No. 17 Florida State prevails 1-0 over Tech
Yamaguchi scores NCAA leading 15th goal of the season for the Seminoles
October 7, 2007
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The 17th-ranked Florida State Seminoles played an aggressive game, attacking the midfield relentlessly, and won a hard fought 1-0 contest over the Hokies with a second-half goal by the NCAA's leading scorer Sunday afternoon at Viginia Tech Soccer Stadium. With the victory, Florida State stands at 7-3-2 and 2-1-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference while Tech falls to 4-5-2 and 0-3-1 in conference competition. FSU has won all five contests between the two schools dating back to 2002, but Tech once again pushed the 2006 NCAA Semifinalist to the limit, losing by just one goal for the fourth time in the series. The loss snaps Tech's four-game unbeaten streak at home this season, which included wins over then-No. 13 Tennessee and Elon and draws against Miami and Loyola (Md.). Pressing the ball forward most of the first half, FSU tallied seven shots to four for the home team. Ashley Owens (Greensboro, N.C.) and Erin McNulty each had one save apiece going into the second half. Both squads continued to pressure each other with mini-fastbreaks, and Tech was able to get off eight shots in the second half. However, they could never create that opportunity for a wide open shot and convert, leaving the door open for the Seminoles to take the lead, which they did in the 75th minute. The NCAA's leading scorer Mami Yamaguchi received a pass from Sanna Talonen inside the box and was able to make a strong shot past a diving Owens for the game-winning goal, her 15th score of the season. Tech had a couple of attempts in the final 15 minutes of the game, but both went high above the goal. The women finished with 12 shots total, led by Julian Johnson (Norfolk, Va.) and Robin Chidester (Virginia Beach, Va.) with three each. Yamaguchi had seven of FSU's 15 shots. Owens ended the game with five saves against the No. 1 scoring offense in the country after posting a career game high of nine against Miami on Thursday, while McNulty finished with three. The Hokies finish their three-game ACC homestand on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. with the visiting Clemson Tigers, currently ranked 14th in the country, at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium. The game will be shown live through ACC Select on the web with Jerry Massey providing the call. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to be one of the first 100 in attendance to receive a pair of Virginia Tech CROC Sandals.