Aug. 22, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – The 2008 season opens on Sunday, August 24 as Florida State plays host to UCF at the Seminole Soccer Complex. This marks the 10th all-time meeting between the Seminoles and Knights with FSU leading the overall series with a record of 6-2-1. This is the first time the two schools have opened the season against one another.
Florida State is unbeaten in its last three matches against UCF (2-0-1) while winning its last home meeting against the Knights (2-0) in 2006. UCF’s lone win in Tallahassee came in 2004 as the Knights defeated the Seminoles 3-2.
Last year, the two teams played to a 3-3 tie in Orlando a season ago. Florida State scored three first half goals (Mami Yamaguchi ’19, Sanna Talonen ’25, Kirsten van de Ven ’26) while the Knights erased a two-goal deficit in the second half notching the tying goal with less than four minutes remaining in the match.
SERIES KEY NOTES
* Head coach Mark Krikorian owns an all-time record of 2-0-1 against the Knights, while UCF head coach Amanda Cromwell is 1-6-1 against FSU since arriving in Orlando.
* Of the 23 student-athletes on the opening day roster, senior Sarah Wagenfuhr has seen the most action against UCF playing every minute of every game over the last three years, a total covering 290 minutes. Sophomore Sanna Talonen played a season-high 96 minutes against the Knights in Orlando last year registering a goal on four shots, including three shots on goal. Erika Sutton and Katrin Schmidt each recorded an assist in last year’s draw, while combining for three shots. Annie Stalzer and Becky Edwards have also played at least one game against the Knights in their career.
OPENING DAY RECORDS
Florida State has posted a record of 7-5-1 on opening day including a mark of 5-1-1 when opening the season at home. The Seminoles are 2-1-0 on opening day under head coach Mark Krikorian with one of those wins coming on their home turf. In his debut as Seminole head coach in 2005, FSU defeated nationally ranked Southern California 4-0 in Los Angeles. In 2006, FSU began the season in fine fashion downing reigning national champions and top ranked Portland 2-1 in Tallahassee. Last year, the Pilots avenged their loss in Portland defeating the Seminoles 2-1 in overtime. Home has been kind to the Seminoles on opening day as FSU has won two in a row and is unbeaten in six of their last seven contests. Their lone season opening loss at home came in 2003 as Southern California clipped Florida State 2-1. Friday’s match against UCF will mark the first East Coast team to travel to Tallahassee on opening day since 2001 (George Mason). The last four Seminole home openers have come against West Coast schools (Portland – 2006, Arizona State – 2004, Southern California – 2003, Oregon State 2002).
WHO’S BACK AND WHO’S NOT IN 2008
Florida State returns eight starters and 13 letterwinners from last year’s squad that advanced to the national championship game for the first time in school history. The Seminoles also return just three seniors in 2008, the smallest senior class since 2003 and 2005 when Florida State listed two seniors on the roster. Ironically, in both those seasons FSU made it to the College Cup. The three seniors include Katrin Schmidt, Erika Sutton and captain Sarah Wagenfuhr.
The Garnet and Gold will look to build off last year’s high powered offense that set school records for points (233), goals (81), assists (71), shots on goal (202) and scoring margin (+2.04). It marked the first time in ACC history that a school other than North Carolina led the league in every major offensive category.
Florida State returns 59.2% (138 of the 233 points) of its total scoring from last year as half of the top eight scorers in 2007 were freshmen. Sophomore forward Sanna Talonen, the 2007 Soccer America Freshman of the Year, is the top returning scorer for the Seminoles as she ranked second on the team with 42 points (18 goals, 6 assists).
Headlining this year’s defensive unit are three seniors (Katrin Schmidt, Sarah Wagenfuhr and Erika Sutton) and one junior (Becky Edwards). Sutton made 19 starts in the backline and 23 overall after transferring from San Diego State following her sophomore season in 2006. The Seminole defense allowed a goal or less in 18 of 27 games last year. FSU also registered 12 shutouts, the second highest total in school history, including a school record three shutouts in the NCAA Tournament.
The Seminoles will be without the services of 2007 MAC Hermann Trophy winner Mami Yamaguchi, who led the country in points (66), while finishing second in both goals (24) and assists (18). Also, Freshman All-American goalkeeper Erin McNulty will red-shirt the 2008 season as she competes with the Canadian U-20 National Team in preparation for the FIFA Youth World Cup in Chile in late November.
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