FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2006
Women's soccer falls in first round of NCAA Tournament to Florida State, 6-0

Nov. 10, 2006

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 5 Florida State Seminoles scored four first-half goals en route to a 6-0 victory over the Jacksonville University women's soccer team in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex in Tallahassee, Fla.

The Dolphins (11-10-1) end their 2006 season after producing their fifth-best win total in school history to win their second Atlantic Sun Conference title, while the Seminoles (15-3-4) will face the winner of Cal and Auburn on Sunday.

Senior Michelle Kmiotek, the A-Sun tournament MVP, tallied nine saves in her final match and sophomore Michelle Lavine led the offense with two shots.

Kmiotek's saves brings her to 173 on the season to give her a program-best total of 362. Her total also ranks third all-time in the A-Sun. She had a career-high nine shutouts in 2006 to record a school-high 18 for her tenure, which is ninth all-time in conference history.

"Overall, I am proud of all the girls' achievements this season," said JU head coach Chris Kouns. "With nine girls sick, we are disappointed that we couldn't give our best effort, but I'm happy our team got to the tournament because no one expected it with our young squad.

"I am also glad that our seniors finished their career by winning the conference title and making the NCAA tournament. I appreciate all the things they did for us and happy that our team helped them go out on top."

The Seminoles led 1-0 in the first half when Katrin Schmidt scored her third goal of the season in the 23rd minute in the top of the net on a pass by Kelly Rowland.

Schmidt added her second goal of the match after a free kick with an assist by Iraia Iturregia to extend the Seminoles lead to 3-0 with less than eight minutes remaining before the half. She finished the half by scoring in the back of the net at 43:02 from a pass by Kirsten van de Ven.

Florida State's Brittney Marriott scored an unassisted goal off a deflected pass from eight yards out less than two minutes into the second half and Victoria Damren scored in the 67th minute to complete the Seminoles' 6-0 win.

Lavine and freshman Jaime Kuykendall each gave the Dolphins their closet chances to score in the match. In the first half, Kuykendall hit the top of the crossbar on a free kick that bounced backward, while Lavine had a shot slightly deflected over the net in the final seconds of the match.

"We come on strong in the final minutes," Kouns said. "It was a great building block for our young team into next season.

"I told team after the match that we now have a high set of standards since we won the conference title. Everyone is going to be gunning for us so I want our team to achieve a winning mentality, which they can accomplish."