GAMEDAY CENTRAL: FSU Opens ACC Play Against North Carolina Thursday Night
Sept. 26, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. - Florida State (5-2-1) will open ACC play this week as the Seminoles welcome North Carolina (6-2-0) to Tallahassee on Thursday night followed by NC State (5-1-2) on Sunday. The Seminoles are unbeaten at home in their last 24 games posting a record of 22-0-2 during that span. Ironically enough, the Tar Heels were the last school to beat FSU at the Seminole Soccer Complex downing Florida State 4-1 on September 22, 2005.
Junior Mami Yamaguchi leads the nation in points per game (3.88) as well as goals per game (1.63). in 2007. The Tokyo, Japan native has a point in all eight games this year. With a goal in seven straight games, Yamaguchi has the individual school record for consecutive games with a goal scored.
THIS WEEK'S GAME INFORMATION
Thursday, September 27, 2007; Web cast - ACC Select
#6 North Carolina (6-2-0) at #10 Florida State (5-2-1), 7:00 pm
Series Record: UNC leads 19-1-1; Tar Heels lead 5-1-0 in Tallahassee, Fla.
Sunday, September 30, 2007; TV - Sun Sports (delayed aired at 1:00 pm)
NC State (5-1-2) at #10 Florida State (5-2-1), 12:00 pm
Series Record: Florida State leads 7-3-2; Seminoles lead 4-0-1 in Tallahassee, Fla.
NORTH CAROLINA AT FLORIDA STATE KEY NOTES:
* This marks the eighth consecutive meeting these two teams are ranked in the top 10. It's the fourth time that FSU has opened league play against UNC (0-3-0). FSU has faced UNC more than any other school in the ACC including 12 times in the last seven years.
* The Tar Heels are riding an 11-game unbeaten streak into Thursday night's contest while five of the last seven games have been decided by one goal or less.
* The lone FSU victory in the series came in Tallahassee back in 2000 when the Seminoles posted a 3-2 win in OT. Kristin Boyce scored the golden goal in the 114th minute.
* The Seminoles are 4-8-0 in opening ACC play as three of those four wins have come against Clemson; FSU is 3-5-0 all-time in league openers at home; UNC is the last team to defeat FSU at home (4-1, 9/22/05), an unbeaten streak spanning 24 games (22-0-2).
AGAINST THE TAR HEELS
This marks the 22nd meeting between the Tar Heels and Seminoles with North Carolina riding an 11-game unbeaten streak against Florida State entering Thursday's contest. Junior captain Sarah Wagenfuhr is the only current Seminole to have played every minute against the Tar Heels in the last four games. Wags has three career shots including a shot on goal in her first game against UNC in 2005. Sophomore Becky Edwards assisted on India Trotter's goal in the ACC Championship game in Cary, N.C. last season, while junior defender Katrin Schmidt was credited with an assist on Trotter's goal in a 4-1 at the Seminole Soccer Complex in 2005.
NC STATE AT FLORIDA STATE KEY NOTES:
* Florida State welcomes NC State to town where the Seminoles have never lost to the Wolfpack in five previous meetings (4-0-1).
* FSU has won six in a row in the series and is unbeaten in its last eight games (6-0-2). The Seminoles have outscored the Wolfpack 16-5 during their six-game win streak. NC State's last win over the Seminoles came in 1998, a 2-1 victory in Raleigh.
* These two teams have never faced each other more than once in the 12 previous seasons of Seminole soccer. There are two other ACC teams FSU has not faced more than once in a season and those include Miami and Virginia Tech.
* Before arriving in Tallahassee, NC State will face Miami on Thursday. The Wolfpack are unbeaten in their last six matches (4-0-2) and have four shutouts on the year.
AGAINST THE WOLFPACK
Florida State will put its eight game unbeaten streak on the line against NC State on Sunday in the 13th meeting between the two schools. Sarah Wagenfuhr played all 90 minutes in both games her first two seasons against the Wolfpack combining for two shots including one SOG. With FSU trailing 1-0 in 2005, Mami Yamaguchi scored the first of three unanswered goals for the Seminoles in a 3-1. The goal was Yamaguchi's first collegiate goal. She finished the game with three shots. Last year, Becky Edwards tallied the game-winning assist on a goal by Selin Kuralay in the 28th minute. Libby Gianeskis also played 90 minutes in the win.
SEMINOLE QUICK HITS
* When the season started no one envisioned this kind of scoring from the Seminole offense. Through the first eight games, Florida State has tallied 110 points (39 goals, 32 assists) which already stands as the eighth highest scoring season in school history.
* Florida State has scored a goal in 14 straight games dating back to last year's ACC Championship final against North Carolina in Cary, N.C. During that span, FSU is 9-4-1 while outscoring the opposition 53-14. This is tied for the second longest streak in school history. The school record for consecutive games with a goal scored in 21 set during the 2002 season.
* With a goal in seven straight games, junior forward Mami Yamaguchi has the individual school record for consecutive games with a goal scored. The previous record of five was set in 2001 by Cindy Schofield.
* Freshman Sanna Talonen has scored in five of the last eight games and in three of her last four. She has tallied two multi-goal games this season (Francis Marion and Troy).
* Florida State has compiled seven multi-goal games in 2007 which ties for the third most in one season in school history. Mami Yamaguchi leads the way for the Seminoles this season with three followed by Sanna Talonen with two. Erika Sutton and Becky Edwards have each recorded one. FSU has seven multi-goal games in 2001. The school record of nine was set in 2005. That season five different Seminoles registered multiple goals led by Selin Kuralay's three.
* Seminoles with points in consecutive games:
Mami Yamaguchi - 8
Sanna Talonen - 4
Annie Stalzer - 3
Kirsten van de Ven - 2
HOME UNBEATEN STREAK
Florida State welcomes North Carolina to Tallahassee on Thursday as both teams open the 2007 ACC regular season schedule. The Seminoles have thrived playing in front of the home crowd as the Garnet and Gold is currently riding a school record 24-game unbeaten steak at home (22-0-2). During this streak, Florida State has not allowed more than one goal to any opponent outscoring the opposition 76-10 while posting 13 shutouts. This season alone Florida State has outscored the opposition 28-0 at home while going 4-0-0. Ironically enough, North Carolina was the last school to beat FSU in Tallahassee downing the Seminoles 4-1 on September 22, 2005. The current unbeaten streak began the very next game as the Seminoles defeated NC State 3-1 on September 25, 2005. The Seminoles closed out the `05 season winning their last seven home games, while posting a record of 11-0-2 in 2006. It marked just the second time in school history a Florida State team did not suffer a loss at home; the first coming in 2001 when FSU went 8-0-0. Under head coach Mark Krikorian, the Seminoles are 24-1-2 when playing in front of the hometown fans.
MAMI OFF TO A GREAT START
Junior Mami Yamaguchi began the 2007 season as Florida State's leading returning scorer as she ranked third in scoring a year ago with 16 points (6 goals, 4 assists). After the first eight games, she has already surpassed last season's totals with 13 goals (a career-high) and five assists, while flying up the career charts in both categories. Yamaguchi is currently eighth all-time with 21 career goals, while her 17 career assists is good for sole possession of eighth place. She has also started the season registering a point in all eight games. The Tokyo, Japan native tallied career-highs in points (7) and goals (3) in FSU's 6-1 win over Cal State Northridge. Against the Matadors, Yamaguchi posted her first career multi-goal game with a hat trick. In FSU's home opener against Francis Marion, she tied her career-high in assists with two. She then added two more hat tricks in games against Troy and North Florida to become the first Seminole to register three hat tricks in a career. Her shots on goal percentage have been lights out so far this season as 20 of her 38 shots have been on goal (52.6%).
For the complete notes for this week's games please see the attached PDF above.