Seminoles Record 1-0 Win Over Hokies
No. 14 Florida State knocks off Tech
October 10, 2004 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Senior Jez Ratliff netted a goal 1:30 into the second half for Florida State, giving the No. 14 Seminoles a 1-0 lead against Virginia Tech Sunday afternoon. Ratliff's goal would prove to be more than enough as Florida State held on for a 1-0 victory. The win pushes the Seminoles' record to 10-3 overall and 3-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Tech stands at 7-5 on the season and 3-3 in league play. Melissa Samokishyn found Ratliff in the box off a cross in the second half. Ratliff then netted the only goal of the game past an outstretched Mallory Soldner. Samokishyn and Toby Ranck were each credited with an assist on the play. Ratliff's goal, her fifth of the year, was also her fourth game-winning goal of the season. In the opening half, the Hokies' Ashley Stinson launched a shot 56 seconds into the game from the top of the box, but it was corralled by Joy McKenzie. Just over a minute later, Tech's Erin Moore again tried to give the Hokies the lead, but her shot from inside the box was also stopped by McKenzie. Florida State rattled off two corner kicks and a shot over the next nine minutes of play before the Hokies were able to record their first corner kick of the match at the 12:49 plateau. After another Tech corner, the Seminoles tallied three shots and a corner of their own before the Hokies would have another scoring chance at the 34:29 mark. When Tech was unable to convert on its fourth corner kick of the half, momentum swung in favor of Florida State, who tallied three more shots and another corner kick before the half, including a shot with five seconds left before the intermission. Soldner provided four saves in the opening frame, while McKenzie amassed two saves. After Ratliff's goal in the 47th minute, the Hokies were able to have four shots to the home team's two over the next 14 minutes of action. However, Tech was unable to convert on any attempt. Junior Kjersti Trout launched a shot in the 71st minute after freshman Mary Elizabeth Newton took a corner kick. The shot by Trout was just wide left of the goal. It proved to be Tech's final shot of the contest. In the closing minutes of the game, the Seminoles tallied four more shots, one of which was on goal. For the game, Soldner recorded seven saves to just two for her counterpart, McKenzie. Florida State took 15 shots in the game, eight of which were on goal. Tech totaled seven shots in the contest, but only two were on goal. The Hokies had seven corner kicks, while the Seminoles had two. Tech totaled nine fouls to eight for Florida State. The Hokies return to action on Friday, Oct. 15, when they face Old Dominion in a non-conference contest. It is slated for a 7 p.m. start in the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium.