WEEKLY RELEASE: No. 11 Soccer Set To Face No. 12 Wake Forest Saturday
Oct. 16, 2003
FSU vs. Wake Forest: LIVE STATS
IN THE DEMON DEACONS' WAKE
Florida State is 1-7-1 all-time versus Wake Forest...the only time Florida State beat Wake Forest, the Seminoles were ranked higher than the Demon Deacons...Florida State has never beaten Wake at Spry Stadium...FSU has played eight games at Spry and posted a 1-6-1 record (see note below)... last season WFU beat the Tribe with a 109th-minute goal. It was the first and only overtime loss in Patrick Baker's Seminole career...in 2000 the Seminoles were undefeated in two meetings with Wake Forest (1-0-1). The Tribe downed WFU 2-0 in the regular season and advanced past the Deacons on PK's in the opening round of the ACC Tournament that year...FSU's first and only shutout of Wake came in the regular season of 2000...the Seminoles and Demon Deacons have played into double OT twice in the past three years (2000, 2002)... the Tribe has lost to the Demon Deacons by more than one goal just once since 1999...FSU has scored eight goals against WFU since 1999 compared to only three goals scored in the four years prior to Baker's arrival...in the past five games, the Seminoles have scored a goal in eight of the ten regulation periods and in the previous six halves of regulation...in comparison, FSU has shut Wake out in five out of those same ten regulation periods...the Tribe has held the Demon Deacons scoreless in the 2nd half of four out of five games since 1999...the only time WFU put up points in the 2nd half of a game was in 2001...the 27 fouls Wake Forest committed against Florida State in their first ever match-up in 1995 is still the most fouls any team has committed against the Seminoles...in 1997, FSU's Erin Grimsley scored the all-time quickest goal in school history against Wake Forest as she put the ball in the net 41 seconds into the game...Jez Ratliff is the only current player to score a goal versus the Deacons...Amber Tollefson and Leah Gallegos both have an assist a piece in the series.
FSU WFU Goals 35 26 Goals Allowed 17 16 GAA 1.21 1.11 Corners 80 67 Opp. Corners 54 58 Shots 253 152 Opp. Shots 155 159 SOG 111 85 Opp. SOG 69 67
CRY AT SPRY
The Seminoles have a pretty long history with W. Dennie Spry Stadium at Wake Forest. In 2001, FSU played six games at the facility compared to eight games at its own stadium in Tallahassee, FL. The Tribe played games versus Santa Clara, Portland and Wake Forest at Spry during the regular season. The Tribe then played three ACC Tournament games at the field in Winston-Salem, NC. Overall, the Seminoles are just 1-6-1 all time at Spry and the Tribe has never beaten Wake Forest there. FSU is 0-5-0 all-time at Spry in regular season games with three of those loses coming to the Demon Deacons. Oddly enough, despite the lackluster record, Spry is home to probably the greatest weekend in FSU soccer history as well. In 2001 FSU opened the ACC Tournament, being held at Spry, with a 7-2 blasting of Maryland to win its first-ever ACC Tournament match. The Seminoles then advanced past Virginia and into the school's first ACC Tournament Championship game after a four overtime, 0-0 tie. Although the Seminoles lost to Carolina in the final, their appearance in that game announced the school's ascendance into the upper echelon of soccer programs.
REACHING NEW HEIGHTS
After starting the season as a consensus Top 15 pick for the first time in team history, the Tribe fell out of all four polls after a 1-4 start. The Tribe is winning poll votes back with their play as of late. The Seminoles have gone 8-1-0 in their last nine games, defeated three ACC teams and four teams that are currently ranked or who have been ranked this season. While not all the polls have jumped back on the Seminole bandwagon, the Tribe did return to the SoccerTimes.com poll at No. 24. But nobody has been as appreciative, for lack of a better word, of the Tribe's accomplishments this year than the folks at Soccer America. The nation's top soccer publication returned the Seminoles to their poll at No. 22 two weeks ago. Then after beating UCF 3-0 and Duke 3-0, FSU leaped 11 spots to No. 11 in the magazine's latest poll. That ranking is the highest-ever for FSU by Soccer America. In fact, FSU began the season ranked No. 13 in the Soccer America preseason poll. Despite a rough start and brutal schedule, the Seminoles have surpassed that preseason ranking and with a win over Clemson, may have a chance to break in to the Top 10 for the first time in school history.
RIGGS HISTORIC FOR THE SEMINOLES
Whenever you win an ACC road game it is big but Florida State's 1-0 win over Clemson at Riggs Field was probably more special than most. The victory marked the first time in program history that FSU had won back-to-back ACC regular season games on an opponent's field. The Tribe downed the Tigers 3-2 in 2001 in South Carolina for the team's first-ever Riggs Field win. It was also just the fifth win ever for a Florida State team on the road in ACC play. Four of those wins have come since 2000 with head coach Patrick Baker at the helm. The shutout was the eighth ever for FSU versus in an ACC regular season game and the fourth ever in a conference road game. It was however the first time FSU recorded conference road shutouts in back-to-back seasons.
ANATOMY OF A SHUTOUT
Florida State's 1-0 blanking of Clemson was the Tribe's third straight shutout, which tied a school record set in 1997 and 1999. It was also the Tribe's second-ever back-to-back ACC shutout tying the 2000 team's record. The difference though is this year's back-to-back ACC shutouts both resulted in wins. The 2000 team shutout Wake 2-0 and tied NC State 0-0. The 1-0 result versus Clemson tied an FSU record set in 2000 for the most ACC shutouts in a single season. Surprisingly, the shutout was FSU's fourth on the road in ACC play but just the second ever road shutout victory (2-0-2). Overall, Florida State has eight shutouts in ACC play with four coming on the road and four coming at home. If you include ACC Tournament play, the Tribe has shutout an ACC opponent nine times (0-0 versus Virginia at the 2001 ACC Tournament). This is the fourth straight season Florida State has recorded a clean sheet versus an ACC school, which is also a school record. Clemson and Maryland are the only ACC schools Florida State has shutout on more than one occasion. Florida State has recorded at least three shutouts every season except for the first season in program history when FSU didn't shutout a single opponent. The most shutouts the Tribe ever recorded in a season was eight in 1996. Overall, FSU has 42 all-time shutouts in program history and is 38-0-4 in those games. 22 of FSU's all-time shutouts have come on the road, 17 at home and three at neutral sights. Florida State has recorded multiple shutouts versus seven teams and South Florida is leading the way. USF has been shutout by FSU four times in series history. In postseason play, FSU has three shutouts and posted a 2-0-1 record in those games. The Tribe blanked Ole Miss and Auburn in NCAA Tournament wins and tied Virginia in the ACC Tournament semi-finals.
With FSU's 1-0 win over Clemson, the Seminoles tied the 2001 team's record for the best ACC start in school history. With their third win in four games, FSU has already assured themselves of the second most conference wins in program history with three matches still to play. The 2001 squad lost back-to-back games to North Carolina and Wake Forest to fall to 3-3-0 before closing the season with a 2-0 win over Maryland to finish with the best ACC record in school history at 4-3-0. Last year's team started ACC play 1-2-1 but finished strong (2-1) and posted a second straight ACC record at .500 or above, a program first. Two of the Seminoles next three ACC contests are against Wake and NC State, who occupy the seventh and eighth spot in the conference standings. If the Seminoles can win one of those two games, they will be assured of equaling the best conference record in the program's nine-year history. All three of the best conference records in school history have come since head coach Patrick Baker took over the program and even if the Tribe lose all three of their remaining ACC games, they will still finish with the third-best ACC mark in program history.
TOP ACC RECORDS
2001 4-3-0 2002 3-3-1 2003 3-1-0 2000 2-4-1 1996 2-5-0
CAN'T LOSE IF THEY DON'T SCORE
As mentioned above, Florida State is in the midst of a string of three straight shutouts, which began with a 3-0 win over UCF. The Seminoles didn't record their first shutout of the season until October 1, which was the 10th game of the season. Since then, FSU has recorded clean sheets versus four of its last five opponents. The Tribe has not allowed a goal in 270:27, the third longest shutout streak in program history. Only the 1999 and 1997 teams went longer without allowing a goal and neither of those streaks included games versus ACC teams, while this year's streak encompasses two games versus conference foes. The 1999 squad holds the record for not allowing a goal in 333:35 while the 1997 squad is second with 277:44. If FSU can hold Wake Forest at bay for 7:18 they will move into second place on that list. It will take quite an effort to move into first though. The Seminoles will need to shutout the Demon Deacons for 63:09 to set a new program best.
THE JOY OF GOALKEEPING
You just can't say enough about the play of Joy McKenzie and the Seminole defense as of late. On top of tying the consecutive shutout record and consecutive ACC shutout record, McKenzie and the Tribe defense have allowed just three goals in the last five games and in a span covering 535:22. While the whole team deserves credit for the stingy defense, McKenzie has played a huge role and in the process established two new Seminole records. She is in the midst of the longest overall goalless streak and longest ACC goalless streak in school history. The junior from Houston, TX has not allowed a goal in a school-record 400:22 and has not allowed a conference opponent to score in a team-record 265:22.
Consecutive Minutes Without A Goal Joy McKenzie 400:22 2003 Sarah Crawford 388:20 2000 Jamie Gurtov 333:36 1997
BAKER TURNS 60
That's not years old. With the Tribe's 1-0 victory over Clemson, head coach Patrick Baker picked up the 60th win of his FSU career as he continued to add to his Florida State legacy. This is the head coach's fifth season in Tallahassee and if didn't win another game all year he would be averaging 12 wins per year. Before his arrival at FSU, the Tribe had one 12-win season in program history and just 19 total wins in the other three seasons. What he has done with a program that averaged just over seven wins a season is remarkable. The second-ever coach at Florida State is approaching another big career milestone as well. Baker is now just three victories away from reaching 150 in his coaching career. With at least five games left in the season, Baker could be celebrating that mark in the next few weeks.
FIRST WITH A BURST
Freshman Julia Schnugg does everything with a burst of speed so it is no surprise that it has taken her just 13 games to set a new freshman assist record. The forward from Alamo, CA has eight assists this year, which beats the old freshman record by one but she still has at least five more games left on the schedule. She is also closing in on the single season assist record, which is 10. Even more amazingly, she leads the team and is currently two ahead of Amber Tollefson who has six on the year. If Schnugg is able to finish the season as the teams assist leader, she will become the first freshman in FSU soccer history to accomplish that feat.
THE RARE TRIPLE, TWICE
Sophomore forward Leah Gallegos is destroying defenders and defenses this season as she leads FSU in goals (10), points (21) and game-winning goals (3). She is also setting records almost every time she steps out on the pitch but what she did last week was something no other Seminole had ever done and most amazingly she has done it twice already in her short career. After scoring three goals in wins over UCF and then-No.12 Duke, including game-winners in both contests, the striker was named ACC Player of the Week and placed on both the Soccer America and SoccerBuzz Teams of the Week. No player in FSU history has ever won all three awards in one week except for when Gallegos did it as a freshman last season. Gallegos won all three awards after her hat trick downed Clemson in overtime last season and she has now pulled off the rare triple again.
8-1 HAS BEEN FUN
Florida State's 8-1 record in the last nine games is not only a school record but it has turned the Tribe's season around. The streak has includes four shutouts, two ACC shutouts, four wins over teams that are or were ranked and four victories away from home. Florida State has been dominant statistically during the streak as well. They have outscored their competition 29-7, out shot them 155-105 and out cornered the group 43-38. During this run Seminole players have accumulated 86 points compared to just 19 for their opponents. They have also put 74 shots on frame compare to just 47 for their foes. The Tribe is also out assisting their opponents by a margin of more than 5:1 (28 to 5) .
STATS DURING THE RUN
FSU OPP GOALS 29 7 ASSTS 28 5 POINTS 86 19 SOG 74 47 SHOTS 155 105 GAA 0.77 3.20
NEARING A MILESTONE
Florida State isn't playing another home game until senior night 11/15 versus NC State. That is shaping up to be a huge game as is any conference match. On top of it being the final home ACC game of the year and honoring seniors Kristin Boyce and Amber Tollefson, it will be FSU's first opportunity to notch its 50th home victory in program history. Not all 50 wins have come at the Seminole Soccer Complex (1998) but 37 of the victories have come at the nation's top soccer complex.
LAST WEEK'S PEAK PERFORMERS
Florida State, Forward
Sophomore, Los Angeles, CA
Sophomore Leah Gallegos continues to dominate up top for FSU. The Los Angeles, CA native scored three goals last week, two versus ACC rival Duke, as the Seminoles won back-to-back 3-0 games versus UCF and the 12th-ranked Blue Devils. Both of Gallegos' goals were game-winners moving her into a tie for second place all-time at FSU for game-winners and into a tie for first place all-time for game-winners in ACC play. With Gallegos' two goals versus Duke, the sophomore has already tied the single season record at FSU with three two-plus goal games and she is now the Tribe's career leader for multi-goal games in ACC competition. She also is second all-time at FSU for goals scored in ACC play. Gallegos leads the squad with 10 goals and became just the sixth player in program history to record double-digit goals in a single season. She is just the second player this season to score multiple goals versus the Blue Devils (Tarpley, North Carolina).
Against UCF, Amber Tollefson found Gallegos just to the left of the keeper about 10 yards out. The sophomore striker took a touch as the goalie rushed out. Before she could get to Gallegos, the Los Angeles, CA native hit it past her staking FSU to the 1-0 lead. She staked the Seminoles to another lead in the Tribe's huge battle versus Duke. As Duke was playing the ball out of the back, she took advantage of a pass that came a little too close to the sophomore. The Los Angeles, CA native got a touch and headed the other way. She was in alone with Helgadottir and beat her to the far post. Gallegos' second goal can only be categorized as an ESPN Top 10 play-type of goal. The goal began with a long free kick in FSU's defensive third by Teresa Rivera. The sophomore's kick found Julia Schnugg at the top of the 18. She flicked the ball on to Gallegos. The sophomore dipped inside the defender bringing the Blue Devil with her but allowed the ball to sail over her outside shoulder. She turned to free herself and ran onto the ball. She then chipped it over the next defender who was rushing at her. Helgadottir took off and came at Gallegos who then headed the chipped ball around the keeper as she ran on to the self-pass and volleyed it into an empty net.
Florida State, Goalkeeper
Junior, Houston, TX
The junior keeper recorded her first ever conference shutout and didn't allow a goal in 135:00 of play versus No. 12 Duke and UCF. The Texas native led FSU to two wins and back-to-back shutouts in 3-0 victories over the Blue Devils and Knights. McKenzie faced 21 shots and was forced to make eight saves in her game and a half. After a relatively quiet night versus UCF, the junior came up huge on numerous occasions in FSU's upset of Duke. The Duke shutout was FSU's second in a row, just the seventh time that has ever happened, and McKenzie and the Tribe have now shutout three of the last four opponents, a feat that hasn't been accomplished since 1996. The Blue Devil win was special for the entire team but probably most special for McKenzie. The Houston, TX native had never started a collegiate game in two years before the 2003 season. After the Duke victory, she now has a 6-3-0 record, has posted the first two shutouts of her career and is currently the owner of the second-lowest single season GAA in school history at 1.13. For the first time in three meetings against Duke FSU scored the first goal of the night but that was in large part due to McKenzie. With the game tied 0-0 in the 30th minute Carolyn Riggs was played a diagonal ball in between the FSU defense. The sophomore got in alone with McKenzie who charged the breakaway and made a huge sliding save at the feet of the Indiana native. Later in the game with only 10 players on the pitch due to an FSU injury, Duke's best chance came in the 75th minute off a Kate Seibert header just a few yards away from the Seminole goal. The sophomore blasted a header shot that looked like it was going to sneak in but a diving McKenzie once again came up huge and preserved just FSU's second ever ACC shutout.
Florida State, Midfielder
Freshman, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Even though her name doesn't appear in the box score under goals or assists, freshman midfielder India Trotter was probably as responsible for Florida State's upset of Duke as anyone on the field. The holding midfielder was put in charge of marking All-ACC junior Casey McCluskey and she shutdown the only Blue Devil who had scored a goal versus the Seminoles since 2001. McCluskey came in to the game owning all three goals the Devils had scored versus FSU since she arrived in Durham, NC. The former ACC Rookie of the Year had torched the Seminoles in the past but was dogged by Trotter all night long and limited to just one shot.