On October 20, 1996 the Lady Seminoles made program history when they shut
out then-10th ranked Clemson 1-0 at the Seminole Intramural Soccer Complex. In
the game’s 68th minute forward Lauren Lynch, a sophomore from Kennesaw, GA,
took a loose ball off the post and put in for the game’s lone score. Not only
was it the first win over a nationally ranked opponent for the Tribe, but also
the program’s first ACC win!
In the ‘Noles next ACC match-up against 12th-ranked N.C. State on October
27th at the SISC, Florida State not only outshot, but outsaved the Wolfpack in
a come-from-behind 4-2 win. FSU’s second all-time conference win and second
against a ranked opponent was sweet, as the ‘Noles were forced to come from
behind twice to pull out the crucial win. In the winning effort FSU outshot an
ACC opponent for the first time, 12-9, and ACC Player of the Week goalkeeper
Melissa Juhl, a sophomore from Marietta, held a 3-2 save advantage over her
‘Pack counterpart. This was the first come-from-behind win in program history,
let along being down twice.
The two ACC wins combined can definitely make a claim as probably one of
the finest back-to-back performances in the conference this season. Both teams
were at a season-high ranking when they visited Tallahassee, but left knowing
they were gping to drop in the next poll. Statistically, the Lady ‘Noles were
split even 17-17 in shots on goal combined, but Juhl took the nod outsaving her
counterparts 6-4. The only two assists to come in the milestone wins were from
FSU’s forwards Anglea Bonaffino, a freshman from Ontario and Alexandra Osorio,
a sophomore from Miami.
Program “Firsts” within the Second Season
First appearance Southeast Region rankings:
October 7, 1996, also receiving votes
Other SE regional appearances:
October 14, 1996 #10; October 21, 1996 #9; October 28, 1996 #7
First National Ranking recognition:
October 28, 1996, ARV, Soccer America, NSCAA and Soccer News
First ACC win:
October 20, 1996, Clemson University, 1-0
First win over a nationally ranked opponent:
October 20, 1996, Clemson University, 1-0, #10 NSCAA, #13 Soccer News
and #14 Soccer America
Other wins over nationally ranked opponents:
October 27, 1996, N.C. State, 4-2, #10 Soccer America, #12 Soccer News, and #18 NSCAA
First win over a regionally ranked opponent:
October 20, 1996, Clemson, 1-0, #3 NSCAA
Other wins over regionally ranked opponents:
October 27, 1996, N.C. State, #4 NSCAA
First player to receive “Player of the Week”:
October 21, 1996, Melissa Juhl, goalkeeper, ACC Player of the Week
Other “Player of the Week” honors:
October 21, 1996, Melissa Juhl, goalkeeper, Soccer America Team of the Week
October 28, 1996, Kelley Poole, midfielder, Soccer America Team of the Week
First All-Conference honor:
Melissa Juhl, goalkeeper, ACC second team
First All-Region honor:
Melissa Juhl, goalkeeper, All-Southeast second team
LADY SEMINOLES FINISH UP SEASON 12-7-1, A LOT OF POSITIVES FOR NEXT SEASON…
FSU AGAINST THE NCAA FIELD: The Lady Seminoles have two wins against
the field of 32 participating in the 1996 Division I Women’s Soccer
Championships. FSU defeated Clemson and N.C. State during the regular season,
with losses to North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Virginia, Maryland and
Florida. Seven out of the eight ACC women’s soccer teams advanced to the NCAA
field of 32.
GAME OF THE YEAR: FSU KNOCKS OFF CLEMSON FOR FIRST ACC WIN,
PLUS!: The Lady Seminole’s 1-0 win over then 10th-ranked Clemson was the
program’s first over a conference foe, not to mention the first over a
nationally ranked squad. In the game’s 68th minute Lauren Lynch knocked in an
unassisted loose ball to clinch the highly defensive battle. It was Lynch’s
first game winner. Between the two schools, there was 31 total fouls, second
highest total all season (32 with Furman and 31 with Georgia State). It was
also the first shut out over an ACC opponent.
GAME OF THE YEAR 2: SEMINOLES
DOWN NO. 12 N.C. STATE: The Lady Seminoles earned their second win in ACC
history when they defeated No. 12 N.C. State 4-2 in Tallahassee. The win was
the first come-from-behind victory for FSU ever, let along coming from behind
twice. N.C. State scored first and then added an own goal to tie the score at
one a piece. It was the first time an opponent scored on FSU in the first
half since the UNC game on 9/26. In a 14 minute span FSU probably played their
best offensive soccer all season. Angela Bonaffino started the scoring by
blasting a direct kick into the upper left corner of the goal, then teammate
Kelley Poole headed in her sixth game winner of the season from a Bonaffino
assist. Jennifer Yocca added the “icing on the cake” with her header of a Alex
Osorio assist in the 88th minute to seal the win.
SEMINOLES FALL TO WAKE
FOREST 1-0 IN HEARTBREAKER: Despite outshooting the Demon Deacons 18-8 with
numerous scoring opportunities, FSU fell 1-0. WFU had the game’s only score in
the 11th minute when Norine Fernbach put in teammate Rachel Thomas’s shot that
went off goalkeeper Melissa Juhl. FSU also had a 7-3 corner kick advantage.
It was the fourth shut out of the season to an ACC school.
JUHL NAMED ACC
PLAYER OF THE WEEK, LANDS ON SOCCER AMERICA’S TEAM OF THE WEEK: For the first
time in the program’s two year history an FSU player was named ACC Player of
the week. The award on October 21 went to Seminole goalkeeper Melissa Juhl.
The sophomore from Marietta recorded two shut outs, one of them against
10th-ranked Clemson. She has 7.5 shut outs on the season. Her feat also
landed her on Soccer America’s team of the week (10/14-20), also a first for
POOLE LANDS ON SOCCER AMERICA’S TEAM OF THE WEEK, THAT’S TWO IN A
ROW FOR THE ‘NOLES: Senior midfielder Kelley Poole was named to Soccer
America’s Team of the Week (10/21-27) for her game winning performance against
N.C. State. It was the second week in a row that this honor had been
bestowed on an FSU player.
PLAYING TOUGH IN THE FIRST HALF: N.C. State’s lone
first half goal on October 27 broke FSU’s eight game streak without an opponent
scoring in the first half. The last time an opponent scored against the
Seminoles in the first half was North Carolina on September 26. That streak
included No. 10 Clemson and No. 8 Florida.
DOWN TO SIX: At the end of the
1996 season there were six players who started and played in all of FSU’s 20
matches. The remaining six include Melissa Juhl, Kelley Poole, Angela
Bonaffino, Nicole Sedgwick, Janine Lavoie and Justina Torres. Lavoie has
started every match in the program’s history, 39 matches. Also, sophomore
forward Janna Walkup has started in all 17 matches she has appeared in this
season. Alexandra Osorio started every match during the season, 19 matches,
but missed her first match in program history when she was sidelined from first
round competition at the 1996 ACC Championships.
DOUBLING UP ON 1995: Last
season, FSU had three double figure point scorers (Osorio 15, Lynch 14 and
Kelly McGrath 12). This season the Seminoles boast five double figure scorers.
Two players led the team with six goals each in ’95. Kelley Poole has 14
goals alone. The team had four game winners all season, Poole has six of her
own. One player led the team with three assists in ’95 to five players with
that total or higher in ’96. Last year’s team had 32 goals all season to ’96’s
POOLE EMERGED AS TEAM LEADER: Senior midfielder Kelley Poole jumpd
past Kasey McCall On October 4 against Mississippi and leads the team with 29
points. She has scored a team leading 14 goals on a team leading 56 shots and
six game winners.
McCALL ALSO A TEAM LEADER: Kasey McCall, a freshman
midfielder from Richardson, TX, is in second place with 24 offensive scoring
points. Her six assists lead the team. She did not make the start at Georgia
State, her first missed start of the season. She began the season recording a
goal or an assist in the first seven matches, a team record in itself.
GRIMSLEY HAVING HER WAY: Freshman midfielder Erin Grimsley of Lenexa, KS has
surged from the middle of the pack to third place on the team statistically
with 12 points. In the ‘Noles match with JU, Grimsley tallied three assists, a
team record for assists in a game.
BONAFFINO MOVES UP: Freshman forward
Angela Bonaffino’s goal and assist against N.C. State moved her up to third on
the team, tied with Grimsley, with 12 points. She had the game winning assist
against the Wolfpack.
LYNCH PROVED TO BE QUALITY DEPTH: Lauren Lynch, a
sophomore forward from Kennesaw, GA, is fourth on the team with 10 points (4
goals 2 assists) and started seven of 18 matches she has appeared. Lynch hit
the gamew winner over No. 10 Clemson.
LARGEST ATTENDANCE: The Florida game’s
attendance of 1,123 was the second time during the season that the all-time
attendance record was broken. The UNC home game attendance of 917 broke the
previous home attendance record of 903 set last season against Duke.
LOSS OUTSIDE THE ACC THIS SEASON: The 3-0 loss to Florida was the first loss
outsde the ACC this season. The only other non-conference non-win was a 2-2
tie with Mississippi . The Seminoles are 1-1-1 against the SEC, 2-0 against
the Southern, 2-0 against the Sun Belt, 1-0 against the Colonial, 2-0 against
the TAAC and 2-0 against Division II.
SWEAT SHUT OUTS: Florida State has
eight shut outs this season, including a 1-0 win over 10th-ranked Clemson.
Last season FSU notched just one. Three times this season FSU had back-to-back
shut out wins.