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WEEKLY RELEASE: No. 6 Seminoles Brace For Two Huge ACC Games Versus Top 25 Teams

Oct. 19, 2005


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  • WAKE FOREST


    SERIES RECORD: Wake Forest leads 7-3-2


    IN TALLAHASSEE: Wake Forest leads 3-2


    WIN STREAK: FSU has won two in a row


    LAST MEETING: FSU 1 WF 0 (Tallahassee, FL)


     


    A-WAKE-ENING


    This is the 13th all-time meeting between Wake Forest and FSU and the 11th in regular season play. After a 1-0 win over the Demon Deacons last season in Tallahassee, Florida State has not lost to Wake Forest since 2002. That season the Demon Deacons beat FSU in Tallahassee 3-2 in double OT. Despite the lopsided series record, the last seven games in the series have gone back and forth. Since Wake jumped out to a 5-0 lead, FSU has gone 3-2-2 in the last seven meetings with the Deacs. Each of the last four meetings have all been decided by one goal or ended in a tie. In fact, eight of the 12 games in the series have been ties or one-goal matches. The last time either team won a match by more than one goal was in 2001 when Wake downed Florida State 4-2 in Winston-Salem, NC. No current Seminole has ever scored a goal against Wake but Kelly Rowland and India Trotter both have recorded an assist in the series. The Demon Deacons are 4-3 on the road this year and come into Friday night’s match on a two-game losing streak. Wake has scored six goals in their last six games played away from home and allowed eight in that span.


     


    DUKE


    SERIES RECORD: Duke leads 6-2-2


    IN TALLAHASSEE: Duke leads 3-2


    SERIES TREND: FSU is 2-1-1 in the last four


    LAST MEETING: Duke 2 FSU 0 (Durham, NC)


     


    BE DEVILED


    Sunday’s match will feature the two hottest teams in the ACC. The Blue Devils have been red hot in October going 4-0 out scoring their opponents 7-1. After Duke jumped out to a commanding 5-0-1 lead in the series, FSU wrestled control away going 2-0-1 in the next three meetings. The Blue Devils snapped that three-game winless streak versus Florida State last season in Durham though with a convincing 2-0 win. The last time Duke won a game versus FSU in Tallahassee was in 1999 when they downed the Seminoles 3-1. After playing a one-goal game in 2000 and back-to-back double-OT games in 2001 and 2002, the last two meetings have been decided by two or more goals. FSU’s 3-0 win in 2003, the last time Duke visited Tallahassee, was the most lopsided win in the series tying the 3-0 victory by Duke in 1996. The Blue Devils have allowed an amazing five goals all season, which is even more startling when you consider who they have played. The Blue Devils allowed the ACC’s top two teams, North Carolina and Virginia, to score just one goal combined. On the other hand, FSU has scored 12 goals in its last four ACC games. The match will pit the ACC’s top defense versus its second-best offensive squad.


     


    RANK & ROLL


    For the first time all season, Florida State will play two games on the same weekend versus top 25 teams. Wake Forest comes into Friday’s game ranked 18th while the Blue Devils are ranked as high as six in one poll. Since 2000 FSU has played back-to-back regular season games versus ranked opponents 10 times and only won both of those games once. That came in 2004 when FSU opened the season with home wins over No. 8 Tennessee and No. 14 Arizona State. Earlier this season the Seminoles played back-to-back games versus top 10 opponents within the span of a week when they faced No. 7 Florida and No. 1 North Carolina. The Seminoles split that set downing UF 4-2 and losing to UNC 4-1. Overall, Florida State is 6-16 since the 2000 season when playing consecutive regular season games versus ranked opponents. Since 2000, FSU has played an astonishing 18 sets of games versus ranked opponents and posted a 13-20-3 record in those games. Against the toughest competition on its schedule in back-to-back games, FSU has won over 40% of those contests. This is just the fifth time in the last six seasons when FSU has played back-to-back games versus ranked opponents with both matches taking place at home. In consecutive home games versus top 25 competition, FSU has posted a 3-5 record since 2000. The last time FSU played two games versus top 25 teams at home on the same was in 2004 posting with wins over No. 8 Tennessee and No. 14 Arizona State.


     


    2005


    No. 7    Florida              W


    No. 1    North Carolina  L


     


    2004


    No. 8    Tennessee        W


    No. 14  Arizona State    W


    No. 3    Virginia L


    No. 14  Duke                L


     


    2003


    No. 19  USC                 L


    No. 6    Penn State        L


    No. 6    Penn State        L


    No. 7    Florida              L


    No. 25  Maryland*        W


    No. 1    UNC*              L


    No. 16  Auburn^            W


    No. 9    West Virginia^  W


    No. 9    West Virginia^  W


    No. 7    Florida^            W


    No. 7    Florida  ^           W


    No. 16  UConn  ^           L


     


    2002


    No. 7    Wake Forest     L


    No. 2    UNC                L


     


    2001


    No. 2    Portland            L


    No. 5    Santa Clara       L


    No. 5    Santa Clara       L


    No. 7    Clemson           W


    No. 8    Virginia             L


    No. 24  Maryland          W


    No. 8    Virginia*           T


    No. 1    UNC*              L


     


    2000


    No. 7    Texas A&M     W


    No. 5    Clemson           L


    No. 16  Virginia            L


    No. 15  Wake Forest*   T


    No. 15  Wake Forest*   T


    No. 6    UNC*              L


    No. 11  Florida^            W


    No. 5    Clemson^          L


    *=ACC Tourney   ^=NCAA Tourney


     


    DEACONS & DEVILS


    This is a big weekend for soccer in Tallahassee. The Seminoles will face two top 25 ACC teams in the span of just three days. With conference positioning and NCAA Tournament seeding on the line, Friday and Sunday’s matches could be the biggest of the regular season for FSU. Coming into the games versus Wake and Duke FSU should have some confidence. On top of a school-record four game ACC winning streak, the Garnet & Gold has fared pretty well when facing the Deacons and Devils in back-to-back games. Florida State is 2-3-1 all-time in back-to-back ACC games against Wake and Duke. The only time Florida State played both schools in consecutive games came in 2002 and FSU tied Duke in Durham and lost to the Deacs in Tallahassee. Florida State has never swept Duke and Wake Forest when facing them in consecutive conference matches. The best FSU has ever done is go 1-1 and they did that in 2004. Those games were sandwiched around an out of conference win against USF.


     


    COULD BE BIG


    While neither team can afford to overlook their next game, Sunday’s match between Duke and Florida State could end up being the biggest game of the regular season for each team who are separated by just one spot in three of this week’s polls. The Blue Devils travel to Clemson Thursday and the Seminoles host Wake Forest Friday. If both teams are able to win their matches, they will enter Sunday afternoon’s game on five game ACC winning streaks. That would tie UNC for the longest conference winning streak of the season and the four-game winning streak that both teams are currently in the midst of are the longest current streaks in the ACC. Not only would a win streak be on the line but a much bigger prize as well. If both teams enter Sunday’s match 6-2 in the conference, the winner will clinch at least third place in the final conference standings. With a win, the worst FSU could finish would be 7-3 with the head-to-head tie-breaker over Duke and BC who still has just three ACC losses. A tie with the Blue Devils could be as bad as a loss for FSU. If the teams tie Sunday and finish with identical conference records, Duke would get the third-seed due to a 1-1 record versus the teams ahead of them in the standings, namely North Carolina and Virginia. Either way, both teams have already clinched their spots in the eight-team ACC Tournament


     


    THE FIRST TIME


    Mark Krikorian is having a great first year as the new head coach for Florida State. With just one win in their last four games, FSU will complete the most successful regular season in program history. If Krikorian’s Seminoles are able to go 2-2 down the stretch, they will set new records for most wins, fewest losses and the highest regular season winning percentage ever. His team has already set the regular season record for road wins and highest road winning percentage no matter what happens in the final game of 2005 at Clemson. This season FSU has also established almost 40 individual and team firsts or records under his guidance. The 2005 season is also a personal best for Krikorian who has never had a more successful first season in any of his previous three coaching stints.  This is the first time Krikorian has ever coached a team located outside of the northeast so he is facing a lot of opponents for the first time in his career  as well including Friday’s opponent Wake Forest. This season, Krikorian has gone 9-0-0 versus teams he has never coached against previously in his career. His only two losses this season have come against teams he has faced before in Carolina and Virginia. Overall, Krikorian is 3-2 this season against opponents he coached against before coming to FSU with the wins coming versus Boston College, Florida and Maryland. He will get a chance to improve upon that mark Sunday when he faces Duke for the second time in his career. The only time Krikorian faced the Blue Devils he lost 2-1 in a game played at Chapel Hill as Hartford‘s head coach.


     


    CONSISTENT SCORING


    The 2005 Seminoles are still chasing some of the best offensive teams in school history. With 39 goals scored already they could become just the fifth FSU squad to ever reach 40 goals in the regular season. This team is already fifth all-time for assists in a season as well. Florida State has not only been scoring a lot, they have scored consistently as well. The 2005 Seminoles have only been shutout one time this season. Only two squads in the previous 10 years have ever gone through an entire regular season being held scoreless just once and those were the 2001 and 2002 teams. What really illustrates just how prolific this offense has been is the combined number of games in which they have been shutout or scored just one goal. The previous regular season record for the fewest games scoring one goal or less was five and that was set by the 2000 and 2001 teams. This year FSU has only scored a goal or fewer on three occasions in 14 matches.


     


    YEAR     TIMES SO    HELD TO 1 GOAL      TOTAL


    2005                    1                   2                      3


    2004                    3                   8                      11


    2003                    3                   5                      8


    2002                    1                   6                      7


    2001                    1                   4                      5


    2000                    2                   3                      5


    1999                    4                   5                      9


    1998                    4                   5                      9


    1997                    3                   8                      11


    1996                    4                   3                      7


    1995                    8                   5                      13


     


    SPECIAL SEASON


    Florida State has had quite a few special seasons since 2000. The team has played in three Sweet 16’s, two ACC Championship finals and a College Cup. What they have never done is had a regular season where they finished with fewer than five losses. This year’s squad is looking to change that. One of the reasons they may be able to have the kind of regular season that guarantees a national seed in the NCAA Tournament is because of the year they are having in ACC play. The Seminoles have now won a school-record four straight ACC games and have tied the program record for conference wins with five despite having three conference games still remaining on the schedule. The best ACC record in school history was set by the 2003 team that went 4-2-1 for a winning percentage of .643. The team that recorded the most ACC wins was the 2004 team that went 5-3-1. Right now the 2005 squad is sitting at 5-2 with a gaudy .714 winning percentage. To set a new school record for the best conference season in team history, FSU will need to win two of its last three ACC matches putting their record at 7-3 and their winning percentage at .700. This is the first time ever that FSU has recorded back-to-back seasons of five wins or more in ACC play. That puts FSU behind only North Carolina and Virginia for the most ACC victories over the last two seasons.


     


    ACC RECORDS


    YR          REC     WIN %


    2005       5-2-0    .714


    2003        4-2-1    .643


    2004        5-3-1    .611


    2001        4-3-0    .571


    2002        3-3-1    .500


    2000        2-4-1    .357


    1998        1-5-1    .214


    1996        2-5-0    .286


    1999        0-6-1    .071


    1997        0-7-0    .000


    1995        0-7-0    .000


     


    THE RETURN OF FRIDAY NIGHT


    Friday night home games used to be one of the most exciting aspects of playing soccer at Florida State. The crowds were always huge and the results even bigger. With conference expansion the era of Friday night games has disappeared for FSU until now. Call it a throwback but for the first time all season FSU will host a Friday night ACC game when No. 18 Wake Forest comes to town. Under previous head coach Patrick Baker, the Seminoles made their living playing on Friday nights. Since 1999, the Seminoles are a stellar 18-4-3 at home on Friday nights. At one point, FSU was undefeated in 14 straight Friday night games from 1999 to 2002. In the last seven years, Florida State is 8-4 on Friday nights at home versus ranked opponents. Not only have Friday nights been a showcase for big wins, they have always been the best nights for attendance as well. Since 2002, there have been 13 crowds of 1,000 or more fans for Friday night games at the Seminole Soccer Complex and FSU has posted a 10-3 record in those matches.


     


    FSU AT HOME ON FRIDAY NIGHTS


     


    1999 (1-0-1)


    Mercer                         4-1


    NC State                      2-2


    2000 (3-0-0)


    No. 6 Florida                 3-2


    No. 7 Texas A&M        4-1


    UCF                             3-1


    2001 (3-0-0)


    George Mason              3-2


    Kansas                         4-1


    Maryland                      2-0


    2002 (4-0-2)


    Oregon State                 0-0 (OT)


    Missouri                        2-2 (OT)


    No. 17 Clemson             4-3 (OT)


    No. 21 Florida               2-1


    UCF                             3-1


    Ole Miss                       2-0 (NCAA’s)


    2003 (3-1-0)


    No. 6 Penn State           1-2


    Miami                           7-1


    No. 14 Maryland           2-1


    No. 12 Duke                 3-0


    NC State                      1-0


    2004 (3-3-0)


    No. 14 Arizona St          3-2


    Georgia                         1-0


    No. 6 Florida                 1-2


    No. 3 Virginia               0-1


    No. 22 Wake Forest      1-0


    No. 1 North Carolina     0-4


     


    1000 FANS ON FRIDAY NIGHTS


    GAME                         FANS   SCORE


    Florida (2002)                1603     2-1


    North Carolina (2004)    1504     0-4


    Virginia (2004)              1307     0-1


    Florida (2000)                1282     3-2


    Arizona State (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


    Florida (2004)                1018     1-2


    Wake Forest (2004)       1005     1-0


    Dartmouth (2003)          1003     5-0


     


    SECOND HELPINGS


    Florida State‘s proficiency in the second half of games is becoming epic this season. The Seminoles are the definition of a second half squad when it comes to goal scoring. While the team holds a 14-7 edge in first half goals, their second half numbers are amazing as they outscore their opponents 24-4. In the Seminoles last game versus Miami, the Seminoles scored more first half goals for only the second time in 14 games. If you want to see just how dominant FSU has been in the second half just consider this one fact. Last season FSU scored a total of 29 goals in 20 games. This year they have 24 SECOND HALF goals in 14 matches. Among ACC teams the stat is just as impressive. Florida State and North Carolina are the only two teams in the conference to have 20+ second half goals. With 20 more goals than their opponents in the second 45:00, FSU trails only UNC in that department as well and is well ahead of Virginia who is third with a +14 differential.


     


    TEAM     2nd ½ Goals    Differential


    UNC       38                  +32


    FSU        24                  +20


    UVA       19                  +14


    WFU       16                  +9


    BC          11                  +3


    UM         11                  -3


    Duke       10                  +7


    VT          9                   -9


    CLEM     7                   -2


    NCST      6                   +1


    UMD      2                   -11


     


    MULTI WINS BY MULTI GOALS


    Florida State‘s streak of scoring three goals in an ACC game and winning those games by a multiple goal margin continued with the 3-1 victory over Miami. The 2005 team has recorded more three-goal games and multi-goal wins in ACC play than any other squad in school history. Florida State now has four straight ACC wins in which the team has scored three or more goals, and overall they have scored three goals in five ACC games this year. Coming into this season, FSU had recorded three or more goals in an ACC game just nine times in 10 years. What’s even more impressive is the margin of victory in this year’s ACC matches. All five of Florida State‘s conference victories have been by two or more goals compared to just two of the team’s previous 21 victories. With all the goal scoring success and the defense keeping ACC teams to a near-record low goal total, the 2005 Seminoles have an amazing +8 goal margin in ACC games this year. If that holds with three games to go, the 2005 team will be just the second in the history of the program to outscore their ACC opponents in a season. The only other team to accomplish that feat was the 2003 team, which outscored its conference competition by four goals. The Seminoles have already established a new program-best for ACC goals with 16 and the eight goals allowed is the second-fewest just behind the five goals allowed by the 2003 team.


     


    ACC GOALS      DIFFERENTIAL


    2005       16        +8


    2003        9          +4


    2002        15         0


    2001        15         -1


    2000        9          -2


    2004        9          -2


    1998        8          -12


    1996        6          -14


    1999        4          -18


    1997        6          -20


    1995        3          -26


     


    THREE FOR ALL


    The 2005 Seminoles just aren’t scoring a lot of goals in ACC games. This year’s squad has already tied the regular season overall record for games with three or more goals as they have done it nine times in 14 games. That record ties the 1996 team and 2001 team. Only one squad has ever scored three or more goals in a game more times in a year and that was the 2001 team that did it 10 times but two of those games came in postseason play. Florida State has now scored three or more goals in 64% of this season’s matches, which is easily the best percentage of any team. No team in the history of the program has ever scored three or more goals in half of its games. The best percentage was posted by the 1996 team that did it in 45% of its games that year.


     


    TRIPLE-DOUBLE FOR K-ROW


    With her game-winning goal against Miami last week, Hermann Trophy candidate Kelly Rowland added another record for an FSU defender. Rowland now has 10 goals and 10 assists in her career making her the first defender ever at FSU to record double-digit goals and assists in a career. The goal bumped her career point total to 34, which was already a school record for a defender. It was her first-ever game-winner in an ACC game though and was good enough to get her Soccer America National Team of the Week honors. Rowland has now 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 even received the award 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.


     


    HP IN THE ACC


    Coming into this season sophomore Holly Peltzer had played in just five ACC games and not made a single start. She had two career shots in conference matches and no goals. What a difference a year makes. After scoring FSU’s first goal of the game versus Miami, Peltzer now has five points in ACC play with two goals and an assist. Peltzer has appeared in all seven ACC matches and started four. She has as many goals this season as she had shots in all of 2004 versus ACC teams. She is tied for third on the team in points, tied for second in goals and tied for third in assists. She isn’t just getting the job done inside the conference. Peltzer recorded her first goal of the season in grand fashion with a game-winner at Florida. Since that goal she has picked up three more in an eight game stretch, including a second one in that UF game. She came into 2005 without a career point and she now has nine on the year courtesy of four goals and an assist.


     


    RANDOM RUMBLINGS


    Kelly Rowland’s game-winning goal versus Miami came off a Teresa Rivera corner kick. It was just the second time this season FSU has scored off a corner and they have only allowed one goal off a corner all year (Virginia)…talk about your weird stats. Florida State has only allowed six assists on the 11 goals they have given up this year. Four of those six have come in ACC play…Sunday’s win over Miami was the 100th for Florida State when they score the first goal of the game. That means FSU has won just 23 games when their opponent scores first in 11 years…with an assist versus Miami, India Trotter has recorded a point in every game in her career versus the Hurricanes and now has double-digit goals and assists in her career… FSU is not only 4-0 in its last four ACC games, they have outscored their last four conference opponents 12-2…Miami’s 65th minute goal Sunday was the first allowed by an FSU team against any of the three new ACC schools (Miami, BC and Virginia Tech).


     


    STATE CHAMPS


    Florida State wrapped up its fourth unofficial state title in the last six seasons with a 3-1 victory over Miami Sunday. The Seminoles went 4-0 this year versus in-state competition. The Garnet & Gold beat UCF, Florida, Miami and Jacksonville by a combined score of 17-3. FSU is the only school in the state to have an unblemished record versus in-state competition. FSU is also the only school in the state to capture the championship more than once in the last six seasons. This team’s record wasn’t the only thing that was impressive. FSU averaged 4.25 goals per game in state and gave up less than one per match.


     


    10 AGAIN


    There wasn’t much movement in the top 10 among the four polls this week, which worked out for FSU which remained a consensus top 10 squad for the second week in a row. This is the first time since the second week of the 2004 season and just the second time in school history, FSU is a consensus top 10 in the regular season poll in back-to-back weeks. Florida State is No. 6 in the latest Soccer Buzz poll and No.9 in the three other polls (NSCAA, Soccer Times and Soccer America). FSU has been a consensus top 10 team one other time but that was in the final polls of the 2003 season after the team advanced to the College Cup. Last season the Seminoles enjoyed three top five rankings and one top 10 ranking through the first two weeks of the year but never achieved a top 10 consensus ranking the rest of the season. This year marks the latest FSU has ever been a consensus top 10 team in a regular season. The only time FSU was in the top 10 of all four polls at a later date was the final poll in 2003 after the team’s College Cup appearance.


     


    HOT TO TROT-TER


    The offensive assault continues for All-America candidate India Trotter. The junior continued to roll picking up her 22nd point of the year as she assisted on the Seminoles’ third goal in a 3-1 win over UM. That assist continued her dominance in ACC play this season.  She now leads FSU in goals, assists and points in conference play. Coming into the 2005 season when Trotter’s role was shifted to allow her to attack more, one of the biggest concerns was the accuracy of her shot, which was legendarily wild coming into the season. That couldn’t be further from the truth this season though. Over 58% of Trotter’s shots are on frame and 44% of her SOG’s are resulting in goals, both are the highest totals among Florida State starters. Trotter hasn’t been just scoring against weaker opponents either. She has three goals and three assists in ACC play. Two of her goals have come against top 10 teams (North Carolina and Boston College) and another came versus a Top 25 team in USC.


     


    MORE EVIDENCE


    The evidence continues to mount that the 2005 team might be the best attacking squad in FSU’s 11 years. The team is on pace to shatter the record for goals per game and points per game. They have recorded more three-goal games and multi-goal wins in ACC play than any other squad. With a 3-0 win over Boston College they equaled the total amount of goals BC had allowed in 11 previous games in just 90 minutes. Florida State has out shot 12 of its 14 opponents this season and taken 41 corners compared to 12 for their opponents in just the last six matches. FSU has two players (Sel Kuralay and India Trotter) with 20 or more points already and a third player (Viola Odebrecht) nearing that mark as well. The 2005 team is averaging 3.5 goals compared to every one for their opponents and a ratio of 6:1 as far as assists go. It is safe to say this squad has been as dominant as any at FSU in the program’s 11 years.


     


    Category           Record             2005


    Points               182 (`03)           116


    Points Per Gm   7.00 (`03)          8.29


    Goals                60 (`03)             39


    Goals Per Gm   2.55 (`96)          2.79


    Assists              62 (`03)            38


    Assists Per Gm 2.42 (`01)          2.71     


     

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