Nov. 9, 2006
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
>Florida State will host an NCAA Tournament match for the seventh time in seven years.
>The first NCAA Tournament game ever played by the Seminoles and ever played in Tallahassee came against Jacksonville in 2000.
>Auburn and Florida State have been frequent combatants in NCAA Tournament play. The last three games between the teams have all been in the postseason.
>Cal Returns to Tallahassee for the second straight season. The Golden Bears were here for the round of 16 in 2005.
>The Seminoles are a perfect 6-0-0 in home games during the NCAA Tournament.
>FSU is one of just two schools to play in two of the last three College Cups. The other is UCLA who has been three straight years.
>For the second straight season Florida State received a national seed in the NCAA Tournament. Last year FSU was a No. 2 seed as well. The only other time the Seminoles received a national seed was in 2003. That year the team was seeded 11th.
>The two previous occasions when Florida State received a national seed the team made it to the College Cup.
>The Seminoles have played an SEC team in the NCAA Tournament six times and posted a 6-0 record versus those teams.
>The Seminoles are 1-1 lifetime in the NCAA Tournament versus Pac-10 squads.
>The Dolphins are the only Atlantic Sun team the Seminoles have ever faced in the postseason.
>Florida State has never lost an opening round NCAA Tournament match and only failed to advance once. In 2004 the Seminoles tied Boston College 0-0 and were eliminated in a shootout.
>In 19 all-time NCAA Tournament games Florida State has recorded five shutouts and been shutout six times.
>FSU has never lost an NCAA Tournament game in which they have scored a goal.
>FSU played five of its 12 games versus seeded teams and three versus conference champions.
>Of FSU¡¦s last 20 wins versus Florida schools, 15 have come via shutouts.
>Friday¡¦s game versus Jacksonville will be the eight straight game for FSU versus an NCAA Tournament team.
NCAA TOURNEY TALK
Florida State enters the NCAA Tournament following a loss for the sixth time in seven years. The only time FSU entered an NCAA Tournament without losing the previous game was in 2004 when the Seminoles tied Clemson in the ACC quarterfinals and was eliminated in a shootout. It was also the only time Florida State was eliminated in its first NCAA Tournament game as well. Every time the Seminoles have entered the NCAA Tournament on a loss they have at least won their opener and four times in five trips they have gone on to the round of 16. Florida State has had a lot of success in the opening game of the NCAA Tournament. Despite being eliminated by Boston College in a first round shootout in 2004, the Seminoles have never lost an opening round game (5-0-1) and are a perfect 3-0-0 when opening the tournament at home. Florida State hasn¡¦t just won, they have recorded convincing victories. The only time FSU gave up a goal in the first game of the NCAA Tournament was in 2000 versus JU in the school¡¦s first ever postseason game. Overall, Florida State has outscored opponents 15-1 in the opening round and has a current shutout streak in first round games that is at 388:18. This is FSU¡¦s seventh straight trip to the NCAA¡¦s. In their six previous tournaments, FSU has advanced to the round of 16 four times and to the College Cup twice in the last three seasons. The Seminoles are 12-5-2 all time in the NCAA¡¦s for a winning percentage of .684, which is amazingly almost 100 percentage points better than the program¡¦s all-time overall winning percentage (.591).
SERIES RECORD: FSU leads 11-1
IN TALLAHASSEE: FSU leads 8-1
WIN STREAK: FSU has won 9 in a row
LAST MEETING: FSU 3 JU 0 (2006)
NCAA TOURNEY BERTH: A-Sun Champion
Jacksonville enters the NCAA Tournament fresh off an improbable run through the Atlantic Sun Tournament. The Dolphins upset the No. 4, No. 2 and No. 1 seeds in three straight days to claim the conference¡¦s automatic bid. In doing so, JU became the first five seed to ever win the A-Sun Tournament. This is the second all-time meeting between the schools in the NCAA Tournament. The first time the teams met in the postseason was in 2000 when FSU made it¡¦s first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and hosted for the first time in school history as well. The Seminoles won that match 4-1 and proceeded to make the round of 16. Although Florida State won that match, the teams went to halftime 0-0 in that match.
FSU leads the all-time series with JU 11-1 and has won nine straight meetings. Florida State has scored three or more goals in every meeting between the teams since 1999 and last season¡¦s 7-0 FSU win, was the most lopsided result in the series since 1996 when FSU won 11-0. In the last three seasons Florida State has outscored the Dolphins 15-0. The last time Florida State lost to Jacksonville was in 1998 when the Dolphins upended FSU 2-1 in Tallahassee. Since that game FSU has gone on to out score JU 37-5. In the 12 all-time meetings, FSU has shutout the Dolphins six times. After recording back-to-back 11-0 wins in the first two series meetings, FSU recorded just one shutout in the next seven meetings. The last three times the teams have met FSU has not allowed JU to score and the Dolphins goal-less streak versus FSU is now at 347:57. Jacksonville and Florida State have played every season since 1995 when both schools began their soccer programs. JU is one of only two non-conference teams FSU has played for 12 straight seasons and outside of ACC foes, FSU has more games versus Jacksonville than any other school with the exception of Florida.
LAST TIME WE MET
Jacksonville will travel to the Seminole Soccer Complex for the second time in 18 days. On October 24 the Dolphins came to Tallahassee and lost 3-0 to FSU. The Seminoles recorded a school record 42 shots in that match versus the Dolphins but led just 1-0 until the 69th minute. Jacksonville goalkeeper Michelle Kmiotek had a career day versus heavy Florida State pressure saving 17 shots. The Seminoles held a one-sided edge statistically in all categories taking 12 corners to none for JU, taking 42 shots to one and putting 17 on frame compared to none for JU. All three of FSU¡¦s goals in the game were scored by international players as Katrin Schmidt, Mami Yamaguchi and Kirsten van de Ven all recorded goals. The victory extended FSU¡¦s home unbeaten streak to 15 games and win streak versus Florida schools to 11 games. Although it was a record setting game for Florida State, it was also a streak snapping night as well. For the first time in her career, Kelly Rowland missed a start when she was sidelined due to injury versus JU ending an FSU record streak of 87 straight starts.
SERIES RECORD: FSU leads 5-1
IN TALLAHSSEE: FSU leads 4-0
WIN STREAK: FSU has won five in a row
LAST MEETING: FSU 2 Auburn 1 (2003)
NCAA TOURNEY BERTH: At-Large SEC
The tradition of Auburn and Florida State meeting in the NCAA Tournament has a chance to continue in 2006 if both teams are able to win Friday night. Florida State and Auburn have played six times but the last three games have all come in NCAA Tournament play where FSU is 3-0 versus the Tigers. The first NCAA Tournament meeting between the teams came in Clemson in 2001 and then the next two came in 2002 and 2003 in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have played more postseason matches versus Auburn than any other school. After meeting for three straight seasons in the NCAA Tournament, the Tigers and Seminoles have not played each other in any games the last three seasons. All three NCAA Tournament games between the schools have been one-goal affairs. After downing Auburn 1-0 in Clemson in 2001, each of the last two meetings between the teams have been 2-1 games. The last two meetings have also come in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Florida State has become very familiar with not only Auburn but SEC opponents in the NCAA Tournament. Of FSU¡¦s 19 NCAA Tournament matches six have come against members of the Southeastern Conference and FSU is a perfect 6-0 in those games. In 2000, Florida State traveled to Gainesville and eliminated the Gators on their way to the school¡¦s first-ever Sweet 16. Two seasons ago, FSU opened tournament play by defeating Auburn 1-0 at Clemson, SC. In 2003 Florida State defeated two SEC schools, Ole Miss and Auburn, on the way to UConn and the Sweet 16. Except for the 2001 game versus Auburn, the Seminoles have scored two goals in every postseason game they have played versus an SEC team.
FSU vs SEC IN NCAA¡¦s
2000 FSU 2 Florida 1
2001 FSU 1 Auburn 0
2002 FSU 2 Ole Miss 0
2002 FSU 2 Auburn 1
2003 FSU 2 Auburn 1
2003 FSU 2 Florida 1
SERIES RECORD: FSU leads 1-0
IN TALLAHASSEE: FSU leads 1-0
TRENDS: FSU won the only meeting
LAST MEETING: FSU 2 Cal 1 (2005)
NCAA TOURNEY BERTH: At-Large Pac-10
Before the 2005 NCAA Tournament Florida State and Cal had never met on the soccer pitch. If both teams win Friday, the schools will meet for the second year in a row in the NCAA Tournament. Last season the two schools faced off in the Round of 16 in a rain-drenched match. Neither team scored in the first half last year but FSU built a 2-0 lead before Cal scored with just :37 to play to make it a 2-1 final. If the teams meet, this will be just the 12th game FSU has ever played versus a PAC-10 squad and nine of the previous 11 meetings have all come since 2002. FSU is 7-2-1 all-time against Pac-10 squads and 4-1-1 at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The only Pac-10 team from California FSU had ever played before was USC and the Seminoles are 2-1 in that series. Since beating the Bears in the 2005 NCAA Tournament, Florida State played two other games versus Pac-10 schools. In the 2005 College Cup UCLA downed the Seminoles 4-0. Earlier this year FSU went out to Tempe, AZ and beat the Sun Devils 1-0 in overtime. Although FSU and Cal are not that familiar with one another, there is one connection between the two teams. For the second year in a row former Florida State Seminole Julia Schnugg will return to Tallahassee as a member of Cal. The northern California native transferred back home after the 2004 season.
When the NCAA announced the 64-team field Monday, it had a familiar feel for the Seminoles. Along with six other ACC teams, FSU played three non-conference opponents who made the field in Portland, Jacksonville and Florida. Florida State played a whopping 12 games versus the NCAA Tournament field trailing only North Carolina and Santa Clara who played 15 and 14 respectively. Of the nine teams than played 11 or more games versus the NCAA field, five were from the ACC. Overall, only 14 of the 64 NCAA Tournament teams played double digit games versus the field and of those teams only North Carolina, Florida State, Notre Dame, Santa Clara, Tennessee and Penn State had records above .500 in those games. Florida State North Carolina and Santa Clara are the only schools in America with 12 or more games versus the field that posted a record above .500 in those games. Santa Clara and North Carolina were the only NCAA teams to play more games versus the 64-team field than Florida State. Of the 14 teams that played 10 or more games versus the NCAA Tournament field, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Florida State and Penn State were the only schools with fewer than four losses in those matches. Two of FSU¡¦s three losses this season came to North Carolina and the other to Duke, both of whom made the NCAA Tournament and both of whom have played 12 or more games versus this field. FSU played five of its 12 games versus seeded teams and three versus conference champions.
MOST AGAINST THE FIELD
TEAM GAMES REC WIN %
Notre Dame 11 10-0-1 .954
North Carolina 15 14-1-0 .933
Santa Clara 14 9-4-1 .678
Tennessee 11 6-4-1 .590
Florida State 12 5-3-4 .583
Wake Forest 11 5-5-1 .500
Florida 12 5-5-2 .500
Clemson 11 4-6-1 .450
Duke 12 4-7-1 .375
GOOD AGAINST THE BEST
While the Seminoles may have been just 5-3-4 in their 12 games versus NCAA Tournament opponents, it was still the third-best winning percentage in America for any team with more than 11 games versus the field. One of the reasons for that success was the Seminole defense. In the team¡¦s 12 games versus NCAA squads FSU posted a GAA of just 0.77 to go along with seven shutouts. Florida State allowed just 10 goals in those 12 matches, which included five games that went to OT, four of which were 110 minute affairs. Ali Mims was brilliant in these 12 games as her GAA was just 0.70 and she recorded six of the seven shutouts. The sixth-year senior would have had all seven of the clean sheets but was pulled late in the shutout win over Jacksonville. On the other side of the coin, FSU scored just 14 goals in those games. Selin Kuralay led the Seminoles with five goals and 11 points in matches versus NCAA Tournament teams. India Trotter was second with three goals and she and Mami Yamaguchi both had seven points. Freshman Becky Edwards was really at her best in these 12 games as she recorded four of her team-leading seven assists in those matches.
DOWN TO 14
This year¡¦s invitation to the NCAA Tournament is a historic one for FSU. Not only is it the seventh consecutive invitation for FSU but it also means FSU has played in the NCAA Tournament seven times in 12 years. After going 0 for 5 in the first five years of program history, for the Seminoles to be making the tournament at a 58% clip in program history is pretty amazing. The Seminoles are one of just 14 schools out of 307 playing Division I soccer teams that have gone to seven consecutive NCAA Tournaments. Of those 14 schools, five are from the ACC. Considering the fact the 29 of the 64 teams from last year¡¦s tournament didn¡¦t even make it back in 2005 (45%), what FSU has done over seven straight years is amazing. Round of 16 teams Yale, Arizona and Pepperdine are among the most notable schools not back this season. Just one team (Nebraska) missed the tournament for the first time in the last seven years years.
SEVEN STRAIGHT NCAA¡¦s
LIKE A FISH TO WATER
For a team that never played in the NCAA Tournament prior to this decade, Florida State is making its presence felt quickly. The Seminoles have been to seven straight NCAA Tournaments, four round of 16¡¦s, two quarterfinals and two College Cups in the last six seasons. They are one of just two teams with multiple College Cup appearances in the last three years, seven teams to make two of the last three quarterfinals, one of just 11 schools to advance to the third round four or more times since 2000 and one of just 14 schools to be invited to seven straight NCAA Tournaments. Getting there is one thing but winning once you¡¦re in is another. Few teams have done a better job winning NCAA Tournament games than Florida State. Of the teams that have played 10 or more all-time games, FSU has the seventh-highest winning percentage of any team in NCAA Tournament history. Only the University of North Carolina, Notre Dame, Portland, Santa Clara, Penn State and UCLA have a better success rate in the tournament. FSU is in elite company. Only seven teams have a winning percentage of .655 or better and three have won National Championships this decade (UNC, Notre Dame and Portland). Of the seven teams that have won 68% of their NCAA Tournament games four have been National Champions. Considering the fact that FSU has never gone through a tournament undefeated like Portland, UNC, Notre Dame and Santa Clara, it is amazing that their winning percentage is in the top seven all-time.
NCAA TOURNEY WIN PCT.
North Carolina .930
Notre Dame .745
Santa Clara .711
Penn St .700
Florida State .684
Texas A&M .574
George Mason .563*
Colorado Col .556*
(teams with 10 or more games)
*- did not participate in 2005 Tournament Play
ROUND OF 16 QUARTERFINALS COLLEGE CUP
UCLA 3 UCLA 3 UCLA 3
North Carolina 3 Santa Clara 3 Florida State 2
Portland 3 Florida State 2
Santa Clara 3 North Carolina 2
Boston College 2 Notre Dame 2
UConn 2 Penn State 2
Florida State 2 Portland 2
Notre Dame 2
Penn State 2
Texas A&M 2
WE¡¦VE BEEN DOING IT FOR A MONTH
Florida State opens up NCAA Tournament play this Friday at 5:30 p.m. but the truth of the matter is the Seminoles have been playing NCAA Tournament teams for almost a month now. When FSU takes the field versus Jacksonville Friday night it will be the team¡¦s eighth straight game versus an NCAA Tournament team. Since beating Miami 2-0 October 15, Florida State next eight seven games were all played against teams that were invited to the NCAA¡¦s. On October 19 FSU faced Wake Forest (a No. 3 seed), then Duke, Jacksonville, Clemson, Duke, Wake Forest and No. 1 seed North Carolina. Florida State posted a 3-2-2 record in those seven matches losing to Duke and North Carolina.
STATE-ING OUR CASE
Winning inside the state of Florida has been a huge priority for Florida State this decade and the results show. The Seminoles are 40-4-0 versus Florida schools since 2000. That translates to a winning percentage of .909 against teams from the Sunshine State over the last eight seasons. The Seminoles are currently on an 11-game win streak versus in-state foes. Florida State¡¦s success in state since 2000 has been remarkable especially when you compare FSU¡¦s 40-4 record to Florida¡¦s 11-7 record over the same time frame. Of those seven losses UF has suffered to in-state foes, five have come at the hands of the Seminoles. FSU has won 16 of its last 17 matches against Sunshine State opponents. Of the last 22 games played versus Florida schools, the Seminoles have posted a 20-2 record with 15 of those 20 wins coming via shutouts. 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. Heading into the game with Jacksonville, the Seminoles are 6-0 this season against Florida schools.
FSU VS. FLA SCHOOLS
There are a lot of reasons the Seminole soccer team is feeling thankful for being able to play at home during the NCAA Tournament. First of all the team is 6-0-0 all-time at the Seminole Soccer Complex in the NCAA Tournament. The second reason is the team¡¦s phenomenal home success. Florida State is 7-0-2 this year and 16-1-2 at home under Head Coach Mark Krikorian. The last time Florida State lost at home was versus North Carolina on September 22, 2005. Since then the Seminoles have a home unbeaten streak of 16 games, which is the longest such streak in team history. FSU broke the previous record with its win over Stetson. In these 16 games FSU has gone 14-0-2 with the only ties coming this season versus Virginia and Clemson. The original record was set from 2000-2002. That streak began with the school¡¦s first ever NCAA Tournament win versus Jacksonville and ended with a 2-1 loss to LSU. What is so impressive about the current 16-game streak is that it includes wins over seven ACC teams on top of Florida, Portland and Cal. Since the 2000 season the Seminoles have dominated on their home pitch. FSU is 59-12-6 for a .805 winning percentage the last seven seasons in Tallahassee.
THE HOME STREAK
NC State 3-1
Wake Forest 4-1
Duke 2-1 2OT
Virginia Tech 2-1
THIS IS WHERE IT STARTED
Florida State¡¦s All-American forward India Trotter is always a player to watch but especially at this time of the year. In five NCAA Tournament games last season, the Ft. Lauderdale, FL native scored in four of those matches accumulating five goals including all three game-winners surpassing her career total coming into 2005. Trotter had three points all-time in six NCAA Tournament games coming into 2005. She doubled that total on opening weekend alone. With another goal versus UNC in the 2005 quarterfinals, Trotter is now all alone in first for career points, goals and game-winning goals in NCAA Tournament play. She is just the second Seminole to ever record a multi-goal game in the NCAA postseason joining Camie Bybee who scored twice versus Dartmouth in 2003. Trotter now holds the single game NCAA Tournament record for shots with seven and is tied for first for goals and points in an NCAA Tournament game. Trotter seems to be heating up at the right time again as she scored her sixth goal of the season versus North Carolina in the ACC Championship game. That was the fourth straight game versus Carolina in which the striker has scored. Trotter¡¦s offensive play last season in the NCAA¡¦s was one of the key¡¦s to Florida State¡¦s run to the College Cup. The Seminoles will look to their All-American once again if the team hopes to be in their third College Cup in four seasons.
GOOD TO BE ALL-ACC
On the eve of the 2006 ACC Women’s Soccer Tournament in Cary, NC, the second-place FSU soccer team got some very good news as the Seminoles had five players honored by the conference coaches. Three Seminoles were named to the All-ACC first team, tying the school record set last season. Four Seminoles were named either first or second team, which also ties a program-best set in 2004. Florida State led all ACC schools in first team selections and was second to only conference champion North Carolina in overall All-ACC honorees. In the last three seasons no team has more first team All-ACC selections then Florida State. The Seminoles lead the ACC with eight first team members since 2003 followed closely by North Carolina at seven. UNC has had 13 players make first or second team over that stretch followed by Florida State’s 11. The Seminoles are also second to only North Carolina when it comes to All-ACC freshmen selections all-time as the Seminoles now have 13 compared to Carolina’s 15.
All-ACC First Team (since 2005)
Florida State 8
Wake Forest 1
The 2006 season has been a great one for Florida State so far but a little strange as well. With the tie versus Wake Forest in the ACC semi-final, the Seminoles set a single season record for ties with four. The previous record was three and was set in the 1998, 2002 and 2004 seasons. The strange thing about this season though is the way FSU¡¦s ties have come about. All four of Florida State¡¦s ties have come in 0-0 games. Even stranger is that Florida State has gone to overtime six times and the only win came following a 0-0 tie in regulation time. All five of FSU¡¦s OT contests came following scoreless draws in the first 90 minutes before the ACC Championship final versus UNC which was 1-1 going into OT. The win came in the first OT game of the year in Tempe, AZ. On September 1, FSU and Arizona State played to a 0-0 tie in regulation before Selin Kuralay scored a golden goal in the 93rd minute. It was the only time Florida State recorded a golden goal this season. Since then every tie has come versus an ACC school.
CAROLINA DID IT
Florida State’s success in overtime games is pretty remarkable when it comes to getting a result. In 38 all-time overtime games, the Seminoles have only lost five of those matches. In program history Florida State has posted a 14-5-19 record in extra time games. Since the team lost to Virginia in OT on September 11, 1998, FSU had lost just one of its last 31 OT games (14-1-16). The only team that had beaten FSU in overtime over seven-plus seasons was Wake Forest. The Deacons had scored the only golden goal allowed by FSU in the last 30 overtime games on October 12, 2002. That all changed in the ACC Championship when Carolina¡¦s golden goal ended that streak. Now all five FSU’s overtime defeats have come against ACC teams.
Seminole freshman Onnie Trusty was a top 50 recruit by Soccer Buzz magazine but her Florida State career got off to a rocky start. The midfielder had hip surgery in high school that forced her to miss her entire senior season. She came to FSU still recovering from that surgery. She did not appear in her first game until she started September 14 versus FAU. Since that game she made just one start the rest of the regular season although she did appear in eight games. Her third career start came in the first ACC Tournament game of her career and boy did she make it count. Trusty scored the first goal of the game versus Duke off a corner kick that she headed home. Trusty¡¦s game-winning goal was only the second ever scored by an FSU freshman in the ACC tournament and the first by a freshman with less than five career starts. The only other Seminole to score a game-winning goal in the ACC Tournament in her freshman season was Camie Bybee. Bybee did it in 2001 when she scored FSU¡¦s third goal in a 7-2 win over Maryland. Trusty did do something no other FSU player has ever done versus Duke. Trusty is the first Seminole in school history to ever record her first career game-winner in an ACC Tournament game. Quite a debut.