Sept. 19, 2006
SERIES RECORD: UNC leads 17-1-1
IN CHAPEL HILL: UNC Leads 5-0-1
WIN STREAK: UNC has won 8 of the last 9
LAST MEETING: FSU 1 UNC 1 (2005 NCAA Quarterfinals)
This Thursday's game between the Seminoles and Tar Heels is the top game on the college landscape for a lot of reasons. First, it will be televised to a national television audience on the Fox Soccer Channel (FSC). Second, it is the first ACC game of the year for both schools and it is a match between the two teams that were unanimously picked to finish at the top of the conference in the preseason coaches' poll. Third, it is the first time UNC and FSU have faced off since the Seminoles knocked the Tar Heels out of the NCAA Tournament last season in the NCAA Quarterfinals in Chapel Hill. Fourth, it is a meeting of two teams ranked in the top four in the nation. Fifth, it will be the first game ever played between the two sides when FSU came in as the higher ranked side. So it is safe to say there are a ton of storylines that justify the "big game" tag for this NSCAA College Match of the Week.
Despite the hype, the fact still remains that North Carolina has dominated this series. Even the Seminoles biggest "win" in the 19 meetings between the teams wasn't really a win. While FSU may have advanced past the Heels and into the College Cup last year, the game was actually a 1-1 tie that was heavily one-sided in Carolina's favor. The only time FSU has ever defeated the Heels came in a game played in Tallahassee on a Tuesday night in 2000. Since defeating the Heels FSU is just 0-8-1 and has been outscored 33-6. In five of those eight games Carolina has won by three goals or more. FSU has improved on those numbers as of late though. Three of the last five meetings have been one-goal affairs or a tie.
FSU SOCCER HIGHS AT CHAPEL HILL (regular season)
Most Shots: 5 (October 31, 2003)
Most Total Saves: 18 (October 20, 1995)
Most Saves by player: 17, Melissa Juhl (October 20, 1995)
Most Corner Kicks: 2 (October 20, 1995)
Total Goals: 3 (5 games total)
·FSU has only one assist in Chapel Hill, recorded by Marte Vik Edvardsen on October 12, 2001
·FSU has only gone into overtime at Chapel Hill once in regular season play (October 20, 1995)
·Highest recorded attendance for the series (2, 456) came on September 7, 1997
·FSU has never scored more than one goal in a regular season game at Chapel Hill (1995 and 2001)
·FSU is 0-5-0 at Chapel Hill in regular season meetings.
* = FSU and UNC were slated to play in Chapel Hill on 9/17/99, but had to play in Winston-Salem, NC instead due to Hurricane Floyd.
Since 1995, the year FSU began its soccer program, no team in the country has faced North Carolina as many times as the Seminoles. Only one other school has played nearly as many games against UNC in that span and that is Wake Forest who also has played 18 games versus the Heels in the last 11 seasons. The main reason for that are the seven meetings between the teams in the ACC Tournament. The first four were meetings between 1 and 8 seeds, with FSU being the eight in all four of those matches. Of the last three ACC Tournament meetings between the teams, two have come in the championship game and one has been in the semifinals. Last season you had the first-ever meeting in the NCAA Tournament. Even though the teams have played one another 19 times, this will be just the sixth game between the squads in Chapel Hill. The 1999 game scheduled for Fetzer Field was moved to Winston-Salem due to Hurricane Floyd. FSU and UNC have played more neutral site games than home games for either team in this series. The Seminoles have scored just three goals all time at Fetzer Field while surrendering 27. The last two regular season trips to Fetzer were 4-1 and 1-0 losses for FSU, which isn't bad compared to the first three defeats by a combined score of 21-1.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
SERIES RECORD: FSU leads 6-3-2
IN RALEIGH: NCST leads 3-2-1
WIN STREAK: FSU has won 5 in a row
LAST MEETING: FSU 3 NCST 1 (2005)
After Thursday night's ACC opener versus a Carolina squad that holds a sizeable advantage in the all-time series, the face an NC State squad that they have had a little more success against.NC State is one of only two original ACC schools that FSU has a lifetime winning record against. The Seminoles hold a 6-3-2 edge against NC State after last season's 3-1 win in Tallahassee. Despite the recent success for FSU in the series, the Seminoles still have a losing record all-time at Method Road where Florida State is 2-3-1. The Seminoles are only .500 or better versus one original ACC school on the road and that is with Maryland (2-2). If the Seminoles are able to beat the Wolfpack on Sunday, they would be just the second team FSU has been able to play even on an away pitch. Florida State has fared much better at home though. FSU has never lost at home to the Wolfpack (3-0-1) making them the only original ACC team to have never won in Tallahassee. In regular season games over the last seven years, FSU has posted a 5-0-2 record against NC State, which is Florida State's best record versus any other original ACC school over that span. Despite the lopsided record, with the exception of two games, every one of the last eight meetings has either ended in a tie, gone to overtime or been a one-goal game. The only exceptions came in 2002 and last year. The most lopsided FSU win came in 2002 when Florida State exploded for five goals that day and downed NC State 5-1. It was the most goals ever scored by either team in the series. Last season was the only other time FSU won by more than a goal and that was a 3-1 victory. Even that win didn't come easy as the Wolfpack broke out to a 1-0 lead just 1:33 into the game. Florida State has played NC State twice in 10 years in a game immediately following a match versus North Carolina and gone 2-1 in those games. In 1995, FSU's inaugural season of soccer, the Seminoles lost both games. In 2002, FSU lost 5-1 to the Heels and then turned around and beat NC State 5-1 three days later. Last season it was a 4-1 loss to UNC followed by a 3-1 win over NC State.
THE LAST SEVEN
NCST 5-0-2 .857
CLEM 5-1-1 .786
MARY 5-1-1 .786
DUKE 3-3-1 .500
WAKE 2-2-3 .500
UVA 0-6-1 .071
UNC 0-6-1 .071
vs. original ACC schools
ATTACK THE PACK
Sunday's meeting between NC State and FSU is just the 12th in program history. That is the fewest games FSU has played against any original ACC teams coming into the season (FSU has also faced Duke just 11 times). Despite the fact they have met so few times, FSU has scored the second-most goals as a team in the series with the Pack compared to every other series with an ACC school. The Seminoles have scored 22 times against NC State in 11 meetings. They have only recorded more goals versus Maryland scoring 23 in 14 games. Florida State averages 2.0 goals per game against the Pack, the highest average for the Seminoles among the original ACC schools. Florida State has only been shutout twice in the 11 meetings between the programs and just once in the last 10 games. The only other ACC school that FSU has failed to score against in as few games is Wake who has also shutout the Seminoles twice in the series. The last time NC State held FSU without a goal was in 2000 when the teams tied 0-0.
GOALS VS. THE ACC
School Goals GPG SO
NCST 22 2.00 2
MARY 23 1.64 4
CLEM 21 1.40 6
WAKE 18 1.38 2
DUKE 14 1.27 4
UVA 10 0.71 8
UNC 12 0.60 11
vs. original ACC schools
Despite recent success versus the Wolfpack, the Seminoles need to be very weary of Sunday's match. Not only is the team coming off a nationally televised game versus UNC but traditionally the team has not fared well in its second ACC game of any season.Florida State is 2-8-1 all-time in its second ACC game with its only wins in such a game coming in 2001 and 2005 versus NC State. Since 2000, FSU has gone 26-17-4 overall in the ACC (a .596 winning percentage) but just 2-3-1 in its second conference game of the season (a .417 winning percentage). There really is no pattern either to explain the struggles. Five of the 11 games have been played at home and those 11 matches have been played against five different ACC teams. From 1995 to 2000, FSU lost every ACC opener and followed each of those games with a loss the next time out. From 2001 to 2004, FSU won every ACC opener and only followed one of those conference opening victories with another win. The pattern was broken last season when FSU opened with a loss to North Carolina and followed that with a win over the Wolfpack in the next match.
The Florida State soccer program's rise to national prominence has been nothing short of amazing. Where the team has come from and what it has done this decade is astonishing especially when you consider how little time it has taken. In the last six years FSU has gone form one of the least successful ACC programs to one of the best. The numbers back that up. Florida State's record-breaking ACC season in 2005 was just another example of how far this program has come in ACC play particularly.Over the last three seasons, only North Carolina has won more conference games than Florida State. The Tar Heels have 25 victories in conference action since 2003. With eight wins last season, Florida State has 17 and is tied with Virginia for second place. In just the last three seasons, FSU has accumulated four more wins than the program had in the previous eight seasons combined.
The Seminoles haven't only been successful in the ACC regular season. They have assumed the role of one of the conference's flagship programs.Only North Carolina has been to more ACC Championship games, more NCAA Tournament quarterfinals and more College Cups than FSU since 2000. Only FSU and North Carolina have been to a College Cup this decade. The Seminoles are even one of the top ACC teams win it comes to overall wins since 2000. Only FSU and North Carolina have won more than 90 games in the last six years. Carolina is way ahead of the pack with 140 overall wins but FSU's 94 are five more than the next closest ACC squad. Florida State and North Carolina are also the only two teams to be seeded fourth or higher in each of the last five ACC Tournaments. When you combine wins in conference, overall wins and success in the ACC and NCAA Tournaments it is hard to argue that FSU isn't the ACC's premiere team behind the Tar Heels.
ACC WINS ACC WINS ACC FINALS TOTAL WINS
SINCE 2003 SINCE 2001 SINCE 2000 SINCE 2000
UNC 25 UNC 36 UNC 5 UNC 140
FSU 17UVA 26 FSU 2 FSU 94
UVA 17FSU 24 UVA 1 UVA 88
DUKE 15 CLEM 20 CLEM 1 BC 83
CLEM 12 DUKE 19 DUKE 1 CLEM 82
WFU 8 UMD 14 DUKE 78
UMD 8 WFU 13 WAKE 70
NCST 4 NCST 6
LET'S GET IT STARTED
Conference action begins all over the country this week and for the second straight year the ACC is the only conference that will open with a full slate of games on Thursday. For the most part, every ACC soccer weekend will be comprised of Thursday/Sunday games.This is the second consecutive year but just the third time in 12 years that FSU will open its ACC slate against the Tar Heels. The last time that Florida State began conference play versus UNC was just last season when the teams met for the second straight year in Tallahassee due to a schedule quirk in the new format. The Tar Heels took that game 4-1. Before that the only other time the teams opened versus one another was 1999, which was also the first season for an FSU coach. Patrick Baker's inaugural ACC game was a 9-0 loss at the hands of North Carolina. The next time Baker faced the Heels in a conference game his Seminoles beat UNC 3-2 in Tallahassee. Florida State lost the first six ACC openers in school history but since then, FSU has gone 4-1 in its first conference game of the year. Three of those victories came versus Clemson and one came against Maryland. Three of those four ACC opening wins were played in Tallahassee. This meeting with UNC will mark the fifth time FSU has played UNC in a conference opener, more than any other opponent. Clemson is second at four. Outside of North Carolina's 9-0 win in 1999 and 4-1 victory last year, seven of the last nine ACC openers for Florida State have all been decided by just one goal with the Seminoles posting a 4-3 record in those games.
ROAD WARRIORS PART II?
One of the keys to Florida State's success in 2005 was its play on the road. The Seminoles went 8-1-1 in an opponent's park and that was a huge factor in the team's 16-2 regular season. The race to repeat that type of success continues this weekend.Florida State has already won its first two road games of 2006 with wins at Arizona State and FAU. The challenge this weekend gets a little bit more difficult at North Carolina and NC State. Despite making strides in so many other areas, the Seminoles have still had trouble in their first conference game of the year. In program history FSU is just 2-8-1 in its ACC road opener and has been outscored 35-11. A lot of those worst losses came back in the early days of the program but the success rate when it comes to getting results hasn't been much better even this decade where FSU is 1-4-1. In those six ACC road openers this decade FSU has faced Duke (3), Virginia (2) and Clemson (1) so the competition has come against three of the ACC's traditional powers. The last road opening win FSU had in the conference came in 2001 and that was a 3-2 win over Clemson. The next year FSU tied Duke but since then the Seminoles have lost three straight ACC road openers. This decade four of FSU's six first ACC road games have been one-goal games and one other was a tie. The only game that wasn't in the balance at the end was a 2-0 loss at Duke in 2004.
GET IT EARLY
The goal FSU allowed in its last game to FAU was just the third of the season given up by keeper Ali Mims and the Florida State defense. It was the first goal ever scored against the Seminoles by the Owls and ended a shutout streak of 267:44. While it is rare a team scores versus Florida State this season it is even rarer they score in the second half.The Seminoles have not allowed a goal after halftime yet this season a streak that is up to 272:14. That streak covers six games and 2:14 of overtime versus Arizona State. In fact, all three goals that FSU has allowed in 2006 have come in a span of just 10:05 of a game. Portland, FAU and Loyola are the only teams that have scored against FSU and all have scored between 28:47-38:52. The last time Florida State allowed a second half goal in a regular season game was October 23, 2005 versus Duke when Darby Kroyer scored at the 53:50 mark. That gives FSU a second half shutout streak in the regular season of 398:24. The defense's strong second half play is a trend that is showing up offensively as well. Of the 11 goals Florida State has scored this season seven have come after the half. That is a trend that has been pretty consistent under second-year head coach Mark Krikorian as FSU scored almost twice as many goals after the half (42-23) as they did in the first 45:00 of play.
FSU GOALS ALLOWED
MORE DIFFICULT UP TOP
As good as the Seminole defense has been, the FSU offense has not gotten off to the blazing start it did a year ago.Last season FSU had scored 19 goals in the first six games and this year that number is 11. While Portland and Florida were not on the schedule through the first six games of 2005, if you look at common opponents so far, the FSU offense is struggling a little bit to match last season's record numbers. The three teams FSU has played so far in 2006 that they also faced in 2005 are Florida, Florida Atlantic and UCF. In those three games in 2005 FSU scored 10 goals this season that number is half as many. While that number is far off of last season's start, it isn't that out of proportion from previous stretches this decade. While 11 goals through the first six games is the second-lowest total this decade, it is just two goals shy of the team's average production through six games since the 2000 season. There are a lot of good reasons for a little bit of a slow start. First off, the level of competition has been more difficult. When you face top 25 teams in Florida and Portland and three other teams (Arizona State, FAU and UCF) that have all been to NCAA Tournaments recently it is more difficult to produce goals. Also, there hasn't been the consistency in personnel up front that coach Krikorian would like due to numerous factors. One of the biggest differences is the loss of German midfielder Viola Odebrecht. Then injuries from 2005 and 2006 have played a role. Forward Holly Peltzer was injured versus Loyola (MD) and returned versus FAU but missed two games. Kirsten van de van, who has been starting, tore her ACL November 20th versus Cal and continues to improve from that major injury. The depth on the bench has been affected by Melissa Samokishyn's recovery from a fractured fibula in the 2005 College Cup. While the junior has played some she is still healing. Then you have All-American India Trotter who has missed some practice time due to US National Team commitments. The injuries and absences haven't allowed Florida State to develop a rhythm in the attack.
GOALS THRU SIX
OPP 2006 2005
UF 1-0 4-2
UCF 2-0 3-0
FAU 2-1 3-0
THIRD TIME IS A CHARM?
When the Seminoles make their Fox Soccer Channel debut Thursday night versus North Carolina, the national spotlight will not be unfamiliar to many of these players.Thirteen current Seminoles were on the 2005 team that played on ESPN2 in the national semifinal last season and eight current players have been on two teams that have played in nationally televised matches. The Seminoles were also on ESPN2 in 2003 at the College Cup. While Florida State's players may have some experience with the national spotlight they would surely like to fare better the third time around. The Seminoles are 0-2 all-time in nationally televised broadcasts.
THAT WAS 100
Florida State's victory over FAU was a good win for a few reasons. The Owls are another 2005 NCAA Tournament team the Seminoles have now downed to go along with Portland and Floridagiving FSU three of its six wins versus 2005 tourney sides. It was also a big win because it kept Florida State's in-state and regional perfection in tact. This decade the Seminoles have gone 34-4 versus teams from the state of Florida, a .895 winning percentage. The Seminoles are currently on an eight game win streak versus in-state foes. The last loss was the 2004 defeat to the Golden Knights. Last year FSU went 5-0 versus Florida schools and they are off to a 3-0 start this season. With the win over Florida Atlantic the Seminole soccer program has now won 100 of its 137 victories in the state of Florida.
IN ONNIE WE TRUSTY
Freshman Onnie Trusty was one of the centerpieces of the Seminoles 2006 recruiting class. Trusty was a full member of the U-16/U-17 US National Team in 2004 and 2005 and has been invited to every National Team Camp since 2002. She attended national camps with the U-16/UI-17 National Team at Carson CA 2004-2005 and Bradenton FL 2004 and was named a top 50 recruit by SoccerBuzz. The defender missed her entire senior season due to hip surgery and hadn't played in a game in 2006 due to that injury. The Seminoles and head coach Mark Krikorian finally got a look at their prized recruit versus FAU.Trusty not only played in the first game of her collegiate career versus the Owls but she made her first start as well. The Media, PA native started at center back in the place of an injured Libby Gianeskis.