No. 21 Cal Falls to No. 5 Florida State, 3-1, in NCAA Second Round
Nov. 12, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - California saw its 2006 season come to an end with a 3-1 loss to No. 2-seeded Florida State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday afternoon at Seminole Soccer Complex. The No. 21 Golden Bears fall to 12-5-5, while the No. 5 Seminoles advance with a 16-3-4 record to play the winner of the Illinois vs. Saint Louis game next weekend.
'It was a tale of two halves,' said Cal head coach Kevin Boyd. 'We started off the game very tight and nervous. I'm not sure why because we haven't looked like that this year. We settled that at halftime and came out playing our game in the second half. It would have been interesting game to see our second half against their first half and see 90 minutes of that. That would have been a little bit better. Either way, I'm very proud of my team. We've tackled an awful lot of adversity this year, and we ended our season in an incredible way, reeling off a number of wins over top national opponents. We made it to the second round and played a very good Florida State team, and I'm proud of the team's character all the way through.'
Today was a rematch of the 2005 NCAA Tournament third-round game, which saw Florida State defeat Cal, 2-1, in a steady rain. This year's game was played under mostly sunny, windy conditions.
After Florida State jumped out to a 3-0 first-half lead, a totally different Cal team showed up for the second half. The Bears outscored the Seminoles, 1-0, over the final 45 minutes and outshot them, 9-2. Cal also earned all four of its corner kicks in the second half, while FSU took all five of its attempts in the first half.
Freshman Lisa Kevorkian had a dangerous shot saved by Florida State goalkeeper Ali Mims in the 48th minute, but it led to Cal's first corner kick of the game. Senior forward Katie Ratican scored directly off the corner kick for her sixth goal of the season, cutting the deficit to 3-1. Ratican tallied her other NCAA goal against Florida State last season. She finished this season as Cal's leader for points (15) and tied for the team lead in goals and assists (3).
Kevorkian led Cal with four shots - all coming in the second half. She had a shot saved in the 59th minute and missed a header wide in the 59th minute.
Cal kept the pressure on throughout the second half but could get any closer than two goals.
Selin Kuralay gave Florida State a 1-0 lead with a 22-yard shot to the upper-right corner of the goal in the seventh minute. The goal was her team-leading 12th of the season.
In the 11th minute, Kuralay passed the ball into space to India Trotter, who scored her seventh goal of 2006 from about six-yards out from the right side of the goal to the far post.
About two minutes later, senior forward Julia Schnugg had Cal's best chance to score in the first half. Schnugg, who played her first two seasons at Florida State, received a pass from freshman midfielder Kelly Menachof and dribbled the ball into the penalty box. With only the keeper to beat, Schnugg shot the ball from 10 yards just left of the goal.
The Seminoles became the first team to score three goals in a half on the Bears this season in the 27th minute. Toby Ranck delivered a cross from the left wing to the far post, and Mami Yamaguchi headed the ball into the net.
Menachof had a shot blocked from eight yards in the fourth minute, and junior defender Caroline Lea's header off a free kick sailed to the left of the goal in the 34th minute. Lea left the game with a knee injury on the play and didn't return.
Florida State held a 16-12 shot advantage for the game. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Nicole Jarbo, who made her second start of her Cal career, grabbed two saves, while Mims also recorded two saves for Florida State.
Today marked the final contest of seven Cal players' careers - Nadia Al-Lami, Anna Key, Alivia Mazura, Ratican, Schnugg, Jenny Wendell and Bri Wiles. The Bears advanced to three NCAA Tournaments, including the third round in 2005, and won at least 11 games three times during the seniors' careers.
Cal Women's Soccer Result#21 California 0 1 -- 1#5 Florida State 3 0 -- 3
Scoring SummaryFSU Selin Kuralay 6:52FSU India Trotter (Selin Kuralay) 10:55FSU Mami Yamaguchi (Ranck) 26:27Cal Katie Ratican 48:14
Shots: Cal 12 (Lisa Kevorkian 4), FSU 16 (Katrin Schmidt, Selin Kuralay 3)Shots on Goal: Cal 3 (Lisa Kevorkian 2), FSU 5 (five players with 1 each)Saves: Cal 2 (Nicole Jarbo 2), FSU 2 (Ali Mims 2)CK: Cal 4, FSU 5.Fouls: Cal 16, FSU 15.Offsides: Cal 0, FSU 1.Yellow Cards: Cal none, FSU Colette Swensen 77:17.Red Cards: None.Records: Cal 12-5-5 (3-3-3 Pac-10), FSU 16-3-4 (5-2-3 ACC)Attendance: 825.