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Soccer Hits The Road For Two Games This Weekend

Sept. 11, 2008

Game Notes Week 4 in PDF Format

Tallahassee, Fla. – Seventh-ranked Florida State (4-1-0) will look to get back on the winning track this weekend as the Seminoles head to Auburn, Ala. for a pair of games at the Auburn Tournament. FSU will square-off against Auburn (2-3-1) on Friday at 8:00 p.m. EST, while taking on South Carolina (4-0-1) for the first time in school history on Sunday at 12 noon EST. The Seminoles fared will in their first road trip of the season two weeks ago picking up victories against two top 25 teams in Penn State and Connecticut. FSU has outscored the opposition 7-1 on the road this year.

Florida State Seminole Soccer Information
Friday, September 12, 8:00 pm EST – #7 Florida State (4-1-0) at Auburn (2-3-1)
Series Record: FSU leads 6-1-0; Seminoles lead 1-0-0 in Auburn
Live Stats: Gametracker

* After the Tigers took the first meeting between the two teams beginning in 1995, Florida State has won six straight including the lone match in Auburn back in 1999, a 4-0 Seminole victory. Four of the seven contests in the series have been decided by one goal with the Seminoles winning three of those four games.

* Friday’s contest marks the second consecutive year these two schools have met in the regular season and the fifth time overall. FSU blanked the Tigers 3-0 in Tallahassee last year.

* Prior to last year’s match-up in Tallahassee, the last three meetings came during the postseason with FSU having the upper hand each time. The Seminoles knocked out Auburn in the First Round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament in Clemson, S.C., and then in the Second Round in 2002 and 2003 with both games played in Tallahassee.

* Florida State is the second straight ACC opponent to face Auburn this year as the Tigers drew a 1-1 tie against Virginia last weekend in Athens, Ga.

Sunday, September 14, 12:00 pm EST – #7 Florida State (4-1-0) at South Carolina (4-0-1)
Series Record: First meeting between both schools
Live Stats: Gametracker

* This marks the first meeting between Florida State and South Carolina as both teams enter the Auburn Tournament with four wins enter their belt.

* Stingy defense has been the name of the game for both teams so far this season. Entering the weekend, both schools have allowed a combined three goals. The Gamecocks opened the season with four straight shutouts, while the Seminoles have recorded three. USC is giving up 5.8 shots/game in 2008, while FSU is allowing 8.6 shots/game.

* Florida State is the second ACC team to square-off against South Carolina in 2008 as the Gamecocks clipped Clemson 1-0 at home.

With four straight victories to open the 2008 campaign, Florida State’s 4-0-0 start ranked as the third longest win streak to begin a season in this the 14th year of Seminole Soccer. What’s most impressive is that the top three win streaks of all time have come under the direction of head coach Mark Krikorian. In his first season, Krikorian led the Seminoles to a school record 7-0 start followed by a start of 6-0 to open 2006. In 2008, Florida State started with four consecutive victories outscoring the opposition 17-1.

Florida State and South Carolina will square-off for the first time on Sunday, September 14 in Auburn, Ala. The match marks the first of two first-time opponents the Seminoles will face in 2008, the other coming next week against Florida Gulf Coast. FSU has fared well when facing a team for the first-time posting an all-time record of 42-27-3. The Garnet & Gold wsa a perfect 5-0 when facing teams for the first time a season ago (d. Cal State Northridge, 6-1; d. Francis Marion, 10-0; d. Troy, 8-0; d. Kennesaw State – NCAA, 3-0; d. Texas – NCAA, 4-0).

Florida State hits the road this weekend to face a pair of SEC opponents in Auburn and South Carolina that both qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2007. FSU dropped its first game of the season last Sunday to intra-state rival Florida 1-0. The Seminoles own a lifetime record of 19-15-2 against teams from the SEC posting a .500 or better winning percentage against Auburn (.857), Georgia (.500), LSU (.625), Tennessee (.500) and Ole Miss (.833).

With the departure of 2007 MAC Hermann Trophy Winner Mami Yamaguchi following her junior campaign, the big question heading into 2008 was who was going to lead the Seminole team in scoring? After just five games, four players have already recorded multi-goal games (Amanda DaCosta, Casey Short, Tiffany McCarty, Sanna Talonen), while seven players have tallied at least one multi-point performance (DaCosta, Short, McCarty, Talonen, Tori Huster, Jessica Price, Lauren Switzer). Switzer is the only player with a pair of multi-point performances as the junior midfielder picked up four points in the season opener against UCF and then three points in a home victory over FIU. Through the first five games, 13 players have recorded at least one point. Ten players have tallied at least one goal and 12 have at least one assist.

For Complete Notes please see the above PDF.

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