Sept. 11, 2005
Ole Miss Game Notes |
GAME TRACKER: No. 11 FSU vs. Ole Miss
Oxford, MS – When the 11th-ranked FSU soccer team takes the field Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EST to face Ole Miss they will be looking to make program history. The Seminoles (5-0) are already off to the best start in the 11-year history of the program but a win versus the Rebels would set new records for the best winning streak in team history and the longest road winning streak in school history as well.
“We aren’t looking at setting any school records,” said senior defender Teresa Rivera. “We are looking at each game and only focusing on the team we play next. We are proud of the way we have started the season but none of us are satisfied. The season has just begun and while we are off to a good start, it is very early.”
If the 2005 Seminoles are to write their names in the record books, they will have to do it against a tough Ole Miss squad (4-1) who opened their season with four straight wins before dropping their most recent match 2-1 to St. Louis. They will also have to do it in the Rebels stadium as FSU plays its fourth road game of the season and its second in the last five days.
“We feel pretty comfortable being on the road,” said Rivera. “We started the season out in California and played two very good teams. We went to Orlando and faced a very tough UCF team. We have shown we can go on the road and get results. This is our sixth game and only two have them have been played in Tallahassee. We are comfortable being out of our element. We are confident of our abilities playing in tough environments.”
“Ole Miss is a great team and our games are always close,” said senior Alli Ferreri. “I expect the same thing today. They play hard and are always well coached. I think this will be another great test for us and I expect it to be a very close game.”
Florida State is off to not only its best start as far as wins and losses but also statistically. The Seminoles have outscored their competition 18-1 so far this season. The team is averaging almost 3.5 goals per game and the defense has shutout four of the first five opponents they have faced. Florida State will come into today’s match in the midst of a 290:19 shutout streak, which is the fifth longest in school history. Dating back to 2004, FSU has allowed just one goal in the last 670 minutes.
“We are proud of posting four shutouts in five games but today will be very tough,” said Rivera. “We aren’t overconfident because we have given up just one goal so far this season. We know there is still a lot of work to do but it is nice to see everyone is willing to put in the time and effort to keep improving.”
Sunday’s match will be the first of two games for FSU versus SEC competition. After facing Ole Miss, the Seminoles will get ready to take on SEC powerhouse and rival Florida Friday night in Gainesville (8:00 p.m. SUN Sports). FSU is 9-4 versus SEC teams since 2000 but the Garnet & Gold is just 3-7-1 all-time against SEC opponents on the road and both of these matches will be played away from home. FSU has one just one regular season road win against an SEC squad and that came against Auburn in 1999. The other two wins came against the Gators in NCAA postseason play.
“I think anytime we get to play teams from a great conference like the SEC it helps us get better,” said Ferreri. “Playing teams like USC, LMU and Ole Miss takes you out of your comfort zone because you aren’t as familiar with them. You can’t help but get excited when you go a play a school that has been as successful as Ole Miss especially at their field. The SEC is a great conference and Ole Miss is one of the best teams in that league.”
Sunday’s game is slated for a 1:00 p.m. EST start and Game Tracker will be available for the contest. Check out Seminoles.com for the Game Tracker link and all your Seminole soccer news.