September 23, 2005 - by
GAME NOTES: No. 7 FSU Looks To Extend Unbeaten Streak Versus NC State To Seven On Sunday

Sept. 23, 2005


  • NC State Game Notes

  • NORTH CAROLINA STATE


    SERIES RECORD: FSU leads 5-3-2


    IN TALLAHASSEE: FSU leads 3-0-1


    WIN STREAK: FSU has won 4 in a row


    LAST MEETING: FSU 3 NCST 2 (2004)


     


    TURNING THE TIDE


    After Thursday night’s ACC opener versus a Carolina squad that holds a sizeable advantage in the all-time series, the Seminoles welcome in an NC State squad that they have had a little more success against. NC State is the only original ACC school that FSU has a lifetime winning record against. The Seminoles hold a 5-3-2 edge against NC State after last season’s 3-2 win in Raleigh. Florida State has never lost at home to the Wolfpack (3-0-1) making them the only original ACC team to have never won in Tallahassee. In regular season games over the last six years, FSU has posted a 4-0-2 record against NC State, which is Florida State‘s best record versus any other original ACC school over the last six meetings. Despite the lopsided record, with the exception of one game, every one of the last seven meetings has either ended in a tie, gone to overtime or been a one-goal game. The only exception came in 2002. The Tribe exploded for five goals that day and downed NC State 5-1. It was the most goals ever scored by either team in the series. Florida State has played NC State twice in 10 years in a game immediately following a match versus North Carolina and gone 1-1 in those games. In 1995, FSU’s inaugural season of soccer, the Seminoles lost both games. In 2002, FSU lost 5-1 to the Heels and then turned around and beat NC State 5-1 three days later.


     


    THE LAST SIX


    NCST      4-0-2    .833


    CLEM     4-1-1    .750


    MARY    4-1-1    .750


    DUKE     2-3-1    .417


    WAKE    1-2-3    .417


    UVA       0-5-1    .083


    UNC       0-6-0    .000


    vs original ACC schools


     


    ATTACK THE PACK


    Sunday’s meeting between NC State and FSU is just the 11th in program history. That is the fewest games FSU has played against any ACC team coming into the season (FSU has also faced Duke just 10 times). Despite the fact they have met so few times, FSU has scored the second-most goals as a team in the series with the Pack compared to every other series with an ACC school. The Seminoles have scored 19 times against NC State in 10 meetings. They have only recorded more goals versus Maryland scoring 20 in 13 games. Florida State averages 1.90 goals per game against the Pack, the highest average for the Seminoles among the original ACC schools. Florida State has only been shutout twice in the ten meetings between the programs and just once in the last nine games. The only other ACC school that FSU has failed to score against in as few games is Wake who has also shutout the Seminoles twice in the series. The last time NC State held FSU without a goal was in 2000 when the teams tied 0-0.


     


    GOALS VS. THE ACC


    School     Goals    GPG  SO


    NCST      19         1.90   2


    MARY    20         1.54   4


    DUKE     12         1.20   4


    WAKE    14         1.17   2


    CLEM     14         1.08   6


    UVA       10         0.83   6


    UNC       10         0.56   11


    vs original ACC schools


     


    PACK TRAP?


    Despite recent success versus the Wolfpack, the Seminoles need to be very weary of Sunday’s match. Not only is the team coming off a disappointing game versus No. 1 UNC but traditionally the team has not fared well in its second ACC game of any season. Florida State is 1-8-1 all-time in its second ACC game with its only win in such a game coming in 2001 versus NC State. Since 2000, FSU has gone 18-15-4 overall in the ACC (a .541 winning percentage) but just 1-3-1 in its second conference game of the season (a .030 winning percentage). There really is no pattern either to explain the struggles. Four of the 10 games have been played at home and those 10 matches have been played against five different ACC teams. From 1995 to 2000, FSU lost every ACC opener and followed each of those games with a loss the next time out. From 2001 to 2004, FSU won every ACC opener and only followed one of those conference opening victories with another win. That was obviously the 2001 season when FSU beat Clemson on the road and then NC State at home. That year the Seminoles opened conference play 3-0 for the only time in school history. Florida State was shutout in each second game the first three years they were in the ACC. After that, FSU at least scored a goal in six straight matches. That streak came to an end last year when Virginia beat FSU 1-0 at the Seminole Soccer Complex in FSU’s second conference match of the 2004 campaign.


     


    BOUNCE BACK


    While the loss to UNC was disappointing, the Seminoles must quickly shift their focus to NC State. The Wolfpack won their conference opener Thursday night with a 1-0 overtime win over Miami so FSU needs to bounce back to stay in the thick of the early ACC race. In the last three seasons coming into 2005, FSU has played 23 ACC games and on only two occasions have the Seminoles lost back-to-back conference matches. That is a pretty amazing accomplishment considering FSU lost back-to-back ACC games 26 times from 1995-2001. From 2002-2004, FSU has gone 3-2 in an ACC game following a conference loss (on three occasions in that span FSU closed conference play with a defeat). The last three times FSU has played NC State they have come into that game off of an ACC  loss or tie and gone on to win all three games versus the Wolfpack. The last two seasons North Carolina has ended FSU’s ACC slate with a loss and only once in seven tries has FSU followed a loss to Carolina with a win in their next ACC game. That came in 2002 when FSU fell to UNC 5-1 and then beat NC State 5-1. The 95 season was the only time FSU lost back-to-back games to UNC and NC State. The theory seems to work in reverse too. In 2000, FSU beat the Tar Heels and followed that game with a 2-0 loss at Maryland. Overall, FSU is 0-8 in ACC games following a match against UNC. Following a UNC game versus any competition the Seminoles are 5-5 in those matches. Following the first loss of a season whether it is an ACC game or not, FSU has gone 5-5 in its next match and 2-1 over the last three years.


     


    SMALL VICTORIES


    Nobody in the Seminole soccer locker room or coaches’ offices is happy about a 4-1 loss even at the hands of consensus No. 1 North Carolina. The Heels used a three goal outburst in a span of just 2:49 at the end of the first half to spoil any of FSU’s upset dreams. Despite the loss, the game was historic in the “small victories” category for Florida State. FSU’s nine shots in the first half were more than the team had taken in any 90 minutes of the previous 17 meetings. There was only one time FSU recorded nine shots in an entire game and that was its double overtime win in 2000 when they recorded nine shots in 113:02. The Seminoles set a series record with 14 shots in the game and eight of those were on goal, which almost doubled the previous high of five set in the double OT game in 2000. For the first time in 18 meetings, FSU out shot the Tar Heels becoming the first team to do that since Wake Forest out shot UNC 19-14 in a loss in 2002. Florida State forced UNC keeper Aly Winget to make seven saves, the most she had to make since September 22, 2002 and just one shy of her career high. To put that stat in perspective, no UNC keeper had ever recorded more than four saves in an entire game versus FSU coming into Friday night’s match. In the first half alone, FSU put six shots on goal, which was more than any Seminole squad in history had put on frame for an entire game.


     


    Individually, Sel Kuralay had a record-setting night. The Australian Olympian came just inches away from scoring on two occasions but her five shots were the most ever recorded by a Seminole in a match versus UNC. Kuralay and India Trotter also tied a Seminole record by putting two shots on frame. It marks just the fifth time a Seminole has recorded two shots on goal and the first time that two FSU players have done it in the same match. One of Trotter’s shots on goal gave FSU its lone goal of the game, making her one of only two players in school history with two shots on goal with one of those shots actually finding the back of the net. The other player was Kelly Rowland who scored twice on her two SOG’s in the 2003 ACC Championship final.


     


    TROTTING ALONG


    India Trotter‘s breakout season continued Thursday night against the Tar Heels. With her 76th minute goal, Trotter raised her goal total to six on the season and increased her point total to 15. In just eight games Trotter now has twice as many goals as she had in the first two years of her career and three more points than she had amassed in 46 games entering 2005. She has already set single season career highs for goals (6), points (15) and shots on goal (12). Her six goals would be tied for the second-most recorded by a Seminole in 20 games last season and is just one shy of the 2004 team leader’s seven goals. Trotter is now averaging .75 goals per game, which would be the second-highest single season average if that number were to hold up all season. Teammate Sel Kuralay is on pace to not only set but smash that record as she is averaging 1.12 goals per game, which is 0.40 better than the all-time record set in 2001 by Cindy Schofield (0.71).


     


    SPEAKING OF SEL


    Sel Kuralay came just inches away from not only her 10th goal of the season but possibly her 11th as well Thursday night against UNC. While she was just inches off on both occasions, that can’t put a damper on what the sophomore has done through eight games. With nine goals in just eight games, Kuralay already ranks seventh on the Seminole single season list for goals scored. Her tenth goal of the year would move her into a tie for sixth place. No player in Seminole soccer history has ever recorded more than four goals in the first eight games of a season and Kuralay already has nine. In Leah Gallegos’ record-setting 2003 season, the striker had scored only four of her 18 goals by the time FSU had finished its eighth match of that year. Kuralay has equaled the FSU record for the most goals ever scored by a Seminole in an eight game stretch at any point of the season. Leah Gallegos and Cindy Schofield are the only two Seminoles to ever accomplish that feat but Kuralay has done it in the first eight games of her FSU career, which no FSU player has ever done. 


     


     SINGLE SESON GOALS


    1. Leah Gallegos 18 (2003)


    2. Cindy Schofield 17 (2001)


    3. Cindy Schofield 15 (2002)


    4. Kelley Poole 14 (1996)


    5. Emma Breland 12 (2000)


    6. Camie Bybee 10 (2001)


    7. Sel Kuralay 9 (2005)


       Maren Vik Edvardsen 9 (1999)


       Kasey McCall 9 (1996)


    10. Camie Bybee 8 (2003)


     


    MOST GOALS IN 8 GAMES


    Sel Kuralay                  9 (2005)


    Leah Gallegos               9 (2003)


    Cindy Schofield             9 (2001)


    Cindy Schofield             8 (2002)


    Kasey Poole                 7 (1996)


    Emma Breland              6 (2000)


     


    NOT A SEAT TO SPARE


    One of the highlights of Florida State‘s game with North Carolina Thursday night had nothing to do with some encouraging play on the field. The Seminoles smashed the single game attendance record Thursday as 1,912 fans braved the rain to come out to the match. It was just the second time in school history that over 1,600 fans came out to a game and Thursday night’s attendance beat the previous record of 1,603 by a whopping 309 fans. Florida State has now had four crowds of over 1,500 and three of those packed houses have been for games against the Tar Heels. Coming into the game, FSU had won both of its matches with a crowd of over 1,580 in attendance. The previous record crowd saw FSU defeat Florida 2-1 in 2002. The second-largest crowd witnessed FSU’s historic upset of UNC in 2000 3-2 in OT. Due to conference expansion, this is the second straight season North Carolina has traveled to Tallahassee and in those two games 3,416 soccer fans have attended the games.

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