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GAMEDAY CENTRAL: FSU Hosts North Florida On Tuesday Night At 7:00 PM

Sept. 17, 2007

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Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State (4-2-0) wraps-up its three game home stand as they welcome North Florida (1-4-1) to the Seminole Soccer Complex for the first time in the series. The Seminoles are unbeaten at home in their last 23 games posting a record of 21-0-2 during that span. Three Seminoles have reached double-digits in points already this season with junior forward Mami Yamaguchi leading the way with 23 on nine goals and five assists. The Seminoles will then head south to face UCF on Saturday in Orlando with kick-off set for 7:00 pm.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007; Web cast – ACC Select
North Florida (1-4-1) at #11 Florida State (4-2-0), 7:00 pm
Series Record: FSU leads 1-0-0; First Meeting in Tallahassee, Fla.

Saturday, September 22, 2007
#11 Florida State (4-2-0) at UCF (4-2-0), 7:00 pm
Series Record: Florida State leads 6-2-0; Seminoles lead 3-1-0 in Orlando, Fla.

* This marks just the second meeting between Florida State and North Florida as the two teams first met in Jacksonville back in 1996 with the Seminoles winning 4-1.
* After starting the season at 1-0-1, the Ospreys have dropped four straight including three one-goal defeats. Last week, UNF fell to both Western Michigan and Coastal Carolina by one-goal each. Angela Passafaro leads the way for UNF with three goals.
* Florida State owns an all-time record of 21-1-0 against current members of the Atlantic-Sun Conference. Besides UNF, FSU has faced Jacksonville (12-1), Mercer (3-0) and Stetson (5-0). FSU has not lost to an A-Sun school since falling to JU 2-1 in 1998.

Florida State welcomes North Florida to Tallahassee for the first time in what will be just the second meeting between the two schools. The two teams met up for the first and only time in Jacksonville in 1996 as the Seminoles defeated the Ospreys 4-1 on their home turf. Erin Grimsley scored a pair of goals including the game-winner in the 23rd minute. Allison Hogan had a goal and an assist, while Melissa Juhl got the win in goal making five saves for the Seminoles. The Seminoles outshot the Ospreys 7-6, while maintaining a slim 3-2 corner kick advantage.

* Florida State heads out on the road on Saturday in search of its second road victory of the season. FSU has had success in Orlando winning the last three meetings against the Knights, outscoring UCF 11-0 during that span.
* The Seminoles have posted four shutouts against the Knights in the series with three of those shutouts coming on UCF’s home turf. Of the four games in the series played in Orlando, the winning team has posted a shutout each time.
* Five of the first six UCF games have been decided by one-goal with the Knights going 3-2. FSU has played in just two one-goal games in 2007 going 0-2. UCF is 2-0-0 at home in 2007 downing UNLV (2-1) and UC Davis (3-0) two weeks ago.
* Mami Yamaguchi has a goal and an assist in two career games against UCF. She has tallied 10 total shots including five SOG. Kirsten van de Ven tallied an assist in 2005 to go along with five total shots and three SOG.

Saturday’s contest against the Knights marks the ninth meeting all-time, while the two schools have played each other in the regular season every year since 2000. Florida State is riding a two-game winning streak in the series. The Garnet and Gold have won three straight vs. UCF in Orlando with their only loss on the road coming in 1998 – the first meeting in the series. Head coach Mark Krikorian is 2-0-0 lifetime against UCF with both meetings coming as the Seminoles’ field general.

Florida State vs. UCF Series Outlook
1998 – UCF 1, Florida State 0 (at Orlando, Fla.)
2000 – Florida State 3, UCF 1 (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
2001 – Florida State 5, UCF 0 (at Orlando, Fla.)
2002 – Florida State 3, UCF 1 (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
2003 – Florida State 3, UCF 0 (at Orlando, Fla.)
2004 – UCF 3, Florida State 2 (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
2005 – Florida State 3, UCF 0 (at Orlando, Fla.)
2006 – Florida State 2, UCF 0 (at Tallahassee, Fla.)

Florida State will wrap-up its current three game home stand on Tuesday night when the Seminoles welcome the North Florida Ospreys to the Seminole Soccer Complex for the first time in the series. FSU has thrived playing in front of the home crowd as the Garnet and Gold is currently riding a school record 23-game unbeaten steak at home (21-0-2). During this streak, Florida State has not allowed more than one goal to any opponent outscoring the opposition 69-10 while posting 12 shutouts. This season alone Florida State has outscored the opposition 21-0 at home while going 3-0-0. North Carolina was the last school to beat FSU in Tallahassee downing the Seminoles 4-1 on September 22, 2005. The streak began the very next game as the Seminoles defeated NC State 3-1 on September 25, 2005. The Seminoles closed out the `05 season winning their last seven home games, while posting a record of 11-0-2 in 2006. It marked just the second time in school history a Florida State team did not suffer a loss at home; the first coming in 2001 when FSU went 8-0-0. Under head coach Mark Krikorian, the Seminoles are 23-1-2 when playing in front of the hometown fans.

Winning inside the state of Florida has been a huge priority for Florida State this decade and the results show. The Seminoles are 40-5-0 versus Florida schools since 2000. The Seminoles had won 11 straight over in-state foes prior to its 2-1 defeat in Gainesville back on September 9. FSU has won 16 of its last 18 matches against Sunshine State opponents. Of the last 23 games played versus Florida schools, the Seminoles have posted a 20-3 record with 15 of those 20 win coming via shutouts.

Junior Mami Yamaguchi began the 2007 season as Florida State’s leading returning scorer as she ranked third in scoring a year ago with 16 points (6 goals, 4 assists). After the first six games, she has already surpassed last season’s totals with nine goals and five assists, while flying up the career charts in both categories. Yamaguchi is currently tied with Kelly Rowland for eighth all-time with 17 career goals, while her 17 career assists is good for sole possession of eighth place. She has also started the season registering a point in all six games. The Tokyo, Japan native tallied career-highs in points (7) and goals (3) in FSU’s 6-1 win over Cal State Northridge. Against the Matadors, Yamaguchi posted her first career multi-goal game with a hat trick. In FSU’s home opener against Francis Marion, she tied her career-high in assists with two. She then tallied her second career hat trick scoring three goals in a span of 13 minutes against Troy. Her shots on goal percentage have been lights out so far this season as 15 of her 26 shots have been on goal (57.7%).

For complete notes on this week’s match-ups, please check out the PDF Notes listed above.

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