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WEEKLY RELEASE: No. 11 Soccer Goes For Sixth Win In A Row Sunday Versus Ole Miss

Sept. 9, 2005

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    Last season was the first time in three years in which FSU and Ole Miss did not face one another. The teams met in the 2002 NCAA Tournament at FSU and then in Tallahassee in the 2003 regular season. This will be the first time FSU has ever played in Oxford, MS. The teams met once in Atlanta in the first-ever series meeting in 1996, which was a 2-2 tie.  Florida State has won the last two meetings and FSU has scored two goals in each of the three meetings between the teams. Both of the regular season contests in this series have gone to overtime. Kelly Rowland is the only current player on either side that has recorded a point in this series. She had a long throw-in that led to a goal in FSU’s 2-1 OT win in the 2003 meeting.



    SERIES RECORD: FSU leads 2-0-1

    IN OXFORD: First Meeting

    WIN STREAK: FSU has won two in a row

    LAST MEETING: FSU 2 Ole Miss 1 OT (2003)



    Florida State has fared pretty well versus the SEC over the last five years. The Seminoles have posted an impressive 9-4 record versus all SEC competition since 2000 and the program is 15-13-2 all-time against Southeastern Conference foes. New head coach Mark Krikorian has a lifetime record of 2-2 against SEC schools with all four games coming against the University of Florida. The Seminoles have struggled on the road versus SEC opponents though going just 3-7-1 at their SEC opponent’s pitch. Florida State has won just one regular season road game versus an SEC opponent in team history and that came at Auburn in 1999. The other two wins both came versus the Gators in Gainesville in the NCAA Tournament.



    Florida State‘s 3-0 win versus UCF Wednesday night tied three all-time records at FSU. With the victory, the 2005 Seminoles have now equaled the longest winning streak in program history (5), the longest road winning streak in team history (5) and the longest all-time unbeaten streak as well (7). This year’s Seminole team is the first ever to have the longest streak in each of those three categories but they will have to share the road winning streak with the 2004 club who started that run at the end of 2004. If the Seminoles can get a victory at Ole Miss, they will set new program-bests in all three categories and continue to add to their record for the longest winning streak to start a season, which is now up to five.



    She may wear the number six on her jersey but for burgeoning star Sel Kuralay it was all about the number seven this week. With her two goals versus UCF Wednesday night, Kuralay upped her goal total to seven, which equaled the most goals scored by a Seminole in 20 games last season. She has also tied last year’s point leader with 17 in a matter of five games. Kuralay is now just five goals away from moving into the top five for goals in a season and FSU still has a minimum of 14 games left to play. Kuralay also has three game-winning goals, which puts her just two shy of the top five in a single season as well. The Australian Olympian recorded her third multi-goal game of the year versus UCF and Kuralay is now second in FSU’s record books for both single season and career multi-goal games despite playing in only five matches. Last season FSU had just one player record a multi-goal game and that was Julia Schnugg versus Arizona State in the first game of the season.



    We sure would like to hear what first year head coach Mark Krikorian says to his team when they huddle up at halftime because boy does that speech work. Despite just a 10-7 edge in second half goals versus first, FSU has scored more goals in the second 45:00 than the first in four of five games this season. There has been just one game where FSU hasn’t scored in the second half and that was a 2-0 win over Mercer. It isn’t just FSU’s goals that increase in the second half. Florida State has taken 24 more shots in the second half (65-41) and three more corners (19-16). The most amazing thing about the Seminoles play is how their accuracy increases in the second half. Of FSU’s 41 first half shots 12 have been out on frame, which is just 3.5%. In the second half that number jumps to 51% as 33 of the team’s 65 shots have been put on goal.



    As good as a start as FSU soccer has gotten off to in 2005, they are just keeping pace with the rest of the ACC. Coming into Friday’s action, ACC teams were a combined 32-8-5 for a winning percentage of .766. Through 25 home matches, ACC teams have lost just twice posting a 21-2-2 record. So far this season ACC schools haven’t just won they have dominated opponents. In 43 matches, ACC schools have outscored their opponents 106-35, which is more than a 3 to 1 advantage. Nine ACC schools have GAA’s below 1.00 entering Friday’s games. Six ACC schools are undefeated and nine of the 11 have winning records. More than half of the conference’s women soccer teams are in the top 12 of this week’s Soccer America and Soccer Times  polls.  Five teams in the ACC are outscoring their opposition by two or more goals per game. Leading the way is North Carolina at 4.00 but FSU is right behind them with a scoring advantage of 3.50 goals per game.



    India Trotter has done it again. The Seminole junior scored in her third straight game Wednesday night 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 five matches than she did in the previous two years with five goals scored in four of FSU’s five games. She has tied her career total for points in just five games with 12. Trotter came into the season with a lifetime shot percentage of .043. This season that number is .417, an increase of over 969%. What that means is when Trotter takes a shot this year it is almost 10 times more likely to result in a goal than in her first two seasons as a Seminole.




                                2004            2005

    GAMES             46                5

    GOALS              3                  5

    GOALS/GM      0.06             1.0

    ASSISTS           6                  2

    ASSTS/GM       0.13             0.40

    SHOTS               69                12

    SHOTS/GM       1.50             2.40

    SHOTS:GOALS    23:1             2.4:1

    SOG                    19                9

    SOG/GM            0.41             1.8

    SOG:GOALS     6.3:1            1.8:1

    GWA                  1                  1             



    Starting a season 5-0 maybe something new for Florida State soccer but it is nothing new to head coach Mark Krikorian. The Seminoles’ first year coach knows quite a bit about winning streaks. Krikorian has put together 19+ game winning streaks three times in his illustrious coaching career. In 1992 he started the season with 20 straight wins and in 1994 and 1995 he never lost a game going 19-0 and then 20-0 for an unbelievable 39-game winning streak, which is the second-longest ever in Division II. Since Krikorian came aboard the Seminoles seem to be putting together one streak after another. FSU is in the midst of streaks for consecutive wins to start a season (5), consecutive wins (5), consecutive road wins (5) and consecutive shutouts (3) each one tying or besting a previous record except for consecutive shutouts, which ties the second-longest streak.



    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 five games this season covering almost 465 minutes. The team’s GAA is 0.19 and they have shutout four of the first five opponents on the schedule. The team is currently in the midst of a shutout streak that sits at 290:19 and dating back to Baker’s 2004 squad FSU has allowed just one goal in the last 670 minutes. That is an amazing streak but FSU’s all-time streak is 799:29 set in 2003, which was as impressive as any streak in school history. The Seminoles current streak is already the fifth-best all-time and would jump up to third with one more shutout.



    799:29               2003

    388:20               2000

    356:54               2004

    303:35               1999

    290:19             2005



    Florida State‘s win over UCF was the 51st win away from Tallahassee in program history. Why is that an important number? It is the first time FSU has been at .500 away from home since 1995 when FSU started their program 1-1-1 in games not played in Tallahassee. The Seminoles are currently 51-51-10 in program history when playing away from home. That is an amazing stat when you consider the team was 15-30-1 entering the 1999 season. Former head coach Patrick Baker deserves the credit for turning that around. In his tenure FSU went 33-21-9 winning 59% of its games away from home compared to just 33% before he arrived. New head coach Mark Krikorian is picking up right where Baker left off with a 3-0 start on the road getting FSU to the .500 mark for the first time in 11 years.



    Last year Florida State came into the season with 10 of 11 starters returning from a team that advanced to the College Cup. It seemed like there would be more consistency in the 2004 line-up than any before but injuries hit and FSU ended up starting 16 different line-ups in 20 games. Considering the team had the best regular season in school history is amazing with all that shuffling in the starting 11. Coming into 2005, FSU brought in nine newcomers and returned just four starters from the previous year yet through the first five games 10 players have started every game in the same position. Of those 10 players, seven are first year starters. That kind of consistency is a big key for a team that has so many new faces learning to play with one another.


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