Oct. 15, 2005
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Tallahassee, FL – The sixth-ranked FSU soccer team is in the final stretch run of the regular season. The squad is a consensus top 10 team and is currently sitting in third place in the ACC standings. Florida State (11-2-0, 4-2-0) has tied a school record with three straight conference victories and will go for number four in Coral Gables Sunday at 12:00 p.m. when they take on the University of Miami (7-8-1, 2-5-0). The game will be shown tape-delayed at 1:00 p.m. on Sun Sports.
This is the second straight season that Florida State has traveled to UM to face the Hurricanes. Last year the Seminoles won 1-0. It was the fifth straight win in the series for FSU with three of those victories coming in Miami. The Hurricanes are coming off a big overtime road victory at Clemson and the Canes have now won back-to-back ACC games for the first time in program history.
“Playing on the road is so tough,” said team captain Kelly Rowland. “Hopefully we can go down to Miami, play well and give ourselves a chance to get a result. All ACC games are close and hard fought. I don’t expect anything different versus a tough Miami team. Hopefully we can score a few more goals than we did last year on top of playing as well defensively as we did a year ago.”
Florida State enters the game with the chance to break and equal two big school records as far as ACC play goes. A win would give the Seminoles four straight conference wins for the first time in school history and it would also up FSU’s ACC win total to five, tying the school record set last season. A victory would also assure FSU of its best road record ever and its most road victories in a season.
“I think this season is shaping up to be a special one for us,” said Rowland. “It reminds me a lot of my freshman year when we went to the College Cup. Nobody knew what to expect coming in but everyone was pleasantly surprised by our success. We are just going to focus on Miami right now and try to continue to get results.”
This is just the second time in school history that Florida State will enter a regular season game as a consensus top 10 squad. Last season FSU sported a No. 3 ranking heading into an intra-state battle with the Gators. FSU jumped out to a 1-0 lead at home that night but lost that game on two second half UF goals.
“I don’t think this team will let rankings affect us in any way,” said Rowland. “As long as we do what we need to be doing as far as staying focused and continuing to prepare in practice, we will give ourselves a chance to get results. We just need to stay focused on the little things that help you be successful. Rankings have nothing to do with those things.”
The Miami game, which was an annual series long before the Hurricanes joined the ACC, is always a special game for the five Seminoles who grew up in South Florida. Seniors Teresa Rivera and Alli Ferreri will most likely be making their last trips home as members of the Seminole soccer team. That could be the case for All-America candidate India Trotter as well as the Canes will make their first trip to Tallahassee since 2003 next season.
“It is awesome for all of us from South Florida to go to Miami and play in front of our families,” said Trotter. “It is almost like club soccer all over again. The biggest perk is seeing our families and friends in the stands for a road game. I get to see my parents and friends. I am very excited to play in front of a friendly crowd.”
The home cooking seems to have worked for Trotter who has scored in both games in her career versus Miami. Coming into 2005, two of her three career goals had come against the Canes. Last season she scored the lone goal of the game in Florida State’s 1-0 win. The All-ACC first team selection in 2004 has scored in three of FSU’s six ACC games this season. She is currently sitting in third place in the conference for goals scored and goals scored per game.
“It is kind of crazy,” said Trotter of her goals versus Miami. “I have no idea when I am going to score in a game so it is just a coincidence I have scored versus Miami the two times we have played. I probably get a little more of a rush since I am playing in front of my friends and family. I think it is the comfort of being back home.”
The game is scheduled for a noon start in Coral Gables and Game Tracker will be available for the match exclusively at www.seminoles.com. Sun Sports, who was originally going to air the game live, will now show the contest on an hour tape delay. Their broadcast will begin at 1:00 p.m. and can be seen locally on Comcast channel 28.