Florida State Upends No. 2 Seed Wake Forest, 5-2, in Semifinal Action
Nov. 9, 2007
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA. - Third-seeded Florida State (13-4-3) will head to Sunday's championship game for the second year in a row and third in the last five years, as the Seminoles exacted revenge against No. 2 seed Wake Forest 5-2 on Friday night in the 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Soccer Championship at Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
"We're pretty happy with our performance tonight," Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian said. "We played well in the first half but we weren't dangerous enough. We had to make some adjustments in the second half, but overall I think we came out with a pretty good solid performance. Now, we look forward to playing North Carolina on Sunday."
Mami Yamaguchi demonstrated why she was voted 2007 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, as the midfielder got the ball rolling early for the Seminoles. The junior from Tokyo, Japan, scored off a goal kick into an open net at the 15th minute mark.
Wake Forest posted six shots in the first half compared to three by Florida State, but the Garnet and Gold held a 1-0 lead as both teams entered intermission.
Less than two minutes into the second half, Yamaguchi collected her second goal in the game and 21st of the season on a cross from Amanda DaCosta. The international sensation also picked up an assist on FSU's third goal on a one-timed shot to the left corner by DaCosta six minutes later.
FSU pushed its lead to 5-0 after Switzer collected her first two goals of the season, back-to-back. The sophomore midfielder scored her goals seven minutes apart, with her first goal assisted by Kirsten van de Ven and Annie Stalzer.
Wake Forest would not go down without a fight, as senior midfielder Laura Colven put the Demon Deacons on the board in the 75th minute with a beautiful shot down the middle from 18 yards out. The Demon Deacons added another goal in the 86th minute when senior midfielder Maggie Horne scored off a deflected shot that came from a cross by All-ACC second-team pick Kaley Fountain, but it would not be enough as time expired.
Goalkeeper Erin McNulty was credited with the win, playing 71 minutes and making three saves for the Seminoles, while freshmen Amanda Barasha gave up four goals in 45 minutes of action in the loss.
The Deacs (12-6-3) will wait to find out their NCAA opponent next week when selections are announced for the 2007 national championship on Monday, November 12, on ESPNews between 8-8:30 p.m.
FOX Sports Net South will televise Sunday's championship game between No. 1 seed North Carolina and third-seed Florida State at 1 p.m. The showdown will be a rematch of last year's title game between the two teams, as the Tar Heels edged FSU 2-1 for their 19th league crown.