Oct. 23, 2003
ENEMY OF THE STATE
Florida State is 3-3-2 all time versus North Carolina State...the Seminoles have never lost to the Pack at home since the start of the series in 1995...in fact, the Tribe has never lost against the Wolfpack since coach Baker took over the program in 1999, the longest unbeaten streak for FSU versus any ACC team...since 1999, Florida State has never trailed NC State out-scoring the Wolfpack 9-4, out-shooting them 68-42 and putting up nine assists to their two...FSU has gone into overtime against NCSU three of the last four years totaling five overtime periods in three consecutive games from 1999-01 which marks the most consecutive overtime games against a single team in school history...the first two overtime games ended up dead-locked after double OT but Jez Ratliff finally broke the overtime scoreless streak scoring the game-winner in the 2001 match-up at the Seminole Soccer Complex...last year, the 21st-ranked Seminoles went all out to upset No. 19 NC State by a score of 5-1 scoring three goals in a ten minute span for their first ever regular season ACC road win...the five goals scored in 2002 against the Wolfpack was the most ever scored by FSU in a regular season conference game...Jez Ratliff is Florida State's all-time points leader against NC State scoring six points on two goals and two assists in the series...both assists came in last year's victory and both goals were scored in 2001 as she was the only player to score for the Seminoles in a 2-1 win...following Ratliff on the current players' scoring list against the Wolfpack are Alli Ferreri with one goal and Leah Gallegos and Camie Bybee with one assist a piece.
Florida State's version of Monday Night football doesn't begin next year with Miami it starts this Monday night versus the Owls from Florida Atlantic. This is the first meeting ever between the programs and it takes place on a Monday night, which is a rare occurrence for Florida State. The Tribe has played just four games all-time on Monday's and none since September 14, 1998. The Tribe is just 1-3-0 all-time in game played on Monday's. In first time meetings, the Seminoles have posted a 29-24-2 record. The one stat that speaks well for FSU, besides the 22-2-0 record versus teams from Florida since 2000, is the Tribe's all-time 5-0 record versus teams with bird mascots. The Seminoles have never lost to a team with an aviary nickname recording wins over the Louisville Cardinals, the University of North Florida Osprey, the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, the Georgia Southern Eagles and the Elon College Phoenix.
A JOY-US OCCASION
Joy McKenzie, the former walk-on from Texas continues to amaze in her first season as a starter. The junior did not allow a goal in 200:00 minutes last week as FSU went 1-0-1 in two critical conference road games, a win at Clemson (1-0) and a tie (0-0) at No. 12 Wake Forest. With her 200 minutes of shutout play, McKenzie has now set Florida State records for minutes without allowing a goal (510:22) and consecutive minutes without a goal in conference play (275:22). She also became the first goalkeeper in Florida State history to record three ACC shutouts in a single season and the first ever to record three consecutive conference shutouts (Duke, Clemson and Wake Forest) . She is now 3-0-1 in the conference and has a GAA of just 0.24. Overall, she moved her record to 7-3-1 and lowered her GAA to 0.86. After a 0-3-0 start and a GAA of 2.15, McKenzie has gone 7-0-1 and posted a GAA of 0.45. She has allowed just four goals in over 791 minutes in that span. The last time McKenzie allowed a goal was September 26 in the fifth minute against Maryland and that was the only goal she has given up in ACC play this season. After playing just 152 minutes in her first two seasons, McKenzie's current shutout streak is more than three times longer than her career minutes played entering 2003.
RECORDS SET BY MCKENZIE
Most ACC shutouts in a career (3) Most ACC Shutouts in a season (3) Most consecutive ACC shutouts (3) Longest shutout streak in team history (510:22) Longest ACC shutout streak in team history (275:22)
With FSU's win and tie in ACC road play last week, coupled with Duke's 1-0 win over Virginia, the Seminoles moved into a second place tie in the nation's premier soccer conference. This is the highest position FSU has ever held in the ACC standings this late in a season. In 2001, the Tribe was tied for third after five games at 3-2-0. The last time the Tribe was holding down such a lofty spot was 2001 when a win over Duke put FSU at 3-0-0 and vaulted the Tribe into first place. That season Florida State finished third in the conference advanced to its first ACC Tournament championship.
COULD BE HISTORIC
If Florida State were fortunate enough to get a win over the Wolfpack Friday night, it would be an historic win. The victory would assure FSU of its best ever ACC record, its third straight finish in the top half of the ACC and the second time in three years the Seminoles have gone undefeated at home in conference play. While all of those things are impressive, they aren't the most amazing stat that would result from an FSU win. A victory would put FSU at 4-3-2 in the all-time series with NC State and would mark the first time ever FSU had a winning record in the all-time series with any ACC opponent. Florida State has closed the gap with a lot of their conference foes since Patrick Baker's arrival. The Tribe's win over Maryland this year brought the all-time series to 5-6. The Seminoles also moved a win closer to evening the series with Clemson where FSU is 4-5 in conference meetings.
HOME IS WHERE THE WINS ARE
Florida State will be going after its second undefeated ACC home campaign versus the Wolfpack Friday night. It used to be ACC schools would come to Tallahassee, pick up a win and get out of town. From 1995 to 1999, the Tribe was just 2-13-1 all time in home conference matches. Things have changed dramatically since Patrick Baker took over. Since 2000, FSU is now 8-5-0 at home against conference squads. That is an increase in winning percentage from .156 to .615. During that span, FSU has had just one losing home stand in an ACC season and that came in 2002 when FSU was 1-3-0.
GOAL IS TO BE GOALLESS
With FSU's three straight ACC shutouts, a first in program history, the Seminoles are on pace for two major records. The Tribe has allowed just 17 goals so far this season and just four goals in conference play. With two ACC games and three overall games remaining in the regular season, the Seminoles could shatter the previous records for fewest goals allowed. The fewest goals given up in a season is 23 and that was accomplished in 2000. The fewest goals allowed in ACC play were 11 by that same squad, which was widely considered the best defensive team in FSU history. With potent North Carolina, NC State and FAU still on the schedule, breaking either of those records could be difficult.
FEWEST REG. SEASON GOALS ALLOWED
2003 17 2000 23 1996 28 2002 31 2001 33 1999 35 1998 41 1997 43 1995 52
FEWEST ACC GOALS ALLOWED
2003 4 2000 11 2002 15 2001 16 1996 20 1998 20 1999 22 1997 26 1995 29
Not only is FSU giving up its fewest goals ever they are scoring at a pretty good clip as well. In fact, FSU is out scoring its opponents and ACC opponents by a ratio of 2 to 1. That has never happened before in the history of the program. The closest FSU ever came to that ratio for an entire season was in 2000 when they scored 1.9 goals for every one of their opponent's goals. FSU's 2 to 1 ration in conference games is twice as good as the previous record of 1 to 1 set by last year's squad. Before 2002, Florida State had never had a goal ratio at one or above. Just five seasons ago FSU had a goal ratio of .14 to 1 versus ACC opponents so you can see how far the team has come under Baker. This season FSU has increased its goal ration by 750% compared to the 1999 season.
YRS REG. SEASON ACC
2003 2:1 2:1 2002 1.4:1 1:1 2001 1.6:1 .94:1 2000 1.9:1 .82:1 1999 1:1 .14:1 1998 .85:1 .40:1 1997 .70:1 .23:1 1996 1.8:1 .30:1 1995 .67:1 .10:1
Heading into their showdown with then-No. 12 Wake Forest at Spry Stadium, Florida State looked to be heading towards their first season without a tie since 1997. That was the only time ever that FSU played an entire campaign without a draw. The 0-0 tie was the sixth in school history and five of those have come against ACC teams. The last 0-0 tie was opening day in 2002 versus Oregon but the last time that FSU played an ACC team to a scoreless draw was the ACC Championship semi-finals in 2001. Florida State and Virginia played 150 minutes of scoreless soccer with FSU advancing to the ACC Championship finals in a shootout. That game was hosted by Wake Forest at Spry Stadium.
LAST WEEK'S PEAK PERFORMERS
McKenzie, the former walk-on from Texas, continues to amaze in her first season as a starter. The junior did not allow a goal in 200:00 minutes last week as FSU went 1-0-1 in two critical conference road games, a win at Clemson (1-0) and a tie (0-0) at No. 12 Wake Forest. With her 200 minutes of shutout play, McKenzie has now set Florida State records for minutes without allowing a goal (510:22) and consecutive minutes without a goal in conference play (275:22). She also became the first goalkeeper in Florida State history to record three ACC shutouts in a single season and the first ever to record three consecutive conference shutouts (Duke, Clemson and Wake Forest). She is now 3-0-1 in the conference and has a GAA of just 0.24. Overall, she moved her record to 7-3-1 and lowered her GAA to 0.86. After a 0-3-0 start and a GAA of 2.15, McKenzie has gone 7-0-1 and posted a GAA of 0.45. She has allowed just four goals in over 791 minutes in that span. The last time McKenzie allowed a goal was September 26 in the fifth minute against Maryland. After playing just 152 minutes in her first two seasons, McKenzie's current shutout streak is more than three times longer than her career minutes played entering 2003.
Last week was bittersweet for senior defender Boyce. The Austin, TX native scored her second career game-winning goal in ACC play just five minutes before suffering a career-ending injury. After handing the Tribe their second consecutive victory at Riggs Field due to her lone goal of the game, Boyce was carried off the field minutes later with a fracture that likely ended her career. The four-year starter and heart of the FSU backline was in the midst of a consecutive start streak that reached 66 games that night. The co-captain went out in style though as she notched the 11th goal of her career and her second-ever ACC goal, both game-winners. The play started with Boyce and Ratliff playing a give and go at the top of the box. That freed Ratliff to dribble to the top of the Clemson penalty box and rip a shot off the crossbar, the second FSU shot to bounce of the Clemson crossbar within a minute. The ball caromed off the iron and right to Boyce. The senior touched the ball in from about five yards out. It was her first conference game-winner since her golden goal against North Carolina as a freshman.
Rowland, a freshman from Wallingford, PA is having a storybook season. The center back has stepped in and provided FSU with stability and is a key reason that FSU has allowed just 17 goals all season and just three in four ACC games. Thanks to Rowland's play, FSU is on pace to break the record for goals allowed in a season and goals allowed in an ACC season. Last week, she helped McKenzie and the FSU defense record three consecutive shutouts in ACC play for the first time in program history. It is also the first time ever FSU has recorded three ACC shutouts in a single season. The Seminole defense is also in the midst of a school record shutout streak that reached 380:27 after holding Wake Forest without a goal for 110 minutes.