Sept. 14, 2004
GALLEGOS IS GOLDEN
Florida State took 32 shots versus Stetson in its win Sunday but it wasn’t until the 92nd minute when one finally went in. Junior Leah Gallegos scored her 11th career game-winning goal and her fourth golden goal, both FSU career records, at 91:03 to send FSU to the OT win and raise the Tribe’s record to 4-1 on the year. The golden goal was the fourth of Gallegos’ career and she has now scored three straight overtime goals for FSU winning games in the NCAA Tournament versus Auburn and West Virginia last year before Sunday’s OT tally. She has scored 11 game-winning goals in her career, which tied the junior for the all-time record as well. The goal was her first of 2004 after recording an assist in each of the first four games. It took Gallegos just 54 games to tie the school record for game-winners, which was originally set by Cindy Schofield who established the mark in 89 career appearances. Gallegos is averaging a game-winner once every five matches while Schofield recorded one once every nine games. What made the game-winner even more special was the fact that it was a golden goal. Not only was it her third straight golden goal but she has also recorded four of FSU’s last five golden goals. No player in FSU history has recorded more than one golden goal in her career.
CAREER GOLDEN GOALS
Leah Gallegos 4
Seven players 1
BACK TO HER OLD TRICKS
Florida State’s shutout of Stetson marked the second clean sheet of the year for the team and goalkeeper Joy McKenzie. The senior captain now has 9.5 career shutouts, which is good enough for second place all-time at FSU. McKenzie has moved into second place on the career shutout list in just 27 starts. She is now just four shutouts away from passing career leader Melissa Juhl who set the FSU record in 56 starts. Juhl averaged a shutout in 23% of her starts while McKenzie is averaging a shutout in 35% of her starts. McKenzie is competing with Juhl and Sarah Crawford as far as best starts go for shutouts in team history. In 1996, Juhl shutout three of the first six teams she faced and Crawford recorded shutouts in three of her first six matches in 1999. McKenzie can tie those marks tonight versus Jacksonville who FSU has shutout three times in nine meetings but hasn’t held scoreless in the last four matches.
PENN ALUMNI GAME
Tuesday night’s Jacksonville game is not only a meeting of old in-state rivals but also a meeting between former Penn coaches. Patrick Baker left Penn to take over the Florida State program in 1999. New Jacksonville head coach Chris Kouns came to JU from Penn as well where he coached for just one season. The two Penn coaches will meet for the first time in the 10th annual meeting in this series. Florida State holds an 8-1 series advantage and has won six straight versus the Dolphins. During that win streak, FSU has outscored JU 18-4 but the Tribe hasn’t recorded a shutout versus Jacksonville in four straight matches. Leah Gallegos is the top returning scorer when it comes to JU with two goals in two meetings. Camie Bybee, Jez Ratliff and Kelly Rowland have all scored once in the series as well. Florida State has lost just two home matches in Patrick Baker’s five-plus year tenure at FSU to in-state opponents. The only win JU ever had in the series came in Tallahassee in 1998. The Dolphins are off to a rough start in 2004 as they are currently 1-3-1 but the team is coming off its first win of the year downing Tulane 2-0. JU has scored just four goals in the five games but has allowed only seven for an average of just 1.3 goals per game. Redshirt freshman Stephanie Elgie is the only Dolphin to score two goals for JU this season as she is tied for the team lead with four points.
SET PIECE GOALS
Four of FSU’s last five goals scored in 2003 came off set pieces and the trend seems to be continuing in 2004. This season FSU has scored eight goals and four have come off set pieces. Dating back to last season, the Tribe has recorded eight of its last 13 goals off set pieces. One of the main reasons has been Kelly Rowland whose long throw-ins are proving to be a lethal weapon again this season. Rowland has eight career assists and seven have come from goals scored off her throw-ins. The set piece goal was the reason for another big win as a free kick led to the golden goal FSU scored versus Stetson the last time the Tribe stepped out. The game-winning goal was the result of a Stetson take down of Leah Gallegos just outside the 18 near the top left corner of the box. Senior defender Katie Beal, who has scored two PK goals in the span of the last eight games, had been playing long balls off free kicks all game this time as she went to adjust the ball she slipped a quick pass right inside the box to Gallegos. The junior All-American took one touch to the top left corner of the six and then went back across her body to the far post with a left footed blast to end the match.
STILL IN THE RUNNING
Despite a disappointing loss to the Gators, FSU still is chasing the best start in team history established by the 1996 squad. That season the team went 6-1 to start the year and this year’s squad is currently sitting at 4-1. To break the record the Seminoles would have to run off three straight wins starting tonight versus Jacksonville, than Friday night against a top 10 Clemson squad followed by a home game Sunday against FIU. It will be a tall order for the Tribe to sweep that set of games and set a new mark for the best start in school history.
GETTING BY WITHOUT BYBEE
The minor ankle sprain that has hampered Camie Bybee the last couple of weeks is taking its toll on the Florida State offense. The junior was off to the best start of her career with a goal and an assist in the first two games. When Bybee was on the field, Florida State was averaging 2.5 goals per game and since she has been out of the midfield, the Tribe is averaging just one goal per game. That stat really proves how much the Seminoles are missing the attacking midfielder’s play-making ability. The two games she played came against a top 20 team in Arizona State and a NCAA Tournament team in USC yet the Tribe still managed to score five goals in those games. In the next three matches, FSU has tallied only three goals, which is the same amount the team scored in the season opener versus the Sun Devils. Bybee has never missed a game in her entire career, a streak of 73 consecutive matches that was broken when she sat out the Georgia match.
2:1 AND 1:2
Two of the interesting early season statistical trends that have emerged after just five games concern corner kicks and fouls. So far this season FSU has taken almost twice as many corner kicks as their opponents (35 to 18) and been fouled twice as many times as fouls they have committed (64 to 32). Sixteen of those fouls came in just one game versus Florida while the Tribe committed just four on the night. What is most amazing about that stat is that 22 of the 32 fouls called against FSU have been for offsides and just 10 have been the result of any other type of violation. That means opponents are out fouling FSU by a margin of 6:1. FSU has been whistled for 22 offsides while their opponents have yet to be whistled for offsides this season.
SAMO GETS FIRST CALL
While the 2004 Seminole freshman didn’t come in with the lofty ranking as far as recruiting classes go, the group is contributing in a big way. Five of the eight freshmen have already played, which is a pretty high percentage when you consider one is a keeper (Jessica Vaccaro) and another (Sage Sizemore) has been out all season so far. None of the freshman broke into the starting line-up though until Sunday when Melissa Samokishyn garnered the first start of her career in the wide midfield. This is the first time in Patrick Baker’s six years at FSU that a freshman didn’t start in a season opener. In fact, an average of almost three freshmen have started in each of the last five season openers coming into 2004. Three started in game one in 2003, one started in game one in 2002, two started in game one in 2001, three started in game one in 2000 and four started in 1999. That stat doesn’t speak to the quality of the 2004 freshmen but does speak volumes about the depth of this year’s team. Baker has recruited long and hard to get to a point where he wasn’t forced to start multiple freshmen each opening day and six years in that is now the case.
FRESHMAN STARTERS ON OPENING DAY