Sept. 2, 2005
“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.”
“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
“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
“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.