Oct. 27, 2005
Clemson Game Notes
SERIES RECORD: Clemson leads 5-7-1
IN CLEMSON: Clemson leads 2-5
WIN STREAK: FSU is 3-0-1 in the last four
LAST MEETING: Teams tied 2-2 at ACC Tournament
Clemson was the first ACC team FSU ever beat and that win came back in 1996. It was the lone bright spot in the series for FSU up until 2001. The Tigers led the all-time series 7-2 up until 2001 but FSU is unbeaten in the last four meetings (3-0-1). Florida State is on a two-game win streak in regular season games versus the Tigers in Clemson and the Seminoles have won four straight ACC matches in the series. The last time FSU lost a conference game in Clemson was 1999. With those four straight ACC wins, the Seminoles are now 5-5 all-time versus the Tigers in conference games after getting off to a 1-5 start. The last six meetings between the teams have either been decided by one goal or ended up in ties. In ACC games, FSU and Clemson have played five straight one-goal games dating back to 2000 and FSU is 4-1 in those matches. This is the first time the teams have ever closed out ACC play against one another. In fact this is the latest the teams have ever met in the regular season and only the third time they have ever played in October. The previous two late season meetings have both been FSU wins. The first one came in Tallahassee October 20, 1996 by a 1-0 score. The next was in Clemson October 14, 2003 and was also a 1-0 Seminole victory.
India Trotter‘s All-America caliber season continued Tuesday night in Florida State‘s win over the Citadel. The junior midfielder picked up an assist in the Seminoles’ 5-0 victory. The assist gave her eight on the season, tied for the fourth-most in one season in FSU history. Trotter came into the season with six career assists but she didn’t have a single one last season despite starting 19 games. The eighth assist was actually a pretty big one for Trotter. The Ft. Lauderdale native now has eight goals and eight assists on the season making Trotter just the second player in FSU history to ever have as many as eight goals and eight assists in a year. The only other player to ever accomplish that feat was Cindy Schofield in 2001 when she recorded 17 goals and eight assists. With one more assist, Trotter will have the most goals in a season by any player with nine or more assists. She is also just three assists away from tying the single season record in that.
After downing the Citadel Tuesday night, the Seminoles improved to 8-0 in non-conference games. This is the first time an FSU team has ever gone through a regular season undefeated in non-conference games. The previous best mark was 8-2-2 set in 2002. That’s a pretty remarkable feat when you consider that FSU’s schedule is rated as the eighth-hardest in the nation and the second-most difficult among ACC teams. The ratings are compiled by SoccerRatings.com, which uses a system similar to the RPI to rank schools. The ACC is the number one rated conference in the rankings and four ACC teams are among the top 10. North Carolina is No. 2, FSU is No. 6, Virginia is No. 8 and Duke is No. 10 in this week’s poll. No other conference has more than two top 10 teams in the Albyn Jones rankings. What’s even more amazing is the way FSU has preformed versus that schedule. The Seminoles currently sit in eighth place in the NCAA for winning percentage at .875, which doesn’t include the win over the Citadel. Of the seven teams ahead of FSU in winning percentage in the NCAA, none has played a tougher schedule and none of the six teams with a tougher schedule has a better winning percentage. Nobody on America this year has had the success against a schedule as difficult as FSU’s.
BOAST IN THE COAST
Florida State will head into Clemson this weekend as the hottest team in the conference. FSU has won a school-record seven straight games and six in a row in ACC play. No other ACC team, outside of the Seminoles, is on a winning streak of more than three games. The only team this season to have a longer overall win streak was North Carolina who began the year 13-0.The six game ACC win streak isn’t only the longest active streak this season but it is also the longest conference winning streak of the year. The previous best streak was five games and set by UNC. If the Seminoles are able to beat Clemson, they would join North Carolina as only the second team in ACC history to ever win seven straight conference matches. Florida State‘s record-breaking ACC season is just another example of how far this program has come in ACC play. Over the last three seasons, only North Carolina has won more conference games than Florida State. With eight wins this year, the Tar Heels have 24 victories in conference action since 2003. Florida State has 16 and is tied with Virginia for second place. In just the last three seasons, FSU has accumulated four more wins than the program had in the previous eight seasons combined.
STRAIGHT TO THE TOP
India Trotter came into the 2005 season with just two points in her career in ACC play and both of those came on a game-winning goal at Miami last season. The junior has really flipped things around in ACC games this year. With her four assists Trotter has now tied Amber Tollefson for the single season record for ACC assists. She also has three goals, tied for the fourth-most ever, and her 10 points are the second-most in a single conference season as well. Trotter will need three points in the final ACC game of the year to record the most prolific offensive season by an FSU player in conference play. Tollefson and Cindy Schofield currently own the record with 12 points each.
The FSU offense has been red hot in 2005. With the five goals scored against the Citadel, FSU has hit the 50-goal plateau for just the fourth time in school history. Florida State is only one goal away from tying for third place and five away from second. The all-time record was set in 2003 when that team scored 60 goals on its way to the College Cup. That was also the last time FSU had three players with 20 or more points on the season, that was until this year. For just the third time in 11 years, FSU has three players over the 20-point mark. The only other time that happened was 2001 and 2003. This year’s squad is already third all-time with 145 points on the season. In 2005, 18 different players have recorded a point, which equals the record for the most players with a point in a year. This is the third time that 18 players have at least one point in a season.
With a school record 15 wins, FSU will enter the final game of the regular season looking to move within one win of the single season victory mark set in 2003. That team won 17 in advancing to the College Cup. With as many wins as FSU has in 2005, there are going to be a few players with some game-winning goals. Sel Kuralay and Viola Odebrecht have combined for nine game-winners and are both chasing the single season record of seven set by Leah Gallegos in 2003. Those two aren’t the only Seminoles with game-winners in 2005, not even close. For just the second time in team history, FSU has eight different players with a game-winning goal. No team has ever had more and only one team, the 2000 Seminoles, has had as many. Every starter except for Katrin Schmidt and Teresa Rivera, both defenders, has a GWG. This year’s team has already set a record for the amount of players with game-winners in ACC play. Six Seminoles have scored a game-winning goal in conference play with Kuralay being the only FSU player with multiple ACC game winners.
Tuesday night’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.
OH WHAT A NIGHT
Talk about a senior send off, Alli Ferreri couldn’t have asked for much more in her regular season home finale. The four-year senior recorded the fifth start of her career, logged the most minutes she’s ever had in a game and to top it all off scored two goals. Ferreri already came into the match as one of only nine FSU players in school history to record a goal in each of her four seasons, but she had never scored more than one in any year. Tuesday night versus the Citadel she got two in a game. Ferreri is the sixth FSU senior to record a goal on senior night but she is the first one to ever score two goals in a senior night game. This season she has equaled her career goal total with three and is just one point away from tying her career total there as well. She has set new single season records for goals and points in 2005.
The Seminoles’ unprecedented success on the field has spilled over to the campus and community judging by the stands this year. For the first time ever, FSU has drawn over 1,350 fans for two home games in one season. FSU soccer fans set a school record when 1,912 came out to watch FSU battle North Carolina marking the first time ever that more than 1,603 fans had ever watched a soccer game at FSU. Tallahassee hasn’t just come out on certain nights either the community has consistently supported the team this year. The Seminoles are averaging 949 fans per game marking the first time ever FSU has drawn an average of more than 900 per game. The previous best average was 865 and set during the 2003 season. That number would put FSU in the top 20 for average attendance by 2004 standards. With nine home games the total attendance number for FSU is once again impressive. For the fifth time in the last six seasons FSU’s total attendance has been above 8,500. If FSU is able to host a few NCAA Tournament matches that total attendance figure should grow to over 10,000 for just the third time ever.
FIVE IN THE TOP 25
FSU’s wins over top 25 teams Wake Forest and Duke last week gave Florida State four wins over teams ranked in the top 25 of the NSCAA this year. The last time Florida State beat four NSCAA ranked teams in the regular season was in 2000. Not only have they beat four NSCAA ranked teams in 2005, FSU has beaten three of those ranked teams in the last five games. In 2000 FSU beat three top 10 teams and one top 20 squad. This season Florida State has victories over two top 10 teams, one top 15 team and one top 25 team. So far in 2005 the Seminoles have defeated more top 25 NCSAA sides than they did the last two regular seasons combined. This was just the second time in team history that FSU won back-to-back regular season games versus top 25 squads. The last time that happened was 2004 when FSU opened the season with home wins over No. 8 Tennessee and No. 14 Arizona State. The Seminoles will have a chance Saturday night to tie the single season record for wins over teams ranked by the NSCAA when they travel to No. 23 Clemson. Florida State already has tied the record for top 25 wins in the regular season with four. The 2000 team picked up one of its wins in the NCAA Tournament.
THEY JUST KEEP COMING
As quickly as the wins keep rolling in for the Seminoles the records are falling. No matter what happens Saturday night at Clemson, the 2005 Seminoles have now 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. Even if Florida State is unable to get a result versus the Tigers in their final match, FSU will still finish the season with a winning percentage above .700 for the first time in program history. 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. If the Seminoles are able to win out, they will have the second-most victories ever including postseason games only one behind the team that won six postseason games en route to the College Cup.
YR REC WIN % YR REC WIN %
2005 15-2-0 .882 2005 7-2-0 .778
2004 12-5-1 .694 2003 4-2-1 .643
2001 13-6-0 .684 2004 5-3-1 .611
2000 12-6-1 .658 2001 4-3-0 .571
2002 11-5-3 .658 2002 3-3-1 .500
1996 12-6-1 .658 2000 2-4-1 .357
2003 11-6-1 .639 1998 1-5-1 .214
1999 9-9-1 .500 1996 2-5-0 .286
1998 7-10-3 .425 1999 0-6-1 .071
1997 8-11-0 .421 1997 0-7-0 .000
1995 4-13-1 .250 1995 0-7-0 .000
With all the offense the 2005 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 started every game in front of keeper Ali Mims for FSU this year, with the exception of the Citadel, and the line-up is working in record fashion. The Seminoles have allowed just 13 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 two games all season where FSU has given up more than one goal. The 2005 team has seven shutouts already and is just two away from tying the record set last season. Their GAA of 0.75 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 17 games, FSU’s opponents have taken 135 shots, which is 66 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 2 135
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