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WEEKLY RELEASE: No. 17 FSU Soccer Opens Home Season Thursday Night Versus JU

Aug. 31, 2005

  • Weekly Release


    Florida State opens the 2005 home season versus two Atlantic Sun opponents this weekend. The Seminoles are 20-3 all-time versus the Atlantic Sun conference. The only loss to a current A-Sun opponent came versus Jacksonville in 1998. Florida State does have two losses versus UCF who was a member of the A-Sun up until this year. The Seminoles will open the 2005 home schedule versus Jacksonville University. FSU leads the all-time series with JU 9-1 and have won seven straight meetings. Florida State has scored three or more goals in every meeting between the teams since 1999 and last season’s 5-0 FSU win, was the most lopsided result in the series since 1996 when FSU won 11-0. Saturday FSU will have its first meeting with Mercer since 1999 when the squads faced off in Tallahassee. The last time Florida State and Mercer played it was also the second home game for a new Seminole coach. That was Patrick Baker’s first year at FSU.



    SERIES RECORD: FSU leads 9-1

    IN TALLAHASSEE: FSU leads 5-1

    WIN STREAK: FSU has won 7 in a row

    LAST MEETING: FSU 5 JU 0 (2004)



    SERIES RECORD: FSU leads 2-0

    IN TALLAHASSEE: FSU leads 1-0

    WIN STREAK: FSU has won 2 in a row

    LAST MEETING: FSU 4 Mercer 1 (1999)



    The 2005 Seminole soccer season got off to a rousing start with a perfect 2-0 road trip to Los Angeles, CA. Florida State opened the season with an eye-opening 4-0 win over 18th-ranked USC and then pulled out a double OT victory over Loyola Marymount. This was the second straight season FSU soccer has started 2-0 but the first time they have done it by winning both games on the road. In fact FSU has only won its first two road games in a season once in team history (1996) before this year. This is the third time in the last six years that Florida State has opened a season with a win over a ranked team. In 2000, FSU upset No. 6 Florida 3-2. Last season it was 3-2 victory over No. 14 Arizona State.



    With nine newcomers and six foreign players, this year’s newcomer class has relied heavily on the Seminole veterans for more than usual. The relationship between the two groups has been great off the field and it seems those relationships are carrying over to the pitch as well. The first three goals of the 2005 season were all scored by first year players but all three goals came off assists by returners. The three goals were each scored by a different newcomer and assisted by a different returner. One of the biggest concerns coming into 2005 was how quickly the new players could integrate with the returning starters. If game one is a sign, the process is well ahead of schedule.



    Florida State couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season than a 4-0 win over the 18th-ranked Women of Troy. Not only did the team go across the country and get the win but they did it in convincing fashion over a very good USC squad. The four goal win established an FSU record for margin of victory in a season opener and it was also the first ever shutout victory in a season opener in school history. The Seminoles have only recorded two shutouts on opening day and the other, a 0-0 tie versus Oregon State, did not result in a W. The 4-0 win was also FSU’s most lopsided victory over a ranked opponent ever in a regular season game. The only other time the Seminoles beat a ranked opponent by a larger margin came in 2001 when FSU downed No. 21 Maryland 7-2 at the ACC Tournament.



    Newcomer Sel Kuralay didn’t waste anytime in making a name for herself on American soil. The Australian National Team player had a huge opening weekend for the Seminoles. Her three goals in the first two games were the most scored by an FSU player on opening weekend in seven years. The only FSU player ever to score more than three goals in the first two games of the season was Maren Vik Edvardsen and she scored five in the first two games of 1998. Kasey McCall was the only other Seminole to score that many goals in the first two games of the year when she scored three to open the 1996 campaign. Kuralay was the only player in the ACC to score three times in the opening week and sits atop the conference leader board for goals scored. Her first goal put FSU up 3-0 on 18th-ranked USC and her second two tied and won the game versus LMU.



    Sel Kuralay wrote her name in the Seminole record books in quite a hurry. It took the Australian just two games to add her name to an illustrious FSU list. The sophomore is just the ninth player in school history to record a golden goal. Kuralay not only scored the double overtime game winner versus Loyola Marymount but she also tied the game with just 1:18 left in regulation. Her game-tying goal at 88:42 was the latest game-tying goal in school history. Leah Gallegos had the previous record when she tied the game versus Clemson in 2002 at 87:21. The latest regulation goal of any relevance ever scored at FSU was Jill Ford’s game-winner versus USF in 1997. She won the game for FSU by scoring the lone goal of the match at 89:32.



    With Florida State‘s 4-0 upset of No. 18 USC, Mark Krikorian became the first Seminole soccer coach to win his coaching debut. The previous two FSU coaches both opened the season at the University of Florida and each lost their game by a four-goal margin. FSU’s first year boss is now 11-1 all-time in his first game of the season in the college ranks and a perfect 3-0 in collegiate debuts. Krikorian has gone undefeated for an entire season twice in his career but his 2-0 start this season is his best start in his first year as the head coach of any college team. He still has a long way to go to match his 39-game winning streak from 1994 and 1995 at Franklin Pierce but he will go after three and four in a row this weekend.



    When Loyola Marymount scored the first goal of the season versus FSU at 84:13, the Seminoles found themselves trailing for the first time in 2005 and with less than 6:00 remaining in the game. The last thing the team was worried about was a shutout streak coming to a close but that goal by LMU ended a pretty impressive run. The Seminoles’ shutout streak ended at 379:41, which is the third-longest streak in school history. The streak dates back to the 2004 ACC Tournament when Clemson scored its second and final goal of the game in the 15th minute. That game ended up going to double overtime. As did FSU’s NCAA Tournament game against BC, a 110 minute scoreless draw. Add to that the 174-plus minutes to open the 2005 season and you have a pretty impressive run. As good as this streak was it wasn’t nearly as special as the school record streak of 739:22 set in 2003. The 174:13 shutout streak that started the 2005 season is a record though. It is now the longest season-opening shutout streak ever at FSU besting the streak of 97:24 set by the 2002 team.



    The Seminoles, unranked in the preseason for the first time since 2001, were the biggest climbers in two of the three polls released this week. FSU went from not even receiving votes to 17th in the Soccer Times poll, 19th in the Soccer America poll and 20th in the Soccer Buzz poll. No team made a bigger leap in the Soccer Times and Soccer America polls than FSU did after their 2-0 opening to the 2005 season. Only Pepperdine made a bigger climb in the Soccer Buzz poll as they went from unranked to 18th, two spots ahead of Florida State. The ACC currently has seven of its 11 teams ranked in the Soccer Buzz and that is more than the next best conference which has just four teams in the Buzz poll.



    Last season FSU had the second-largest home opening crowd in program history as 1,247 fans showed up to watch the Seminoles down No. 14 Arizona State 3-2. The largest home opening crowd in team history came in 2000 when 1,282 fans came out to see FSU record it’s first-ever win over Florida. The 2005 opener will be a little different as FSU opens at home on a Thursday night for the first time since the program’s inaugural season in 1995. That year 623 fans came out to watch the first soccer game in FSU history as the Seminoles defeated West Florida 5-1. Overall, FSU is 7–2-1 all-time in home openers and 63-31-5 in games played at -the Seminole Soccer Complex. Since 2000, FSU is an outstanding 48-15-3 winning 75% of their games at the Seminole Soccer Complex.



    YR       W/L     TEAM              ATT

    1995     W 5-1   West Florida     623

    1996     W 4-0   App. State        546

    1997     W 5-1   Wofford            878

    1998     W 4-2   Furman             198

    1999     L 3-0    Miami               432

    2000     W 3-2   Florida              1282

    2001     W 3-2   George Mason  437

    2002     T 0-0    Oregon State     954

    2003     L 2-1    Penn State        432

    2004     W 3-2   Arizona State    1247



    All-American Kelly Rowland continues to do things no other defender in FSU history has done. The junior is continuing to build on her career record for points by a defender as she added another assist opening weekend. She is the first defender in team history to reach the 30-point plateau in her career and she has done it in just over two seasons. Now she has done something else no FSU defender has ever done. The Wallingford, PA native was named to the Hermann Trophy watch list becoming the first FSU defender ever to make the list. This is the second straight season a Seminole has been named to the Hermann watch list as Leah Gallegos opened 2004 on the radar screen for the award as well. After never having a single player on the watch list, for FSU to have players on the list in back-to-back seasons says as much as anything about how far the program has come.


    Ronda Brooks, Jr., Auburn, Marietta, Ga.
    Jen Buczkowski, Jr., Notre Dame, Elk Grove, Ill.
    Lori Chalupny, Sr., North Carolina, St. Louis, Mo.
    Candace Chapman, Sr., Notre Dame, Ajax, Ontario
    Lara Dickenmann, So., Ohio State, Kriens, Switzerland
    Holly Gault, Jr., Kansas, Spring Hill, Kan.
    Sarah Huffman, Sr., Virginia , Flower Mound, Texas
    Lindsey Huie, Sr., Portland, Mission Viejo, Calif.
    Hayley Hunt, Sr., Stanford, San Marino, Calif.
    Natalie Jacobs, Sr., Penn State, Centreville, Va.
    Diana Matheson, So., Princeton, Oakville, Ontario
    Erin McLeod, Sr., Penn State, Vancouver, B.C.
    Melissa Miller, Jr., Ohio State, Cincinnati, Ohio
    Iris Mora, Sr., UCLA, Cancun, Mexico
    Fran Munnelly, Sr., Colorado, Arvada, Colo.
    Jill Oakes, Sr., UCLA, West Hills, Calif.
    Heather O’Reilly, Jr., North Carolina, East Brunswick, N.J.
    Kelly Rowland, Jr., Florida State, Wallingford, Pa.
    Christine Sinclair, Sr., Portland, Burnaby, B.C.
    Caroline Smith, Sr., Kansas, Edina, Minn.
    Kati Jo Spisak, Sr., Texas A&M, Manchester, Mo.
    Lindsay Tarpley, Sr., North Carolina, Kalamazoo, Mich.
    Katie Thorlakson, Sr., Notre Dame, Langley, B.C.
    Brittany Timko, Jr., Nebraska, Coquitlam, B.C.
    Tiffany Weimer, Sr., Penn State, North Haven, Conn.



    In 2005, it is easier than ever to follow the Florida State soccer team. Fans can watch every game, home and away, unfold exclusively on Game Tracker at Also, eight home games will be broadcast free of charge over Internet radio. Campo’s call of the entire home schedule, with the exception of Wake Forest, will include all the game action and player interviews after the each game. Lastly, fans will have three chances to watch the Seminoles live on TV. Sun Sports will carry FSU’s games versus Florida (9/16), NC State (9/25) and Miami (10/16). There will also be a half hour Sun Sports special featuring the Seminole Soccer program and more details on that show will be available in the near future.



    All-American Kelly Rowland enters the 2005 season having started every game of her two year career. Rowland has now started 48 straight games for FSU dating back to 2003. The record is 66 straight starts and that was set by current Seminole team manager Kristin Boyce. The Austin, TX native started every game from 2001-2003 before a career ending injury in her senior season. Rowland isn’t just chasing Boyce for the consecutive start record she is also closing in on the all-time goals scored by a defender mark that Boyce also holds. Rowland is just two goals shy of Boyce’s 11 goal career mark. Rowland entered 2005 just one assist short of tying a career record for defenders in that category as well and she took care of that on the first day of the season assisting on the third goal of the USC game. No defender in FSU soccer history has as many goals and assists as Rowland who holds the career record for points by a defender (30) in just two seasons of play.



    When head coach Mark Krikorian came to Tallahassee he quickly instilled a philosophy that has served him well in the past. The first year coach believes bringing international players in is a great learning experience for all involved and also a great way to win games. This year’s FSU newcomers come from six different countries and have traveled almost 37,000 miles to make it to campus. Florida State has only had three European players ever play for the school and only seven internationals have ever worn the Garnet and Gold. This year FSU will almost equal the total number of international players to play for the team from the previous 10 seasons in one year alone as six of the nine newcomers in 2005 are international students. FSU will get contributions from the program’s first-ever players from Japan, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia and Finland.

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