Women's Soccer ACCtion: Thursday, October 23
Oct. 24, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Sixth-ranked Florida State (13-2-1, 7-1-0 ACC) notched its seventh straight victory blanking Clemson (5-8-1, 1-5-1 ACC) 4-0 Thursday evening on a cold and rainy evening at the Seminole Soccer Complex. FSU registered goals by four different Seminoles including a goal a piece by a pair of fourth-year seniors in Sarah Wagenfuhr and Katrin Schmidt in what was their final home game of the regular season.
The Seminoles pushed their win streak to three straight over the Tigers while remaining unbeaten in the series in the last 10 games (8-0-2). The shutout was the Seminoles 10th of the season and fifth in the last six games.
It took just two minutes and 48 seconds for Florida State to take the early lead courtesy of Sanna Talonen's team leading 11th goal of the season. Casey Short found some open space in the Seminoles' offensive third and dumped a pass off to Talonen who found the back of the net from six yards out. It marked the fourth straight game and six in the last seven that Talonen has registered a goal. The goal was her sixth in league play tying her with Cindy Schofield (2002) and Mami Yamaguchi (2007) for the single-season school record. Talonen also moved into a tie for third place all-time with her 29th career goal at Florida State.
Chestnut Hill, Ma - Boston College freshman Julia Bouchelle scored her sixth goal of the season to lead the Eagles to a 1-0 victory over Maryland in an ACC match up in front of 419 fans at the Newton Soccer Field.
Just five minutes into the match, sophomore Brooke Knowlton had a chance to give the Eagles an early lead. Bouchelle slipped a ball through two defenders and Knowlton ran onto the pass into the box. Maryland's goalkeeper Mary Casey (five saves) made a diving save in the box to keep the game knotted at 0-0.
Bouchelle changed the game at 25:11 in the half. The midfielder one-timed a cross from senior defender Brianna Wilson-Byrne. It would be Bouchelle's third game-winning goal. The midfielder from Maryland now has six goals and one assist for 13 points.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Bess Harrington and Jill Hutchinson scored goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half as No. 19 Wake Forest (10-5-0, 3-4-0 ACC) held on for a 2-1 victory over NC State (8-9-0, 0-7-0 ACC) in the Deacons' last regular season home game of 2008.
The victory was a crucial one for the Deacons in the ACC race, as Wake Forest now has nine points in league play, good for seventh place. The top eight teams in the conference advance to the league tournament in Cary, N.C.
Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the first 45 minutes. Wake Forest had the better of the chances in the opening half, holding an 11-2 shot advantage. The Deacs had several quality chances, including a shot that went off the post from Taylor Norman, but Wake was unable to score.
CORAL GABLES - The University of Miami women's soccer team (8-6-3, 1-4-2) fought the ninth-ranked Duke Blue Devils (11-3-2, 3-2-2) to a 0-0 tie Thursday night at Cobb Stadium. The Hurricanes battled Duke in one of the most physical games Miami has played all season. Rain fell on and off throughout the evening, making the ball skip on the slick Bermuda grass.
Scoring chances popped out of nowhere on occasions as the ball slipped through the defense. The best offensive possessions for both sides however, came in the overtime periods.
In the first OT, Duke attacked the Miami defense early, forcing a corner kick just 56 seconds in. Duke's Shiela Kramer took the corner and her ball found KayAnne Gummersall at point blank range. Alonzo acted immediately on Gummersall's shot, pushing the ball to her right, away from danger.
Miami's opportunity came in the final minute of the second overtime. Deep in the Blue Devil's end of the field, Julianne Rickers had a throw-in that bounced into the box. Several Hurricane players were unable to get a foot on the loose ball, allowing Duke keeper Cassidy Powers to snatch it away from danger.