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POSTSEASON MEDIA GUIDE: Tribe Opens ACC Tournament With Clemson Wednesday

Nov. 2, 2004

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    The Seminoles open the 2004 ACC Tournament versus Clemson Wednesday and the Tribe should enter the game with some confidence. On top of winning four of the last five versus the Tigers, since 2000 Florida State is 6-1-1 all-time in the first round of the ACC and NCAA Tournaments. In those eight games, FSU has outscored its opponents 24-10. The only time the Seminoles have ever lost an opening game in the postseason was two years ago versus Maryland when the Tribe hosted the ACC Tournament. The tie came in 2000 when FSU tied Wake Forest to open that ACC Tournament but advanced in a shootout. The Seminoles record in ACC Tournament openers is 2-1-1 and the Tribe has never lost an ACC Tournament opener played in the state of North Carolina.



    Head coach Patrick Baker will never use an injured player as an excuse for his team not performing the way he would like but that doesn’t mean the Tribe is not suffering the effects of not having 2003 consensus All-American Leah Gallegos. The Seminoles have scored just 27 goals this season for an average of 1.48 goals per game. That is the fewest goals scored and the lowest goals scored per game in team history. You can’t help but think that Gallegos’ single-season record setting 18 goals are missed. Last year through 18 games, the Seminoles entered the ACC Tournament with 43 goals and an average of 2.35 goals per game. That team entered the postseason with an 11-6-1 record. It is an amazing testament to the 2004 squad that they not only are a game better than last year’s squad but they have done it scoring 16 fewer goals, which is almost a goal per game less than last season.



    While the FSU offense has struggled at times to score goals, the reason the Tribe registered the best season in school history is the defense and goalkeeping. Florida State came within one goal of tying the record of the 2003 squad for the fewest regular season goals allowed in team history. Even more impressive was the amount of shutouts the Seminoles recorded. The eight regular season shutouts posted by this defense is a new regular season record at FSU. The all-time single season record for shutouts is nine and that was set by the 2003 team.



    As much as head coach Patrick Baker has done at FSU, his teams for some reason don’t fare too well in the final regular season game. Since 2000, the Seminoles are 1-4-0 on the last day of the regular season. But a let down at the finish line has not meant a loss in the ACC’s. The three time FSU entered the ACC Tournament following a season-ending loss, the Tribe has found a way to advance in two of those three seasons. In fact, last year the Tribe lost its last regular season game and went to the ACC Final and College Cup.



    Patrick Baker stated from day one of the 2004 season that he knew how hard it was going to be to repeat the success of the 2003 squad. For so many reasons, very few teams outside of UNC make it back to the College Cup and FSU is finding out that it is a tough feat to repeat. Despite the trials and tribulations of the 2004 season you shouldn’t forget that despite missing Leah Gallegos and Camie Bybee for half a season each, the Seminoles set a new regular season record for highest winning percentage. This year’s Seminoles finished the regular season with a .694 winning percentage, which is the best in team history. The last five Patrick Baker coached Seminole soccer teams have finished with a winning percentage of .639 or better. Florida State finished with a winning percentage above .639 just one in the five years before Baker arrived. Of those five teams, the team with the lowest regular season winning percentage (.639) was the 2003 team that went to the College Cup. The team with the previous record for highest winning percentage was the only team of those five not to make it to the sweet 16.


    2004     12-5-1  .694

    2003     11-6-1  .639

    2002     11-5-3  .658

    2001     13-6-0  .684

    2000     12-6-1  .658

    1999     9-9-1    .500

    1998     7-10-3  .425

    1997     8-11-0  .421

    1996     12-6-1  .658

    1995     4-13-1  .250



    In one afternoon, the Florida State soccer program wiped out eight years of history. Florida State garnered four All-ACC honors matching the total All-ACC honorees the program received in its first eight years of existence. Florida State garnered two first team selections, equaling a program high, and two second team selections, which matches the total second team picks in school history. Only Virginia received more All-ACC team selections than FSU, who also outdistanced North Carolina, which had three players named All-ACC. Senior goalkeeper Joy McKenzie was named the conference’s top keeper as she was the only net minder named All-ACC first team. She was joined on the first team by midfielder India Trotter who received the first All-ACC honors of her career. Kelly Rowland was named to the ACC’s second team. While the sophomore was not named defensive player of the year, she was the only defender to garner All-ACC honors. Sophomore Julia Schnugg was FSU’s other All-ACC recipient picking up second team honors as well. Libby Gianeskis was named the Tribe’s only All-ACC freshman team player and she and Rowland were the only two defenders to receive any All-ACC accolades on any of the three teams. League coaches obviously felt highly about the FSU defense, which not only received two honorees in Rowland and Gianeskis but keeper McKenzie and defensive midfielder Trotter who were also recognized.


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