Oct. 8, 2005
Tallahassee, FL – The sixth-ranked FSU soccer team is on pace to set records for offensive production. The team has already scored more goals and recorded more points that than 2004 squad did in an entire season. The Seminoles have scored six goals in their last two ACC games and have now won three conference matches by two or more goals. They came into the season with only two wins in 10 years by more than one goal. Sunday will be the biggest test of the year for the FSU offense though as No. 8 Boston College (9-1-1, 3-1-0) comes to town. The Eagles have allowed a total of three goals all season and come into the game with nine shutouts. BC came into the week ranked fourth in the nation in GAA at 0.29.
“We are going to do our best to try and break down the back line but nobody has had much success doing that this year so we know it will be a challenge,” said the ACC’s leading goal scorer Sel Kuralay. “We will try to get in behind like we do every game. It is more about us being precise and sharp. We are capable of scoring goals. Against a great defense it becomes more about our attacking mind and commitment to getting pressure on their back line.”
The Seminole offense is coming off two of its best ACC showings of not only this season but in program history. Of FSU’s 21 ACC wins coming into the 2005 season, 19 were by just one goal. This season the Seminoles (10-2-0, 3-2-0) have won three of their conference matches by more than a goal with the last two wins by a combined score of 6-1. FSU has 10 goals in ACC games already, which is the second-highest single season total with five conference games still on the schedule.
“We feel really positive as an offense after our last two games,” said Holly Peltzer. “We got a lot of different people involved in the attack. We got some great service from the wide players. Versus Boston College they will limit our chances so we need to capitalize on our chances when we create them.”
“We are coming into this game feeling pretty good offensively,” said Kuralay. “Things started to get a lot better Thursday. We were penetrating the other team’s back line more than we did last week. Our confidence is rising and we need that considering the quality of the team we will be facing Sunday.”
This is the first-ever conference meeting between the teams but not the first meeting. Last season FSU and BC met in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Gainesville, FL. The teams played to a scoreless tie with the Eagles eliminating Florida State from the NCAA’s in the first round for the only time in school history after a shootout. FSU is 2-0 against the newly added ACC members in the first conference meeting and the Seminoles have yet to allow a goal in either of those matches.
“Seeing BC last year in the NCAA Tournament gave us a picture of what to expect,” said junior Rachel McDowell. “They are a very good team and obviously defend very well. We know it is going to be a tough game but seeing them last season, we have an idea of what to expect.”
“Boston College is a good team and we know they will be well prepared for our game Sunday,” said head coach Mark Krikorian.
The Eagles and Seminoles come into the match jockeying for position in the conference standings as the ACC race passes the halfway point. Boston College is currently sitting one game behind first place teams North Carolina and Virginia. Florida State is a full game behind BC and a loss would put the Seminoles 2 ½ games out of third place with just four matches left.
“Both teams are coming in battle tested but we both know we are going to have to raise our level with the conference race now heating up,” said Peltzer. “I expect this to be a very hard fought game between two very good teams.”
Fans will be able to follow the game on a free Internet audio broadcast, which will be available exclusively at www.seminoles.com. Campo will bring you the call beginning at 1:00 p.m. Live stats will also be available via Game Tracker. Admission to the game is free and for more information on the 2005 Seminole soccer team, log on to the official athletic site for Florida State University at www.seminoles.com.