(from a Georgia Tech release)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- In a much anticipated "Battle of the Undefeated" between No. 1 Georgia Tech and No. 7 Florida State, the game was tied at seven heading into the fourth quarter against setting up an exciting finish to this SELC showdown.
As the game progressed, the top-ranked Yellow Jackets clamped down defensively and exploded offensively to outscore the Seminoles, 4-1 in the last stanza to claim the 11-8 victory.
The opening quarter started fast for the Jackets, as they scored their first goal under a minute into the contest when freshman Gabe Banks ripped a high to high shot on a feed from Brian Connolly. The high powered Seminoles responded with a goal of their own to tie the game at one goal each early in the opening quarter.
The Seminoles scored once again to grab a one-goal advantage, but the Jackets would get the equalizer when Goggans snuck one past the FSU goalie. With the game tied, Tech jumped up a goal up on the hosts 20 seconds later on another goal from Goggans. With Tech leading 3-2, Banks get his second goal of the quarter for a two-goal cushion to close out the opening quarter.
The second quarter of play was all Seminoles.
They scored the quarter’s opening four goals on a variety of looks. The Tech defense was having issues containing the dynamic offense of Florida State. Down two goals with under a minute to play in the half, senior Sam Ford got free and ripped a waist high shot on a feed from Banks. Tech would enter their second straight game trailing at the half, this time 6-5.
The third quarter was much like the second half of last week's game against UConn. Tech’s defense would settle in and force some low angle and outside shots. FSU converted on a loose ball on the crease after a great save by goalie Dennis LiCalzi. But the Jackets offense would find its rhythm.
Georgia Tech scored first in the second half when senior Holland Frost raced through the Seminole defense to tie the game at six. Then Tim Peterson posted his first on the day to give Tech a short lived one-goal lead. A crease goal by FSU ended the scoring in the third as the teams entered the fourth quarter tied at seven.
The final stanza would be all Tech. Peterson ran off two straight goals in a four minute span to give Tech the two goal lead with seven minutes to play. FSU would answer to close the gap to 9-8. Then Connolly would sneak in behind the defense on a feed from Frost and score untouched on the doorstep to give Tech the two goal cushion once again.
In the closing minutes the defense played solid team defense and kept the Seminoles away from scoring anymore. Goggans would get his third of the day as FSU pressed out and Frost found him racing all alone to the empty net.
The win moves Tech to 8-0 and the team awaits a highly anticipated trip to Colorado in two weeks.
The Jackets were paced by two hat trick performances by Goggans and Peterson.