Nov. 27, 2009
Box Score in PDF Format
NCAA Quarterfinal Quotes in PDF Format
Florida State vs. Notre Dame Photo Gallery
- As the classic saying goes, `All good things must come to end,' and
unfortunately for the Seminoles that day happened to come on Friday in the
quarterfinals of the 2009 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. In front of a
sold out crowd of 2,000, sixth-ranked Florida State (19-5-1) saw its season
come to close with a 2-0 loss to fifth-ranked Notre Dame (21-3-1).
In a game in which Florida State dominated the flow of play, all it took
was 51 seconds for Notre Dame to get the result they wanted. Late in the
first half, the Irish capitalized on a defensive miscue and a header off a
corner to grab a 2-0 lead right before the half.
Notre Dame's Melissa Henderson scored the game's first goal putting away
a loose ball from close range off a failed clear by the Seminole defense in
the 39th minute. The shot by the sophomore forward deflected off the
outstretched arm of FSU goalkeeper
Erin McNulty and inside the right post for her team leading 18th goal of
Before the Seminoles could catch their breath, the Irish struck again
just 51 seconds later to push their lead to 2-0. Off a Notre Dame corner,
Haley Ford found the back of the net on a header inside the right post for
her third goal of the season. Rose Augustin was credited with the assist on
Both teams finished the game equal in shots (14-14) and corners (5-5).
Florida State had its chances early but could not find the back of the
net as Irish keeper Nikki Weiss finished the game with five saves in earning
her seventh shutout of the season.
In the eighth minute, Weiss was there for the save from close range on a
Rachel Lim began the play slipping a pass to
Jessica Price. Holding off a pair of Irish defenders, Price made a quick
move toward the inside of the 18 before slotting a pass to McCarty. The
sophomore forward one-timed the pass toward the upper right corner, but
Weiss was there for the save.
Following a Seminole throw-in in the 27th minute, the ball was played out
to the top of the box where
Ines Jaurena came rushing on and blasted a shot on frame. But Weiss was
there for the save on the near post.
Toni Pressley sent a header into the box off a Seminole throw-in in the
60th minute of action, but Weiss made a nice play securing the ball by going
over the top of a leaping Price from eight yards out.
Jaurena led the Seminoles tying a career-high with three shots.
The loss saw the Seminoles' 18-game home winning streak come to an end
which dates back to last season. It also marked the first time that FSU has
ever lost a postseason game on its home turf. Entering Friday's contest,
Florida State was a perfect 18-0-0 all-time at home in the NCAA Tournament.
Florida State wraps-up the season with the second most wins in school
history (19), while claiming a share of its first ACC regular season title.