Oct. 9, 2004
Sophomore Kelly Rowland could easily walk off with the team’s MVP trophy through the first 12 games of the year. The centeral defender has teamed with Katie Beal to form a vice in the center of the FSU defense. She has been the most consistent player in the back four but that is not where her contribution ends. Her game-winning assist versus Wake Forest was Rowland’s team leading seventh assist of the season and with six regular season games left to play, the sophomore defender is just four assists away from tying the single season mark. She now has 11 career assists with eight coming off throw-ins. This season three of her seven assists have come on the ground. Rowland is now just one assist away from equalling the 12 career assists fellow central defender Katie Beal amassed in her three-plus seasons.Rowland’s seven assists are equal to the total of the second and thrid leading assisters on the FSU roster in 2004.
THAT SEEMS FAMILIAR
Florida State’s shutout of Wake Forest was the first ACC shutout of the year for FSU but the sixth clean sheet in 12 games this season. The Tribe has now gone the last 192:28 without allowing a goal. The shuout dropped the team’s GAA to an amzing 0.75. The Tribe is playing its best defense at the right time with a high scoring Virginia Tech team coming in to play today. Last season FSU recorded its first ACC shutout of the season at home October 10 in a 3-0 win over Duke. The Seminoles then went four more games, three in conference, without allowing another goal. That streak resulted in FSU setting school records for consecutive shutout minutes (627:34) and consecutive shutout minutes in ACC play (532:29). Not only did the 2003 and 2004 teams record their first ACC shutout on almost the same day (October 8, 2004 and October 10, 2003) but both came at nearly the same point on the ACC schedule. Last year the shutout came in the third ACC game and this year it came in the fourth. Last season’s FSU team set the single season record at FSU for shutouts (9) and ACC shutouts (4) but that team didn’t record its sixth shutout until October 24 and 16 games into the year.
STILL ON TRACK
With the win over Wake Forest Friday, FSU equalled the best start in team history through 12 games. The 1996 team started the year 9-3-1 through 13 games and that is the record through a 13 game span. With a win over the Hokies, FSU would set a new record and become the earliest team in school history to reach 10 wins. The record for regular season wins was set by the 2001 team who won 13 regular season matches. The 2004 Seminoles already have nine wins with six games still to be played. The Tribe would obviously have to make a big run to break that record by going 5-1 in those six games. The combined record of FSU’s last six opponents is 41-19-5 but that record falls to 30-19-4 when you remove No. 1 North Carolina and their 11-0-1 record from the equation.
Sophomore Julia Schnugg continues to blossom in her second year at Florida State. The forward is leading the team with 11 points and tied for the team lead with four goals. She is also tied for the team lead with three game-winning goals. She is just two goals shy of equaling her total from freshman year. That is nothing compared to what she is doing in ACC play. In just three games, Schnugg has not only scored two goals but both of her goals have been game-winners versus Wake Forest and Clemson. She has already scored more goals and game-winning goals in ACC play than she did in all of 2003. Her 13 shots in three ACC games are almost twice as many as any one else on the squad and her shots on goal lead the team as well. Schnugg has been scoring at the most important times for FSU as well. All three of her game winning goals have been in FSU’s three wins over ranked teams. In fact, all four of Schnugg’s goals this season have come in games versus ranked opponents. She socred twice versus Arizona State, ranked 14th at the time, and then game-winners versus then-No. 7 Clemson and No. 22 Wake Forest. Of her 10 career goals, seven have now come against ranked or NCAA Tournament teams. All five of her game-winning goals have been huge as well. This year all three came against ranked teams and her two last year came against a ranked Ole Miss team and versus Dartmouth in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.