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NCAA TOURNAMENT MEDIA GUIDE: FSU’s Road To Second College Cup Goes Through North Carolina

Nov. 22, 2005


NCAA Quarterfinal Notes | Player Bios | Updated Stats


GREAT EIGHT


This is the second appearance for Florida State in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament and both trips have come in the last three seasons. Florida State is one of seven teams that have advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals at least twice in the last three years. FSU, Portland, North Carolina, Penn State and Notre Dame have each been to two of the last three quarterfinals. Only Santa Clara and UCLA have advanced to each of the last three. The last time FSU played in the round of eight they were once again on the road versus a traditional rival. In 2003 the Seminoles traveled to Gainesville to face the Gators with a trip to the College Cup on the line. FSU scored two second half goals en route to a 2-1 win and a trip to Cary. Since the College Cup began in 1999, FSU and Princeton are the only two teams to win in their first ever appearance in the round of eight. North Carolina and Notre Dame did that as well but both had been in the quarterfinals before the College Cup was started seven years ago. One of the trends going into this weekend’s game that isn’t boding well for the Seminoles concerns playing ACC opponents in the tournament. FSU has never defeated an ACC team in NCAA Tournament play. The Seminoles lost to Clemson in 2000 and 2001 and tied BC last season (the Eagles weren’t officially ACC members at that time). FSU would certainly like to have seen a SEC opponent since they are 6-0 life time against that conference in tournament play.


 


Quarterfinal Trips Since 2003


Santa Clara           3


UCLA                          3


Florida State      2


North Carolina       2


Portland                2


Notre Dame              2


Penn State                2


 


HEEL-O GREAT EIGHT


 


NORTH CAROLINA


SERIES RECORD: UNC leads 17-1


IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: Never met


WIN STREAK: UNC has won 8 in a row


LAST MEETING: UNC 4 FSU 1 (2005)


 


Earlier this year Florida State and North Carolina played the first game ever between the schools when both teams were undefeated. UNC used a three goal outburst in a matter of 2:49 before half to run away with a 4-1 win. The Tar Heels continued to own the series between the teams winning 17 of 18 matches. The only time FSU has ever defeated the Heels came in a game played in Tallahassee on a Tuesday night in 2000. While UNC has won eight in a row, two of the last four meetings have been decided by just one goal.


 


After going 0-9 and being outscored 62-3 from 1995 to 1999 against the Tar Heels, FSU has been outscored 30-9 since 2000 but still posted a record of just 1-8 in that span. Since 1995, the year FSU began its soccer program, no team in the country has faced North Carolina as many times as the Seminoles. Only one other school has played as many games against UNC in that span and that is Wake Forest who also has played 18 games versus the Heels in the last 11 seasons. The main reason for that are the seven meetings between the teams in the ACC Tournament. The first four were meetings between 1 and 8 seeds, with FSU being the eight in all four of those matches. Of the last three ACC Tournament meetings between the teams, two have come in the championship game and one has been in the semifinals. This will be the first time the teams have ever met in the NCAA Tournament.


 


Even though the teams have played one another 18 times, this will be just the sixth game between the squads in Chapel Hill. FSU and UNC have played more neutral site games than home games for either team in this series. The Seminoles have scored just two goals all time at Fetzer Field while surrendering 26. The last two trips to Fetzer were 4-1 and 1-0 losses for FSU, which isn’t bad compared to the first three defeats by a combined score of 21-1. On top of its own personal history while playing at UNC, the Seminoles will have to face an even bigger challenge as only two teams have ever defeated North Carolina in Chapel Hill in the NCAA Tournament. In 1995 Notre Dame defeated the Heels in the semifinals hosted by UNC. In 2004, it was Santa Clara who upended North Carolina in the third round of the tournament. While Santa Clara‘s round of 16 win may give Seminole fans some hope, UNC has never lost in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament in the history of NCAA women’s soccer.


 


The last time these two teams met in the postseason was 2004 when they battled for the ACC Championship. The game was an absolute joy to watch as No. 1 North Carolina and No. 6 Florida State played the closest ACC Final in 15 years up to that point. Florida State led the Heels after 50 minutes and according to UNC head coach Anson Dorrance he couldn’t remember ever trailing for that length of time (almost 23 minutes) in an ACC Final. The Seminoles became the first team to even score on the Tar Heels in an ACC Championship game in five years and they were the first team to score two goals on UNC in the championship game since 1994. The Tar Heels came into the ACC Final with a shutout streak that extended for over 540 minutes and they had won those six games by an average score of 4-0. In their 15 ACC Tournament finals, UNC had an average margin of victory of more than three goals every time coming into the 2004 championship. Kelly Rowland scored both of FSU’s goals and in turn became the first Seminole to ever score twice in a game versus Carolina and the first player to score two goals in a game versus UNC since Wake Forest’s Sarah Kosey did it October 10, 2002. After all was said and done, a late Cat Reddick PK gave UNC the 3-2 win.


 


ROUND TWO


This is the eighth time in 11 seasons that FSU will face off with North Carolina twice in one year and in five of the seven previous meetings FSU has fared just as well or better versus UNC the second time around. Every one of the second meetings between the teams came in the ACC Tournament and the only time FSU lost to the Heels in the regular season and then performed worst the next time was in 1995, FSU’s first season of play. In 2000 the Seminoles beat UNC in the regular season and lost in the ACC Championship semifinals. Every other time Florida State has shown improvement in the second match but every one was still a loss. Florida State has only lost to an NCAA Tournament opponent during the same regular season twice and they went 1-1 in the next meeting. In 2000 FSU lost to Clemson 3-2 in the regular season and 2-0 in the tournament. In 2003 the Seminoles lost to Florida 2-0 and then beat the Gators 2-1 in the quarterfinals. Head Coach Mark Krikorian has faced the same opponent in the regular season and the NCAA Tournament three times. Krikorian is 2-0 in rematches in the NCAA Tournament versus a team that defeated his squad in the regular season. In 1999, Krikorian’s Hartford team lost to Florida 5-0 and then beat the Gators in the opening round 1-0 and lost to Virginia (2-1) and then beat the Cavs 3-2 in the round of 16. In Krikorian’s career at Harford and Franklin Pierce, he has faced a team in the regular season and NCAA Tournament five times and has posted a 4-1 record in those postseason matches. The only loss came in 2000 when his Hartford team beat Harvard in the regular season and then lost to the Crimson in the opening round of the NCAA’s.


 


2nd Time Versus UNC


Year            1st Meeting                    2nd Meeting


1995         UNC 3-1                            UNC 9-0


1996         UNC 9-0                            UNC 7-1


1997         UNC 9-0                            UNC 5-0


1999         UNC 9-0                            UNC 4-0


2000         FSU 3-2                             UNC 3-0


2001         UNC 4-1                            UNC 4-1


2003         UNC 1-0                            UNC 3-2


2005         UNC 4-1                            ????????


 


2nd Meeting In NCAA’s


Year            Opponent          Reg.        NCAA


2000         Florida               W 3-2     W 2-1


2000         Clemson            L 3-2       L 2-0


2001         Clemson            W 3-2     L 1-0


2003         Florida               L 2-0       W 2-1


 


LIKE A FISH TO WATER


For a team that never played in the NCAA Tournament prior to this decade, Florida State is making its presence felt quickly. The Seminoles have been to six straight NCAA Tournaments, four round of 16’s, two quarterfinals and a College Cup in the last six seasons. They are one of just seven teams to make two of the last three quarterfinals, one of just 11 schools to advance to the third round four or more times since 2000 and one of just 15 schools to be invited to six straight NCAA Tournaments. Getting there is one thing but winning once you’re in is another. Few teams this decade have done a better job winning NCAA Tournament games than Florida State. Of the teams that have played 10 or more all-time games, FSU has the fifth-highest winning percentage of any team in NCAA Tournament history. Only the University of North Carolina, Notre Dame, Portland and UCLA have a better success rate in the tournament. FSU is in elite company. Only five teams have a winning percentage of .725 or better and three have won National Championships this decade (UNC, Notre Dame and Portland). Overall only six teams have won 70% of their NCAA Tournament games and that group includes four National Champions. Considering the fact that FSU has never gone through a tournament undefeated like Portland, UNC, Notre Dame and Santa Clara, it is amazing that their winning percentage is in the top five all-time.


 


NCAA TOURNEY WIN PCT.


North Carolina     .934


Notre Dame          .760


Portland                 .750


UCLA                      .742


Florida State   .735


Santa Clara           .723


Penn St                 .696


Florida                   .652


Tennessee            .625


Nebraska              .620


Connecticut          .615


Texas A&M           .574


George Mason     .563*


Colorado Col        .556*


Pepperdine           .545


Massachusetts    .531*


Michigan               .529*


Duke                      .500


Maryland               .500*


Washington          .500*


(teams with 10 or more games)


*- did not participate in 2005 Tournament Play


 


THE OLD AND THE NEW


After facing back-to-back first time opponents the last two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, the Seminoles won’t have to worry about being unfamiliar with their next opponent. Florida State has played more games versus UNC than any other opponent in their 11 year history and the same goes for the Tar Heels since 1995. Florida State has obviously fared well in the NCAA’s this season against first time opponents going 2-0 against Illinois and FAU. FSU was 2-1-1 all-time in the NCAA Tournament in those games coming into the season. The Seminoles have actually done better versus teams they have played before when it comes to the postseason. Florida State is 8-3 in NCAA tournament play against opponents they are familiar with. The team FSU is most familiar with outside of UNC is Florida and they have fared extremely well against the Gators in the NCAA’s going 2-0 versus their biggest rival. On the other hand, FSU is 0-2 in the tournament versus a Clemson team they have played 15 all-time matches against.


 


PACKING A PUNCH


This season’s Seminoles have already established new single season marks for goals and points. In three fewer matches, the 2005 team has bested the 2003 squad by four goals and two points. One of the reasons for that is the play of Sel Kuralay and India Trotter. For the first time in team history, FSU has two players with 12 or more goals in a season and if you add in Viola Odebrecht and her nine goals, FSU has three players with nine or more goals for the first time in program history. The previous record for most goals by a pair of teammates was 27 and that was set in 2001 when Cindy Schofield had 17 goals and Camie Bybee 10. This year Kuralay and Trotter have combined for 28 goals just one shy of the 29 goals scored by the entire squad last season. Only one team has ever produced even two players with nine or more goals in a year so the fact FSU has three in one campaign just shows how productive this year’s squad has been.


 


SECOND SIGHT


Florida State‘s victory over Cal once again showed how dangerous FSU is in the second half of games. With the two goals versus the Bears, Florida State now has 40 second half goals the most in school history and more than five other FSU teams scored all season. No Florida State team has ever recorded more than 32 goals in the second half of games prior to this season. FSU has scored the game-winning goal in the second half or overtime 10 times this year and seven of those games came versus teams that were ranked at some point. Florida State is outscoring teams by 32 goals in the second half and the other stats are even more one sided. In the second half, the Seminoles have taken 137 more shots than their opponents, 47 more corners and put an amazing 78 more shots on goal. FSU’s second half production is remarkable compared to their opponents and even compared to their own performance in the first half. This Seminole team’s goals increase by 82% in the second half, shots by 38%, corner kicks by 15% and shots on goal 98%. Defensively FSU is better in the second half as well. While they have allowed just one goal less in the second half compared to the first, the real stat that shows how good they have been is that this group has given up just one second half goal all season that cost FSU a game.


 


EVEN STINGIER


It didn’t seem the FSU defense could get any stingier but they have done just that so far in the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles are having the best defensive season in program history. Coming into the NCAA’s the team had allowed just 15 goals and posted a GAA of 0.74. That GAA would already be a record and the Seminoles have raised their defensive efforts up a notch the last three games. Florida State has a GAA of just 0.67 in the NCAA Tournament and has been just 15 minutes away from recording three shutouts. The Seminoles recorded an opening round clean sheet versus FAU and then surrendered goals in 2-0 games with 14:17 left versus Illinois and :37 left against Cal. Coming into 2005 the Seminoles had recorded four shutouts on the NCAA Tournament but never more than one in any postseason run. If they had been able to hold on for 37 more seconds versus the Bears, FSU would have had their second of the tourney.


 


GOT ANOTHER ONE


FSU’s win over No. 6 Cal in the third round of the NCAA Tournament marked the highest ranked team FSU has ever beaten in an NCAA Tournament game and the win gave Florida State seven wins over teams ranked in the top 25 of the NSCAA this year, which is a new single season record. The previous record for wins over NSCAA ranked teams in a season was five and set in 2000. Overall FSU has played 14 games versus teams ranked at one point during the season in any of the four polls. The Seminoles are 11-3 in those games. Not only has this squad beat seven NSCAA ranked teams in 2005, FSU has beaten six of those ranked teams in the last 11 games. Florida State will get another shot at a Top 10 team when they travel to North Carolina. This will be FSU’s seventh game versus a Top 10 squad and the team has gone 3-3 in those matches.  Florida State‘s three wins over top 10 NSCAA teams is a school record as well. The Seminoles have never won more than two games in a season versus top 10 teams and that happened just once. In 2003 FSU beat No. 10 West Virginia and No. 6 Florida in consecutive weeks to go to the College Cup. That was the only time in team history that the FSU won back-to-back games versus top 10 squads. FSU has been the lower ranked team in the NSCAA heading into six previous matches and has gone 4-2 in those games winning the last three in a row.


 


AS THE DOG


#16 FSU vs. #13 Florida                   W 4-2


#12 FSU vs. #1 North Carolina        L 4-1


#14 FSU vs. #7 Virginia                     L 1-0


#17 FSU vs. #10 Boston Coll.          W 3-0


#9 FSU vs. #6 Duke                           W 2-1


# 11 FSU vs. #6 Cal                           W 2-1


 


VS TOP 10


#12 FSU vs. #1 North Carolina        L 4-1


#14 FSU vs. #7 Virginia                     L 1-0


#17 FSU vs. #10 Boston Coll.          W 3-0


#9 FSU vs. #6 Duke                           W 2-1


#6 FSU vs. #7 Virginia                        L 2-0


# 11 FSU vs. #6 Cal                           W 2-1


 


TROT ALOT


Hello India Trotter. The junior is having an amazing year that has her in the running for All-America honors. She has scored 12 goals and has nine assists for 33 points. Amazing numbers considering the midfielder came into 2005 with three goals, six assists and 12 career points. If the first two weeks of the NCAA Tournament was any indication, Trotter isn’t slowing down. In three games, the Ft. Lauderdale, FL native scored four goals including all three game-winners surpassing her career total coming into 2005. Trotter had three points all-time in six NCAA Tournament games coming into this season. She doubled that total on opening weekend. With another goal versus Cal, Trotter is now all alone in first for career points, goals and game-winning goals in NCAA Tournament play. She is just the second Seminole to ever record a multi-goal game in the NCAA postseason joining Camie Bybee who scored twice versus Dartmouth in 2003. She now holds the single game NCAA Tournament record for shots with seven and is tied for first for goals and points in an NCAA Tournament game.


 


TROTTER 2003-04 V 2005


                                03-04            2005


GAMES                   46                   23


POINTS                   12                   33


POINTS/GM          0.26               1.43


GOALS                    3                     12


GOALS/GM            0.06               0.52


ASSISTS                 6                     9


ASSTS/GM            0.13               0.39


SHOTS                    69                   54


SHOTS/GM            1.50               2.35


SHOTS:GLS            23:1               4.5:1


SOG                        19                   26


SOG/GM                0.41               1.13


SOG:GOALS           6.3:1              2.2:1


GWA                       1                     4


 


STACKING UP


Seminole sophomore Sel Kuralay is continuing her attack on the FSU record books in her first season. The forward leads the Seminoles in goals (16), points (41), game-winning goals (6), assists (9) shots (93) and shots on goal (37). With her assist versus Cal she is now tied with India Trotter for first in that category as well. The Australian Olympian is putting together the most impressive single offensive season in program history. Only one player in FSU soccer history led FSU in every offensive category (points, goals, assists, game-winning goals, shots and shots on goal) and that was Emma Breland in 2000. In 2001 and 2002 Cindy Schofield led FSU in every category but assists. A case can be made that Kuralay’s season is the best among an impressive group. She has played fewer games but is second in points and third in goals, she is first in assists and is second in game-winning goals and shots while tying the record for multi-goal games. Even if Kuralay’s season just ranks among the best, she is in good company. In 2000 Emma Breland was named a finalist for National Freshman of the Year. In 2001 and 2002, Schofield garnered All-America honors. In 2003, Leah Gallegos became the first NSCAA All-American in school history.


 


THE BEST SEASONS


Year    Player                         GMS       PTS         G             ASST       GWG       SH           SOG        MULTI


1996 Kelly Poole                20           29           14           3             6             56           NA           1


2000 Emma Breland         24           31           12           7             5             62           37           3


2001 Cindy Schofield        24           42          17           8             6             69           42           3


2002 Cindy Schofield        23           36           15           6             4             75           47           3


2003 Leah Gallegos          26          39           18          3             7             109       60          5


2005 Sel Kuralay                23           41           16           9             6             93           37           5


 


MIM-IMAL SUCCESS FOR OPPONENTS


Ali Mims’ remarkable career just keeps adding more chapters. The redshirt-junior from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL has undergone more than 20 surgical procedures and missed almost three years of action due to a broken fibula but boy has she come back strong in 2005. With her shutout of FAU in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, Mims set a new Seminole record for single season shutouts with her eighth of the season breaking a nine year old record. She surpassed the 7.5 recorded by Melissa Juhl in 1996. Mims is now threatening the career record held by Juhl and Joy McKenzie, which stands at 13. She still has a sixth year of eligibility remaining including at least one more game in 2005 to chase down the career mark. Mims is well on her way to setting the GAA record. Her 0.77 GAA is 0.15 better than the record set by McKenzie in 2003. Florida State‘s junior keeper is looking to join McKenzie as only the second FSU keeper to ever record a sub-1.00 GAA for a season. Mims’ career GAA is now at 1.04 and currently 0.02 better than the career record held by McKenzie as well. Mims has already passed McKenzie in one other very important category. With the win over Cal, Mims is now the winningest keeper in Seminole history. The junior goalie has 27 career victories, which is first all time. 


 


Mims isn’t just breaking career records. She is now climbing the charts for NCAA Tournament play as well. The fifth-year junior has allowed just two goals in 360 career minutes of NCAA Tournament play. Her GAA is a stellar 0.50 in the postseason. Coming into the Illinois match, Mims had a scoreless streak of 180:00 in the NCAA Tournament and that reached 225:42 before the Illini scored. Her four NCAA Tournament victories are tied for the most ever at FSU and she is one of just three Seminole keepers to ever record a clean sheet in NCAA Tournament play.


 


BATTLE TESTED


When the NCAA announced the 64-team field, it had a familiar feel for the Seminoles. Along with six other ACC teams, FSU played three non-conference opponents who made the field (USC, Mississippi and Florida). If you add in last weekend’s game, Florida State has played a whopping 14 games versus the NCAA Tournament field trailing only North Carolina and Virginia who played 15. The Seminoles have played three games against teams in the quarterfinal, which is second to only Virginia‘s five. Three ACC teams (UNC, FSU and UVA) have played the most games played against the 2005 field. Overall, only eight of the 64 teams entered the tournament having played double digit games versus the field and of those teams only North Carolina had more wins and a better winning percentage than Florida State. FSU and UNC are the only teams with double digit games versus the field that still have a winning percentage above .670 (out of the teams that have played 13 or more games). Florida State is now 11-3 in 14 games versus the NCAA Tournament group for a winning percentage of.785. Only the Tar Heels won more games (14) and had a better winning percentage (.933).


 


MOST AGAINST THE FIELD


TEAM                      GAMES   WINS      WIN %


North Carolina     15                           14           .933


Virginia                   15                           10           .666


Florida State    14                    11        .785


Texas                  13                           7             .538


Santa Clara           14                           8             .571


 


MOST AGAINST ROUND OF EIGHT TEAMS


TEAM                      GAMES


Virginia                   5


Florida State   3


North Carolina     3


Santa Clara           3


Penn State            2


UCLA                      2


Notre Dame          1


Portland 1


 


YOU GO K-ROW


Hermann Trophy Watch List member Kelly Rowland is having a typical Kelly Rowland season, which is good news for FSU. The junior is once again at the center of a record-setting defense, she is once again leading all defenders in goals, assists and points and most importantly once again she has started every match. Rowland has never missed a start in her three-year career and now owns the longest consecutive streak of starts at 69. She bested the record of current team manager and former Seminole defender Kristin Boyce. That isn’t the only record Rowland has set. With her goal versus Cal, Rowland set another offensive record for a back. Rowland now has 12 goals and 15 assists in her career making her the first defender ever at FSU to record double-digit goals and assists and she is all alone in first in all three offensive categories. Her goal bumped her career point total to 39, which was already a school record for a defender. She is also the program’s most decorated player. Rowland has been honored as a member of Soccer America‘s National Team of the Week a school record eight times in her three-year career. No other FSU player has ever received the award even three times. With those eight weekly honors, Rowland has been named to a national team of the week 10 times in her career making her the only Seminole ever to reach double digits in weekly national awards. No other FSU player even has five career national weekly honors. With a full year still remaining, Rowland could establish a set of records and streaks that may never be broken by another Seminole back.


 


           Rowland Beal  Boyce


Gms   69               85       84


Gls     12*            8         11


Asst   15*            12       5


Pts     39*            28       27


*FSU record by a defender


 


TAKING OFFENSE


The 2005 Seminoles are shaping up to be the most dangerous offensive group ever at the school. Florida State enters the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament with 64 goals, which is the most scored by an FSU team. FSU broke the all-time record set in 2003 versus Illinois, which were four fewer games than the 2003 team needed. The team’s 58 assists rank second all-time. FSU has amassed 186 points in 2005 which also bested the program record set in 2003. The real measure of how dangerous this offense is can be seen in the average per game numbers. The 2005 Seminoles are averaging almost 1.10 more points per game and are ahead of the record goal and assist per game marks as well. This team has already set records for goals in ACC play and multi-goal games in conference matches. The 2005 Seminoles aren’t just stacking up against past FSU squads. This team is ranking with the best offenses in the nation. FSU will enter the round of 8 with the nation’s 11-highest scoring offense and they are second to North Carolina in all six team offensive categories among ACC squads.


 


Category                Record                   2005     ACC Rank


Points                     186 (`05)              186        2


Points Per Gm      7.00 (`03)             8.09       2


Goals                      64 (`05)                 64           2


Goals Per Gm       2.55 (`96)             2.78       2


Assists                   62 (`03)                 59           2


Assists Per Gm     2.42 (`01)             2.52       2


 


IT’S THE COMBINATION


Florida State‘s offense is on a record-setting pace this year and the numbers prove that (see note “TAKING OFFENSE”) but what has been so special about this team is the combination of offense with one of the top defensive seasons in team history as well. Florida State has set the record for the most shutouts and is one pace to establish new marks for fewest goals allowed and lowest GAA. The current record for fewest goals allowed was set last year at 21. This year the squad has allowed only 17. The most amazing stat concerning this year’s defense is the fact that they have allowed just five goals to non-conference opponents in 11 games. To put that in perspective, FSU has allowed at least three goals to one non-conference opponent in eight of the previous 10 seasons. When you combine that kind of stellar play in the back with this explosive offense it is easy to see why FSU enters the weekend with the sixth-best winning percentage in America. This season, Florida State has scored 47 more goals than they have allowed, which is on pace for a new school record. The previous best was a +32 in 2003. Last season FSU was only a +8. Only one other team in school history has ever finished a year with a goal differential better than +16.


 


FSU YEARLY GOAL DIFFERENTIAL


YEAR          SCORED ALLOWED          DIFF


2005      64                 17        +47


2003         60                       28           +32


1996         51                       35           +16


2001         55                       40           +15


2000         45                       31           +14


2002         46                       37           +9


2004         29                       21           +8


1999         36                       39           -3


1998         35                       43           -8


1997         30                       48           -18


1995         32                       61           -29


 


NO SHOT


Florida State‘s game against The Citadel was not the most lopsided win of the season for FSU according to the final score but it was a record setting game none the less. For the first time in program history, the Seminoles held an opponent without a shot. Florida State out shot the Bulldogs 35-0 and held a 16-0 edge in corner kicks. The game featured 19 different Seminoles as the team closed the home portion of the regular season with a 5-0 win. While holding a team without a shot is rare for FSU, it isn’t an odd occurrence to see a team struggle to get off shots against the Seminoles in 2005. With all the offense the 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 combined to start 91 games in front of keeper Ali Mims this year and the line-up is working in record fashion. The Seminoles have allowed just 17 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 three games all season where FSU has given up more than one goal. The 2005 team has already beaten the single season shutout record of nine set last season. Their GAA of 0.74 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 23 games, FSU’s opponents have taken 174 shots, which are 27 shots below the record set in 1996 in three fewer. No team in school history has ever given up fewer than 200 shots in a season.


 


Year        Opps. w/ 2+ goals       Shots Allowed


2005                     3                                             174


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


 


 


WE GOT 20


As quickly as the wins keep rolling in for the Seminoles the records are falling. With the win over No. 23 Clemson in the regular season finale, the 2005 Seminoles 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. Florida State‘s success this season is unprecedented as no Seminole squad had ever won more than 13 regular season games or recorded fewer than five losses. 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 almost 196 percentage points higher than the all-time record for winning percentage in a regular season. With the NCAA Tournament win over Cal, the Seminoles now have 20 victories, something that has never been done by any FSU team.


 


OVERALL                                  ACC


YR               REC        WIN %                                YR           REC        WIN %


2005      20-3-0 .870             2005   7-2-0   .778


2004         12-5-3   .675                   2003     4-2-1      .643


2003         17-8-1   .673                   1998     1-5-1      .214


2001         15-8-1   .646                   2004     5-3-1      .611


2002         13-7-3   .630                   2002     3-3-1      .500


2000         14-8-2   .625                   2001     4-3-0      .571      


1996         12-7-1   .625                   2000     2-4-1      .357


1999         9-10-1   .475                   1996     2-5-0      .286      


1998         7-11-3   .405                   1999     0-6-1      .071


1997         8-12-0   .400                   1997     0-7-0      .000      


1995         4-14-1   .237                   1995     0-7-0      .000

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