Oct. 25, 2005
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SERIES RECORD: First Meeting
IN TALLAHASSEE: First Meeting
WIN STREAK: First Meeting
LAST MEETING: First Meeting
THE PRO AND SO-CON
This is the first-ever meeting between the Seminoles and the Citadel in soccer. The two schools did meet earlier this year on the football field. Tuesday night’s game will mark the first time FSU’s soccer and football teams have played out of conference opponents from the same school in the same season (excluding traditional rivals Miami and Florida). Despite never facing the Bulldogs FSU does have a long history versus Southern Conference schools. The Seminoles are 6-3 all-time versus the So-Con but they have not faced a Southern Conference school since 1997. That year Florida State faced five Southern Conference teams and went 3-2 against the group. Against non-conference competition, Florida State is 35-17-3 in the first-ever meeting with an opponent. Since 2000, FSU is 11-8-1 against first time opponents but half those losses came against Penn State, Portland, UConn and Santa Clara which are four of the top 10 programs in soccer today. The last time FSU lost at home to a first time opponent was in 2003 when the Seminoles opened the season with back-to-back losses against USC and Penn State.
TOPPLING THE TOP 25
FSU’s wins over top 25 teams Wake Forest and Duke this past weekend were huge victories for the team. On top of putting the Seminoles in uncharted waters for overall wins, ACC wins and conference tournament positioning, it gave Florida State four wins over teams ranked in the top 25 of the NSCAA this year. The last time Florida State beat four NSCAA ranked teams in the regular season was in 2000. Not only have they beat four NSCAA ranked teams in 2005, FSU has beaten three of those ranked teams in the last four games. In 2000 FSU beat three top 10 teams and one top 20 squad. This season Florida State has victories over two top 10 teams, one top 15 team and one top 25 team. So far in 2005 the Seminoles have defeated more top 25 NCSAA sides than they did the last two regular seasons combined. This was just the second time in team history that FSU won back-to-back regular season games versus top 25 squads. The last time that happened was 2004 when FSU opened the season with home wins over No. 8 Tennessee and No. 14 Arizona State. Since 2000, FSU has played an astonishing 19 sets of games versus ranked opponents and posted a 15-20-3 record in those games. Against the toughest competition on its schedule in back-to-back games, FSU has won over 43% of those contests. This past weekend marked just the sixth time in the last six seasons when FSU has played back-to-back games versus ranked opponents with both matches taking place at home. In consecutive home games versus top 25 competition, FSU has posted a 5-5 record since 2000.
THEY JUST KEEP COMING
As quickly as the wins keep rolling in for the Seminoles the records are falling. No matter what happens in the next two games, the 2005 Seminoles have now set records for the most regular season wins, the best regular season winning percentage, the fewest losses, the most ACC wins and the highest ACC winning percentage. Even if Florida State goes 0-2 in their final matches, FSU will still finish the season with a winning percentage above .700 for the first time in program history. This is the first season since 2000 that FSU has set new records for winning percentage in both regular season and ACC play. Florida State‘s current overall winning percentage is over 180 percentage points higher than the all-time record for winning percentage in a regular season. If the Seminoles are able to win out, they will have the second-most victories ever including postseason games only one behind the team that won six postseason games en route to the College Cup.
YR REC WIN % YR REC WIN %
2005 14-2-0 .875 2005 7-2-0 .778
2004 12-5-1 .694 2003 4-2-1 .643
2001 13-6-0 .684 2004 5-3-1 .611
2000 12-6-1 .658 2001 4-3-0 .571
2002 11-5-3 .658 2002 3-3-1 .500
1996 12-6-1 .658 2000 2-4-1 .357
2003 11-6-1 .639 1998 1-5-1 .214
1999 9-9-1 .500 1996 2-5-0 .286
1998 7-10-3 .425 1999 0-6-1 .071
1997 8-11-0 .421 1997 0-7-0 .000
1995 4-13-1 .250 1995 0-7-0 .000
STREAK NOT FOR THE WEAK
The Seminoles are right in the middle of the most impressive ACC streak of the season and not just by their standards. Florida State‘s six-game ACC win streak is tied with North Carolina for the longest streak of the year and it is the longest active streak as well. The run is even more amazing in the context of ACC history. While the conference has expanded, which means more games, ACC teams have played at least six conference games a season for the last 12 years. Outside of North Carolina, only one team besides Florida State has EVER won six straight ACC games. NC State did it in 1995. The Wolfpack started out 0-1 and then won their next six. The streak is not just the longest ACC win streak in school history it is also the longest unbeaten streak as well. The previous record for an ACC win streak was three and that was set in 2001. Prior to that FSU had never won more than two straight. The longest conference unbeaten streak was set by last year’s team that went 4-0-1 over a five game span. If the Seminoles are able to get a result versus the Citadel Tuesday, they will have won their seventh straight game overall, tying the school record for the longest winning streak set earlier this season. FSU had never put together two win streaks longer than four games in the same season and only one team did that before (in 2002). With a win versus the Bulldogs, the Seminoles will have two seven game streaks in a matter of 17 games.
With all the offense the 2005 Seminoles are generating, it is easy to overlook the job that FSU’s back four and goalkeeper are doing this season. Teresa Rivera, Kelly Rowland, Sarah Wagenfuhr and Katrin Schmidt have started every game in front of keeper Ali Mims for FSU this year and the line-up is working in record fashion. The Seminoles have allowed just 13 goals this year challenging the record set by last year’s team which allowed just 21 in 20 games. Coming into 2005, FSU had allowed more than one goal to at least five opponents every year in regular season games. This year there have been only two games all season where FSU has given up more than one goal. The 2005 team has seven shutouts already and is just two away from tying the record set last season. Their GAA of 0.80 is also well ahead of the school record of 1.02 set last season. The key to FSU’s success is obvious. When you limit an opponent’s opportunities to score, they will score less. The stat that bears that out is opponent shots. Through 16 games, FSU’s opponents have taken 135 shots, which is 66 shots below the record set in 1996. No team in school history has ever given up fewer than 200 shots in a season.
Year Opps. w/ 2+ goals Shots Allowed
2005 2 135
2004 6 219
2003 5 294
2002 8 277
2001 10 324
2000 7 345
1999 7 264
1998 13 226
1997 11 259
1996 7 201
1995 11 451
THAT WAS QUICK
When it comes to racing up the single season record charts, Sel Kuralay is as quick as they come in Garnet & Gold. With her 12th goal and 29th point, she is now in the top five for both categories in FSU’s single season record book. That isn’t the only place in the record books where you’ll find Kuralay now. Her goal versus No. 6 Duke came just 10 seconds into the second half making it the quickest goal ever scored by an FSU player in any half or overtime period. The goal was so huge because FSU and Duke were stuck in an epic scoreless battle before the Australian National Team player broke the ice in a game FSU went on to win on double OT. The previous record for the quickest second half was 46:00 and the quickest FSU goal ever scored in any period was 41 seconds into the first half.