Florida State Blanks Mississippi Valley State, 7-0

Six Seminoles score in the win and move to second round on Sunday.


Nov. 14, 2008

Courtesy Auburn Athletics

AUBURN - Florida State blanked Mississippi Valley State 7-0 in NCAA first-round action at the Auburn Soccer Complex Friday afternoon. The Seminoles had six different players, including three freshmen, score in the win.

The game was schedule to start at 2 p.m., but was delayed until 2:15 p.m. due to torrential downpours.

"Our team came out and played hard," Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian said. "We played against a hard-working Mississippi Valley State team. I was satisfied with our performance. Sometimes when you get in to the NCAA Tournament, you play teams that you don't know so much about, and that was the case here with MVSU. I have a lot of respect for them and the effort they put in today, but we are happy with our kids."

FSU raced out to a 3-0 first half lead thanks to a pair of goals from sophomore Sanna Talonen, along with a score by freshman Tiffany McCarty. McCarty opened FSU's scoring efforts nearly seven minutes into the game with assists from Amanda DaCosta and Talonen. Four minutes later, Talonen headed in a goal, assisted by Rachel Lim and Katrin Schmidt. Her second goal of the half came at the 25:21 mark.

"The conditions made it harder to get the ball downfield, so, we knew we had to go after everything," Talonen said. "It was really important for us to get a couple of goals early on. I was happy with the way we came out early."

The start of the second half saw the Seminoles add to their lead less than four minutes in. Fed by the Lauren Switzer assist, freshman Julie Lancos scored her first goal of the season to give FSU a 4-0 lead. Switzer booted in a goal of her own at the 61:00 mark.

Toni Pressley, one-on-one with the Mississippi Valley State goal keeper, contributed with a goal 72 seconds later to put FSU up 6-0.

Pressley and Jessica Price then assisted Marissa Kazbour following a throw-in for the header goal at 64:01.

The Seminoles did not allow Mississippi Valley State to take a shot the entire game. FSU had 28 shots, 16 in the first half and 12 in the second half.

Mississippi Valley State goalkeeper Kristin Swanson had 11 saves in the Devilette season finale.

Florida State (15-2-3) advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Auburn Soccer Complex and will take on the winner of the Auburn vs. Belmont game.

Mississippi Valley State, who earned a berth to the NCAA College Cup by winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference, closes out the 2008 campaign with a 10-11-2 record.

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