Nov. 9, 2005
NCAA TOURNEY TALK
Florida State enters the NCAA Tournament following a loss for the fifth time in six years. The only time FSU entered an NCAA Tournament without losing the previous game was in 2004 when the Seminoles tied Clemson in the ACC quarterfinals and was eliminated in a shootout. It was also the only time Florida State was eliminated in its first NCAA Tournament game as well. Every time the Seminoles have entered the NCAA Tournament on a loss they have at least won their opener and three times in four trips they have gone on to the Sweet 16. Florida State has had a lot of success in the opening game of the NCAA Tournament. Despite being eliminated by Boston College in a first round shootout last season, the Seminoles have never lost an opening round game (4-0-1) and are 1-0-1 when opening the tournament on the road. Florida State hasn’t just won, they have recorded convincing victories. The only time FSU gave up a goal in the first game of the NCAA Tournament was in 2000 versus JU in the school’s first ever postseason game. Overall, Florida State has outscored opponents 12-1 in the opening round and has a current shutout streak in first round games that is at 298:18. This is FSU’s sixth straight trip to the NCAA’s. In their five previous tournaments, FSU has advanced to the round of 16 three times and to the College Cup on one occasion. The Seminoles are 9-4-1 all time in the NCAA’s for a winning percentage of .679, which is amazingly over 100 percentage points better than the program’s all-time winning percentage (.574). Florida State will enter Friday night’s match on the heels of two NCAA Tournament shutouts. Last season they played BC to a 0-0 tie and in 2003 FSU was eliminated in the National Semifinal 2-0 by UConn. Florida State is currently on a goalless streak of 221:42 dating back to the last game they played in Gainesville. The last time the Seminoles scored an NCAA Tournament goal was in a 2-1 victory over Florida in the quarterfinals in 2003.
FEEL THE NEED FOR SEED
Florida State got two big surprises when the NCAA announced the field of 64 for the 2005 NCAA Tournament. While the team was understandably disappointed with the first surprise, the fact that they would be traveling on opening weekend, the second one was much better. Despite the disappointment of not playing at home, the Seminoles came out of the selection show once again breaking new ground. Not only did the team draw a seed for just the second time ever but they were seeded as one of the top eight teams in the nation as a No. 2 seed. For the first time, this year each quadrant of the 64-team bracket had four seeded teams making FSU’s No. 2 seed a top eight seed overall. The only other time FSU received a seed was in 2003 and that was the first year the NCAA seeded 16 teams. That year Florida State was seeded 11th. This is the first year the NCAA is trying a new seeding system as well. The last time FSU was seeded in the first year of a new way of seeding the tournament, the Seminoles wound up in the College Cup.
SERIES RECORD: FSU leads 1-0
AT NEUTRAL SITES: First Meeting
WIN STREAK: FSU has won one in a row
LAST MEETING: FSU 7 FAU 0 (2003)
This is just the second meeting between the schools and the first ever in the postseason. Despite being in the same state, FSU has played fewer games versus the Owls than any other DI school in Florida (with the exception of UNF, which just joined DI). Despite the location, this game has a very similar feel to the last time the teams met in 2003. FAU came into that game 12-1 in its last 13 matches while FSU was 9-1-1. This season Florida Atlantic is even hotter entering the match 13-0-1. FSU is on a streak of its own having gone 9-1 in its last 10. It’s a little strange that the only two times these teams have met they have come in on winning streaks that combined add up to 43-3-2. The previous meeting between the teams in Tallahassee was a one-sided affair with FSU running out to a 3-0 lead just over 18:00 in en route to a 7-0 victory. There isn’t a single player on this year’s team that recorded a point in that win over FAU.
While FSU has not faced FAU this season, they have played two A-Sun teams in Mercer and Jacksonville. Florida State beat both of those teams back in early September. Overall, FSU is 18-1-0 lifetime versus Atlantic Sun opponents. The Seminoles downed JU 7-0 and defeated Mercer 2-0. The Owls beat Mercer by an identical 2-0 score and tied JU 2-2 in the regular season. The Owls did come back and beat the Dolphins 2-0 in the A-Sun Tournament. The teams also shared two other common opponents in Miami and UCF. FSU beat both teams while FAU split those games. Both schools beat the Golden Knights (FSU 3-0 and FAU 1-0) while the Seminoles downed ACC rival Miami 3-1 and Florida Atlantic dropped an early season meeting 2-1.
SO WE MEET AGAIN
While there is very little history between Florida State and Florida Atlantic that isn’t the case for the program’s two head coaches. Brian Dooley of FAU and FSU’s Mark Krikorian both began their head coaching careers at Division II powerhouses. Dooley spent four years at Barry before making the jump to FAU while Krikorian spent the early 90’s building Franklin Pierce into a dominant program. The two head coaches’ paths did cross in 1995. That was Krikorian’s last season with the Ravens and Dooley’s first at Barry. Krikorian’s Franklin Pierce team defeated Dooley’s Barry team 4-0 in the regular season and then beat them again 5-0 in the 1995 National Championship game. That win capped off back-to-back undefeated and National Championship seasons for Krikorian, who in his final two seasons with the Ravens was 39-0.
SERIES RECORD: First Meeting
AT NEUTRAL SITES: First Meeting
WIN STREAK: First Meeting
LAST MEETING: First Meeting
If Florida State and Illinois end up meeting Sunday, it will be a rare occasion. Not only has FSU never played Illinois, of the 237 games played in program history only two have ever come against Big 10 teams. That is just .008% of Florida State‘s all-time games. That is probably a good thing for the Seminoles considering FSU is 0-2 lifetime versus Big 10 schools. The only two times FSU has squared off with Big 10 opponents came in 2000 versus Ohio State in Missouri and in 2003 at home versus Penn State. Both games were 2-1 losses. If you want to try and get a handle on this potential match-up, good luck. Not only have the teams never played one another, not only has FSU only played two games versus Big 10 schools but the two squads didn’t even face a common opponent this season. FSU has never played a team from Illinois and first year head coach Mark Krikorian has never run across the Illini in any of his previous head coaching jobs either. The only thing that may go in the Seminoles favor is that FSU is 12-8-1 against first time opponents since the 2000 season and Krikorian has yet to lose to a first-time opponent as FSU’s head coach going 11-0.
SERIES RECORD: Florida leads 8-5
IN GAINESVILLE: Florida leads 5-3
TRENDS: FSU has won five of the last eight
LAST MEETING: FSU 4 UF 2 (2005)
There is no doubt that throughout the northern part of Florida, soccer fans think there is no better rivalry in the women’s game than Florida State and Florida but that opinion is growing beyond the Sunshine State. Since 1999 the series is 5-4 in favor of FSU and five of the last nine games have been decided by one goal. On top of the natural rivalry between the schools, the games have obviously been close and the teams have met in the NCAA Tournament twice in the last six years. There is some evidence though that since 2000 there has been no better series in all of college soccer than the annual clash between the Seminoles and Gators and that isn’t just regional bias talking. Since 2000, 10 different schools have played in the College Cup and of those 10 schools only Florida State and Florida play an annual out of conference game. Florida (FSU and UF) and California (UCLA and Santa Clara) are the only two states to even have two schools that have played in a College Cup since 2000. Florida State also plays North Carolina annually as members of the ACC making FSU the only team in America to play two College Cup teams from the last five years every season since 2000. One good omen for Florida if the teams do meet on Sunday is that they will come into the game lower ranked than the Seminoles. The lower ranked team in the series has won seven of the last eight meetings. The only exception came in 2003 when the seventh-ranked Gators defeated an un-ranked FSU team 2-0 in Gainesville. If both teams win on Friday, it will be a similar scenario Sunday just reversed. The Seminoles will come into the game ranked seventh (in three of the polls) and the Gators unranked (in just one of the four polls). While Florida State is still looking for its first ever shutout against UF they did get one monkey off their back in that 4-2 win in Gainesville earlier this season. That was the first time an FSU team had ever defeated the University of Florida by more than one goal.
HE KNOWS FLORIDA
Anytime a new coach comes to FSU he or she usually can’t truly know the FSU/UF rivalry until they have been through it. The same was the case for first year head coach Mark Krikorian when the Seminoles first traveled to Gainesville in September. He has a better understanding now. On top of getting his first taste of the rivalry, Krikorian’s success versus UF continued with a 4-2 win. The Seminole coach went 2-2 versus Florida as the head coach of Hartford and his Hawks upset the defending National Champion Gators in their first NCAA Tournament game after capturing the crown in 1999. To show just how good a coach Krikorian is his same Hartford team had lost 5-0 earlier that same season to Florida. The year before the Hawks fell to the Gators 5-2. Krikorian continued to have the Gators number in 2000 as his Hawks once again downed UF this time by a 3-0 score in Virginia. So after being outscored 10-2 in his first two games against UF, Krikorian went 2-0 in the next two games winning by a combined score of 4-0. Talk about making adjustments. With his win earlier this season, Krikorian is now 3-2 lifetime versus Florida.
When the NCAA announced the 64-team field Monday, it had a familiar feel for the Seminoles. Along with six other ACC teams, FSU played three non-conference opponents who made the field in USC, Mississippi and Florida. Florida State played a whopping 11 games versus the NCAA Tournament field trailing only North Carolina and Virginia who played 12. Those three ACC teams were among the top five for the most games played against the 2005 field as Santa Clara and Texas also played 11 matches against 2005 NCAA Tournament teams. Overall, only eight of the 64 teams 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 even have a winning percentage above .600. Florida State went 8-3 in 11 games versus the NCAA Tournament group for a winning percentage of.727. Only the Tar Heels won more games (11) and had a better winning percentage (.917). Virginia was next best with seven wins and Texas was third for winning percentage (.590). Considering FSU lost two of its three games to Virginia, the Seminoles also trail only UNC as far as the number of NCAA Tournament teams who have beaten you. Carolina had one loss and that was to Duke. FSU’s three losses came to UNC and UVA.
MOST AGAINST THE FIELD
TEAM GAMES WINS WIN %
North Carolina 12 11 .917
Virginia 12 7 .583
Florida State 11 8 .727
Texas 11 6 .590
Santa Clara 11 5 .545
Wisconsin 10 4 .400
Colorado 10 4 .400
Stanford 10 2 .300
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Florida State is pretty familiar with traveling to Gainesville when it comes to NCAA Tournament time. This is FSU’s sixth straight NCAA bid and the fourth year the team will play at least one game in Gainesville. When the Seminoles step on the field Friday versus FAU, it will be the teams’ fourth game played at James G. Pressly Stadium compared to five NCAA Tournament games played at their own field. The Seminoles were disappointed to be a second-seed and not host but they have to feel good about playing in Gainesville. Florida State is undefeated playing postseason games at UF with a 2-0-1 record. The Seminoles have never lost to the Gators in the NCAA Tournament but the only time they have been eliminated in an NCAA Tournament game at UF was last season playing versus a neutral site opponent (BC).
Overall, Florida State is 9-4-1 in the NCAA Tournament and almost half of those victories (four) have come away from home. The Seminoles hosted an opening round NCAA Tournament game in three of the last six years but never beyond the round of 32 so the biggest postseason wins in school history have all come away from Tallahassee. In 2000, FSU defeated Florida in Gainesville to advance to the Sweet 16. In 2001, FSU and Auburn met on a neutral site in the opening round in Clemson, SC and the Tribe got a win there too. In 2003, two of the biggest wins in school history came on the road. FSU defeated West Virginia in Morgantown in the Sweet 16 and then downed Florida in Gainesville to advance to the College Cup. Florida State has recorded all four of their NCAA Tournament losses on the road but that is what happens when you are 5-0 all time at home in the NCAA’s. The Seminoles have never lost an NCAA Tournament game in Tallahassee nor have they ever lost an NCAA Tournament opening round game.
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 is now tied for the longest consecutive streak of starts at 66. She is tied with current team manager and former Seminole defender Kristin Boyce. When Rowland steps on the field Friday afternoon, she will become the only player ever at FSU to be in the first 11 for 67 straight games. With a full year still remaining, Rowland could establish a streak that will last for quite some time.
As tough as it is for any Seminole to play in Florida with the great fan support and the natural rivalry, for FSU’s Holly Peltzer, you can’t blame her for breaking into a smile the first time she steps on to the James G. Pressly grass. The last time she played in Gainesville two days later Peltzer was named ACC Player of the Week for the first time in her career. The reserve forward came off the bench in the second half of Florida State’s upset of No. 7 Florida and scored two goals in a span of 10:05, including the game-winner, to give FSU its first-ever regular season win in Gainesville. Peltzer had never scored a collegiate goal before the game and no Seminole had ever scored two career goals against the Gators before that match Peltzer scored the first two goals of her career and they both came in the final 14:00 of FSU’s 4-2 upset of No. 7 Florida in Gainesville. The forward scored the game-winning goal 15 minutes after stepping on to the field breaking open a game that was tied at 2-2 since the 34th minute of the match. Peltzer then cemented the game with less than four minutes remaining as she scored her second goal of the game giving FSU a 4-2 victory. Coming into Friday night no Seminole had ever scored two goals in their career versus the Gators yet Peltzer did it in a span of just over 10:00. She secured FSU’s first ever regular season victory over Florida in Gainesville and her fourth goal also set an FSU record for the most goals ever scored in the series by a Seminole team.
DOWN TO 15
This year’s invitation to the NCAA Tournament is a historic one for FSU. Not only is it the sixth consecutive invitation for FSU but it also means FSU has played in the NCAA Tournament six times in 11 years. After going 0 for 5 in the first five years of program history, for the Seminoles to be making the tournament at a 55% clip in program history is pretty amazing. The Seminoles are one of just 15 schools out of 307 playing Division I soccer teams that have gone to six consecutive NCAA Tournaments. Of those 15 schools, five are from the ACC. Considering the fact the 28 of the 64 teams from last year’s tournament didn’t even make it back in 2005 (44%), what FSU has done over six straight years is amazing. Round of 16 teams Maryland, Washington, Princeton and Ohio State are among the most notable schools not back this season. Three teams (Princeton, San Diego and William & Mary) missed the tournament for the first time in six years.
SIX STRAIGHT NCAA’s
HE DESERVED IT
You never know what will happen when it comes to ACC Coach of the Year voting that’s why it was such a pleasant surprise that Florida State‘s Mark Krikorian won the program’s first ACC Coach of the Year honor. The Seminole boss came into the 2005 season with more questions than answers and led FSU to its best regular season, to its best conference season, to two record win streaks, to a second place finish in the conference and to wins over six teams ranked in the NSCAA top 25. Krikorian has guided the Seminoles into uncharted territory as far as win streaks of seven and nine games. He is only the second coach in ACC history to lead his team on a seven game win streak inside the conference and Krikorian’s Seminoles were the only team in the ACC Tournament to finish higher than they were predicted in the preseason coaches’ poll. Florida State was pegged to finish sixth and wound up in second place. The only other ACC teams to exceed expectations were Miami who was picked 11th and finished 10th and NC State who was tabbed 10th and finished ninth. Every other team in the conference either finished where they were predicted or lower.
TEAM PRE FINAL
UNC 1 1
UVA 2 2
FSU 6 2
DUKE 3 4
BC 5 5
CLEM 4 6
WFU 7 7
UMD 8 8
NCST 10 9
UM 11 10
VT 9 11
Florida State couldn’t have asked for much more from fellow ACC coaches when the All-ACC selections were revealed. The All-ACC first team featured more Seminoles than any other school in the conference. Sel Kuralay, Viola Odebrecht and India Trotter were all named to the first team while no other ACC schools had more than two players make the first squad. FSU also had three All-ACC freshmen, which tied Virginia for the most this season. That was a big number for the Seminoles who have been one of the most successful teams as far as all-freshman selections since it began in 2000. Florida State is the only ACC team to place three rookies on an All-ACC freshman team twice. UNC and Virginia have each done it once. Those are the only teams FSU trails in all-freshman selections as well. The Heels and Cavs have had 12 freshmen make that team while FSU has had 11. They are the only three schools with double digit selections.
All-Time All-ACC Freshmen Selections
The 2005 Seminoles are shaping up to be the most dangerous offensive group ever at the school. The Seminoles enter the NCAA tournament with 57 goals, which are already the second-most scored by an FSU team. FSU is just three goals away from tying the all-time record set in 2003 in six fewer games. The team’s 52 assists are third all-time and just six shy of moving into a tie for second. Florida State is also third all-time in total points with 166. The real measure of how dangerous this offense is can be seen in the average per game numbers. The 2005 Seminoles are averaging 1.3 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 postseason with the nation’s 10-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 182 (`03) 166 2
Points Per Gm 7.00 (`03) 8.30 2
Goals 60 (`03) 57 2
Goals Per Gm 2.55 (`96) 2.85 2
Assists 62 (`03) 52 2
Assists Per Gm 2.42 (`01) 2.60 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 gave up the second-fewest goals ever in ACC play allowing just 10. The all-time record was set in 2003 when the Seminoles allowed an astounding five goals. That team though gave up 23 goals in non-conference and postseason play. The current record for fewest goals allowed was set last year and is 21. This year the squad has allowed only 15 and already set the record for the most shutouts in a season with 10. The most amazing stat concerning this year’s defense is the fact that they have allowed just three goals to non-conference opponents in eight 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 postseason with the sixth-best winning percentage in America. This season Florida State has scored 42 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 plus +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 57 15 +42
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
STRAIGHT TO THE TOP
India Trotter came into the 2005 season with just 12 points in her career six of which came on three goals. The junior has really flipped things around this year. With her eight goals and nine assists she has more goals than any player with 9+ assists in school history. The ninth assist was actually a pretty big one for Trotter as it separated her from Cindy Schofield who in 2001 recorded 17 goals and eight assists. Trotter is currently leading the team with nine assists, is third on the team with eight goals and tied for second with 25 points. Her ninth assist of the season tied her for the third-most in one season in FSU history and she now has more than doubled her career point total in a matter of just 20 games. Trotter came into the year with six career assists but she didn’t have a single one last season despite starting 19 games.
TROTTER 2003-04 V 2005
GAMES 46 20
POINTS 12 25
POINTS/GM 0.26 0.80
GOALS 3 8
GOALS/GM 0.06 0.40
ASSISTS 6 9
ASSTS/GM 0.13 0.45
SHOTS 69 41
SHOTS/GM 1.50 2.05
SHOTS:GLS 23:1 5:1
SOG 19 20
SOG/GM 0.41 1.00
SOG:GOALS 6.3:1 2.5:1
GWA 1 3
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 79 games in front of keeper Ali Mims this year and the line-up is working in record fashion. The Seminoles have allowed just 15 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 20 games, FSU’s opponents have taken 149 shots, which are 52 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 3 149
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
FSU’s wins over No. 24 Clemson in the ACC Tournament opener gave Florida State six 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. Not only has this squad beat six NSCAA ranked teams in 2005, FSU has beaten five of those ranked teams in the last nine 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 three top 25 teams. So far in 2005 the Seminoles have defeated more top 25 NCSAA sides than they did the last two regular seasons combined. The squad’s wins over Duke and Wake marked 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.
THEY JUST KEEP COMING
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 over 150 percentage points higher than the all-time record for winning percentage in a regular season. With the ACC Tournament win over Clemson, the Seminoles now have the most victories ever including postseason games.
YR REC WIN % YR REC WIN %
2005 17-3-0 .850 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