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WEEKLY RELEASE: FSU And UF Set For Top 10 Battle On Sun Sports Friday Night

Sept. 13, 2005

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    SERIES RECORD: Florida leads 4-8

    IN GAINESVILLE: Florida leads 2-5

    WIN STREAK: UF has won one in a row

    LAST MEETING: UF 2 FSU 1 (2004)


    Florida State and the University of Florida renew their rivalry Friday night at 8:00 p.m. in the premiere match of the weekend. The Seminoles and Gators are the only two top 10 teams who will be squaring off this weekend. 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 4-4 and five of the last eight 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 been to every NCAA Tournament the last five years and met in two of those tourneys. 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. In fact, FSU has played 19 games versus teams that have played in the College Cup since 2000. That is the fourth-most of any team in the nation. One good omen for FSU going into Friday night is that they will come into the game lower ranked than the Gators. Despite both teams meeting as top 10 squad’s for just the second time ever (2004 as well), the lower ranked team in the series has won six of the last seven meetings. One other odd trend is that FSU‘s four wins versus the Gators have all come by one goal yet UF had never won a one-goal game against FSU before the 2004 season when they defeated the Seminoles 2-1. Florida State is still looking for its first ever shutout against UF. The Seminoles have allowed just one goal to the Gators in each of their last three wins.



    Santa Clara       25

    North Carolina  23

    Portland            20

    Florida State   19

    Connecticut       19



    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 will be the case for first year head coach Mark Krikorian but don’t think that he isn’t familiar with the Gators. Krikorian 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. Coming into Friday night’s game, Krikorian coached teams are on a two game winning streak versus Florida.



    If the first half of the FSU/UF soccer game is a little slow Friday night, make sure you keep watching Sun Sports because the second half should be a battle. Florida State and Florida both enter Friday night’s match as teams that have done their most damage in the second half of games. The Seminoles and Gators have combined to outscore their 2005 opponents 21-4 in the second half of games this season. Florida State has been dominant in the second half holding opponents to just one goal while scoring 11. The Gators have been equally as strong out scoring their competition 10-3. While the discrepancy in goals scored in the second half with these teams is amazing the lopsided number of corners taken is also eye-popping. FSU and UF have combined to take 47 corners compared to 11 for their foes. Florida State has taken 25 corners compared to four while the Gators have taken 22 compared to seven for their opponents. So if there aren’t a lot of goals in the first 45:00, just stay tuned for when both offenses bring out their big guns in half number two.



    Florida State is averaging a record-setting 3.16 goals per game coming into Friday’s match with the Gators. Florida, on the other hand, is scoring at a clip of 2.61 goals per contest so this figures to be a high scoring affair…think again. FSU and UF have combined to shut out their last seven opponents and together the two teams are in the midst of a shutout streak of 655:07. The Seminoles enter the match with a consecutive goalless streak of 370:19 while the Gators came in at 284:48. FSU’s streak is the third-longest in school history and if they can make it through 8:02 without allowing a UF goal the streak will be the second-longest ever in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have never recorded a shutout in series history and the longest the Gators have ever gone in a game without scoring a goal was 87:09 in the 2003 Elite Eight match won 2-1 by FSU.



    Australian Olympian Sel Kuralay is a big reason the FSU offense is off to its best start since the 1996 season but more importantly she is a big reason the Seminoles are 6-0. The sophomore has already been named ACC Co-Player of the Week and Top Drawer Soccer National Player of the Week. Of Florida State‘s six wins, Kuralay has recorded the game-winning goal or assist in four of those matches. Kuralay scored game winning goals versus Loyola Marymount, Jacksonville and Mercer and her game-winning assist came in a 1-0 win over Ole Miss. It didn’t take long for the Kuralay legend to begin. After opening the season with a goal versus No. 18 USC in her first collegiate game, Kuralay pulled FSU back from the brink of defeat versus LMU. The Seminoles dominated the match versus the Lions but it was LMU that scored the first goal of the game with just 5:47 left on the clock. The Australian Olympian tied the match for FSU with just 1:18 on the clock, the latest game-tying goal ever scored by a Seminole. The sophomore then went on to win the match with the first game-winner of her career in the 105th minute. She showed the same kind of poise in recording her first career game-winning assist. In a battle with Ole Miss where FSU was struggling to cash in on its opportunities, Kuralay took advantage of a free kick and put it right on the head of Viola Odebrecht who scored the game-winner in the 60th minute.



    German Olympian Viola Odebrecht is quietly playing some of the best soccer on the Seminole squad. The junior is being asked to control the FSU midfield and get the offense moving. Considering FSU’s 6-0 start and average of over three goals per game, she is doing just that. That doesn’t mean Odebrecht can’t score. The German is tied for third on the team in goals and third on the squad in points scored. Both of her goals have been game-winning goals, which were probably two of the biggest goals scored for FSU so far. The first came in the opening game of the season versus a ranked USC squad in Los Angeles. The Seminoles were starting six first year players and going up against the team with the nation’s number one recruiting class. Odebrecht’s goal 21 minutes in set the tone for a 4-0 drubbing of the Trojans. Then her second goal came against Ole Miss in a game the Seminoles should have won but might have slipped away as they were unable to capitalize on any chances through 60 minutes but Odebrecht changed all that. The junior latched on to a Sel Kuralay free kick and headed the ball home ensuring FSU of its record-breaking sixth straight win. Head coach Mark Krikorian said after the Ole Miss game that great players make great plays and that sure is the case with Odebrecht.



    Like Viola Odebrecht, freshman Sarah Wagenfuhr is flying under the radar despite playing fantastic soccer. The freshman has stepped right into the middle of the defense filling the spot vacated by All-American Katie Beal and she has looked like anything but a rookie. Starting next to Hermann candidate Kelly Rowland has helped the freshman adjust quickly to the college game and Wagenfuhr has done nothing but dazzle since starting from day one of the 2005 season. Only two players have logged more minutes this season than the freshman center back.



    While Sel Kuralay is garnering a lot of the attention for FSU with her wonderful start to 2005, there are a lot of players helping FSU wing games. That has never been more obvious than it is in one particular stat. Seven different players have recorded game-winning assists in 2005 meaning no one Seminole has assisted more than once on any game-winner this year. While only three players have recorded game-winning goals it says a lot about this year’s team that seven of the 10 starting field players have recorded an assist on a game-winning goal.



    If you ask head coach Mark Krikorian the secret to his success in taking over an emotionally stunned squad in January to an undefeated top 10 team in September, he’ll give you the same answer time and again, his assistants. Florida State has four former college head coaches on staff with a combined 47 years of coaching experience. On top of head coach Mark Krikorian who has 11 years in the college game and two national titles, his two assistant coaches and volunteer assistant make up one of the most experienced groups in the nation. Assistant Erica Walsh handles the FSU defense and is the current US National Team Head Coach for the U-17’s. She was the head coach for Dartmouth for three seasons leading the school to three top 15 rankings, two Ivy League championships, three NCAA Tournaments and two trips to the Sweet 16. Mick Statham is in charge of building FSU’s attack and is a 17-year coaching veteran. He was the head coach at Mount St. Mary College from 1995-1996. Krikorian not only has two assistants with years of experience in running their own programs but he has a volunteer assistant with similar credentials. Lisa Cole is responsible for coaching the FSU keepers. She spent the last two years also running her own program as the head coach for the University of Rhode Island.



    Erica Walsh      Head Coach      Dartmouth        Three Years

    Mick Statham    Head Coach      Mount St Mary  Two Years

    Lisa Cole          Head Coach      Rhode Island     Two Years



    When FSU kicks off with Florida Friday night it will mark the team’s third of four games versus Florida schools this season. Florida State has already defeated JU and UCF by a combined score of 10-0. Winning inside the state of Florida was a priority for former head coach Patrick Baker and things haven’t changed under new head coach Mark Krikorian. Winning games inside the state is so vital because they are regional contests that weigh heavily on NCAA Tournament bids and seeding. The Seminoles are 35-5-0 versus Florida schools in their last 40 games, which dates back to 1999. The Seminoles have won 13 of their last 15 matches against Sunshine state opponents. Florida State has also won the state title three of the last five seasons with no other school even winning it twice in that span. Outside of the University of Florida, who has beaten FSU in four of the last eight meetings, the only other state school to down the Seminoles was UCF last year in Tallahassee. Twice in the last five years FSU has gone undefeated versus Florida schools. The best record FSU ever posted against Florida schools was 8-0 in 2000. In 2002 the Tribe went 5-0 but an argument can be made that 2003 was the best season ever as far as in-state competition goes. Although FSU wasn’t undefeated (6-1), they averaged over 3.5 goals per game and the win in Gainesville over Florida came in the Elite Eight sending FSU to the College Cup.




    UM         L              3-0

    USF         W            1-0

    Stetson    W            4-0

    FIU         W            3-0

    JU           W            4-1

    Florida     W            3-2

    USF         W            2-1

    JU           W            3-1

    UCF        W            3-1

    FIU         W            4-1

    Miami     W            3-1

    JU           W            4-1*

    Florida     W            2-1*

    Florida     L              0-2

    USF         W            1-0

    UCF        W            5-0

    FIU         W            4-1

    Miami     W            3-1

    JU           W            5-1

    Miami     W            2-1

    USF         W            3-2

    Florida     W            2-1

    UCF        W            3-1

    JU           W            3-1

    Florida     L              0-2

    JU           W            3-1

    Miami     W            7-1

    USF         W            3-0

    UCF        W            3-0

    FAU        W            7-0

    Florida     W            2-1

    Florida     L              2-1

    Stetson    W            1-0

    JU           W            5-0

    FIU         W            1-0

    USF         W            2-0

    Miami     W            1-0

    UCF        L              3-2

    JU           W            7-0

    UCF        W            3-0



    Florida State has fared pretty well versus the SEC over the last five years. The Seminoles have posted an impressive 10-4 record versus all SEC competition since 2000 and the program is 16-13-2 all-time against Southeastern Conference foes. After last week’s win over Ole Miss, new head coach Mark Krikorian has a lifetime record of 3-2 against SEC schools with all four of his previous games coming against the University of Florida. The Seminoles have struggled on the road versus SEC opponents though going just 4-7-1 at their SEC opponent’s pitch. Florida State has won just two regular season road games versus an SEC opponent in team history and those came at Auburn in 1999 and in Oxford, MS this year. The other two wins both came versus the Gators in Gainesville in the NCAA Tournament but the Seminoles still have never won a regular season match at Percy Beard Stadium.



    India Trotter has done it again. The Seminole junior scored in her third straight game versus UCF last week and upped her goal total to five on the year. In her 46 games coming into the 2005 season, Trotter had scored three goals total, each coming in a different game. This year Trotter has already scored in more games through six matches than she did in the previous two years with five goals scored in five of FSU’s six games. She has tied her career total for points in just six games with 12. Trotter came into the season with a lifetime shot percentage of .043. This season that number is .333, an increase of over 774%. What that means is when Trotter takes a shot this year it is almost eight times more likely to result in a goal than in her first two seasons as a Seminole.



                                2004            2005

    GAMES             46                6

    GOALS              3                  5

    GOALS/GM      0.06             0.83

    ASSISTS           6                  2

    ASSTS/GM       0.13             0.33

    SHOTS               69                15

    SHOTS/GM       1.50             2.50

    SHOTS:GOALS    23:1             3:1

    SOG                    19                9

    SOG/GM            0.41             1.5

    SOG:GOALS     6.3:1            1.8:1

    GWA                  1                  1             



    During the Seminoles rise to prominence in the first five years of 2000, Patrick Baker’s key to success was always strong defense. Looking at the results thus far, not much has changed in that respect under new coach Mark Krikorian. The Seminoles have allowed just one goal in six games this season covering almost 555 minutes. The team’s GAA is 0.16 and they have shutout five of the first six opponents on the schedule. The team is currently in the midst of a shutout streak that sits at 380:19 and dating back to Baker’s 2004 squad FSU has allowed just one goal in the last 760 minutes. That is an amazing streak but FSU’s all-time streak is 637:34 set in 2003, which was as impressive as any streak in school history. The Seminoles current streak is already the third-best all-time and would jump up to second with 8:02 of shutout play versus Florida. Florida State‘s run of four straight shutouts is the second best string in the program’s 11 years. The 2003 team holds the record with six straight shutouts en route to a College Cup.



    637:34               2003

    388:20               2000

    380:19             2005

    356:54               2004

    303:35               1999

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