Florida State Edges No. 6 Boston College, 1-0
Nov. 7, 2007
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA. - A goal by Florida State defender Katrin Schmidt in the 72nd minute turned into a game-winner for No. 3 seed Florida State, as the Seminoles earned a hard fought 1-0 victory over sixth-seeded Boston College on Wednesday evening. The two teams concluded the first day of competition, playing in cold and windy conditions at Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
FSU improves to 12-4-3 on the year and advances to the semifinals for the third-straight year, while Boston College (11-5-3) joins Clemson, Duke and Miami in waiting for an at-large berth next week by the NCAA Selection Committee for the 2007 national championship.
"It was a very competitive game tonight," Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian said. "I thought Boston College played us very well. They were organized, they were committed to defending and very quick into the attack."
Boston College went into attack mode early in the game, and the Seminoles would match the Eagles' tenacity. Both schools stepped up their defense, but Florida State was able to penetrate through the Eagles' wall.
Schmidt, a junior from Schleiden, Germany, took advantage of a long pass from ACC Offensive Player of the Year Mami Yamaguchi and slipped the ball passed Boston College goalkeeper Sarah Buonomo in the 72nd minute. It was Schmidt's first goal of the season and Yamaguchi's ninth assist.
The goal did not deter the Eagles as they were relentless for the remainder of the game. Boston College had many scoring opportunities, but was unable to break down the Garnet and Gold defense.
"I think it was a great soccer game," Boston College head coach Alison Kulik said. "We had some early chances that we didn't take advantage of. We made some adjustments that I the team responded to. Obviously, it's a game of inches."
FSU netminder Erin McNulty registered three saves in notching her sixth shutout win of the season, while Sarah Buonomo took the loss for Boston College.
Friday's semifinal game between the Seminoles and No. 2 seed Wake Forest will be a rematch from last year's semifinal, where Florida State defeated the Demon Deacons on penalty kicks for the right to advance to the title game.