Nov. 7, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Fifth-seeded No. 16 Maryland advanced to the semifinals of the 2002 ACC Soccer Championship with a 4-2 victory over host No. 19 Florida State, the No. 4 seed, on Thursday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex. With the win, Maryland improved to 12-6-1 on the year and will face top-seeded North Carolina on Friday at 7:30 p.m. FSU fell to 11-6-3 on the season.
"I was really proud of the performance we had tonight," stated Maryland head coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski. "We really fought hard. In the end, it was a battle, and we won the battle."
Despite outshooting the Terrapins 10-5 in the first half, the Seminoles trailed 2-1 at the break. Maryland's freshman Mallory Mahar put the Terps on the board first when she headed in a goal from a long throw in by junior Lindsay Givens at 26:34. Maryland made it 2-0 when freshman Kimmy Francis beat FSU keeper Kerry York with a dynamic blast with 34:38 on the clock. Freshman defender Kristin McHugh set up Francis at the top of the box and was credited with an assist. FSU freshman Erica Lewis cut the Terrapin lead in half with a shot to the left from 25 yards out at 40:33. Both teams had three shots on goal while Florida State also had three corner kicks.
Maryland freshman Ali Andrzejewski scored the Terrapins third goal, eight minutes into the second half at the 53:33 mark on a crossing assist by junior Jen Biscoe. But the Seminoles quickly responded and cut the Terrapin lead to just one once again at 56:20 when sophomore Camie Bybee one-timed the ball in after sophomore Jez Ratliff centered the ball to senior Cindy Schofield, who headed it to Bybee. Florida State, however, had just five shots in the second half and just two on goal. The aggressive Terrapins recorded six shots in the final 45 minutes, five of which were on goal. Their final goal was by freshman Simone Dekker who after receiving a long pass from Briscoe, dribbled down the center of the field past the FSU goalkeeper and knocked the ball in from the deep right side of the box as it deflected off the back foot of Katie Beal who cam eback on defense.
FSU finished the match with 15 shots, five on goal and seven corner kicks. Maryland had 11 shots with eight on goal and had just one corner kick. "I'd like to congratulate Maryland, coach Cirovski and their players on winning and advancing to the semifinals," said FSU head coach Patrick Baker. "It was a tough night for us. I thought we gave that first goal away; we know what Givens is capable off the throw-ins. We kind of gave them that one. After 90 minutes, they scored four and we only scored two. They advance and we don't."
Prior to tonight's match, FSU had won three straight over Maryland with a 1-0 victory in the regular season on October 25, a 7-2 win in last season's ACC Championship and 2-0 during the 2001 regular season. The Terrapins lead the all-time series 6-4.