Nov. 20, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - No. 3-seeded California saw its season come to an end with a 2-1 loss to No. 2-seeded Florida State in the third round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday afternoon at Seminole Soccer Complex. The Golden Bears conclude 2005 with a 16-4-2 record, while the Seminoles improve to 20-3 and advance to play No. 1-seeded North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., in the quarterfinals Nov. 25. It rained steadily through most of the game.
"I thought it was every bit as good of a game as we thought it was going to be," said Cal head coach Kevin Boyd, who directed his team to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1988. "If you're a fan today, I'm sure everyone enjoyed it. It was good soccer. It was competitive, and it was a battle. In the first half, we did a good job knocking the ball around. I thought my backline played very well at that point. We weren't thrilled with our frontline. We should have been generating more dangerous chances. We got chances but not dangerous enough. In the second half, coming back down two and getting a goal in the end, and continuing to battle, I thought that was a success as well."
With the game scoreless at halftime, Cal senior goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio snared FSU's Holly Pieter's one-timed shot from about eight yards in the 48th minute.
In the 50th minute, Seminoles defender Kelly Rowland sent a cross from the right side into the Bears' penalty area, which went off the far post and into the goal for the first score of the game.
"If she ever scores another one of those, I'll be shocked," said Boyd. "I like to call those shosses. It was halfway a cross and halfway a shot. She just drilled the ball across, and it happened to hit the far post upper-corner. It was a great goal. That's not a common goal. After that, we started pushing trying to get something which opened up some holes in the back. That's how (India) Trotter got hers. She was dangerous all day, I thought anyway."
Cal senior defender Tracy Hamm delivered the Bears' first shot of the second half from about 15 yards in the 56th minute, but Florida State goalkeeper Ali Mims saved the attempt.
FSU forward India Trotter scored what proved to be the game winner in the 86th minute when she dribbled around a couple Cal defenders and scored from about 16 yards.
In the 82nd minute, junior forward Katie Ratican powered a long free kick to the near post, but Sims saved the attempt. With 89:23 on the clock, Ratican cut the deficit to 2-1 with a shot on the right side from about 15 yards. Hamm and freshman defender/forward Nkechi Kanu were credited with assists on Ratican's third goal of the season.
Cal rattled off the first four shots of the game and held a 8-3 advantage in the first half. Senior forward Dania Cabello and Hamm led the Bears with two shots each. For the game, Cal held an 11-8 shot advantage.
Cal sophomore midfielder Chioma Igwe launched the first shot of the game in the fourth minute from just inside the Seminoles penalty area, and Mims came up with the save. Later in the half, Hamm (23rd minute), senior midfielder Lindsay Clute (40th) and freshman forward Valerie Barnes (43rd) forced Mims to make saves with shots from over 18 yards.
Sulprizio came up with a huge save on Trotters' one-on-one opportunity from about 15 yards in the 15th minute. Sulprizio left the game in the 22nd minute after getting scratched in the eye on a corner kick but returned to the game 16 minutes, 18 seconds later. Junior Anna Key didn't make any saves while she was called into action.
Sulprizio posted three saves in the game, and Mims secured six.
"We're pleased with the way we played this year, and that's really what you want to focus on," said Boyd. "I liked our style and what we tried to do. I feel like that's what are program is going to continue to be about and carry us forward. Going to the Sweet 16 for the first time in quite a few years was very well deserved."
The game marked the return of Cal junior forward Julia Schnugg to Tallahassee. Schnugg played two years at Florida State before transferring to Cal. A sign overlooking the field read, "Welcome back Jewlz."
Women's Soccer Result California 0 1- 1 Florida State 0 2 - 2