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WEEKLY RELEASE: No. 3 FSU Takes To The Road For Huge Games Versus Duke And Wake
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Release: 10/17/2006
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Oct. 17, 2006

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  • WAKE FOREST (12-3-0, 4-2-0)

    SERIES RECORD: Wake Forest leads 7-4-2

    IN WINSTON-SALEM: Wake Forest leads 4-0-1

    WIN STREAK: FSU has won three in a row

    LAST MEETING: FSU 4 WFU 1 (Tallahassee, FL)

    A-WAKE-ENING

    This is the 14th all-time meeting between Wake Forest and FSU and the 12th in regular season play. After a 4-1 win over the Demon Deacons last season in Tallahassee, Florida State has not lost to Wake Forest since 2002. That season the Demon Deacons beat FSU in Tallahassee 3-2 in double OT. That was one of just four losses in 12 years for FSU in an OT game. Despite the lopsided series record, the last seven games between the teams have gone back and forth. Since Wake jumped out to a 5-0 lead, FSU has gone 4-2-2 in the last eight meetings with the Deacs. Four of the last five meetings have all been decided by one goal or ended in a tie. In fact, eight of the 13 games in the series have been ties or one-goal matches. The last time either team won a match by more than one goal was last season when FSU recorded their most lopsided win in the series 4-1 in Tallahassee. The 4-1 Florida State win was the most lopsided victory for either team since the inaugural season of FSU soccer when Wake beat FSU by the same score. While FSU has had success against Wake Forest as of late, Spry Stadium still remains a mystery for FSU. The Seminoles have never beaten Wake Forest in Spry going 0-4-1 all-time versus Wake in that stadium. To make matters worse, Florida State also played two other regular season games at Spry in a tournament falling to both Santa Clara and Portland meaning Florida State is 0-6-1 in the regular season at Spry. On the other hand, FSU did have one of the most memorable moments in program history at Wake's field in the 2001 ACC Tournament. That year FSU advanced to its first ever conference championship game by beating Maryland 7-2 and then advancing past Virginia in a shootout after 150 minutes of scoreless play. Wake Forest is one of the ACC's top offensive teams scoring 36 goals this season so FSU will need to keep a recent trend alive where they have allowed just two goals to the Demon Deacons in the last four matches covering 380 minutes.

    DUKE (7-5-2, 3-2-1)

    SERIES RECORD: Duke leads 6-3-2

    IN DURHAM: Duke leads 3-0-2

    SERIES TREND: FSU is 3-1-1 in the last five

    LAST MEETING: FSU 2 Duke 1 2OT (Tallahassee, FL)

    BE DEVILED

    After Duke jumped out to a commanding 5-0-1 lead in the series, FSU wrestled control away lately going 3-1-1 in the next five meetings. This has been a strange series as of late with the games either being one-sided or going to overtime, especially the last five games in the series. In the last five matches two have been at least two goal wins for one of the teams and the other three have all gone to OT. Overall, Duke and Florida State have played 11 times in the series and five of those 11 games have gone to OT where FSU is 2-1-2 versus the Devils. Much like Spry Stadium, Duke's Koskinen Stadium has been a house of horrors for the Seminoles. Florida State has never won at Duke posting a 0-3-2 record all-time in Durham in regular season matches. The last time FSU visited Duke the Blue Devils won 2-0, which was Duke's most lopsided victory in the series since 1999. One other trend in this series has been shutouts. In 11 all-time meetings there have been six shutouts recorded in the series, one of which was a 0-0 tie in 1998. In two of the last three meeting either Duke or FSU has failed to score a goal. Florida State has only shutdown the Blue Devil offense once in Durham and that came in the 0-0 tie at Koskinen Stadium in 1998. FSU has allowed an average of just one goal per game in its last four meetings with Duke having only allowed the Blue Devils to score more than one goal just once in that span. That came the last time FSU traveled to Duke in a 2-0 loss.

    DEACONS & DEVILS

    This is a big weekend for soccer in the ACC and especially for the Seminoles. With conference positioning and NCAA Tournament seeding on the line, Thursday and Sunday's matches could be the biggest of the regular season for FSU. Coming into the games versus Wake and Duke FSU should have some confidence. On top of a seven game unbeaten streak, the Garnet & Gold has fared pretty well when facing the Deacons and Devils in back-to-back games. Florida State is 4-3-1 all-time in back-to-back ACC games against Wake and Duke. The only times Florida State played both schools in consecutive games came in 2002 and 2005. FSU has posted a 2-1-1 record in those situations. Florida State had never swept Duke and Wake Forest when facing them in consecutive conference matches before last season when FSU beat Wake 4-1 and followed that up with a 2-1 double OT win versus Duke. Florida State will need to have success in this final road swing of the season if they want to continue to position themselves for the ACC Tournament. Coming into this weekend's matches, Duke, Wake and Florida State are separated by just four points in the chase for second place in the conference.

    DEACONS & DEVILS PART II

    Florida State's success in overtime games is pretty remarkable when it comes to getting a result. In 35 all-time overtime games, the Seminoles have only lost four of those matches. In program history Florida State has posted a 14-4-17 record in extra time games. Since the team lost to Virginia in OT on September 11, 1998, FSU has lost just one of its last 29 OT games (14-1-14). The only team that has beaten FSU in overtime over seven-plus seasons is Wake Forest. The Deacons scored the only golden goal allowed by FSU in 29 overtime games on October 12, 2002. Oddly enough, half of the four OT losses in Florida State's history have come against the two teams the Seminoles play this week. FSU also lost an overtime game versus Duke in the 1997 season. Both of those OT losses came in Tallahassee. In fact, three of FSU's four overtime defeats came at home and all four have come against ACC teams. The only OT game FSU ever lost at an opponent's field was back in 1995 versus North Carolina in the first ever meeting between the teams.

    SWEET HOME CAROLINA?

    Florida State's turnaround in the ACC this decade has been pretty remarkable. From 1995 to 1999 Florida State posted a 3-39-2 record since then the Seminoles are 27-21-9 in America's best soccer conference versus the original ACC teams. FSU's winning percentage in the conference was .090 in the 90's compared to .600 this decade when you include games versus Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech. That means Florida State's ACC winning percentage is 667% better this decade compared to last. The Seminoles had a losing record versus all seven ACC teams in the 90's yet have a winning record versus five of those seven teams this decade. If you remove North Carolina and Virginia, who FSU has still had trouble figuring out, Florida State's record versus the remaining five original ACC squads is 33-9-7 for a .745 winning percentage. The Seminoles turnaround has been so dramatic that they now are .500 or better versus six of the ACC's 10 teams in the all-time series. As far as FSU has come the team has still had a very difficult time winning regular season games in the state of North Carolina where 40% of their ACC opponents reside. Outside of NC Sate, Florida State has never won a regular season match in the state of North Carolina. Versus Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest, Florida State has a combined record of 0-12-2 and overall FSU is just 3-15-3 in regular season ACC games in North Carolina. If you include all games FSU has played in the state of North Carolina, including ACC and NCAA Tournament games, things look a little better. In ACC Tournament games played in North Carolina FSU is 4-6-3 and 0-1-1 in NCAA Tournament games there. If you also include the two games the Seminoles lost at Wake in neutral site games versus Portland and Santa Clara, the Seminoles are 7-22-7 all-time in the state of North Carolina.

    STATE OF CONFUSION

    FSU at Duke 0-3-2

    FSU at UNC 0-5-0

    FSU at NC State 3-3-1

    FSU at Wake 0-4-1

    (regular season games only)

    ANOTHER RECORD

    There is very little doubt that the Seminole defense has been the strength of the team in 2006. Florida State is having an amazing season in the back and they have done it with two new fulltime starters and three players that are either sophomores or freshmen. Freshman Becky Edwards and junior Libby Gianeskis are both first year everyday starters and they are joined by sophomores Katrin Schmidt and Sarah Wagenfuhr in the back four. After the group allowed just one goal this past week versus Stetson and Miami, the Seminoles' team GAA dropped to 0.48 and the team picked up its eighth shutout of the season. Florida State has allowed only seven goals in its 14 games and they are threatening to absolutely shatter the previous best numbers for goals allowed, goals allowed average and will make a run at the shutout record as well. Florida State has never allowed less than 20 goals in a season yet this team has just four regular season games left, the ACC Tournament and NCAA Tournament but is still 13 goals short of 20 allowed. The best regular season ever for Florida State in terms of goals allowed was last year when Florida State surrender just 13 regular season goals. The only other time FSU has given up fewer than 20 goals in regular season play was in 2003 when the team surrendered just 19. The two times FSU has given up less than 20 regular season goals FSU went to the College Cup in both of those seasons.

    What the Seminoles are doing in ACC play this season when it comes to goals allowed is even more remarkable. The 2006 squad has already tied the single season record for conference shutouts with four and this team is challenging the 2003 squad, which had the best defensive season in ACC play in school history. To best the record for ACC goals allowed in a season FSU will only be able to surrender one in its final three games, which is a lot to ask versus Wake Forest, Duke and Clemson. The Seminoles could set a new ACC record for GAA though since they will play three more conference matches than the 2003 team played. This year's team GAA in ACC games is already a third of a goal per game less than the 2003 squad's GAA in that record setting season. The 2003 team is the only one that has ever allowed less than 10 goals in an ACC season and this year's squad has a real chance of matching that record.

    BEST DEFENSIVE SEASONS

    YEAR GA GAA MINS SO

    2006 7 0.48 1297 8

    2005 22 0.86 2299 11

    2004 21 1.02 1861 9

    2003 28 1.05 2397 9

    2000 31 1.23 2273 6

    BEST DEFENSIVE SEASONS (ACC)

    YEAR GA GAA GMS SO

    2006 3 0.40 7 4

    2005 10 0.98 10 3

    2004 11 1.19 9 3

    2003 5 0.69 7 4

    2002 15 2.01 7 1

    2001 16 2.19 7 1

    2000 11 1.45 6 2

    GET IT GOING EARLY

    This season the Seminole offense has struggled a little more than it did in 2005 when the team had the most prolific goal scoring year in program history. This past week Florida State showed some signs of life as an offense recording 65 shots in two games versus Stetson and Miami. While the Seminoles only scored on two of their 40 shots versus the Hatters, FSU did a much better job Sunday versus the Hurricanes putting 11 of 25 shots on goal. With 2-1 and 2-0 wins, FSU scored multiple goals in back-to-back games for just the second time this season and the first time since games versus UCF and FAU. Last year FSU had five-game and nine-game stretches where the team scored at least two goals in each game. Part of the problem this season has been slow starts. FSU is outscoring its opponents just 7-6 in the first half but 13-1 in the second half of games. Last season the Seminoles had scored twice as many first half goals at the same point of the season. In 2005 FSU was shutout in the first half seven times in 18 regular season games and was tied 0-0 going into half on five occasions. This year FSU has already been held without a goal seven times in the first half of a game in four less matches and gone to half tied 0-0 four times. The good news for the Seminoles is in 10 of FSU's 14 games this season the team has been either tied or trailing at the half yet FSU has posted a 7-1-2 record in those matches.

    CLOSE CALLS

    One of the best things about the 2006 team is it has proven itself in close game. While the squad would like to not have been involved in so many one-goal affairs, they are showing they know how to get a result in those matches. The 2006 team has the highest winning percentage in school history in one-goal regular season games. This year the Seminoles are 7-1 in one-goal games for a stellar .875 winning percentage. Since Mark Krikorian took over the Seminole soccer program FSU has won 83% of their one-goal games posting an incredible 10-2 record. Florida State has only posted a winning percentage above .800 in one-goal games twice in school history and both have come under Krikorian's guidance. This season Florida State has already played twice as many one-goal games in four less matches than the squad did all of last season. While eight one-goal games sounds like a lot, that is nothing compared to the 2004 team. That squad had 13 of its 18 regular season matches decided by just one goal and went 10-3 in those games.

    ONE GOAL GAMES

    Year Games Record Win Pct

    2004 13 10-3 .769

    2002 11 7-4 .636

    2000 10 5-5 .500

    2006 8 7-1 .875

    2003 8 4-4 .500

    1998 8 4-4 .500

    1997 8 3-5 .375

    2001 7 6-1 .857

    1999 5 1-4 .200

    2005 4 3-1 .750

    1996 4 3-1 .750

    1995 4 0-4 .000

    (regular season games only)

    IT COULD BE BIG

    The Seminoles' ACC swing this week to Wake Forest and Duke is important in so many ways. There are all sorts of ACC Tournament and NCAA Tournament implications on top of the Seminoles continual search for their first road victory versus either of those teams. It could be an important weekend for head coach Mark Krikorian as well although he won't make much of it. With Florida State's next victory Krikorian will notch the 200th win of his collegiate coaching career. The Seminole boss is currently 199-43-25 for a lifetime winning percentage of .792 as a college head coach. Krikorian posted a 93-19-3 record at Franklin Pierce, a 75-30-3 record at Hartford and is now 31-5-3 at FSU. As a Division I coach Krikorian's record is 106-35-6 as he picked up his 100th DI victory in a 2-0 win over UCF. With one more win, Krikorian will have reached two big milestones this season with 200 collegiate wins and 100 DI victories. With his next win, Krikorian will join a list of 50 coaches all-time with 200 career collegiate victories but he will be the only one on that list with less that 13 seasons as a college coach.

    WATCH US AGAIN

    For fans of Florida State soccer living outside of Tallahassee, 2006 has been a dream season. Not only has FSU gone 11-1-2 and been ranked No. 1 this season but when all is said and done, nine of FSU's 18 regular season games will have been televised on either SUN Sports, Fox Soccer Channel or ACC Select. That is unprecedented coverage for the Seminoles or any collegiate soccer team. FSU's win over Stetson was the third ACC Select game of the season to feature FSU and then the Seminoles game versus Miami was broadcast live on SUN Sports Sunday afternoon. Seminole fans will be in great shape to watch the team's stretch run as well as three of the four last games will be carried live on the internet via ACC Select. Both of this weekend's games at Wake Forest and Duke will be available on a live video feed over the internet as will the season finale at home versus Clemson.

    IT ALL STARTED VERSUS DUKE

    There is no question that one of the biggest goals scored in the 2005 season was Mami Yamaguchi's double overtime golden goal versus the Blue Devils. After FSU took a 1-0 lead just 10 seconds into the second half, Duke tied the game in the 54th minute and that is where the game stood until the second OT period. With just 5:27 seconds remaining in the match Yamaguchi recorded the first game-winning goal of her career extending FSU's ACC win streak to six games. Since that afternoon Yamaguchi's career has been all about big goals. In the first 15 games of Yamaguchi's career leading up to Duke, she had scored just one goal and that came against NC State. In the next 23 games she has scored five goals of which three have been game-winners. Her goals per game numbers are up 344% this season and she enters the Wake Forest match third on the team in goals and points.

    YAMAGUCHI'S RISE

    Year Gms Gls GWG GPG

    2005 25 2 1 0.08

    2006 14 4 2 0.29

    ANATOMY OF AN OPPONENT

    Coming into the 2006 season FSU knew its schedule would be difficult. Anytime you play in the ACC and then have non-conference games versus Portland, Florida and Arizona State you have your hands full. Coming into the season FSU knew they would face four top 10 teams and six teams ranked in the top 15 this of the preseason polls. They also knew that nine teams on the 2006 schedule played in the NCAA Tournament last season including three of FSU's out of conference opponents. Those numbers really don't tell you how hard the slate has been so far. Of the 18 opponents on Florida State's schedule only two teams have a record below .500. Four teams already have double digit wins this season and eight of the 18 have already recorded nine victories. Six of the Seminoles opponent's were ranked in the top 25 of last week's NSCAA rankings and four are in first place in their conference with two others in second. Overall, the 18 teams FSU will play during the regular season were a combined 153-94-26 coming into the week for a .608 winning percentage.

    NEW TERRITORY

    The Seminole soccer program has come a long way in its 12 seasons. The program has grown into of the best in the nation and its two trips to the College Cup in the last three seasons are proof of that. With a No. 1 ranking earlier this year, FSU established a new program first and this week they are in new territory once again. For the first time in program history the Seminoles will be ranked in the top three this late in the regular season, which has never happened before. As good as last season was, FSU never got above No. 5 until the final rankings of the season. This week FSU held on to the No. 3 ranking in Soccer America's poll setting a new mark for late season success in the polls for FSU.

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