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WEEKLY RELEASE: Sixth-Ranked Seminoles Make Return Trip To Miami To Face UM

Oct. 11, 2005


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  • MIAMI


    SERIES RECORD: FSU leads 5-2


    IN CORAL GABLES: FSU leads 3-1


    SERIES STREAK: FSU has won five in a row


    LAST MEETING: FSU 1 UM 0


     


    CANE GAIN


    Florida State and Miami meet this weekend as ACC rivals for the second time. Last season the Seminoles traveled to Coral Gables, FL and won the first-ever conference meeting 1-0 thanks to an India Trotter goal in the 25th minute. After losing the first two games in the series, Florida State has now won five in a row by a combined score of 16-4. The Seminoles haven’t lost to the Hurricanes in Coral Gables since 1998 and have not lost a game in South Florida since 2002 when they fell to UNC Charlotte at a UM-sponsored tournament. Junior All-America candidate India Trotter has scored in every game she has played against UM. Of her three career goals coming into the 2005 season, two came against the Canes. In FSU’s five wins, Miami has never scored more than one goal in any of those matches but they have only been shutout once in that stretch as well. This is the second straight season Florida State has traveled to Miami, which is a first in the history of the series. The return trip to Miami is one of the quirks in the schedule due to conference re-alignment. The Seminoles will look to continue their success against the newest members of the conference. Florida State is perfect in four meetings with the three new members of the ACC. The Seminoles have beaten Virginia Tech twice, Miami once and Boston College once and not allowed a goal in any of those games. They have outscored the conference’s three newest members 8-0 in the four matches.


     


    VS. THE “NEW” ACC


    TEAM                 REC  SCORE


    Virginia Tech       2-0    4-0


    BC                      1-0    3-0


    Miami                  1-0    1-0


     


    CONFERENCE CONFIDENCE


    The 2005 Seminole soccer team is in the midst of one of the school’s most dominating conference runs in 11 years. With their 3-0 win over Boston College, FSU has tied a school record with three straight conference victories. The only other time FSU has won three in a row in ACC play was in 2001 when FSU started the season 3-0 in the conference. While other squads have had better runs as far as wins and losses, none has dominated the scoreboard during any of those runs like this team has. Last season, FSU had a run where they went 4-0-1 but every one of those games was a one-goal win. In 2003 the Seminoles went 3-0-1 in one stretch of ACC games but scored just five goals in those four matches. The 2001 team that was the first and only other squad to win three straight won each of its games by one goal. That is what makes the 2005 streak so special. For the first time ever FSU has scored three goals in three straight ACC games and won all three games by at least a two-goal margin. FSU had never scored three or more goals in an ACC game more than twice in a season and this year the team has already done it four times. Every one of FSU’s four ACC victories this season have come by two or more goals, which is something the team only did twice in their previous 23 conference victories covering 10 years.  In its last five ACC games, FSU has gone 4-1 and outscored the competition 12-3. Right now FSU has 13 ACC goals, which is only two away from tying the single season record and the Seminoles still have four games left. The 2005 team has already scored four more goals in conference play than last year’s team scored in eight games.


     


    ACC GOALS


    YR          Goals    3+ Goal Games


    2001        15         1


    2002        15         2


    2005       13        4


    2000        9          1


    2003        9          1


    2004        8          1


    1998        8          2


    1997        6          0


    1996        6          1


    1999        4          0


    1995        3          0


     


    STILL ONLY TWO


    The 2005 Seminoles are easily off to the best start in program history. At 11-2, Florida State is chasing the best regular season record ever, which is 12-5-1 and was set by the 2004 squad. The 2005 Seminoles need just two wins in the last five games to set the mark for the best winning percentage and three wins to set a new record for regular season victories. This team has gone 13 games without picking up its third loss as of yet. The previous record was set by the 2002 team that went 7-2-3 before losing for the third time that year. Those are the only two teams ever at FSU to play 10 or more games without losing three matches. The team that set the mark for the quickest trip to their third defeat was the 2003 squad which started the year 0-3. That squad turned out to be the most successful in school history advancing to the College Cup.


     


    GAMES PLAYED BEFORE 3rd LOSS


    2005       13        11-2-0


    2002        12         7-2-3


    2004        9          7-2-0


    1996        8          6-2-0


    2001        7          5-2-0


    2000        6          4-2-0


    1999        6          3-3-0


    1995        6          3-2-1


    1998        5          3-2-0


    1997        5          3-2-0


    2003        2          0-2-0


     


    10-ABLE


    Florida State‘s win over Boston College was the tenth win in program history over a team ranked in the top 10 of the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) poll. It is the first time since 2000 that the Seminoles have downed two top 10 NSCAA teams in the same regular season. In 2000, Florida State defeated five teams that were ranked by the NSCAA at the time of the game. That is still the school record. In 2003 FSU beat four NSCAA ranked teams on their way to the College Cup but three of those wins came in the postseason. Overall, the Seminoles now have won 18 such games and 11 of those wins have come against ACC teams. Wake Forest and Duke were both ranked in the NSCAA poll and are still on FSU’s schedule as they both visit Tallahassee the weekend of October 21st.


     


    10-4 GOOD BUDDY


    Florida State‘s convincing 3-0 win over then-No. 8 Boston College must have made quite an impression on the pollsters. For 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 polls. 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. The Seminoles came into last week in the top 10 in two polls and 12th in Soccer Times and 17th in the NSCAA. The Seminoles’ two ACC wins over the weekend vaulted them up in both of those polls. The jump from 17 to 9 in the NSCAA poll is the second-largest leap FSU has ever made in the coaches’ poll. It equals the leap FSU made at the end of 2003 when Florida State jumped from 12th to 4th. It is not the largest jump FSU has ever made in that poll though. In 2002 the Seminoles went from being unranked one week to rising up to 15th the next week.


     


    SUNNY DOWN SOUTH


    Florida State‘s game versus the Hurricanes will be broadcast live by Sun Sports. It is just the third time since 2000 that the Florida cable network has broadcast an FSU road game. This is also the first time since 2000 that Sun Sports has shown two Florida State road games in the same season. Earlier this year they televised FSU’s 4-2 win over the Gators in Gainesville. That was the first win for FSU in six years in a road game on Sun. FSU is 1-2 since 2000 on the road in Sun Sports games but this is the first time in that span that the Seminoles have played somebody other than UF. Florida State has posted a winning record in Sun Sports games in four of the last five seasons including 2005. FSU is 2-0 on the cable station this year with wins over Florida and NC State. In 2001, 2002 and 2003 FSU went 3-1 each season on Sun. Last season was the first time since 2000 when FSU had a losing record in games played on the cable channel as the Seminoles went 0-3.


     


    FUN IN THE SUN


    Winning inside the state of Florida was a priority for former head coach Patrick Baker and things haven’t changed under new head coach Mark Krikorian. Winning games inside the state is so vital because they are regional contests that weigh heavily on NCAA Tournament bids and seeding. When FSU kicks off with Miami Sunday it will mark the final game versus a Florida school for FSU this regular season. Florida State has already defeated JU, UCF and Florida by a combined score of 14-2. Florida State will look to run the table and take home the unofficial state title with a win versus the Canes pushing their record to 4-0 in-state. Winning inside the state is nothing new to FSU over the last seven years. The Seminoles are 36-4-0 versus Florida schools in their last 40 games, which dates back to 1999. The Seminoles have won 14 of their last 16 matches against Sunshine state opponents. Florida State has also won the state title three of the last five seasons with no other school even winning it twice in that span. Outside of the University of Florida, who has wins in four of the last nine meetings, the only other state school to down the Seminoles was UCF last year in Tallahassee. Twice in the last five years FSU 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.


     


    LAST 40 VERSUS FLORIDA SCHOOLS


    USF         W            1-0


    Stetson    W            4-0


    FIU         W            3-0


    JU           W            4-1


    Florida     W            3-2


    USF         W            2-1


    JU           W            3-1


    UCF        W            3-1


    FIU         W            4-1


    Miami     W            3-1


    JU           W            4-1*


    Florida     W            2-1*


    Florida     L              0-2


    USF         W            1-0


    UCF        W            5-0


    FIU         W            4-1


    Miami     W            3-1


    JU           W            5-1


    Miami     W            2-1


    USF         W            3-2


    Florida     W            2-1


    UCF        W            3-1


    JU           W            3-1


    Florida     L              0-2


    JU           W            3-1


    Miami     W            7-1


    USF         W            3-0


    UCF        W            3-0


    FAU        W            7-0


    Florida     W            2-1*


    Florida     L              2-1


    Stetson    W            1-0


    JU           W            5-0


    FIU         W            1-0


    USF         W            2-0


    Miami     W            1-0


    UCF        L              3-2


    JU           W            7-0


    UCF        W            3-0


    UF       W         4-2


    *NCAA Tournament


     


    HOMECOMING


    Florida State‘s 3-0 win over Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA ended the Seminoles most difficult stretch of the season as far as playing away from home. Of the first 11 games in 2005, FSU played seven on the road. It is hard to imagine that the coaches could have hoped for anything better than the 6-1 record FSU posted in those games considering the teams they faced. Three of FSU’s seven road games came against ranked opponents (USC, Florida and Virginia) and three others came against teams that have played in the NCAA Tournament in the last two seasons (UCF, Ole Miss and Virginia Tech). The seventh was at a Loyola Marymount team who played in an NCAA Tournament as well in the last three years (2002). With six wins, FSU has already tied the school record for the most road wins ever in a single season. If Florida State is able to win one of its final two games away from home (at Miami and at Clemson) they will set new marks for the most road victories and the best road winning percentage in program history. The best road winning percentage in school history is 75% and that was established by both the 1996 and 2002 teams. FSU will beat that road winning percentage mark if they are able to go 1-1 in their last two road games, which would give the 2005 squad a winning percentage of 77%.


     


    I’LL SECOND THAT


    Of all the stats that illustrate just how successful the 2005 squad has been, there is one that stands out more than any other and that has to do with second half scoring. The Seminoles have been a nightmare for opponents in the second 45:00 outscoring the competition 23-3. No team has scored more than one goal against FSU in the second half of any game and the Seminoles have scored multiple second half goals eight times in 13 games. Two of the three teams to score in the second half against FSU (UNC and Virginia) are in the top five and the other squad was Loyola Marymount in just the second game of the season. The difference is even more pronounced in conference matches. FSU has actually been outscored 5-3 in the first half of ACC games but has rebounded to out score their opponents 10-2 in the second stanza. Overall FSU has been dominant in the second half of games. Florida State has taken 40 more shots in the second half of games compared to the first but put 27 more of those shots on goal. That means in the second half over 53% of FSU shots are put on goal compared to 37% in the first half. That is part of the reason Florida State has scored almost twice as many second half goals. The Seminoles are also better defensively during the second period where they allow half as many goals. Teams have scored seven times on FSU in the first half but only three times in the second 45 minutes.


     


    HOT TO TROT-TER


    The offensive assault continues for All-America candidate India Trotter. The junior continued to roll picking up her eighth goal, her fifth assist and her first game winning goal of the year as she led FSU to a 3-0 win over then-No. 8 Boston College. The junior scored the Seminoles’ first goal in the win over the Eagles and then assisted on the second goal as FSU scored as many goals in 90 minutes then BC had allowed in 11 games coming into the match. In FSU’s two ACC wins last week over Maryland and BC, Trotter led FSU in points (3), shots on goal (3), assists (1) and game-winning goals (1). She was second in shots (6) as well.  She now leads FSU in goals, assists and points in ACC 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. Almost 59% of Trotter’s shots are on frame and 47% 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 two assists in ACC play which is tied with Viola Odebrecht for the team lead in goals, assists and points. 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.


     


    ALI IN TALLEY


    Anyone who watched Ali Mims play in her freshman year knew just how good the Ponte Vedra Beach, FL native was but after three years and more than 20 surgical procedures, it is fair to say she was a question mark coming into 2005. The redshirt junior has turned out to be the answer more than a question. Mims is 11-2-0 with a 0.77 GAA and five shutouts so far. She is threatening every single season record set by her former teammate Joy McKenzie. McKenzie put together the greatest season between the pipes in FSU history in 2003 when she went 15-6-1 with a 0.92 GAA and seven shutouts. She also posted a shutout streak of almost 740 minutes that season. While Mims hasn’t reached those numbers yet, she is creeping up. Her GAA would rank first all time for a single season and is sitting 0.15 lower than McKenzie’s record. Mims is now four wins shy and three shutouts away from setting records in both of those categories as well. It would take a pretty remarkable effort to pull all of that off but if she did Mims would become the first keeper in FSU history to set single season records for shutouts, GAA and wins all in the same year.


     


    A IS FOR ALI?


    Ali Mims has been getting the job done all season long in the net for FSU but on Sunday she got the job done with her leg as well. Mims became just the second keeper in FSU history to record a point when she was credited with an assist on FSU’s third goal in the team’s 3-0 win over then-No. 8 BC. Mims’ kick sailed down the middle of the pitch and bounced to the top of the 18 without being touched. The Eagle keeper charged the ball and it went under her and right to a wide open Holly Peltzer. The sophomore buried the open netter for the final goal in the 3-0 win. It was the first point recorded by a FSU keeper since Sarah Crawford recorded an assist in a 4-1 win over FIU September 24, 2000. No FSU keeper has ever recorded a goal in the program’s 11 years so with her assist, Mims is tied for the all-time points lead by a keeper.


     


    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 Sunday’s 3-0 win over Boston College they equaled the total amount of goals BC had allowed in 11 previous games in just 90 minutes. They also became just the third team to even score a goal on the Eagles in 2005. Florida State has out shot 11 of its 13 opponents this season and taken 34 corners compared to 10 for their opponents in just the last five 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 3.6 goals compared to every one for their opponents and a ratio of 7:1 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)           107


    Points Per Gm   7.00 (`03)          8.23


    Goals                60 (`03)             36


    Goals Per Gm   2.55 (`96)          2.77


    Assists              62 (`03)            35


    Assists Per Gm 2.42 (`01)          2.69     


     


    SUNDAY SURPRISE


    Florida State‘s showdown with then-No. 8 Boston College turned out to be one of the best performances of the season for FSU and it came in front of a big time audience. For the first time in program history FSU broke the 1,000 fan mark for a day game as 1,360 people watched the Seminoles take down BC 3-0. The crowd was the fifth-largest in school history and the second crowd of over 1,350 this season, which is also a program first. Florida State smashed the single game attendance record earlier this year when 1,912 fans watched FSU play consensus No. 1 North Carolina. With Sunday’s huge crowd, FSU is now averaging 963 fans per game. The record for average attendance for a season is 865 and that was set by the 2003 squad. The Seminoles are averaging almost 100 fans more per game so far with just three home games remaining.


     


    WE DON’T JUST SCORE


    While the 2005 Seminoles are on a record pace for points, goals and assists, they aren’t just shaping up to be one of the best offensive teams in school history. Florida State has allowed just 10 goals in 13 games which puts this team on pace to challenge for the best defensive season in 11 years as well. The 2001 team holds the record for fewest goals allowed (21) and last season’s team owns the record for the best GAA in a season at 1.02. FSU has never averaged giving up less than one goal per game but the 2005 team has a GAA of 0.77 right now. One of the reasons for that are the seven shutouts recorded so far by the ’05 team in 13 games. The seven clean sheets are already the fourth-most ever recorded in one season by a Seminole squad. Last season’s squad tied the record with nine shutouts in 20 games. The record was first set by the 2003 team, which amazingly had just one clean sheet in the first 11 matches that year only to go on to shutout eight of its next 15 opponents en route to the College Cup. This is the second straight season that FSU has shutout seven of its first 13 opponents. The good news for FSU when it comes to chasing the shutout record is that they have recorded eight shutouts all-time versus the four opponents left on their schedule (not including The Citadel since the teams have never played before).


     


    MOST SHUTOUTS


    2004                 9


    2003                 9


    1996                 8


    2005                7


    2001                 6


    2000                 6


    1999                 6


    1997                 6


     


    COACHES CARE


    The Coaches Care program is the brainchild of a number of prominent coaches and athletes (both professional and collegiate) from around the nation who have joined together to raise funds to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The donated items can be viewed and bid on at allcoachescare.com. Collectors items that have been donated include authentic signed jerseys and game used basketballs and footballs. FSU head coaches have joined in to lend their support including Seminole soccer coach Mark Krikorian who donated a signed ball and pair of goalkeeper gloves. The items are currently up for bid on EBay.

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