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COLLEGE CUP MEDIA GUIDE: Seminoles Open College Cup Versus No. 4 UCLA Friday At 7:30 pm
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Release: 11/28/2005
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Nov. 28, 2005

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The 2005 Seminoles are a remarkable story and not just because they went into Chapel Hill and ousted the Tar Heels to advance to the College Cup. This team was picked to finish sixth in the ACC preseason coaches poll yet they are one of only four teams still playing in Division I soccer. For the first time in school history the Seminoles are the last ACC team still alive in the NCAA Tournament advancing further than all five teams picked to finish ahead of them in the ACC preseason poll. Florida State is the only No. 2 seed to advance to the College Cup and the Seminoles are the only team in College Station, TX this weekend to advance past a higher ranked team in the NCAA Tournament and they did it twice (Cal and UNC). This 2005 Seminole team has overcome a lot more than just ranked opponents. This group saw their head coach (Patrick Baker) leave to take another job December 8. Mark Krikorian wasn't hired until January 12. The team lost seven starters including two who transferred back to California (Leah Gallegos and Julia Schnugg). Almost half the letter winners from the previous season were gone and of the 29 goals scored in 2004 (the lowest total ever), players who accounted for 20 of those goals were gone as well. Nobody expected much from this group. Not the ACC coaches and not the national pollsters. FSU came into 2005 unranked in a preseason poll for the first time in four years. Starters Viola Odebrecht and Kirsten van de Ven didn't even show up on campus until fall practice had already begun. All this team has done is set offensive and defensive records, finish second in the ACC and obviously advanced to the College Cup.

 

SINCE 2003

ROUND OF 16                        QUARTERFINALS     COLLEGE CUP

UCLA              3          UCLA              3          UCLA              3

North Carolina  3          Santa Clara       3          Florida State    2

Portland            3          Florida State    2

Santa Clara       3          North Carolina  2

Boston College  2          Notre Dame      2

UConn              2          Penn State        2

Florida State    2          Portland            2

Notre Dame      2

Penn State        2

Tennessee        2

Texas A&M     2

 

 

SOMETHING'S BRUIN

 

UCLA

SERIES RECORD: First Meeting

AT NEUTRAL SITES: First Meeting

WIN STREAK: First Meeting

LAST MEETING: First Meeting

 

For the third time in the NCAA Tournament, Florida State will take on an opponent they have never faced before. In the second round it was Illinois and then Cal in the round of 16. This is the fifth time FSU will play a first time opponent this season and the Seminoles are 4-0 in those matches out scoring their opponents 11-3. Despite the lopsided score, three of the matches have been close. The Seminoles needed double overtime to beat Loyola Marymount 2-1, then got by both Illinois and Cal by the same score in the NCAA Tournament. The only first time opponent FSU was able to handle easily was The Citadel who they beat 5-0. Since 2000, FSU is 14-8-1 against first time opponents with half those losses coming against Penn State, Portland, UConn and Santa Clara which are four of the top 10 programs in soccer today. Since 2000, the Seminoles are 8-6-1 away from home against first time opponents. At neutral sites FSU has gone 2-4-1 versus first time opponents this decade. FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian has yet to lose to an opponent he has never faced in his career as FSU's head coach going 13-0.

 

The two schools have played three common opponents this season. Both schools had games versus Virginia, Florida Atlantic and USC. The Bruins went 3-0 in those matches and outscored that group 10-2. FSU on the other hand went 2-2 with both losses coming to the Cavs but FSU did out score those teams 7-3. While the teams aren't very familiar with one another, FSU's Krikorian does know some of UCLA's players very well. The Seminole coach worked with Stacy Lindstrom, Stephanie Kron and Bristyn Davis among others when he was the head coach of the US U-19 National Team.

 

This will be just the tenth game FSU has ever played versus a PAC-10 squad and seven of the nine meetings have come since 2002. FSU is 7-1-1 all-time against PAC-10 squads and 3-0-0 away from home. The only two Pac-10 teams from California FSU has ever played came this season as FSU defeated USC and Cal. Head coach Mark Krikorian has only coached three games versus teams from the Pac-10 in his D-I coaching career and he is 2-1 in those games. His wins came this season and Krikorian's only Pac-10 loss came versus Cal during his time at Hartford. In his first season at Hartford, Krikorian's Hawks lost 5-0 to the Bears in Berkeley.

 

AUTO PILOT

 

PORTLAND

SERIES RECORD: Portland leads 1-0

AT NEUTRAL SITES: Portland leads 1-0

WIN STREAK: Portland leads 1-0

LAST MEETING: Port 3 FSU 1 (Winston Salem 2001)

 

Florida State and Portland have played just once and that game came at a tournament hosted by Wake Forest in 2001. The Seminoles and Deacons played against the best the WCC has to offer as the Pilots and Santa Clara came to town. Portland and FSU were even at 1-1 for more than 42 minutes but the Pilots got a late first half goal and then another in the 79th minute to defeat the Seminoles 3-1. UP entered that game ranked second in the nation while FSU was boasting a then-program high ranking of seventh. Christine Sinclair scored the game's first goal and just the second goal of her illustrious career which has seen her go on to score 102 more times since then. The Pilots dominated the game statistically. They out shot FSU 25-11 and had twice as many shots on goal as they put six on frame while FSU held the edge in corner kicks (4-3). Florida State is 1-2 all-time versus West Coast Conference squads. Their only win came earlier this season against Loyola Marymount in double OT in California. Portland and FSU have not played a single common opponent in 2005.

 

LION IN WAIT

 

PENN STATE

SERIES RECORD: Penn State leads 1-0

AT NEUTRAL SITES: Never met

WIN STREAK: Penn State leads 1-0

LAST MEETING: PSU 2 FSU 1 (Tallahassee 2003)

 

If Florida State and Penn State end up meeting Sunday, it will be a rare occasion. Not only has FSU only played the Nittany Lions once in 11 years, of the 241 games played in program history only three have ever come against Big 10 teams. That is just .012% of Florida State's all-time games. That is probably a good thing for the Seminoles considering FSU is just 1-2 lifetime versus Big 10 schools with the first ever win coming in the second round of the NCAA Tournament this year versus Illinois. The only two times FSU has squared off with Big 10 opponents prior to 2005 came in 2000 versus Ohio State in Missouri and in 2003 at home versus Penn State. Both games were 2-1 losses. If you want to try and get a handle on this potential match-up, the teams have played four common opponents. The Nittany Lions went 4-0 versus Virginia, Maryland, Illinois and USC out scoring those teams 14-4. FSU posted a 3-2 record and held a 9-6 edge with those schools on the scoreboard.

 

THAT'LL BE TOUGH

For the first time in the program's 11-year history, Florida State ousted a No. 1 seed when they eliminated UNC in the quarterfinals last week. Florida State's reward is another No. 1 seed in UCLA. If this Seminole team is to win a National Championship, they will have to do something no school has ever done in 23 years of NCAA Tournament play. To win a national title, the Seminoles will have to defeat three teams seeded in the top four, which would be an NCAA first. This is the first year the NCAA has seeded in pods meaning there are four No. 1 seeds. Of those four number ones, FSU has already eliminated the Tar Heels. Now they would have to go through No. 1 seeded UCLA and the winner of a match-up of top seeds in Portland and Penn State. Only three teams have ever beaten three seeded teams on the way to a National Championship. In 1998, the University of Florida knocked off teams seeded 1, 3 and 7. In 1999 North Carolina beat seeds 5, 6 and 7. Last season Notre Dame eliminated No. 5, 14 and 16. FSU would join the Gators in becoming just the second team to ever eliminate two top four seeds if they are able to get a result versus UCLA Friday.

 

BEEN THERE DONE THAT

While the Seminoles are just two years removed from the 2003 College Cup, this year's roster is quite different from the one that FSU sent to its first final four. Only three players that started FSU's 2-0 loss to UConn are expected to be in the starting 11 when they the team takes the field versus UCLA Friday. Senior Teresa Rivera and juniors India Trotter and Kelly Rowland each will make their second ever College Cup start in Texas this weekend. Three current Seminoles (Alli Ferreri, Rachel McDowell and Toby Ranck) came off the bench to garner time in the 2003 Cup. Overall, nine of FSU's current 24 players were on the roster the last time the team made it to the national semifinals.

 

SIXTH TWICE

Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian has done a pretty good job to say the least since taking over the Seminole Soccer program in January. His team has established over 50 firsts and records, scored more goals than any FSU team, allowed fewer, defeated 11 ranked teams including three top 10 squads and now his squad is in the national semifinal. He has also done something else only a handful of other coaches have been able to accomplish. Krikorian is just the sixth coach in the history of DI Women's soccer to lead his team to the national semifinals in his first season at a school. The other first-year coaches are: Ian Sawyer (Stanford, 1993), Carl Beal (Colorado College, 1990), Randy Waldrum (Notre Dame, 1999), Paula Wilkins (Penn State, 2002) and Jean Paul Verhees (California, 1987). Krikorian has been on the job less than a year and already has his squad two wins away from the school's first-ever National Championship. Former FSU head coach Patrick Baker led the Seminoles to their first-ever College Cup in 2003 and FSU is now one of six schools who have gone to the College Cup under the direction of two different coaches. Four of those teams (Florida State, Cal, Notre Dame and Colorado College) each went to the College Cup for a second time under a first year coach. Krikorian is the only coach of those four who led his team to the College Cup after the previous year's squad did not win at least one game in the tournament directly preceding his hiring. Notre Dame, Cal and Colorado College each advanced to at least the quarterfinals the year before a new coach came on board.

 

College Cup in 1st Year                                      Two College Cups Under Different Coaches

Paul Verhees       California, 1987                      California

Carl Beal             Colorado College, 1990           Portland

Ian Sawyer          Stanford, 1993                        Colorado College

Randy Waldrum   Notre Dame, 1999                  Notre Dame

Paula Wilkins       Penn State, 2002                    George Mason

Mark Krikorian  Florida State, 2005               Florida State

 

WE'RE BACK

In 1999 the idea of advancing to the NCAA Tournament was a goal for the Florida State soccer program but far from a reality at that point. Six years later the Seminoles are hanging with the biggest names in the game. In the last three seasons, only two teams have made multiple trips to the College Cup and FSU is one of those teams. UCLA is the only team to play in all three College Cups since 2003 and FSU is the only other program to go more than once. That puts FSU ahead of teams like North Carolina, Portland, Santa Clara and Notre Dame who have all won National Titles since 2000. This decade only five teams have been to the College Cup more times than Florida State and only seven schools have made multiple trips. The only team that has been to the College Cup more times than FSU and not won a National Championship is UCLA who will face Florida State in the national semifinal.

 

COLLEGE CUP APPEARANCES

Team                Since 2000        Since 2003

UCLA              4                      3

Portland            4                      1

UNC                4                      1

Santa Clara       3                      1

Florida State      2                      2

Penn State        2                      1

Notre Dame      2                      1

 

BEST WESTERN

Florida State didn't have much experience playing teams from the west coast before 2005. The Seminoles had never played a regular season game in the state of California before opening 2005 with wins over USC and Loyola Marymount in California. FSU has played just nine games all-time versus Pac-10 squads and only two other matches versus west coast teams losing to Portland and Santa Clara. Since 2001, FSU is 7-1-1 versus Pac-10 teams and 7-3-1 overall against schools from the west coast. Prior to 2005, head coach Mark Krikorian had only faced two teams from the west coast in his D-I coaching career and he was 0-2 in those games. He lost to Cal and Santa Clara during his five-years at Hartford. He has improved on those numbers in his first year leading the Seminoles going 3-0 this season.

 

IF YOU SCORE IT, THEY WILL WIN

It seems obvious to say that you need to score goals to win in the game of soccer but that is actually not as silly as it sounds when it comes to FSU soccer. In 18 all-time NCAA Tournament games, Florida State has never lost a tournament game in which they have scored a goal. All four of FSU's losses in the NCAA Tournament have been shutouts. The team was shutout by Clemson in 2000 and 2001, UConn in 2002 and 2003 and then played BC to a scoreless tie in 2004 before being eliminated in a shootout. The 1-1 tie versus North Carolina in the quarterfinals was actually the first time FSU scored a goal in an NCAA Tournament game and didn't win. Overall, the Seminoles are 12-0-1 in NCAA Tournament games they have scored a goal for a .962 winning percentage.

 

SOCCER IS WORKING IN FLORIDA

In 1994, neither of Florida's two largest universities had a women's soccer team. A decade later Florida State and the University of Florida have established themselves as two of the country's top programs. No women's soccer program started since 1995 has been as successful as the two in Tallahassee and Gainesville. FSU and UF are the only two schools to start a program in the last 11 years that have made it to a College Cup and both schools have been twice now in 11 years. This year's College Cup is actually a testament to the success of relatively young programs. Florida State, Penn State and UCLA have each added women's soccer in the last 12 years and have now combined to make nine trips to the College Cup since 1994.

 

OT X 2

If you are going to go to overtime with Florida State, you better be prepared to play two. After the North Carolina match in the quarterfinals, the Seminoles have been in three OT games this season and all of them have been double overtime affairs. Florida State has fared very well in those matches going 2-0-1. FSU scored golden goals versus Duke and Loyola Marymount and downed the Tar Heels in a shootout. Historically the Seminoles have been very good in OT games. In 34 lifetime OT games, FSU has only lost five. Their 13-5-16 record is good for a .617 winning percentage. Since 2000, FSU has lost just once in overtime posting an 11-1-11 record. That equates to a .717 winning percentage in the closest matches they have played in the last six seasons. In the NCAA Tournament, FSU has never lost an OT game going 2-0-2. The only time Florida State played an OT game in the NCAA Tournament and didn't advance was in 2004 when BC eliminated them in the first round. All three of FSU's other OT games have come in the second or third rounds of the tournament.

 

THE GUY CAN COACH

As if it wasn't obvious enough by the job he has done in 2005, there is even more evidence showing just how good Florida State Head Coach Mark Krikorian is. After losing 4-1 to the Tar Heels September 22, the FSU boss turned around and took his team into Chapel Hill playing Carolina to a 1-1 tie through 110 minutes and then dispatching the Heels in a shootout. You don't want to face Krikorian twice in a season. A great example of that is what he has done versus the Florida Gators. The Seminole coach went 2-2 versus Florida as the head coach of Hartford and his Hawks upset the defending National Champion Gators in their first NCAA Tournament game after capturing the crown in 1999. To show just how good a coach Krikorian is his same Hartford team had lost 5-0 earlier that same season to Florida. The year before the Hawks fell to the Gators 5-2. Krikorian continued to have the Gators number in 2000 as his Hawks once again downed UF this time by a 3-0 score in Virginia. So after being outscored 10-2 in his first two games against UF, Krikorian went 2-0 in the next two games winning by a combined score of 4-0. Talk about making adjustments. In his career Krikorian is now 13-3-1 in rematches within a season including 1999 when he lost to both Virginia and Florida then upset both in the NCAA Tournament. In Krikorian's career, he has faced a team in the regular season and NCAA Tournament five times and has posted a 4-1-1 record in those postseason matches.

 

LIKE A FISH TO WATER

For a team that never played in the NCAA Tournament prior to this decade, Florida State is making its presence felt quickly. The Seminoles have been to six straight NCAA Tournaments, four round of 16's, two quarterfinals and two College Cups in the last six seasons. They are one of just two teams with multiple College Cup appearances in the last three years, seven teams to make two of the last three quarterfinals, one of just 11 schools to advance to the third round four or more times since 2000 and one of just 15 schools to be invited to six straight NCAA Tournaments. Getting there is one thing but winning once you're in is another. Few teams have done a better job winning NCAA Tournament games than Florida State. Of the teams that have played 10 or more all-time games, FSU has the fifth-highest winning percentage of any team in NCAA Tournament history. Only the University of North Carolina, Notre Dame, Portland and UCLA have a better success rate in the tournament. FSU is in elite company. Only five teams have a winning percentage of .720 or better and three have won National Championships this decade (UNC, Notre Dame and Portland). Overall only seven teams have won 70% of their NCAA Tournament games and that group includes four National Champions. Considering the fact that FSU has never gone through a tournament undefeated like Portland, UNC, Notre Dame and Santa Clara, it is amazing that their winning percentage is in the top five all-time.

 

NCAA TOURNEY WIN PCT.

North Carolina .930

Portland            .756

Notre Dame      .745

UCLA              .750

Florida State    .722

Santa Clara       .711

Penn St             .706

Florida              .652

Tennessee        .625

Nebraska          .620

Connecticut       .615

Texas A&M     .574

George Mason .563*

Colorado Col     .556*

Pepperdine        .545

Massachusetts .531*

Michigan           .529*

Duke                .500

Maryland          .500*

Washington       .500*

(teams with 10 or more games)

*- did not participate in 2005 Tournament Play

 

 

PACKING A PUNCH

This season's Seminoles have already established new single season marks for goals and points. In two fewer matches, the 2005 team has bested the 2003 squad by five goals and four points. One of the reasons for that is the play of Sel Kuralay and India Trotter. For the first time in team history, FSU has two players with 12 or more goals in a season and if you add in Viola Odebrecht and her nine goals, FSU has three players with nine or more goals for the first time in program history. The previous record for most goals by a pair of teammates was 27 and that was set in 2001 when Cindy Schofield had 17 goals and Camie Bybee 10. This year Kuralay and Trotter have combined for 29 goals, which is the same amount of goals scored by the entire team last season. Only one team has ever produced even two players with nine or more goals in a year so the fact FSU has three in one campaign just shows how productive this year's squad has been.

 

SECOND SIGHT

Florida State's victory in the round of 16 over Cal once again showed how dangerous FSU is in the second half of games. With the two goals versus the Bears, Florida State now has 40 second half goals, the most in school history and more than five other FSU teams scored all season. No Florida State team has ever recorded more than 32 goals in the second half of games prior to this season. FSU has scored the game-winning goal in the second half or overtime 10 times this year and seven of those games came versus teams that were ranked at some point. Florida State is outscoring teams by 32 goals in the second half and the other stats are even more one sided. In the second half, the Seminoles have taken 113 more shots than their opponents, 38 more corners and put an amazing 62 more shots on goal. FSU's second half production is remarkable compared to their opponents and even compared to their own performance in the first half. This Seminole team's goals increase by 74% in the second half, shots by 39%, corner kicks by 17% and shots on goal 98%. Defensively FSU is better in the second half as well. While they have allowed the same number of goals in each half, the real stat that shows how good they have been is that this group has given up just one second half goal all season that cost FSU a game.

 

GOT ANOTHER ONE

FSU's win over No. 6 Cal in the third round of the NCAA Tournament marked the highest ranked team FSU has ever beaten in an NCAA Tournament game and the win gave Florida State seven wins over teams ranked in the top 25 of the NSCAA this year, which is a new single season record. The previous record for wins over NSCAA ranked teams in a season was five and set in 2000. Overall FSU has played 15 games versus teams ranked at one point during the season in any of the four polls. The Seminoles are 11-3-1 in those games. Not only has this squad beat seven NSCAA ranked teams in 2005, FSU has beaten six of those ranked teams in the last 12 games. Florida State will get another shot at a Top 10 team when they face UCLA Friday. This will be FSU's eighth game versus a Top 10 squad and the team has gone 3-3-1 in those matches.  Florida State's three wins over top 10 NSCAA teams is a school record as well. The Seminoles have never won more than two games in a season versus top 10 teams and that happened just once. In 2003 FSU beat No. 10 West Virginia and No. 6 Florida in consecutive weeks to go to the College Cup. That was the only time in team history that the FSU won back-to-back games versus top 10 squads. FSU has been the lower ranked team in the NSCAA heading into seven previous matches and they have gone 4-2-1 in those games and are undefeated in four straight matches.

 

AS THE DOG

#16 FSU vs. #13 Florida            W 4-2

#12 FSU vs. #1 North Carolina  L 4-1

#14 FSU vs. #7 Virginia                        L 1-0

#17 FSU vs. #10 Boston Coll.    W 3-0

#9 FSU vs. #6 Duke                  W 2-1

#11 FSU vs. #6 Cal                   W 2-1

#11 FSU vs. #2 Carolina            T 1-1

 

VS TOP 10

#12 FSU vs. #1 North Carolina  L 4-1

#14 FSU vs. #7 Virginia                        L 1-0

#17 FSU vs. #10 Boston Coll.    W 3-0

#9 FSU vs. #6 Duke                  W 2-1

#6 FSU vs. #7 Virginia              L 2-0

# 11 FSU vs. #6 Cal                  W 2-1

#11 FSU vs. #2 Carolina            T 1-1

 

TROT ALOT

Hello India Trotter. The junior is having an amazing year that has her in the running for All-America honors. She has scored 13 goals and has nine assists for 35 points. Amazing numbers considering the midfielder came into 2005 with three goals, six assists and 12 career points. Trotter isn't slowing down in the NCAA Tournament. In four games, the Ft. Lauderdale, FL native has scored in every NCAA Tournament match accumulating five goals including all three game-winners surpassing her career total coming into 2005. Trotter had three points all-time in six NCAA Tournament games coming into this season. She doubled that total on opening weekend alone. With another goal versus UNC, Trotter is now all alone in first for career points, goals and game-winning goals in NCAA Tournament play. She is just the second Seminole to ever record a multi-goal game in the NCAA postseason joining Camie Bybee who scored twice versus Dartmouth in 2003. She now holds the single game NCAA Tournament record for shots with seven and is tied for first for goals and points in an NCAA Tournament game.

 

TROTTER 2003-04 V 2005

                        03-04          2005

GAMES           46               24

POINTS           12               35

POINTS/GM    0.26            1.46

GOALS            3                13

GOALS/GM     0.06            0.54

ASSISTS          6                9

ASSTS/GM      0.13            0.38

SHOTS            69               58

SHOTS/GM            1.50     2.42

SHOTS:GLS     23:1 4.5:1

SOG                 19               28

SOG/GM          0.41            1.17

SOG:GOALS    6.3:1           2.2:1

GWA               1                4

 

STACKING UP

Seminole sophomore Sel Kuralay is continuing her attack on the FSU record books in her first season. The forward leads the Seminoles in goals (16), points (41), game-winning goals (6), assists (9), shots (94) and shots on goal (38). With her assist versus Cal she is now tied with India Trotter for first in that category as well. The Australian Olympian is putting together the most impressive single offensive season in program history. Only one player ever  in FSU soccer history ever led the team  in every offensive category (points, goals, assists, game-winning goals, shots and shots on goal) and that was Emma Breland in 2000. In 2001 and 2002 Cindy Schofield led FSU in every category but assists. A case can be made that Kuralay's season is the best among an impressive group. She has played fewer games but is second in points and third in goals, she is first in assists and is second in game-winning goals and shots while tying the record for multi-goal games. Even if Kuralay's season just ranks among the best, she is in good company. In 2000 Emma Breland was named a finalist for National Freshman of the Year. In 2001 and 2002, Schofield garnered All-America honors. In 2003, Leah Gallegos became the first NSCAA All-American in school history.

 

THE BEST SEASONS

Year  Player                  GMS    PTS      G          ASST   GWG    SH       SOG     MULTI

1996  Kelly Poole          20         29         14         3          6          56         NA       1

2000  Emma Breland     24         31         12         7          5          62         37         3

2001  Cindy Schofield    24         42        17         8          6          69         42         3

2002  Cindy Schofield    23         36         15         6          4          75         47         3

2003  Leah Gallegos      26        39         18        3          7          109      60        5

2005  Sel Kuralay          24         41         16         9          6          93         37         5

 

MIM-IMAL SUCCESS FOR OPPONENTS

Ali Mims' remarkable career just keeps adding more chapters. The redshirt-junior from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL has undergone more than 20 surgical procedures and missed almost three years of action due to a broken tibia but boy has she come back strong in 2005. With her shutout of FAU in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, Mims set a new Seminole record for single season shutouts with her eighth of the season breaking a nine year old record. She surpassed the 7.5 recorded by Melissa Juhl in 1996. Mims is now threatening the career record held by Juhl and Joy McKenzie, which stands at 13. She still has a sixth year of eligibility remaining including at least one more game in 2005 to chase down the career mark. Mims is well on her way to setting the GAA record. Her 0.77 GAA is 0.15 better than the record set by McKenzie in 2003. Florida State's junior keeper is looking to join McKenzie as only the second FSU keeper to ever record a sub-1.00 GAA for a season. Mims' career GAA is now at 1.03 and currently 0.03 better than the career record held by McKenzie as well. Mims has already passed McKenzie in one other very important category. With the win over Cal, Mims is now the winningest keeper in Seminole history. The junior goalie has 27 career victories, which is first all time. 

 

Mims isn't just breaking career records. She is now climbing the charts for NCAA Tournament play as well. The fifth-year junior has allowed just three goals in 470 career minutes of NCAA Tournament play. Her GAA is a stellar 0.57 in the postseason. Coming into the Illinois match, Mims had a scoreless streak of 180:00 in the NCAA Tournament and that reached 255:42 before the Illini scored. Her four NCAA Tournament victories are tied for the most ever at FSU and she is one of just three Seminole keepers to ever record a clean sheet in the NCAA Tournament.

 

BATTLE TESTED

When the NCAA announced the 64-team field, it had a familiar feel for the Seminoles. Along with six other ACC teams, FSU played three non-conference opponents in the regular season who made the field (USC, Mississippi and Florida). If you add in NCAA Tournament games, Florida State has now played a whopping 15 of 24 games versus the NCAA Tournament field trailing only North Carolina and Virginia who played 16. With both UVA and UNC eliminated, FSU will end 2005 having played more games versus the NCAA Tournament field than any other team. The Seminoles played four games against teams that made the quarterfinals, which is second to only Virginia's six. The three ACC teams that made it to the round of eight (UNC, FSU and UVA) have played the most games played against the 2005 field. Overall, only eight of the 64 teams entered the tournament having played double digit games versus the field and of those teams only North Carolina had more wins and a better winning percentage than Florida State. FSU and UNC are the only teams with double digit games versus the field that still have a winning percentage above .625 (out of the teams that have played 15 or more games). Florida State is now 11-3-1 in 15 games versus the NCAA Tournament group for a winning percentage of.767. Only the Tar Heels won more games (14) and had a better winning percentage (.906).

 

MOST AGAINST THE FIELD

TEAM              GAMES           WINS   WIN %

North Carolina  16                     14         .906

Virginia             16                     10         .625

Florida State    15                    11        .767

Santa Clara       15                     8          .533

 

MOST AGAINST ROUND OF EIGHT TEAMS

TEAM              GAMES

Virginia             6

Florida State                4

North Carolina              4

Santa Clara                   4

Penn State                    3

UCLA                          3

Notre Dame                  2

Portland                        2

 

YOU GO K-ROW

Hermann Trophy Watch List member Kelly Rowland is having a typical Kelly Rowland season, which is good news for FSU. The junior is once again at the center of a record-setting defense, she is once again leading all defenders in goals, assists and points and most importantly once again she has started every match. Rowland has never missed a start in her three-year career and now owns the longest consecutive streak of starts at 70. She bested the record of current team manager and former Seminole defender Kristin Boyce. That isn't the only record Rowland has set. With her goal versus Cal, Rowland set another offensive record for a back. Rowland now has 12 goals and 15 assists in her career making her the first defender ever at FSU to record double-digit goals and assists and she is all alone in first in all three offensive categories. Her goal bumped her career point total to 39, which was already a school record for a defender. She is also the program's most decorated player. Rowland has been honored as a member of Soccer America's National Team of the Week a school record eight times in her three-year career. No other FSU player has ever received the award even three times. With those eight weekly honors, Rowland has been named to a national team of the week 10 times in her career making her the only Seminole ever to reach double digits in weekly national awards. No other FSU player even has five career national weekly honors. With a full year still remaining, Rowland could establish a set of records and streaks that may never be broken by another Seminole back.

 

        Rowland Beal  Boyce

Gms  70            85      84

Gls    12*          8       11

Asst  15*          12      5

Pts    39*          28      27

*FSU record by a defender

 

TAKING OFFENSE

The 2005 Seminoles are the most dangerous offensive group ever assembled at the school. Florida State enters the College Cup with 65 goals, which is the most scored by an FSU team. FSU broke the all-time record set in 2003 versus Illinois, which were four fewer games than the 2003 team needed. The team's 58 assists rank second all-time. FSU has amassed 188 points in 2005 which also bested the program record set in 2003. The real measure of how dangerous this offense is can be seen in the average per game numbers. The 2005 Seminoles are averaging 0.83 more points per game than the record and they are also ahead of the record goal and assist per game marks as well. This team has already set records for goals in ACC play and multi-goal games in conference matches. The 2005 Seminoles aren't just stacking up against past FSU squads. This team is ranking with the best offenses in the nation. FSU entered the quarterfinals with the nation's 11-highest scoring offense and they are second to North Carolina in all six team offensive categories among ACC squads.

 

Category           Record             2005     ACC Rank

Points               188 (`05)           188       2

Points Per Gm   7.00 (`03)          7.83      2

Goals                65 (`05)                        65         2

Goals Per Gm   2.55 (`96)          2.71      2

Assists              62 (`03)                        58         2

Assists Per Gm 2.42 (`01)          2.42      2

 

IT'S THE COMBINATION

Florida State's offense is on a record-setting pace this year and the numbers prove that (see note "TAKING OFFENSE") but what has been so special about this team is the combination of offense with one of the top defensive seasons in team history as well. Florida State has set the record for the most shutouts and is one pace to establish new marks for fewest goals allowed and lowest GAA. The current record for fewest goals allowed was set last year at 21. This year the squad has allowed only 18. The most amazing stat concerning this year's defense is the fact that they have allowed just five goals to non-conference opponents in 11 games. To put that in perspective, FSU has allowed at least three goals to one non-conference opponent in eight of the previous 10 seasons. When you combine that kind of stellar play in the back with this explosive offense it is easy to see why FSU enters the College Cup with the sixth-best winning percentage in America. This season, Florida State has scored 47 more goals than they have allowed, which is on pace for a new school record. The previous best was a +32 in 2003. Last season FSU was only a +8. Only one other team in school history has ever finished a year with a goal differential better than +16.

 

FSU YEARLY GOAL DIFFERENTIAL

YEAR     SCORED      ALLOWED      DIFF

2005       65                 18                    +47

2003        60                  28                     +32

1996        51                  35                     +16

2001        55                  40                     +15

2000        45                  31                     +14

2002        46                  37                     +9

2004        29                  21                     +8

1999        36                  39                     -3

1998        35                  43                     -8

1997        30                  48                     -18

1995        32                  61                     -29

 

NO SHOT

Florida State's game against The Citadel was not the most lopsided win of the season for FSU according to the final score but it was a record setting game none the less. For the first time in program history, the Seminoles held an opponent without a shot. Florida State out shot the Bulldogs 35-0 and held a 16-0 edge in corner kicks. The game featured 19 different Seminoles as the team closed the home portion of the regular season with a 5-0 win. While holding a team without a shot is rare for FSU, it isn't an odd occurrence to see a team struggle to get off shots against the Seminoles in 2005. With all the offense the Seminoles are generating, it is easy to overlook the job that FSU's back four and goalkeeper are doing this season. Teresa Rivera, Kelly Rowland, Sarah Wagenfuhr and Katrin Schmidt have combined to start 91 games in front of keeper Ali Mims this year and the line-up is working in record fashion. The Seminoles have allowed just 18 goals this year challenging the record set by last year's team which allowed just 21 in 20 games. Coming into 2005, FSU had allowed more than one goal to at least five opponents every year in regular season games. This year there have been only three games all season where FSU has given up more than one goal. The 2005 team has already beaten the single season shutout record of nine set last season. Their GAA of 0.73 is also well ahead of the school record of 1.02 set last season. The key to FSU's success is obvious. When you limit an opponent's opportunities to score, they will score less. The stat that bears that out is opponent shots. Through 24 games, FSU's opponents have taken 205 shots, which are 14 shots below the record set in 1996 in two fewer games. No team in school history has ever given up fewer than 219 shots in a season.

 

Year       Opps. w/ 2+ goals       Shots Allowed

2005                 3                                  205

2004                 6                                  219

2003                 5                                  294

2002                 8                                  277

2001                 10                                 324

2000                 7                                  345

1999                 7                                  264

1998                 13                                 226

1997                 11                                 259

1996                 7                                  201

1995                 11                                 451

 

 

WE GOT 20

As quickly as the wins keep rolling in for the Seminoles the records are falling. With the win over No. 23 Clemson in the regular season finale, the 2005 Seminoles set records for the most regular season wins, the best regular season winning percentage, the fewest losses, the most ACC wins and the highest ACC winning percentage. Florida State's success this season is unprecedented as no Seminole squad had ever won more than 13 regular season games or recorded fewer than five losses. This is the first season since 2000 that FSU has set new records for winning percentage in both regular season and ACC play. Florida State's current overall winning percentage is 179 percentage points higher than the all-time record for winning percentage in a regular season. With the NCAA Tournament win over Cal, the Seminoles now have 20 victories, something that has never been done by any FSU team.

 

OVERALL                                          ACC

YR          REC     WIN %                     YR       REC     WIN %

2005       20-3-1  .854              2005    7-2-0    .778

2004        12-5-3   .675               2003     4-2-1    .643

2003        17-8-1   .673               1998     1-5-1    .214

2001        15-8-1   .646               2004     5-3-1    .611

2002        13-7-3   .630               2002     3-3-1    .500

2000        14-8-2   .625               2001     4-3-0    .571     

1996        12-7-1   .625               2000     2-4-1    .357

1999        9-10-1   .475               1996     2-5-0    .286     

1998        7-11-3   .405               1999     0-6-1    .071

1997        8-12-0   .400               1997     0-7-0    .000     

1995        4-14-1   .237               1995     0-7-0    .000

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