Florida State Outlasts Wake Forest For Berth In ACC Women's Soccer Title Game
Nov. 3, 2006
CARY, N.C. - Florida State and Wake Forest played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer before moving to a penalty kick shootout in the second semifinal of the 2006 ACC Women's Soccer Championship. The Seminoles remained unbeaten against the Demon Deacons in three matches (1-0-2) in ACC Tournament history as Florida State won the shootout 4-2. After both teams missed their opening penalty kicks, Florida State nailed the next four to move on to Sunday's championship final.
Florida State and Wake Forest played an even first half with the Seminoles holding a slight advantage in shots at 6-4. The Demon Deacons did not allow a corner kick through the first 45 minutes maintaining a 2-0 edge.
The Seminoles looked to crack the scoreboard first but sophomore Mami Yamaguchi's blast sailed wide in the 30th minute. With ten minutes remaining in the first half, Wake Forest had a great scoring chance as Sarah Winslow's shot from the top of the box was saved by Florida State keeper Ali Mims. Less than a minute later, Selin Kuralay of FSU had a shot carom off the far post to keep the match scoreless heading into the locker room.
Yamaguchi almost gave the Seminoles the lead midway through the second half as her kick deflected off goalie Laura Morse and spun back towards the Deacon goal. But a strong defensive effort by Wake Forest cleared the ball out of the zone ending the Seminole threat.
Wake Forest countered with two point blank shots in the 64th minute. The first attempt by Taylor Toombs was blocked by the Seminole defense. Elizabeth Remy gathered the loose ball and fired a shot from 16 yards out. Mims made a diving save on the Remy shot to end the Demon Deacon threat.
Wake Forest was awarded a free kick on the Seminole end line with two minutes remaining in the match. Toombs flicked the ball to a wide open Kristen Kemp in the box where she headed the ball just over the cross bar sending the match into overtime.
In overtime, Florida State had the first scoring chance off a throw-in by Kelly Rowland. Rowland flicked the ball into the box where Yamaguchi sent a shot that sailed wide right of the net. Wake Forest countered with its best scoring chance less than a minute later on shot by Toombs. Toombs raced down the right side of the field firing a shot from inside the box where it was cradled by Mims.
The match went into a second sudden victory overtime where neither team was able to muster a goal moving the match into a penalty kick shootout. It would be the second time in ACC Tournament play that the Seminoles and Deacs would battle it out in pks. In 2000, after both teams played to a 1-1 tie, the Seminoles advanced to the semifinals on pks, 5-4.
In the penalty kick shootout, Florida State's Katrin Schmidt, Becky Edwards, Libby Gianeskis and Mami Yamaguchi all made their shots, while Kristen Kemp and Jill Hutchinson connected for the Deacs. Ali Mims and Kaitlyn Doe each made a save in the pk session, while the second Deacon shot missed wide left.
The match-up on Sunday will feature the top two seeds for the 10th time in tournament history and for the fifth consecutive year. This marks the third time that North Carolina and Florida State will square-off for the championship crown. The Tar Heels defeated the Seminoles in 2001, 4-0 in Winston-Salem, N.C. and then again in 2003, 3-2 in Cary, N.C.
The tie moves Florida State 14-2-4 on the season and into the finals for the third time in the last six seasons, where they will face top-seeded North Carolina on Sunday, November 5 at 3:35 pm. Wake Forest moves to 15-5-1.
A web cast replay of this match is available online through ACC Select at www.theacc.com.
Goal Time Team Goal Scorer Assists
Penalty Kick Shootout - Florida State wins on pks 4-2
Shots: Florida State 11, Wake Forest 20
WAKE FOREST HEAD COACH TONY DA LUZ:
On tonight's match against Florida State:
FSU HEAD COACH MARK KRIKORIAN
On advancing to the ACC Championship
On Ali Mims' play in the shootout
On Mami Yamaguchi putting FSU into the finals with the last kick
FSU GOALKEEPER ALI MIMS
On playing for the ACC title as a senior
FSU MIDFIELDER MAMI YAMAGUCHI