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October 28, 2012
Florida State knocks BC out of ACC

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Tiffany McCarty registered two goals as top-seeded Florida State took the first step in defending its conference championship Sunday afternoon shutting out eighth-seeded Boston College, 4-0, on a chilly day inside the Seminole Soccer Complex in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals.

After suffering its first loss of the season at the hands of the Eagles just 10 days ago in Massachusetts, the Seminoles got their revenge on Sunday scoring four times including twice each half, in rolling to the largest margin of victory in series history.

McCarty’s two goals made her the all-time leading scorer in points (10) and goals (5) in league championship play.

The Seminoles wasted very little time cracking the scoreboard on Sunday scoring two goals in the first five minutes courtesy of Brynjarsdottir and McCarty to take a commanding 2-0 lead.

"Especially when you’re on the road, you can’t get down two in the first five minutes," said Eagles coach Allison Foley. "You’re behind the eight ball with the fact that you’re traveling in the ACC. It puts you in a tough hole to dig out of. We adjusted our system after the first half, trying to get some more numbers forward. It created more opportunities but then again another set piece gets you down three. It was a tough day.”

The first goal came just one minute and five seconds into the start of the match following the first Florida State corner kick. Tiana Brockway sent a beautiful bending ball on goal that BC keeper Alexa Gaul had to make a play on as she punched the ball off the crossbar. The ball deflected back into the box to Kristin Grubka, who headed the ball across the six-yard box to Brynjarsdottir, who finished the play with a header of her own inside the right post for the goal. The goal marked the quickest goal scored by the Seminoles in an ACC Tournament game.

Florida State took a two goal lead just five minutes in following a double passing combination from keeper Kelsey Wys and Brynjarsdottir finished in the end by McCarty. Wys punted the ball beyond midfield where Brynjarsdottir ran under and flicked the ball ahead. McCarty timed her run perfectly off the header getting behind the Eagle defenders and playing the ball forward before lofting a shot passed the out stretched arms of Gaul and into the upper left corner for the goal.

FSU added to its lead in the 54th minute when a direct free kick by Tiana Brockway from long range found its way through a mass of players and into the back of the net for the goal. In a bizarre play that saw Grubka and Kassey Kallman charging into the box to make a play, the ball bounced once inside the 18-yard box and somehow found its way into the net as the Seminoles took a commanding 3-0 lead.

Four minutes later a header by Kallman off a corner nearly made it 4-0 Florida State but a save by an Eagle defender on the line kept the BC deficit at three.

The Seminoles continued to apply pressure in the 61st minute when Hikaru Murakami found McCarty on a great pass inside the 18-yard box. McCarty tried to beat Gaul with a bending shot to the right post but the Eagle keeper came up with a big save tipping the ball out of bounds.

Florida State capped the scoring in the 71st minute on McCarty’s second goal of the afternoon. The play began in the midfield with Murakami, who found Jessica Price with space to run. The senior forward sent the ball out wide to her left to Brynjarsdottir, who slotted a cross to an open McCarty, who one-timed the pass for the score to give FSU a four-goal cushion.

Possession remained in favor of Florida State for a majority of the match as the Seminoles finished with a 14-4 shots advantage. Victoria DiMartino had two of the Eagles four shots in the game.

Wys and Taylor Vancil combined for FSU’s 14th shutout this year to tie a single-season school record set twice before in 2006 and 2008. Both Seminole keepers were credited with a save. Alexa Gaul played 70:17, making three saves for the Eagles, while Jessica Mickelson went the rest of the way without making a save.

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