Women's soccer falls in exhibition opener against No. 6 Florida State

Aug. 24, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU's women's team dropped 2007 exhibition opener to No. 6 Florida State in a custom formatted contest Friday afternoon at The Ashley Sports Complex.

The game was broken up into three periods. The first two frames were 35 minutes and the third and final session was 30 minutes. After the first period, both teams practiced set pieces with the coaches on the field instructing.

"Overall I was pleased with the scrimmage today," said head coach Chris Kouns. Anytime you get to work against one of the best coaches in the country, Mark Krikorian, you know your team will be stretched and challenged, but that is what we wanted and that is how we will grow and improve. We could have chosen to play a lesser team, but when you can get this kind of experience this early in the year, it is only going to help us prepare for conference play."

After giving up two goals in the first period, the majority of the damage was done in the second period, where the Dolphins used a reserve lineup and allowed six goals. Florida State added another goal late in the third period.

"Obviously we played everyone today and the scored showed," Kouns said. "If we break it down by periods, it certainly shows learning opportunities on our part."

Florida State was led by a Kirsten van de Ven and Marissa Kazbour who combined for five goals, including a hat trick by van de Ven. Katrin Schmidt, Erica Sutton, Casey Lademann, and Margo McAuley also added a goal to the scoring.

"We are looking forward to learning more this week and getting even better when we open the season," said Kouns.

JU opens the 2007 regular season Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. against Presbyterian at The Ashley Sports Complex.