Oct. 10, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. - No. 15 Florida State (7-3-2, 2-1-1) returns to the pitch for two league match-ups this week as Maryland (5-4-2, 0-3-0) and No. 7 Boston College (8-0-3, 1-0-2) visit Tallahassee on Thursday and Sunday, respectively. Following the Seminoles' first conference road trip of the season which featured a win at Virginia Tech and a tie at Virginia, Florida State currently sits in a four way tie for third place in the ACC standings with seven points. The Seminoles once again enter the week as the nation's top scoring offense. The Seminoles have scored a goal in 18 straight games dating back to last year's ACC Championship final against North Carolina in Cary, N.C. But FSU will be challenged yet again as they will face a pair of nationally ranked scoring defenses as the Eagles rank fourth with a .257 GAA, while the Terrapins sit 35th with a .673 GAA.
Junior Mami Yamaguchi continues to lead the nation in points per game (3.00) as well as goals per game (1.25) in 2007. The Tokyo, Japan native has scored a point in 11 of 12 contests this season. Amanda DaCosta and Erin McNulty are the only two freshmen to have started all 12 games for the Seminoles in 2007. DaCosta has been a solid force in the midfield where she is currently tied for second in assists with four. She also has two goals including the game-winner against Francis Marion. McNulty has made every start in goal and has made 35 saves including a career-high seven against Florida. She recorded her first collegiate shutout against the Auburn Tigers and first ACC shutout in a 1-0 win over Virginia Tech.
THIS WEEK'S GAME INFORMATION
Thursday, October 11, 2007; Web cast - ACC Select
Maryland (5-4-2) at #15 Florida State (7-3-2), 7:00 pm
Series Record: Florida State leads 8-6-1; Terrapins lead 4-3-1 in Tallahassee, Fla.
Sunday, October 14, 2007; TV - Sun Sports
#7 Boston College (8-0-3) at #15 Florida State (7-3-2), 1:00 pm
Series Record: Florida State leads 1-0-2; Seminoles lead 1-0-0 in Tallahassee, Fla.
KEY NOTES FOR MARYLAND:
* In the 16th meeting between these two schools, Florida State welcomes Maryland to Tallahassee on Thursday looking for back-to-back league wins for the first time this season.
* The Seminoles have won two straight and seven of the last nine games against the Terrapins; FSU is unbeaten in its last five games in the series, while the Seminoles are unbeaten in their last six regular season games featuring the Terps.
* Maryland has outscored FSU by the slimmest of margins, 25-24, in 15 previous contests. During the Seminoles current unbeaten streak, FSU has outscored the Terps 8-3. Each school has posted four shutouts in the series. FSU is 5-1 in one-goal contests against Md.
* Florida State leads the country in scoring with 3.83 goals per game, while Maryland is fifth in the ACC with a 0.67 GAA. The Terps have allowed two or more goals twice in 2007.
KEY NOTES FOR BOSTON COLLEGE:
* For the fourth time this season and for the third time in as many weeks, Florida State will square-off against a top 10 opponent in No. 7 Boston College.
* FSU is unbeaten in three previous meetings against the Eagles while defeating BC 3-0 in the only other contest played in Tallahassee back in 2005.
* While two of the three contests have ended in a scoreless tie, FSU has not allowed the Eagles to score in the series.
* BC enters the contest ranked fourth nationally in GAA with a mark of 0.25. It marks the second straight week, the nation's leading offense (FSU - 3.83) will go up against a top 5 ranked defense. The Eagles have given up just three goals all season while not allowing multiple goals in any contests this year. FSU has scored in 18 straight games.
SEMINOLE QUICK HITS
* When the season started no one envisioned this kind of scoring from the Seminole offense. Now more than halfway through the season, Florida State has tallied 129 points (46 goals, 37 assists) which stands in a tie for the sixth highest scoring season in school history.
* Florida State has scored a goal in 18 straight games dating back to last year's ACC Championship final against North Carolina in Cary, N.C. During that span, FSU is 11-5-2 while outscoring the opposition 60-18. This is the second longest scoring streak in school history. The school record for consecutive games with a goal scored is 21 set during the 2002 season.
* Junior forward Mami Yamaguchi set the individual school record for consecutive games with a goal scored at seven surpassing the previous record of five set in 2001 by Cindy Schofield. The streak started in a 6-1 victory over Cal State Northridge and concluded in a 3-3 tie at UCF.
* The Seminoles lead the ACC with 19 multiple-point performances in 2007. Four Seminole student-athletes have registered multiple-point performances including sophomore Annie Stalzer, junior Erika Sutton, freshman Sanna Talonen and junior Mami Yamaguchi.
* 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.
* Freshman Rachel Lim tallied her first career game-winning goal with a goal in the 40th minute against NC State. The Boca Raton, Fla., native caromed a shot off the left post and into the net for her third goal of the season. The score completed the Seminoles first come-from-behind victory of the season.
* The Seminoles have been on the short end of the one-goal games in 2007 posting a mark of 1-3 with two of those losses coming in overtime. The Seminoles pulled out their first one-goal victory with a 1-0 decision on the road against Virginia Tech. Prior to the start of the season, FSU registered a mark of 15-2-0 in one-goal games under head coach Mark Krikorian. FSU is 64-29 all-time in one-goal contests.
* Following Sunday's game-winning goal at Virginia Tech, junior Mami Yamaguchi joined freshman Sanna Talonen as the team leaders with two game-winning goals in 2007. Talonen assisted on Yamaguchi's game-winner against the Hokies giving her two game-winning assists on the year tying her with senior Kirsten van de Ven for the team lead in that category.
SCHOOL RECORD STREAK COMES TO AN END...NEW ONE BEGINS
When Florida State dropped a heartbreaking 2-1 overtime contest against North Carolina Thursday, September 27, the loss ended the Seminoles school record 24-game unbeaten streak with a record of 22-0-2. During the streak, Florida State did not allow more than one goal to any opponent outscoring the opposition 76-10 while posting 13 shutouts. Ironically enough, North Carolina was the last school to beat FSU in Tallahassee downing the Seminoles 4-1 on September 22, 2005. The loss at home was just the second in three years under the direction of head coach Mark Krikorian, who's Seminole squad is 25-2-2 when playing in front of the hometown fans.
On Sunday, September 30, the Seminoles began a new home winning streak with a 4-1 victory over NC State. Ironically, the Wolfpack were the same team Florida State defeated en route to the school record 24-game unbeaten streak which began in 2005. That year the Seminoles went on to defeat NC State 3-1. Same school, different year, same result? We will just have to wait and see...
AGAINST THE TERRAPINS
Florida State looks to extend its current unbeaten streak over Maryland to six games as the Seminoles and Terrapins square-off in Tallahassee Thursday night. FSU has not lost a regular season game to Maryland since 2000 and has not lost at home during the regular season since 1999. Junior Mami Yamaguchi leads all returning players with seven shots including two shots on goal against Maryland. Katrin Schmidt is the only returning Seminole that has scored against Maryland finding the back of the net in FSU's 3-1 victory in 2005. Becky Edwards and Libby Gianeskis have each recorded an assist in their career against the Terps. Edwards posted the game-winning assist in 2006 as she found Kelly Rowland for a goal in a 1-0 Seminole victory in College Park. Gianeskis assisted on Schmidt's goal in 2005. Seven of the contests have been decided by one goal or less.
ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS
1995 - Maryland 5, FSU 1 (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
1996 - Maryland 2, FSU 0 (at College Park, Md.)
1997 - Maryland 4, FSU 0 (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
1998 - FSU 3, Maryland 2 ot (at College Park, Md.)
1999 - Maryland 1, FSU 0 (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
2000 - Maryland 2, FSU 0 (at College Park, Md.)
2001 - FSU 2, Maryland 0 (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
2001 - FSU 7, Maryland 2 (ACC at Winston-Salem, N.C.)
2002 - FSU 1, Maryland 0 (at College Park, Md.)
2002 - Maryland 4, FSU 2 (ACC at Tallahassee, Fla.)
2003 - FSU 2, Maryland 1 (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
2003 - FSU 1, Maryland 0 (ACC at Cary, N.C.)
2004 - FSU 1, Maryland 1 2ot (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
2005 - FSU 3, Maryland 1 (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
2006 - FSU 1, Maryland 0 (at College Park, Md.)
AGAINST THE EAGLES
Boston College visits Florida State for just the second time in this the fourth overall meeting in the series. The Seminole Soccer Complex is the only site where either team has scored a goal as the Garnet and Gold tallied three in a 3-0 victory back in 2005. The Seminoles have not yielded a goal to the Eagles in three prior meetings. Two of the three contests have resulted in a 0-0 tie. Senior Libby Gianeskis has played in all three prior meetings against Boston College tallying 280 total minutes of action. Katrin Schmidt is second in minutes played with 200. Seniors Holly Peltzer and Kirsten van de Ven each scored a goal in the Seminoles lone win in the series in 2005. In that same game, junior Mami Yamaguchi assisted on India Trotter's game winner in the 21st minute of play. Peltzer leads all returning players with four total shots with two shots coming on goal.
ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS
2004 - FSU 0, Boston College 0 2ot (NCAA at Gainesville, Fla.)
2005 - FSU 3, Boston College 0 (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
2006 - FSU 0, Boston College 0 2ot (at Chestnut Hill, Mass.)
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). More than halfway through the season, she has already amassed the fourth highest scoring season in school history with 36 points on 15 goals and six assists. On the career charts, Yamaguchi ranks seventh in career goals (23) and is tied for seventh in both career assists (18) and points with 64. She also began the season registering a point in her first 10 games, while setting the school record by scoring at least one goal in seven consecutive 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 28 of her 53 shots have been on goal (52.8%).
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