Nov. 15, 2005
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CROSS THAT OFF THE LIST
This is the fourth time in six trips to the NCAA Tournament that Florida State has advanced to the round of 16. In 2000 and 2001 FSU lost to Clemson by scores of 2-0 and 1-0 in South Carolina. In 2002 it was a 1-0 loss to UConn in Storrs. Florida State finally got over the hump in 2003 when they traveled to West Virginia and beat the Mountaineers 3-2 in double OT. After three shutout losses, the game played in Morgantown in 2003 was not only the first win for FSU but it was the first game the Seminoles even scored in. After a first round exit in 2004, FSU will host the first ever round of 16 match played in Tallahassee this weekend. This year’s run through the NCAA’s is unlike any other for FSU. Although the program has advanced to the third round four times now, none of the routes have ever been like this. For the first time FSU went on the road and won both games in the first two rounds of the tournament. In the first five NCAA invites FSU had been sent on the road twice to open play. In 2001 the squad was sent to Clemson where they won the first game but lost the second. In 2004 it was off to Gainesville where FSU tied BC in the opening game and was knocked out in a shootout. The three previous trips to the round of 16 all started with at least one home game. In 2000 a home win versus JU started FSU’s run. In 2002 there were home victories over Ole Miss and Auburn and in 2003 over Dartmouth and Auburn once again. Sunday’s match versus Cal will be the latest soccer game ever played at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The latest game ever played coming into 2005 was November 17, 2003 when FSU beat Auburn 2-1 to advance to UConn for the Sweet 16.
GRIN AND BEAR IT
SERIES RECORD: First Meeting
IN TALLAHASSEE: First Meeting
WIN STREAK: First Meeting
LAST MEETING: First Meeting
For the second game in a row, Florida State will take on an opponent they have never faced before. Last weekend it was Illinois and this Sunday it will be Cal. This is the fourth time FSU will play a first time opponent this season and the Seminoles are 3-0 in those matches out scoring their opponents 9-2. Despite the lopsided score, two of the matches have been close. The Seminoles needed double overtime to beat Loyola Marymount 2-1 and then got by Illinois by the same score. The only first time opponent FSU was able to handle easily was The Citadel who FSU beat 5-0. Since 2000, FSU is 13-8-1 against first time opponents with half those losses coming against Penn State, Portland, UConn and Santa Clara which are four of the top 10 programs in soccer today. Since 2000, the Seminoles are 6-2 at home against first time opponents. The last time FSU lost at home to a first time opponent was in 2003 when the Seminoles opened the season with back-to-back losses against USC and Penn State.
This will be just the ninth game FSU has ever played versus a PAC-10 squad and six of the eight meetings have all come since 2002. FSU is 6-1-1 all-time against PAC-10 squads and 3-1-1 at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The only Pac-10 team from California FSU has ever played is USC and the Seminoles are 2-1 in that series. Head coach Mark Krikorian has only faced two teams from the Pac-10 in his D-I coaching career and he is 1-1 in those games. His win came earlier this season when FSU opened 2005 with a 4-0 win over NCAA Tournament team USC. Krikorian’s only Pac-10 loss ironically came versus Cal during his time at Hartford. In his first season at Hartford, Krikorian’s Hawks lost 5-0 to the Bears in Berkeley. This is the first time Krikorian has led a team versus a Pac-10 squad in the NCAA Tournament.
SIXTEEN IS SWEET
Although the third round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament isn’t called the Sweet 16 it has been just that for Florida State. Entering the 2000 season the Seminoles had not been to a single NCAA Tournament. Six years later the squad is preparing for its fourth round of 16 match. The Seminoles are one of only 11 schools that have been to four or more third round games in the last six years. Only seven schools have been to more and among that group are three National Champions. This group of 11 schools represents some of the most successful programs in the history of women’s college soccer including North Carolina, Portland, Santa Clara and Notre Dame among others. Virginia join FSU and UNC as the only ACC schools on the list and only North Carolina has gone more times than the Seminoles. The ACC leads the way with three teams on the list while the BIG EAST (Notre Dame and UConn), Big 12 (Nebraska and Texas A&M) and the WCC (Portland and Santa Clara) each have two. Regionally speaking, FSU is the only southern team to make it onto the list.
16’s SINCE 2000
Santa Clara 6
Texas A&M 5
Penn State 5
Florida State 4
Notre Dame 4
Florida State soccer players love playing under the lights at the Seminole Soccer Complex but do they know what’s best for them? This year’s team has been much better when playing under natural light. FSU is 11-0-0 this season in daytime games outscoring opponents 30-5. Florida State has recorded some of its biggest wins of the season in the daytime. The Seminoles have defeated five ranked teams in day games (USC, Ole Miss, BC, Duke and Clemson). In those five daytime wins over ranked opponents, the Seminoles combined to defeat those ranked teams by a score of 15-1. In home day games Florida State has outscored the competition 8-2 including wins over top 10 teams in Duke and BC. The Seminoles have not lost to a top 10 team at home during the day, which is a good sign with a 1:00 p.m. start versus sixth-ranked Cal.
As if being in the lower part of a bracket with North Carolina wasn’t enough, the Seminoles aren’t going to get any upset help on their path to the College Cup. Every seeded team on FSU’s side of the bracket advanced. The `right side’ of the bracket couldn’t have been drawn up any better in the eyes of the NCAA with two matches between No. 1 and No. 4 seeds and two matches between teams seeded No. 2 and No. 3. The other side of the bracket didn’t work quite as neatly. Three-seeded teams were upset leaving just one game between two seeded squads. No. 1 Penn State and No. 4 Texas A&M are the only seeds that will face one another on that side of the bracket. No. 1 Portland and No. 2’s Santa Clara and Notre Dame will both face non-seeded opponents. That means there is a possibility that just one seeded team will still be alive when the tournament moves to the quarterfinals next week on that side of the bracket. On the other hand, the right side of the bracket will see seeded opponents in each quarterfinal match.
The right side of the bracket isn’t just holding to form; it looks pretty familiar to FSU as well. There are four ACC teams remaining in the round of 16 and three are on the same side. Florida State, North Carolina and Virginia are all right siders while Boston College is the only ACC school on the other side. The ACC can get a max of three teams to the College Cup as UNC and Virginia wouldn’t meet until the semifinal round. If the Seminoles are able to advance past Cal, they would be on a collision course with No. 1 seed UNC granted they get past Pepperdine.
SIGNS, SIGNS, EVERYWHERE SIGNS
If you are a believer in signs, here is one to look for Sunday. Florida State has never lost an NCAA Tournament game in which they have scored a goal. All five of FSU’s NCAA Tournament losses have been shutout victories or ties for their opponents. The only third round game FSU ever scored in was at West Virginia and the Seminoles ended up winning that game 3-2. All four of FSU’s shutout losses in the NCAA Tournament have come versus two teams in Clemson and UConn. The Tigers blanked FSU in 2000 and 2001. The Huskies recorded clean sheets against the Seminoles in 2002 and 2003. Last season it was BC who kept FSU off the board in a 0-0 tie in which the Eagles advanced on PK’s. On top of scoring a goal, here are a few other things to look for that might signal an FSU victory. Florida State is undefeated this year when leading at the half, scoring first, taking more corners, when they score two or more goals, in overtime and when they record a shutout. Want a sign that something bad may take place? FSU is 8-9 this season when they are trailing at the half, takes fewer shots, lets an opponent score first, scores one goal or allows two or more goals.
ANOTHER TOP TEAM
FSU’s win 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. Overall FSU has played 13 games versus teams ranked at one point during the season in any of the four polls. The Seminoles went 10-3 in those games. Not only has this squad beat six NSCAA ranked teams in 2005, FSU has beaten five of those ranked teams in the last 10 games. Florida State will get another shot at a Top 10 team when Cal comes to town Sunday. This will be FSU’s sixth game versus a Top 10 squad and the team has gone 2-3 in those matches. Cal enters the game ranked higher than FSU in the NSCAA poll and one spot behind the Seminoles in each of the other three polls. FSU has been the lower ranked team in the NSCAA heading into five previous matches and has gone 3-2 in those games winning the last two 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
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
Hello India Trotter. The junior is having an amazing year that has her in the running for All-America honors. She has scored 11 goals and has nine assists for 31 points. Amazing numbers considering the midfielder came into 2005 with three goals, six assists and 12 career points. If the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament was any indication, Trotter isn’t slowing down. In two games versus FAU and Illinois, the Ft. Lauderdale, FL native scored three goals matching 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 in one weekend. With her big weekend in Gainesville, Trotter is now tied for first in 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’s 2005 season is jaw-dropping when compared to her career numbers. With her 11 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 second on the team with 11 goals and is second with 31 points. Her ninth assist of the season tied her for the third-most in one season in FSU history and she now almost tripled her career point total in 24 fewer games. Trotter came into the year with six career assists but she didn’t have a single one last season despite starting 19 matches.
TROTTER 2003-04 V 2005
GAMES 46 22
POINTS 12 31
POINTS/GM 0.26 1.41
GOALS 3 11
GOALS/GM 0.06 0.50
ASSISTS 6 9
ASSTS/GM 0.13 0.41
SHOTS 69 52
SHOTS/GM 1.50 2.36
SHOTS:GLS 23:1 4.7:1
SOG 19 24
SOG/GM 0.41 1.09
SOG:GOALS 6.3:1 2.2:1
GWA 1 3
TWO IN ONE
While India Trotter may have been the only Seminole to record a two-goal game last weekend, she certainly isn’t alone in that category this year. Trotter’s multi-goal game versus FAU was the 11th recorded by a Seminole this season. Sel Kuralay leads the team with five and Trotter is second with three. The previous single season record for multi-goal games by FSU players was seven and that was set in 2001 and then equaled in 2003. Last year FSU players only accounted for one multi-goal game. That came from Julia Schnugg who returns this weekend as a Cal Bear. From 2002-2004, which is a span of 69 matches, FSU accumulated 13 multi-goal games, just two more than this year’s squad has amassed in just 22 games. While Trotter and Kuralay are the only Seminoles with more than one multi-goal game, this has been the most prolific team ever at FSU as far as that stat is concerned. With Viola Odebrecht, Alli Ferreri and Holly Peltzer each recording two or more goals in a match, the 2005 Seminoles have five players with multi-goal games, a new single season record. The previous record was four and that was also set and tied by the 2001 and 2003 squads.
I’M BUYING WHAT SHE’S SELIN
Seminole sophomore Selin (Sel) Kuralay is continuing her attack on the FSU record books in her first season. The forward leads the Seminoles in goals (16), points (40), game-winning goals (6), shots (91) and shots on goal (37). She is also tied for second with eight assists. 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. Cindy Schofield matched Kuralay in 2001 and 2002 by leading in every category but assists. However, a case can be made Kuralay’s season is the best among an impressive group. She has played fewer games but is second in points and third in goals, is tied for 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 22 40 16 8 6 91 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 0.76 GAA is 0.16 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 McKenzie as well. Mims is also close to passing McKenzie in one other very important category. With one more win, Mims will become the winningest keeper in Seminole history. The junior goalie has 26 career wins now, which is tied for first.
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 one goal in 270 career minutes of NCAA Tournament play. Her GAA is a stellar 0.333 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 three NCAA Tournament victories are one shy of tying a career mark at FSU and she is one of just three Seminole keepers to ever record a clean sheet in NCAA Tournament play.
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 opening round action, Florida State has played a whopping 13 games versus the NCAA Tournament field trailing only North Carolina and Virginia who played 14. The Seminoles have also played four games versus opponents who have advanced to the third round but gone just 1-3 in those matches. Those three ACC teams were among the top five for the most games played against the 2005 field entering the tournament joining Santa Clara and Texas. Overall, only eight of the 64 teams entered last week 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 even after the opening weekend of games that still have a winning percentage above .650 (out of the teams that have played 12 or more games). Florida State is now 10-3 in 13 games versus the NCAA Tournament group for a winning percentage of.769. Only the Tar Heels won more games (13) and had a better winning percentage (.929).
MOST AGAINST THE FIELD
TEAM GAMES WINS WIN %
North Carolina 14 13 .929
Virginia 14 9 .643
Florida State 13 10 .769
Texas 13 7 .538
Santa Clara 13 7 .538
Colorado 12 5 .417
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 68. 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 assist versus Illinois, Rowland has continued to increase her career record offensive numbers. Rowland now has 11 goals and 15 assists in her career making her the first defender ever at FSU to record double-digit goals and assists. Her assists last week bumped her career point total to 35, which was already a school record for a defender. Rowland is now all alone in first for points and assists and is tied for first for goals. 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 68 85 84
Gls 11* 8 11
Asst 15* 12 5
Pts 37* 28 27
*FSU record by a defender
WHAT IS IT ABOUT GAINESVILLE?
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 every time she steps on to the James G. Pressly grass. Coming into the NCAA Tournament, 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 must like it down there. Gainesville is just 130 miles from her Lake Mary home and she must feel comfortable because last weekend she was at it again. The sophomore scored her third goal of the season in Florida‘s James G. Pressly Stadium in FSU’s 3-0 win over FAU. Three of her seven goals have now come in Gainesville as she has scored more goals on UF’s pitch than she has on her own field (1). Peltzer is actually just more comfortable on the road when it comes to goal scoring. The forward has scored six of her seven goals away from home this season. She is comfortable scoring on the road and when coming off the bench as well. Peltzer has more goals (7) than starts (6) and only one of her seven goals has been scored in a game she started.
The 2005 Seminoles are shaping up to be the most dangerous offensive group ever at the school. The Seminoles enter the third round of the NCAA tournament with 62 goals, which is the most scored by an FSU team. FSU broke the all-time record set in 2003 in four fewer games. The team’s 57 assists rank third all-time and just one shy of moving into a tie for second. Florida State is also nearing the single season points record. FSU has amassed 181 points in 2005 just one shy of 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 over 1.2 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 16 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 182 (`03) 181 2
Points Per Gm 7.00 (`03) 8.23 2
Goals 62 (`05) 62 2
Goals Per Gm 2.55 (`96) 2.82 2
Assists 62 (`03) 57 2
Assists Per Gm 2.42 (`01) 2.59 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 all year including postseason play. The current record for fewest goals allowed was set last year and at 21. This year the squad has allowed only 16 and already set the record for the most shutouts in a season with 11. The most amazing stat concerning this year’s defense is the fact that they have allowed just four goals to non-conference opponents in 10 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 46 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 62 16 +46
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
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 87 games in front of keeper Ali Mims this year and the line-up is working in record fashion. The Seminoles have allowed just 16 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 0.72 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 22 games, FSU’s opponents have taken 163 shots, which are 38 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 3 163
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
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 almost 190 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 and one more victory would give the 2005 team 20, something that has never been done by an FSU team.
YR REC WIN % YR REC WIN %
2005 19-3-0 .864 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