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WEEKLY RELEASE: No. 6 FSU Soccer Hosts Maryland And No. 8 Boston College

Oct. 4, 2005

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    SERIES RECORD: Series tied 6-6-1

    IN TALLAHASSEE: UMD leads 4-2-1

    SERIES STREAK: FSU 2-0-1 in last three




    It’s hard to find a stranger series between FSU and any of its ACC opponents than the series with Maryland. While the Terrapins are one of just two of the original seven ACC teams that FSU is .500 or better against, the Seminoles have a losing record at home versus Maryland and are just 2-2 at Ludwig Field. Where FSU has had its most success has been at neutral sites in ACC Tournament games going 2-0. Those stats are a little skewed due to Maryland jumping out to a 5-1 lead in the series. Since 2001, FSU is 5-1-1 versus the Terrapins and 3-0-1 in the last four meetings in ACC play. The last time FSU lost a game to Maryland was in the 2002 ACC Tournament in Tallahassee going 2-0-1 since that game. The most obvious reason FSU has had success versus Maryland lately is goal production. The Seminoles have scored in six straight games versus the Terrapins, the longest streak versus any ACC team. The last time the Seminoles were held without a goal versus UMD was in 2000 when the Seminoles lost 2-0 in College Park. In the first six meetings in the series Maryland out scored FSU 16-4, since then the Seminoles have 16-8 edge in goals scored. Maryland is one of just two ACC teams that FSU has scored 20 or more goals against. The Seminoles have scored 20 goals in the all-time series with Maryland, just behind the 22 goals they have recorded versus NC State.



    School     Goals    GPG  SO       CONSC GAMES W/ GOAL

    NCST      22         2.00   2          5

    MARY    20         1.54   4          6

    DUKE     12         1.20   4          0

    WAKE    14         1.17   2          2

    CLEM     14         1.08   6          0

    UVA       10         0.77   7          0

    UNC       11         0.39   11         1

    vs original ACC schools



    SERIES RECORD: Series tied 0-0-1

    IN TALLAHASSEE: First ever game

    WIN STREAK: Tied in the only meeting

    LAST MEETING: FSU 0 BC 0 (2004 NCAA)



    Sunday’s game versus Boston College will be the first ever ACC meeting between the schools and the first game played between the two in Tallahassee. It will not be the first ever meeting in the state of Florida though. Boston College and FSU met last season in the NCAA Tournament in Gainesville. The game ended in a 0-0 tie but BC eliminated FSU in the first round for the first time in school history in a shootout. Boston College is the first team that FSU has ever met for the first time in the NCAA Tournament and then faced in the regular season. The only other NCAA Tournament opponent FSU has never previously played in the regular season is UConn who the Seminoles played once in the Sweet 16 and once in the College Cup. Florida State has had some success in facing new ACC members for the first time. The Seminoles are 2-0 in their first ACC game versus a new member and has yet to allow a goal in such a game. Last season FSU defeated Miami and Virginia Tech 1-0 in the first ever conference meetings between the schools. That is quite a change from just over 10 years ago when the Seminoles went 0-7 in their first meeting with every original ACC team. Head coach Mark Krikorian has more experience versus the Eagles than the FSU soccer program as a whole. He has faced BC twice and holds a 2-0 record in those meetings. Those games came when he was the head coach at the University of Hartford. He won both games by one goal. In 2000 his Hawks won 2-1 and in 1999 they got a 1-0 overtime win.



    The new Thursday/Sunday ACC schedule has been both good and bad for FSU. While the squad is 9-2, both losses this season have come on a Thursday, albeit to the two top teams in the ACC (UNC and Virginia). On the other hand, FSU is 2-0 in the ACC on Sundays and 4-0 overall. The good thing for FSU is that the game versus Maryland will be the last Thursday game of the regular season…not only has FSU been good on Sunday, they are undefeated in any game played during the day. The Garnet & Gold is 5-0 this season in day games. They have defeated USC, LMU, Mercer, NC State and Virginia Tech under the sun…this is the first time since 1999 that FSU has played two teams they tied the previous regular season the next year. Overall, that has happened just twice before and the Seminoles have gone 2-2 versus those teams the next time they met. In 1998 FSU tied USF and Duke. The next season they beat the Bulls and lost to the Blue Devils. In 2000, FSU drew with NC State and then tied Wake in the ACC Tournament. A year later the Seminoles beat NC State but lost to the Deacs. This is the first time FSU will play both teams they tied the year before on the same weekend.



    Sunday’s 3-0 win over Virginia Tech ended the Seminoles most difficult stretch of the season as far as playing away from home. Of the first 11 games in 2005, FSU played seven on the road. It is hard to imagine that the coaches could have hoped for anything better than the 6-1 record FSU posted in those games considering the teams they faced. Three of FSU’s seven road games have come against ranked opponents (USC, Florida and Virginia) and three others came against teams that have played in the NCAA Tournament in the last two seasons (UCF, Ole Miss and Virginia Tech). The seventh was at a Loyola Marymount team who played in an NCAA Tournament as well in the last three years (2002). With six wins, FSU has already tied the school record for the most road wins ever in a single season. If Florida State is able to win one of its final two games away from home (at Miami and at Clemson) they will set new marks for the most road victories and the best road winning percentage in program history. The best road winning percentage in school history is 75% and that was established by both the 1996 and 2002 teams. FSU will beat that road winning percentage mark if they are able to go 1-1 in their last two road games, which would give the 2005 squad a winning percentage of 77%.



    With its 3-0 win over Virginia Tech, FSU reached 30 goals and 90 points on the season. In just 11 games, the Seminoles have scored more goals than the 2004 team did all of last season and equaled that squad’s total points as well. Heading into this weekend’s matches, FSU has 30 goals and 30 assists. The 30 assists would rank as the sixth-most in school history and this team still has at least eight games left. Right now FSU is on pace to challenge the 2003 team that set the record for goals (60), points (183) and assists (63). Although the regular season is just over half way done, FSU is already way ahead of the season-best averages for points, goals and assists per game. No single FSU team has ever set a record in two of those three categories in one season. The 2003 team set the mark for points per game at 7.00 while the 2005 squad is averaging 8.18. The 1996 team holds the record for goals per game at 2.55 while this squad is at 2.73 so far. The 2001 team holds the mark for assists per game at 2.42, which also would trail the 2005 team which is averaging 2.73 assists per contest.


    Category           Record             2005

    Points               182 (`03)           90

    Points Per Gm   7.00 (`03)          8.18

    Goals                60 (`03)             30

    Goals Per Gm   2.55 (`96)          2.73

    Assists              62 (`03)            30

    Assists Per Gm 2.42 (`01)          2.73     



    While the 2005 Seminoles are on a record pace for points, goals and assists, they aren’t just shaping up to be one of the best offensive teams in school history. Florida State has allowed just nine goals in 11 games which puts this team on pace to challenge for the best defensive season in 11 years as well. The 2001 team holds the record for fewest goals allowed (21) and last season’s team owns the record for the best GAA in a season at 1.02. FSU has never averaged giving up less than one goal per game but the 2005 team has a GAA of 0.81 right now. One of the reasons for that are the six shutouts recorded so far by the ’05 team in 11 games. The six clean sheets are already the fourth-most ever recorded in one season by a Seminole squad. Last season’s squad tied the record with nine shutouts in 20 games. The record was first set by the 2003 team, which amazingly had just one clean sheet in the first 11 matches that year only to go on to shutout eight of its next 15 opponents en route to the College Cup. Only the 1996 team got off to as good a start recording six shutouts in the first 11 games of the season like the 2005 squad has done. The good news for FSU when it comes to that record is that they have recorded 12 shutouts all-time versus the six opponents left on their schedule (not including The Citadel since the teams have never played before).



    2004                 9

    2003                 9

    1996                 8

    2005                6

    2001                 6

    2000                 6

    1999                 6

    1997                 6



    Florida State‘s 1-0 loss to Virginia marked the first time this season FSU was shutout in a game. That ended a streak of nine straight games with a goal to start the season. The record for consecutive games with a goal is 21 and that was set by the 2002 team. That team started the season with a 0-0 tie and then scored in every game up until a 1-0 loss in the Sweet 16. The longest streak of games with a goal to start a year came in 2000 when the Seminoles recorded a goal in 14 consecutive games before a 0-0 tie against NC State. Keeping the Seminoles off the scoreboard has been a challenge in 2005 but if any team is up to that task it will be Boston College. The Eagles have allowed just three goals in 10 games and have shutout eight of those opponents.



    2002     21

    2000     14*

    2001     12

    2003     11

    2005    9*

    *To start a season



    Virginia didn’t just snap FSU’s streak of games with a goal, they also snapped FSU’s streak of out shooting its opponent, which had reached eight straight games. Since the 2000 season, FSU has only out shot an opponent in eight straight games once before and that came in 2003. Those are both school records for the program now in its 11th year. The Cavaliers didn’t just snap that streak they also became the first team this season to put more shots on goal than FSU in a game. Florida State‘s streak of nine straight games with more shots on goal established a new record for the program. Overall, the 2005 Seminoles are shaping up to be the most shot happy team in program history. Florida State is averaging 17.64 shots per game which is on pace to break the school record of 17.15 set by the 2003 team. That team took 446 shots in 26 games. This season the Seminoles have already launched 194 shots. Florida State isn’t just shooting a lot they are holding their opponents from shooting as well. In just 11 games FSU has already taken 102 more shots than their opponents (194-92) and they have more than twice as many shots on goal (92 to 45) as well. The discrepancy carries over to corner kicks as well. The Seminoles have taken 65 corners compared to just 33 for their foes, which is almost twice as many as well.



    Florida State‘s 3-0 win over Virginia Tech was a big victory for the school. First off it was just the eighth ACC road win in 44 tries covering 11 years. If that wasn’t enough, the win was BIG in another way. Coming into 2005, FSU had 23 ACC regular season wins and 21 of those victories came in one goal games. With a 3-1 win over NC State and a 3-0 win over Virginia Tech, FSU has already equaled its 10-year total for ACC victories by more than one goal in only four matches. The only other regular season ACC games FSU has won by more than a goal were a 3-0 win over Duke in 2003 and a 5-1 win over NC State in 2002. In fact FSU has only played one game decided by one goal in the ACC this season and that was a 1-0 loss to Virginia. The Virginia Tech win ties the Duke win in 2003 as the second-largest margin of victory ever for FSU in a conference game. Florida State has had a larger margin of victory versus an ACC team but that came in the ACC Tournament when the Seminoles beat this Thursday’s opponent Maryland 7-2.



    If you just read this week’s FSU soccer release, you should be starting to get a pretty good idea that the 2005 Seminoles can score some goals. The team is on a record pace right now for points, goals and assists but that isn’t the only offensive category they are chasing. With Viola Odebrecht’s hat trick against Virginia Tech, Seminole players have now recorded six multi-goal games this year, which is just one away from tying a school record. Sel Kuralay leads the way with four and she is just one away from tying the single season record and just two shy of tying the career record. Odebrecht and India Trotter have both had a multi-goal game as well giving FSU six so far. The record was set by the 2003 team that went to the College Cup and played 26 games that season. In 15 fewer games, the 2005 team is just one multi-goal game away from that record. That isn’t the only stat that illustrates how dangerous the 2005 team is around the net. Sel Kuralay now has 10 goals, India Trotter has seven and with Viola Odebrecht’s five, FSU already has three players with five or more goals, which is the third-highest total in program history. To put that stat in perspective, last season the Seminoles only had one player score more than five goals and that was Julia Schnugg who recorded seven.




    2003        6                   26

    2001        6                   24

    2002        4                   23

    2005       3                   11

    1995        3                   19



    Playing where she plays in the Seminole midfield, it is really easy to overlook Viola Odebrecht if you are only looking at a stat sheet but there probably isn’t a player more responsible for the Seminoles sizzling offense than the German. Everything FSU does runs through Odebrecht. She is the catalyst for the Seminole attack that has already surpassed the team’s goal total from 2004 and is tied for points with that squad as well. While her hat trick versus Virginia Tech may open some eyes, coaches that have scouted the Seminoles know just how important she is. The Potsdam native has recorded a game-winning goal or game-winning assist in five of the Seminoles’ nine victories this year. She and Sel Kuralay both have a GWG or a GWA in five matches this year but while the Australian Olympian is getting a lot of attention for the big goals she is scoring, Odebrecht became the first Seminole to record a hat trick in two years. She is now one of just seven Seminoles ever to score three or more goals in a game and she is only the second FSU player ever to record a hat trick in an ACC game. The only other FSU player to pull off that feat was Leah Gallegos who did it in a 4-3 overtime win against Clemson in 2002.



    Florida State‘s 3-0 win over Virginia Tech was its second-most lopsided victory ever in ACC play. The stat sheet bears that out as well. It was just the fourth time in FSU history that FSU recorded more than 20 shots in any ACC contest. The record for shots in a conference game was set in 2003 when the Seminoles took 32 in a match versus NC State. The 22 shots versus the Hokies ranks third on the list also trailing the 2004 game versus Clemson when FSU shot 25 times. Florida State‘s 13 shots on goal versus the Hokies were the most the team has ever recorded in an ACC contest beating the previous record of 11, which was done three times previously. It was just the eighth time in 44 ACC games that FSU recorded double digit shots on goal. With almost 60% of its 22 shots on frame, FSU also set a record for SOG% in a game where they took more than 20 shots. The Seminoles also held Virginia Tech without a goal. That is the third straight time the teams have faced where the Hokies have failed to score. It is also just the third time in team history that FSU has shutout an ACC opponent in back-to-back seasons. The other two times (Wake Forest and Maryland) the Seminoles recorded shutouts sandwiched around an ACC Tournament game where they surrendered a goal.



    Junior redshirt goalkeeper Ali Mims is having the best season of her five year career in 2005. The Ponte Vedra Beach, FL native is back in the net starting for FSU after more than 20 surgical procedures and almost three full years away from the game. In just 11 games, the net minder has already set a new personal best for wins with nine, which also ties her career win total. Her four shout outs are 1.5 better than her single season best and career total as well. In her only full season as a freshman in 2001, Mims posted a 1.59 GAA in a stellar rookie campaign. This year her GAA is 0.82, which would rank as the best single season GAA in school history. She has also surpassed her career total for starts with her 11th at Virginia Tech. Mims is now working her way up the career goalkeeping charts at FSU. With her great start to 2005, the junior has lowered her career GAA to 1.18, which is the second-best ever for a Seminole keeper and with 6.5 shutouts she is just one away from moving into the top five in that category as well. Her improvement versus FSU’s toughest competition is one of the areas in which she has made the biggest strides. Mims has cut her GAA in ACC games almost in half. In 2001, she posted a 2.79 GAA in ACC games. This year that number is down to 1.57. She has equaled her career total for wins and shut outs in ACC games as well in just four conference matches. Mims could easily have six shut outs already but she was removed late in the game in two shutout wins to get FSU’s other two keepers game experience.



    One of the most pleasant surprises for the Florida State coaches in 2005 has to be the play of the Seminoles’ back line. With two new starters and two veterans Florida State is not only surviving they are thriving. FSU is on pace for its best defensive season ever. Hermann candidate Kelly Rowland and four-year starter Teresa Rivera have brought solid experience and leadership, which was needed with two first-year players rounding out the back four. Sarah Wagenfuhr was a highly recruited freshman and she has been phenomenal in the middle of the back line. Sophomore Katrin Schmidt had never played defense in her life but is excelling as an outside back. Ali Mims has rounded out the group returning to the net after almost three years recovering from a broken leg. This group has allowed just two teams (UNC and Florida) to score more than one goal and shut out six other opponents.


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