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Florida State Faces Florida Gulf Coast Sunday Afternoon

Sept. 19, 2008

Game Notes Week 5 in PDF Format

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Eighth-ranked Florida State (5-1-1) wraps up its regular season non-conference schedule this weekend as the Seminoles host Florida Gulf Coast (5-1-0) on Sunday, September 21 at 1:00 p.m. The Seminoles and Eagles square-off for the first time in school history while Sunday’s match marks the only time in 2008 that FSU will face a school from the Atlantic-Sun Conference.

Florida State Seminole Soccer Information
Sunday, September 21, 1:00 pm EST – Florida Gulf Coast (5-1-0) at #8 Florida State (5-1-1)
Series Record: First meeting
Live Stats: Gametracker
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* This marks the first meeting between Florida State and Florida Gulf Coast as both teams enter Sunday’s contest with five wins enter their belt. The Eagles sit atop the Atlantic-Sun Conference with an overall record of 5-1-0.

* Both schools have played superb defense in the early portion of the season allowing a combined eight goals between them both. The Seminoles are tied for fourth in the ACC with four shutouts while the Eagles have matched that feat with four shutouts of their own. Since dropping a 1-0 decision to Buffalo, FGCU has not allowed a goal in four straight games, a span covering 360 minutes.

* FSU is 23-1-0 (.958) all-time against current teams from the A-Sun Conference facing Kennesaw St. (1-0), Mercer (3-0), UNF (2-0), Stetson (5-0) and Jacksonville

Florida State and Florida Gulf Coast will square-off for the first time on Sunday, September 21 in Tallahassee, Fla. The match marks the final first-time opponent the Seminoles will face in 2008 with the first coming just last week in a 3-3 tie against South Carolina in Auburn, Ala. FSU has fared well when facing a team for the first-time posting an all-time record of 42-27-4. The Garnet & Gold was a perfect 5-0 when facing teams for the first time a season ago (d. Cal State Northridge, 6-1; d. Francis Marion, 10-0; d. Troy, 8-0; d. Kennesaw State – NCAA, 3-0; d. Texas – NCAA, 4-0).

The Florida State offense had a record breaking season in 2007 setting school records for points (233), goals (81) and assists (71). The Seminoles finished the season averaging 3.00 goals per game, good for the second highest scoring offense in the nation. If the offensive production in the first seven games of 2008 are any indication of what’s in store for the rest of the season then the record books will be making adjustments yet again. The Seminoles have tallied 71 points on 23 goals and 25 assists through the first seven games and rank 12th in the nation in scoring offense averaging 3.29 goals per contest. The 23 goals are tied for the third most goals scored through the first seven games in school history.

With the departure of 2007 MAC Hermann Trophy Winner Mami Yamaguchi following her junior campaign, the big question heading into 2008 was who was going to lead the Seminole team in scoring? After just seven games, the Seminoles have recorded six multi-goal performances by four different players (Amanda DaCosta, Casey Short, Tiffany McCarty and Sanna Talonen), while eight players have tallied at least one multi-point performance (DaCosta, Short, McCarty, Talonen, Tori Huster, Jessica Price, Lauren Switzer). Switzer leads all Seminoles players with three multi-point performances as the junior midfielder picked up four points in the season opener against UCF, three points in a home victory over FIU and two more on two assists in a road victory over Auburn. Through the first seven games, 14 players have recorded at least one point. Ten players have tallied at least one goal and 13 players have at least one assist.

For Complete Notes please see the above PDF.

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