in NCAA Tournament openers improving their record to 5-0-1 in the first game of NCAA play. FSU held the Owls without a goal for the first time in 16 games as the Seminoles established a new school record with their 11th shutout of the season. FSU also ended Florida Atlantic's shutout streak that exceeded 850 minutes before Trotter scored the eventual game winner at 43:01.
"I thought it was a very challenging game and Florida Atlantic was very organized as I expected they would be," said Florida State Head Coach Mark Krikorian. "Their commitment to defend and be organized and generate chances as well was outstanding. I don't think we were as sharp today as we can be and need to be. We were fortunate to score a goal just before half. It was a good goal in the sense of giving us some momentum. It didn't seem over the 90 minutes we were able to create a rhythm and that is a credit to FAU."
"I thought for our first time here we represented ourselves very well," said FAU Head Coach Brian Dooley. "I really don't think the 3-0 final was very indicative of the game. We were pushing up trying to get the tying goal and that exposed us in the back a little bit. A 1-0 loss doesn't help you. I was very proud of my team and they certainly belonged here. This is just the start of something big for us."
Neither team was able to get much of an attack generated in the first half as the teams recorded just two shots a piece. With less than two minutes remaining in the first period Trotter got the Seminoles on the board. Florida State defender Katrin Schmidt started the play with a dynamic run down the left side. She sent a dangerous ball to the backpost where Collette Swensen touched the ball square to a wide open Trotter who buried the shot into an open net.
Florida State started to exert itself more in the second period as they doubled FAU's shot production. Despite an 8-4 edge in second half shots, the Owls remained within a goal with just over four minutes remaining on the clock. That's when FSU's Holly Peltzer gave the Seminoles the cushion they were looking for. Her goal at the 85:51 mark was the third of the season in Gainesville for the Lake Mary, FL forward who scored twice versus Florida in this stadium earlier in the year.
Trotter then struck again to put the finishing touches on the win. With just 29 seconds remaining in the match Viola Odebrecht exposed the FAU defense which was pushing forward looking to get on the board. Odebrecht's long pass to the right side was right on to the foot of Trotter. The junior went to the back post with her shot as she recorded her first multi-goal game since September 1 in a 7-0 win over Jacksonville.
-- Courtesy Florida