Nov. 6, 2009
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CARY, N.C. -
For the fifth time in school history, Florida State (16-3-1) is headed to
the ACC Championship final. The third-ranked Seminoles earned the right to
play for the conference title after recording a 2-0 victory over Virginia
Tech (14-7-0) Friday evening in the first semifinal game of the 22nd ACC
Women's Soccer Championship at WakeMed Park.
The Seminoles were the beneficiary of two second half goals for the
second game in a row and will advance to play the winner of the second
semifinal game featuring North Carolina and Boston College on Sunday,
November 8 at 2:00 p.m.
"It was a hard fought game," said head coach
Mark Krikorian. "I thought our kids played hard and created some good
chances through the flow of play. Virginia Tech was hard to break down and
gave us all that we could handle this evening."
Jessica Price had a hand in both goals on Friday evening registering a
goal and an assist including her team leading fifth game-winner in the 67th
minute of play to break a scoreless tie. It marked her eighth multi-point
performance of the season.
"It was nice, definitely a complete team effort tonight by our entire
team," said Price on the team advancing to the championship final. "It was a
really great win for us tonight."
"Anytime you are in a one-goal game with any of these top 25 teams, they
are not just going to let you win the game," added Krikorian. "Each team is
going to put there best effort forth, so you know it is coming especially
with (Jillian) Johnson's throw-in which is a heck of a weapon for them."
Price scored the game's first goal putting away a rebound from five yards
out off an initial shot from down on the end line from
Marissa Kazbour. Kazbour fired a shot from close range that Virginia
Tech keeper Kristin Carden got a hand on for the save but was unable to
control the ball. Price collected the rebound and fired the ball into the
back of the net for her 12th goal of the season. Kazbour was credited with
an assist on the play.
"Kaz served a ball in and the goalkeeper tipped with her hands," added
Price. "I shot it on frame and it went in.
In the 78th minute, the Hokies threatened with a series of shots
including a long distance shot from Robin Chidester that ricocheted off the
crossbar. Kelly Cohneeney ran down the loose ball and sent a shot on frame
that was blocked by a Seminole defender.
Off a Virginia Tech throw-in, Jennifer Harvey registered a header in the
86th minute but Seminole defender
Tiana Brockway blocked the shot and booted the ball out of harms way.
Amanda DaCosta sealed the victory for the Seminoles scoring a late goal
in the 89th minute to give FSU a two-goal advantage.
Casey Short sent a pass down the right side to Price, who beat a Hokie
defender toward the end line. The Seminole forward sent a beautiful pass
back towards the top of the 18-yard box where DaCosta took a dribble to her
left and sent a blast into the upper left corner for her third goal of the
Tiffany McCarty caused a little confusion on the play as she deked the
Hokie defense making a strong run into the box. McCarty looked as though she
would fire a shot on frame but she leapt over the ball leaving it for
"I thought the ball from
Casey Short was outstanding," added Krikorian. "Jess is a handful; she
has been all season long. She continues to create scoring chances. She took
her chances well this evening and created a great goal there at the end."
"That was a great play," explained DaCosta. "Tiff read it really well. It
was a good combination and a great goal."
Kimmy Diaz, who entered the game in the second half and played all 45
minutes, registered a pair of saves to pick up her first career victory in
Both teams were unable to get much going in terms of offensive production
in the first half as the Seminoles and Hokies registered four shots a piece.
The best scoring chance for Florida State came in the 40th minute as Price
sent a header on goal from eight yards out off a cross from the right wing
Erin McNulty played all 45 minutes in the first half making one save.
The Seminoles recorded their second shutout of the tournament and ninth
of the season. Virginia Tech finished the game with the advantage in both
shots (13-10) and corner kicks (4-1).
"We are definitely excited to be playing in the championship game,"
explained Price. "We are hungry and really want to win."
FSU will look for its first ACC title on Sunday. The Seminoles last
played for the conference crown back in 2007 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., when
the Garnet and Gold fell 1-0 to the Tar Heels. Three of the five
championship appearances for the Seminoles have come in Cary.