Tenth-ranked Florida State turned up the heat Thursday night with a season-high six goals in their win over Clemson, 6-2 on Riggs Field. This win snapped FSU’s two-game ACC losing streak.
Tiffany McCarty recorded a career-high with three goals in the win as it marked the first hat trick by a Seminole in over two years when Becky Edwards netted three against Jacksonville in the 2009 season opener, according to FSU officials. The other three goals came off the foot of Jessica Price, Tori Huster and Janice Cayman.
“Six goals is a lot of goals,” McCarty told reporters. “But on the other end we had to score that many tonight because we got a little off balanced tonight and lost our focus halfway through the second half. All those goals helped us, but we are happy that we got three points.”
FSU ran out to a 5-0 lead before Clemson struck back with two unanswered goals in the second half to cut the deficit to three. McCarty silenced any thoughts of a Tiger comeback as she found the back of the net in the 88th minute for her third goal of the evening.
With three goals on the night, McCarty moved within two of the Seminole all-time record held by Cindy Schofield, who scored 40 from 1999 to 2002, according to seminole.com.
“I thought we came out and played pretty well tonight,” head coach Mark Krikorian told reporters. “We had a great start and finished the first half strong. We also came out strong to start the second half, scored two goals in the first 15 minutes of play and had control of the game. But then we got a little bit sloppy and allowed Clemson to get back in the game. It definitely changed the momentum. I thought their kids fought hard and did a great job battling, competing and making it difficult for us to play.”
“Tonight was definitely a confidence booster for us,” added McCarty. “I think the fact that we got three points is good in itself. Now we have to move on and bring our A-game against North Carolina next Thursday.”
Florida State will now have the week off before returning to the field to face No. 5 North Carolina on Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 pm.