Sept. 22, 2004
Since Patrick Baker took over the FSU program, the Seminoles have recorded their first-ever victory against three different ACC schools and have beaten every team in the conference except for Virginia. The Tribe advanced past the Cavs in a shootout at the 2001 ACC Championships but that game was officially a tie. FSU has been close to breaking through versus UVA losing the last seven conference meetings by just one goal each time including an overtime loss in 1998. In six of FSU’s 10 losses to Virginia, the Cavs have either tied or won the game with less than 10:00 on the clock and on four occasions the goal came with under two minutes remaining in the match.
Last season the Seminoles looked like they were ready to put an end to the Cav Curse with a 2-1 lead and the clock nearing the 86th minute. Virginia tied the game with 5:00 left and then won the match with :27 left. The curse not only got the Cavaliers the two goals they needed but also kept an FSU goal out. Jez Ratliff’s shot with :12 left bounced off the inside of the UVA goal post, into the back of a defender and out of bounds. During the regular season in 2001, FSU held a 2-1 lead over the Cavs in Charlottesville before Virginia evened the match with just over 20:00 remaining. The Cavaliers then got the game-winner with less than two minutes left in regulation. In 2000, FSU and UVA were tied at 0-0 before the Cavaliers scored another 89th-minute goal to record a 1-0 win. The meeting between the two schools in 1999 was another tough one for the Tribe. Once again the game was scoreless going into the final 10:00 before UVA scored to win 1-0. The regular season meeting in 1998 might have been the most heartbreaking of all the losses FSU has suffered at the hands of the Cavs. The Garnet and Gold took a 3-2 lead in to the 89th minute before UVA once again tied the match and won the game just six minutes in to OT. In 1997 Virginia used another 89th-minute goal to beat Florida State.
2003 85:00 89:33
2001 68:36 88:04
1998 89:00 97:00
After starting the season averaging just over 10 shots a game, the Tribe has really started to take more chances at goal over the last four matches. In the first four games of the year FSU averaged 10.5 shots per game, in the last four matches that averaged has jumped to 25. Florida State has taken at least 20 shots in each of the last four matches and in one of those games they even eclipsed the 30 shot mark. Last year FSU had one four game stretch when they recorded at least 20 shots in each game and it came at almost the exact same point of the season. This year it was games 5-8 and that year it was games 4-7. During those four games the Tribe also recorded exactly 100 shots. The only other time FSU had four straight games with 20 or more shots was back in 1996. The Tribe did it versus Furman (24), Tennessee (21), Mississippi (24) and Georgia State (21). Although FSU took 32 shots versus Stetson earlier this year, the 25 shots they took versus Clemson were probably more impressive. The Tribe had only recorded 10 shots in a half once in 11 meetings with Clemson yet they recorded double digit shots in both halves of this season’s game. Florida State set records for most shots in a half, most first half shots, most second half shots and most total shots versus the Tigers in series history. The Seminole record for most shots in an ACC game was set last season versus NC State when the Seminoles launched 32 shots.
KEEP CLIMBING (GALLEGOS IN THE RECORD BOOKS)
Leah Gallegos continues to flourish despite being the most recognizable personality player to opposing defense. The junior recorded an assist in each of FSU’s first four matches and then followed that up by scoring goals in the next three games. The seven game streak with at least one point was the longest season opening streak in FSU history. The run came to an end versus FIU when the star left the game just three minutes in due to an injury. During the streak Gallegos continued to move up the FSU career record charts and it now seems unavoidable that she will hold every offensive record ever established at FSU. She is already second on the career goal scoring list and just 13 away from a new record. She is tied for first with 11 career game-winning goals and she is in first all alone with four golden goals. Gallegos is the only player in FSU history to have more than one career golden goal and the junior has four. Her 73 career points are now just three away from taking over second place all time as well.
SHUTTING `EM DOWN EARLY (EARLY SEASON SHUTOUTS)
The FSU defense seems to be returning to the form that they displayed in 2003 when they set season records for goals allowed and shutouts. The Tribe has shutout four of its last six opponents and has allowed just one goal in the last 392:49. This is the most shutouts an FSU team has ever amassed in the first eight games of a season. The 1996 team also recorded four shutouts in the first eight games and went on to post eight in the season. Last year’s squad that set so many shutout records didn’t record its first blanking until the 10th game of the year. Dating back to last season, FSU has now recorded shutouts in 13 of its last 23 matches.
Shutouts Thru 8 Games
SO FAR SO GOOD (BEST START IN SCHOOL HISTORY)
With the win over FIU Sunday, the Seminoles upped their record to 7-1-0. The 7-1 start is the best in team history, besting the 6-2 mark set by the 1996 squad. Baker’s 2001 squad won seven of its first nine games, which was the best start of the Baker era. One of the goals that Baker has set for this year’s squad is to have a special regular season. The team has never finished a year with less than seven losses and with so many goals already reached, finishing a year with fewer than seven losses is a big regular season goal for the team. With 10 regular season games remaining, FSU will play five teams that made the 2003 NCAA Tournament starting Friday night with a Virginia squad that FSU has never beaten.
SUN, SHINE ON ME (FSU’S RECORD ON SUNSHINE)
The only person happier than FSU’s out-of-state parents to see the Sunshine Network cameras Friday night should be Patrick Baker. Since 2001, FSU is 8-3 when they play on the Sunshine Network and all three losses have come to Florida. So if you take the Gators out of the equation, FSU has won nine straight games on Sunshine against everybody except a certain team from Gainesville. When it comes to ACC games, the numbers are even better. Florida State has won four straight conference matches broadcast by the Sunshine Network dating back to 2001. The last time FSU lost an ACC game broadcast by the Sunshine Network was in 2000 when Virginia beat FSU on senior night at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Before losing back-to-back Sunshine Network games versus Florida, the Tribe had won six straight games televised by Sunshine.
Ole Miss W
NC State W
NC State W
CAV-A-FEAR (RANDOM NOTES FROM THE FSU/UVA SERIES)
Camie Bybee is the only active Seminole to have a goal against UVa…Katie Beal is the only player to be in the Seminoles starting line-up in the last four games vs. UVa…Ali Mims has 18 career saves vs. UVa, 12 of which helped lead the Seminoles to their only tie against Virginia…Each of FSU’s last five losses to UVa have been by one goal…Leah Gallegos’ three shots on goal against UVa are the most by any Seminoles player dating back to 1999…In 2003 Florida State set records for most shots (13) and most shots on goal (8) in a game vs. UVa.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING (FIRST STARTS VERSUS FIU)
Three players made the first starts of the season for FSU versus FIU with two of those three players garnering the first starts of their careers. Alli Ferreri, Sarah Rosseau and Colette Swensen each cracked the starting 11 for FSU. The start was the second of Ferreri’s career but the first ever for sophomore’s Rosseau and Swensen who each overcame some long odds to make it into the starting line-up. Rosseau lost a full year due to back surgery and spent all of 2003 working her way back to playing shape. While the start was her first of the year, Rosseau’s playing time has steadily increased each game in 2004. Swensen was a walk-on from Team Boca who has earned a spot the last two seasons due to her high fitness level. Few probably ever envisioned her making the starting line-up but her work ethic got her a start on a top five team in the ACC.
WE PLAY SOMEWHERE ELSE? (FSU’S FIRST ROAD TRIP)
Nine games in and a month after the season began; FSU will finally play a road match when they travel to Coral Gables Monday to face Miami. The first-ever ACC match between the schools was postponed due to Hurricane Frances. The game versus Miami will signal the first of four road matches for the Seminoles in their last nine games. Considering FSU played nine straight home games leading up to Miami, playing almost 50% of the last nine games away from home will seem like a prolonged road trip. Thanks to Hurricane Frances, the Seminoles picked up their 14th home game of the 2004 season when Georgia was added to the slate. Florida State has never played 14 regular season home games in team history. The team did play 15 home matches in 2002 but three of those games came in the ACC and NCAA Tournaments. Depending on how the season goes, if FSU hosts an opening round NCAA Tournament game for the fourth time in five seasons, and wins the first match, the Tribe will host 16 home games. In 1995 and 1996 combined, FSU hosted just 15 home games total.
CANE MUTINY (RANDOM NOTES FROM THE FSU/UM SERIES)
Florida State has won the last 4 meanings going back to 2000 while out scoring Miami 15-4…Julia Schnugg and Camie Bybee each have 6 points in their respective careers against Miami…Leah Gallegos has scored a goal in each of the previous two meetings with Miami…Florida State has started a different goalie against Miami in the last three games, all of which are currently on the team…In 2003 Florida State scored the most goals ever against Miami with seven and also won the game by the largest margin of goals against Miami with six…In 2003 Florida State also set records for most shots (23) and most shots on goals (13) in games vs. Miami…Julia Schnugg’s six shots in one game is tied with three other players for most shots vs. Miami in a game…Florida State has held Miami to one goal in each of the previous four meetings.
FRIDAY NIGHT RECORDS
Since Patrick Baker took over the Seminole soccer program in 1999, FSU has lost just two home games on a Friday night (17-2-3) and is 7-2-0 versus ranked opponents on a Friday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The Seminoles are also 26-3-3 since 1999 at home under the lights and FSU is 11-3-0 at night against ranked teams at home. In his five seasons at FSU, Baker has recorded wins under the lights in Tallahassee versus No. 6 UF (2000), No. 7 Texas A&M (2000), No. 20 Wake Forest (2000), No. 21 Maryland (2001), No. 17 Clemson (2002), No. 21 Florida (2002), No. 14 Arizona State (2004) and No. 7 Clemson (2004).
Big crowds are expected for home games all season long and crowds of 1000 or more are becoming more common for a Florida State team that has been to four straight NCAA Tournaments, three Sweet 16s and a College Cup. One of the reasons fans keep coming back is that head coach Patrick Baker and the Seminoles make sure they leave happy. With the win over No. 7 Clemson to open the ACC season, FSU moved to 10-1-0 all-time when 1,000 fans show up on Friday night.
FSU AT HOME ON FRIDAY NIGHTS
NC State 2-2
No. 6 Florida 3-2
No. 7 Texas A&M 4-1
George Mason 3-2
Oregon State 0-0 (OT)
Missouri 2-2 (OT)
No. 17 Clemson 4-3 (OT)
No. 21 Florida 2-1
Ole Miss 2-0 (NCAA’s)
No. 19 USC 1-2
No. 14 Maryland 2-1
No. 12 Duke 3-0
NC State 1-0
No. 14 Arizona State 3-2
No. 6 Florida 1-2
No. 7 Clemson 2-1
1000 FANS ON FRIDAY NIGHTS
GAME FANS SCORE
Florida (2002) 1603 2-1
Florida (2000) 1282 3-2
Arizona St (2004) 1247 3-2
Maryland (2003) 1116 2-1
NC State (2003) 1095 1-0
Miami (2003) 1084 7-1
Clemson (2002) 1051 4-3
Duke (2003) 1046 3-0
Dartmouth (2003) 1003 5-0
Arizona State (2004) 1247 3-2
Florida (2004) 1018 1-2
Clemson (2004) 1023 2-1
THIS HAS A FAMILIAR FEEL (WINNING ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK)
Florida State sophomore Julia Schnugg picked up the first ACC Player of the Week award of her young career September 20th. The forward is FSU’s first recipient of the ACC Player of the Week award this season and she is now the first FSU player to ever receive the honor this early into a season. FSU players have been named ACC POW’s on seven occasions and Schnugg is just the third to ever win the award in September. Amber Tollefson was named ACC Player of the Week on September 24, 2001 and Leah Gallegos won the award September 23, 2003. Schnugg was named the ACC POW September 20th. Despite Schnugg winning the award on the earliest date ever, all three players really won the award at the same time as each player was named ACC POW after playing eight games.
SEMINOLE STARS (LAST WEEK’S BIG BALLERS)
Julia Schnugg, SO
F, Alamo, CA
Florida State University
Sophomore Julia Schnugg had a hand in two of FSU’s three wins last week and recorded a point in all three matches. The Alamo, CA native started the week with an assist in a 5-0 win over Jacksonville. She then scored FSU’s game-winning goal over No. 10 Clemson and recorded the game-winning assist versus FIU as the Tribe went 3-0 last week and improved to 7-1 on the year, the best start in school history. The forward led FSU in goals (1), assists (2), points (4), shots (12) and game-winning goals (1) last week. Her goal versus the Tigers extended FSU’s win streak in ACC openers to four, the longest active streak in the conference. It also gave FSU its fourth straight ACC win over Clemson, which is the first time in school history FSU has ever had a four-game win streak versus any conference foe. It was the second ACC goal of Schnugg’s career and her first ACC game-winner. Her assist versus FIU set up the only goal of the game allowing FSU to extend its current win streak to four games.
Leah Gallegos, JR
F, Los Angeles, CA
Florida State University
Continued her hot start to the season as she scored in her second and third consecutive game and upped her season opening run of consecutive games with a point to a record seven before leaving the third game of the week with an injury. Led FSU in goals with two as the Tribe went 3-0 and recorded the best start in team history as the squad currently stands at 7-1. Gallegos started the week off by scoring one of FSU’s five goals in a win over Jacksonville. The junior’s volley put the Tribe up 2-0. Had one of the most spectacular goals of her career to put FSU up 1-0 versus top 10 team and ACC rival Clemson. With the Tribe dominating the game but unable to find the back of the net, Gallegos took it upon herself to change the game. Melissa Samokishyn got the MAC Hermann candidate the ball and her first touch against the grain got her past the first two Tiger defenders. She then moved inside the 18 and dribbled past three more Clemson players cutting and slashing before she went back to the near post putting the Tribe up 1-0. The goal was the fourth of her career versus Clemson and moved her into a tie for second place all-time on the career goal scoring list with 28 goals in just 47 starts. She is now alone in second place on the career ACC goal scorers list as well at FSU. Gallegos started the third game of the week but left after just a few minutes due to an injury and did not return.
Kelly Rowland, S0
D, Wallingford, PA
Florida State University
Not only anchored a defense that allowed just one goal in 270 minutes but she recorded a game-winning goal and an assist in FSU’s 3-0 week. Rowland and the FSU defense shutout two of the three opponents they faced and have now shutout four of the last six teams. The defense has allowed just one goal in the last 392:49. The center back started the week with an assist Tuesday night in FSU’s 5-0 win over Jacksonville. The assist was a thing of beauty as she made an amazing read. Rowland saw a passing lane right across the field where she was able to feed Jez Ratliff with a long diagonal ball right on to her foot. The senior sent the ball to Sarah Rosseau in the middle of the box where the red-shirt sophomore one-timed the finish. Although Rowland didn’t point versus No. 7 Clemson, she and the back line held the potent Tiger attack off the board for 85 minutes allowing a late goal when FSU was already in command at 2-0. She then helped FSU pitch another shutout versus FIU and scored the game-winning goal. The goal came off a corner kick and was played to the backpost where Rowland blasted home the header goal. The goal was the only one scored in the match.
When FSU kicks off with Miami Sunday, it will mark the fourth game of the year versus a Florida school. The Tribe will still play USF and UCF before finishing of its run of seven Florida schools. Winning inside the state of Florida is a priority to head coach Patrick Baker and if you doubt that just look at the record. The Seminoles are 27-3-0 versus Florida schools since 2000. In four years, FSU has never lost to a Florida school with the exception of the Gators and FSU leads that series 4-3 since then. The Seminoles have won 20 of their last 22 matches against Sunshine state opponents. Baker knew when he came to FSU that on his road to being the best in the nation he had to first become the best in the state and his teams have won the state title three of the last four seasons. The plan didn’t get off to a great start as the coach’s first two losses at FSU came to Florida and Miami by a combined score of 8-1, since then Baker has defeated 31 of the next 34 Florida team’s his Seminoles have faced. Twice in the last five years Baker 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.