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FSU Soccer Goes After Best Start In Program History Saturday Night

Sept. 2, 2005


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Tallahassee, FLFor the second straight season and the third time in program history, the FSU soccer team has started a season 3-0. Saturday night they will go after an elusive fourth straight victory to start the year as no FSU squad has ever begun a season 4-0. In order to become the first to accomplish that goal, the Seminoles will have to get past the Mercer Bears (2-1) Saturday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex.





“We need to realize while we are off to a great start, we need to concentrate and stay focused,” said junior midfielder Toby Ranck. “If we let up, we can go from 3-0 to 3-3 in a very short period of time.”


 





Florida State‘s focus was very good Thursday night according to head coach Mark Krikorian. The Seminoles improved to 3-0 on the year with a resounding 7-0 win over Jacksonville University. The FSU offense continued to come up big as it has now tallied 13 goals in the first three games. That is the most goals ever scored by an FSU team through the first three games of a season.


 




“I think our team has a lot of great chemistry on and off the field,” said Ranck. “I think the chemistry we have off the field is showing in our play. Everyone is working hard and well with one another. We are all excited about everything that is going on so far.”


 





Team chemistry was one of the main concerns coming into the 2005 campaign. Not only did FSU bring in nine newcomers but with a short preseason and a new coach, chemistry was an issue. Adding to the problem was the fact that Viola Odebrecht and Katrin Schmidt didn’t arrive in America until preseason was halfway complete. Kirsten van de Van didn’t come to Tallahassee until the week of the season opener due to a commitment to the Dutch National Team.


 





“I think the chemistry has developed a lot quicker than I thought it would,” said Ranck. “Our new players have become a part of this team so quickly and that is a credit to them. The returners are also doing their part to make it an easy transition for the nine new players.”


 





The offense has done its part but so has a revamped Seminole backline. With two new defenders stepping in and Ali Mims returning from two years worth of surgeries, the cohesion defensively has been as good as anyone could have hoped. The Seminoles have allowed just one goal in three games. Their two shutouts are also the most ever posted by an FSU defense through the first three games of the year.


 





“We feel pretty confident in the back,” said freshman center back Sarah Wagenfuhr. “We are getting more comfortable with one another and starting to know each others tendencies. It is getting better every game but we are still striving to get better. We take pride in getting a shutout and that is our goal as a defensive group. We still need to do a better job of not letting players in behind us and keeping our shape more of the time but it is coming.”


 





Saturday’s game versus Mercer takes place just two days before the college football world turns its attention to Tallahassee for Monday night’s FSU/Miami game. It is the first football game of the year on campus and the first football game of any kind for many of the new international Seminole soccer players. Sophomore midfielder Melissa Samokishyn doesn’t think the big game looming on the horizon will be a problem.


 





“I don’t think it will be tough for us to focus,” said Samokishyn. “We will be fine as far as our focus is concerned. I think the start of classes this week prepared us for the focus we needed on the field and we showed Thursday night that we were able to handle that.”


 





There is no admission charge for regular season home games at the Seminole Soccer Complex. If you can’t attend games at the complex itself, it is easier than ever to follow FSU soccer from afar. Fans can watch every game, home and away, unfold exclusively on Game Tracker at seminoles.com. Also, the Mercer home game will be broadcast free of charge over Internet radio. Campo‘s call of the entire home schedule, with the exception of Wake Forest, will include all the game action and player interviews after the each game. Log on to Seminoles.com, the official athletic site for FSU sports, for more details.



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