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WEEKLY RELEASE: No. 3 Soccer Faces Stetson In Rare Wednesday Afternoon Match

Oct. 10, 2006

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  • STETSON (8-5-1)

    SERIES RECORD: FSU leads 4-0

    IN TALLAHASSEE: FSU leads 2-0

    SERIES STREAK: FSU has won all four



    Florida State and Stetson resume their series after a one year layoff. The teams met in three consecutive years from 1997-1999 and then did not play again until 2004. Florida State has won all four meetings with the hatters and has never allowed Stetson to score a goal in any of those matches. FSU scored multiple goals in each of the three meetings in the 90’s winning 3-0, 4-0 and 4-0. The last time the teams met though it was a different story. Florida State needed a Leah Gallegos goal at 1:03 of the first overtime period to get by the Hatters in Tallahassee. While the score was just 1-0, every other stat couldn’t have been more one-sided. Florida State out shot Stetson 32-5 that day and took 10 corners to just one for the Hatters. FSU was only able to put 10 of their 32 shots on frame and it took 91:03 to get one past keeper April Eilering who should be starting in goal when the teams meet again Wednesday. The 32 shots wasn’t a record for FSU who took 41 in a game versus Mercer in 1999. This will be the fourth straight time Stetson has traveled to Tallahassee. Both teams will enter the match on impressive streaks. FSU is unbeaten in its last five games while the Hatters are unbeaten in their last eight.


    A few heads turned when the Seminole soccer schedule came out and there was a 4:00 p.m. Wednesday game on the bill. While playing on a Wednesday is a little strange, it isn’t unprecedented for FSU. The Seminoles have played 15 games in 12 seasons on Wednesdays. The thing that makes this game a little strange is the 4:00 p.m. start. With the Hatters driving back immediately following the match, the start time was moved up so the student-athletes could get home at a reasonable time and make classes on Thursday. It is a rare start time for a mid-week match nonetheless. The last time FSU played a Wednesday game this early in the day was October 6, 1999 when the Seminoles played Jacksonville on a Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Of the 15 Wednesday games FSU has played, only four have started before 7:00 and none since that JU game in 1999. Florida State has fared well in Wednesday games going 10-3-2 all-time but posting an even more impressive record of 8-0-2 in the last 10. The last time the Seminoles lost on a Wednesday was in 1998 when the team fell 1-0 to UCF on September 23. Two of FSU’s three Wednesday losses have come to the Gators and both ties came in ACC games. In non-conference games played on Wednesdays the Seminoles are 8-3 having won six straight. The most surprising stat about FSU’s Wednesday games concerns the venues the games have been played at. Florida State has only played at home three times on a Wednesday and not once since an NCAA Tournament first round game versus Jacksonville in 2000. That means there has never been a regular season game played on a Wednesday at the Seminole Soccer Complex.


    Overall 10-3-2

    Last 10 8-0-2

    Non-ACC 8-3-0

    ACC 2-0-2

    Day Start 2-1-0

    Night Start 8-2-2

    Home 2-1-0

    Away 6-2-1

    Neutral 2-0-1


    The Seminole soccer team finally returns to Tallahassee after a stretch of games played mostly away from home. Florida State has played five of its last seven games away from home and done very well in those matches posting a 3-1-1 record. With just one road trip remaining this season, Florida State will get to play four of its final six regular season games at the Seminole Soccer Complex where the team is 4-0-1 this year and 13-1-1 under head coach Mark Krikorian. The last time Florida State lost at home was versus North Carolina on September 22, 2005. Since then the Seminoles have a home unbeaten streak of 12 games, which is tied for the longest such streak in team history. With a win versus Stetson, FSU will break that record streak. In those 12 games FSU has gone 11-0-1 with the only tie coming this season versus Virginia. The original record was set from 2000-2002. That streak began with the school’s first ever NCAA Tournament win versus Jacksonville and ended with a 2-1 loss to LSU. What is so impressive about the current 12-game streak is that it includes wins over six ACC teams on top of Florida, Portland and Cal.


    NC State 3-1

    Maryland 3-1

    BC 3-0

    Wake Forest 4-1

    Duke 2-1 2OT

    Citadel 5-0

    Cal 2-1

    Portland 2-1

    Florida 1-0

    UCF 2-0

    Virginia 0-0

    Virginia Tech 2-1


    When FSU kicks off versus Stetson Wednesday it will mark the first of two straight games versus Florida schools and three of the next five versus in-state opponents. Winning inside the state of Florida has been a huge priority for Florida State this decade and the results show. The Seminoles are 37-4-0 versus Florida schools since 2000. That translates to a winning percentage of .902 against teams from the Sunshine State over the last eight seasons. The Seminoles are currently on an eight game win streak versus in-state foes. Florida State’s success in state since 2000 has been remarkable especially when you compare FSU’s 37-4 record to Florida’s 11-7 record over the same time frame. Of those seven losses UF has suffered to in-state foes, five have come at the hands of the Seminoles. FSU has won 13 of its last 14 matches against Sunshine State opponents. The best record FSU ever posted against Florida schools was 8-0 in 2000. In 2002 the Tribe went 5-0 but an argument can be made that 2003 was the best season ever as far as in-state competition goes. Although FSU wasn’t undefeated (6-1), they averaged over 3.5 goals per game and the win in Gainesville over Florida came in the Elite Eight sending FSU to the College Cup.



    2000 (8-0)

    Florida 3-2

    USF 2-1

    JU 3-1

    UCF 3-1

    FIU 4-1

    Miami 3-1

    JU 4-1

    Florida 2-1

    2001 (5-1)

    Florida 0-2

    USF 1-0

    UCF 5-0

    FIU 4-1

    Miami 3-1

    JU 5-1

    2002 (5-0)

    Miami 2-1

    USF 3-2

    Florida 2-1

    UCF 3-1

    JU 3-1

    2003 (6-1)

    Florida 0-2

    JU 3-1

    Miami 7-1

    USF 3-0

    UCF 3-0

    FAU 7-0

    Florida 2-1

    2004 (5-2)

    Florida 1-2

    Stetson 1-0

    JU 5-0

    FIU 1-0

    USF 2-0

    Miami 1-0

    UCF 2-3

    2005 (5-0)

    JU 7-0

    UCF 3-0

    Florida 4-2

    Miami 3-1

    FAU 3-0

    2006 (3-0)

    Florida 1-0

    UCF 2-0

    FAU 2-1


    With two more shutouts versus Maryland and Boston College, the Seminole defense and keeper Ali Mims are really starting to enter some rarified air when it comes to what they are accomplishing in 2006. Only seven teams in the history of Division I soccer have ever posted a team GAA below 0.40, which is in the neighborhood of where FSU stands going into the Stetson game (0.48). Florida State has gone 253:06 without allowing a goal and the team has allowed just one goal in the last 496:56. The 2006 squad is already fifth all-time for shutouts with seven and just four away from tying an all-time school record. FSU has already tied the school’s ACC record for shutouts with four ACC games still remaining. The Seminoles are performing very well in conference play as they have allowed just three goals in ACC play shutting out 67% of its conference foes. That is an amazing stat when you consider two of those shutouts came in double OT as FSU held BC and Virginia without a goal for 110 minutes each.


    While FSU’s goal production is down this season it hasn’t been a factor in the team’s winning percentage due to the Seminole defense. Ali Mims and the FSU backline are once again posting record-breaking numbers. In 2005, FSU set single season record for shutouts (11) and GAA (0.86). It was the third straight year in which the Seminoles bested their GAA record and the second straight year in which the team broke the shutout record. At the rate FSU is going, those numbers will fall again. Right now the Seminoles GAA is 0.48, which is almost half of the all-time record of 0.86. That number is pretty amazing considering the Seminoles have already faced Portland, North Carolina, Florida and Virginia among others. FSU is also on pace to break the single season shutout record as well. This season Florida State has recorded a clean sheet versus 58% of its opponents, which is ahead of the 44% of the opponents FSU blanked in its record-setting 2005 season. The Seminoles would need five more shutouts to establish a new single season record. While that seems unlikely to happen in the regular season with just six matches to play, FSU should have a chance at a new mark with ACC and NCAA Tournament play as well.



    2006 12 7 58% 0.48

    1996 20 9 45% 1.69

    2005 25 11 44% 0.86

    2003 26 9 35% 1.05

    2001 24 8 33% 1.60


    As good as FSU’s defense has been this season the Seminole attack still hasn’t quite hit its stride as of yet. Through 12 games in 2005 the Seminole offense had scored twice as many goals (33 to 16) as this year’s squad and had more than twice as many points (97 to 46) as well. FSU has already been shutout twice this season, something that only happened once in 2005 and that was against UCLA in the 2005 College Cup. The Seminoles have scored more than two goals in a game just once compared to seven times in the first 12 games of last season. The longest stretch the 2005 team ever went without a goal during the regular season was 152:35 but in 2006 that number is 200:47. If you include the postseason as well FSU still was never held without a goal for over 200 minutes. The longest drought came versus North Carolina and UCLA in the NCAA Tournament when FSU was held off the board for 191:35 following a goal scored by India Trotter versus the Tar Heels at 8:25. One sign of just how good the Seminoles have been defensively combined with a struggling offense is the fact that for the first time in the history of the program FSU has recorded two 0-0 ties in the same season. In the first 11 seasons of Seminole soccer FSU had six scoreless draws in 241 matches compared to two in just 12 games this season.


    Kelly Rowland’s career at Florida State has been nothing short of magnificent. The senior has started every game since stepping foot on campus in 2003 a streak of 83 consecutive starts. She is the most prolific defender ever at FSU as far as goals, points and assists are concerned and she has now distinguished herself from everyone else yet again. With her game-winning goal versus Maryland, Rowland upped her total to six in her career. She now has six game-winning goals and eight career game-winning assists making Rowland the first defender ever at FSU to be among the career leaders in both of those categories. The Wallingford, PA native currently ranks fourth all-time for game-winning assists and sixth all-time for game-winning goals. If Rowland is able to score two more game-winners before her career is over, she will be the only player ever at Florida State to have eight career game-winning goals and game-winning assists.


    Freshman Becky Edwards is settling in to the college game pretty well. The Downingtown, PA native has started all 12 games in the Florida State backline and is playing a major role in what is shaping up to be the best defensive season in school history. She is fifth on the team in minutes played logging 1067 so far this season. That isn’t the only area where Edwards is making her presence felt though. The outside back is now leading the team in assists with three of which two have been game-winners. She is already just two game-winning assists shy of tying the freshman record set by Mami Yamaguchi in 2005. Edwards is looking to join a distinguished list of Seminole freshmen that have led the squad in assists in their first year on campus. Four Seminole freshmen have led the team in assists in 11 previous seasons. Four freshmen have also led FSU in game-winning assists and Edwards is currently leading the team in that category as well.


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